Carrie Lam

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor assumed office as Hong Kong's chief secretary on July 1, 2012, and her resignation took effect January 16, 2017. She entered government work in 1980. 

Then development secretary Paul Chan (far right), with (left to right) then chief secretary Carrie Lam, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Transport and Housing chief Anthony Cheung, as the administration meets the press on the commission of inquiry into the 2015 water contamination scandal, on July 17 that year. Leung has made his preference clear for Lam as his successor, and Chan is expected to support him on the issue. Photo: David Wong

Budget offers moment of reckoning for Paul Chan

With Hong Kong’s longest-serving financial secretary seeking to be the next chief executive, seeing a new face hand out sweeteners in the budget on Wednesday may just be refreshing.