New president vows to increase use of internet

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 December, 2011, 12:00am

While some senior accountants in Hong Kong prefer traditional methods of communication, newly-elected Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants president Keith Pogson is determined to use modern technology to make sure he stays in touch.

Pogson, the youngest president of the HKICPA in 18 years, said he set up a new personal e-mail address last week to allow members to communicate with him directly.

'Our youngest member is aged 24 and the oldest member is 93. The average age (of our members) is 41, which is also my age,' Pogson said.

Pogson said he was considering using networks such as Facebook and Twitter to reach out to younger members, but vowed not to abandon traditional methods such as hosting breakfast meetings and sending newsletters to older members.

He said senior members tended to prefer written communication while younger members preferred the internet.

Peter Poon Wing-cheung (1975), Peter Wong (1985) and Eric Li Ka-cheung (1994) were all 41 when they became president of the HKICPA, which provides training and licences for the city's 33,000 accountants.