MetLife US has named Yuan Chang as executive in charge of its affairs relating to China. Concurrently, the directors of Metropolitan Life Insurance of Hong Kong have elected Mr Chang the chief executive officer of their Hong Kong-based subsidiary. He is also a vice-president of the Society of Actuaries of North America.Citibank has appointed John Beeman as country corporate officer for China, succeeding C P Cheng who will move to New York to become head of greater China business development. Mr Beeman joined Citibank in 1965 and has held a number of management positions in the Corporate Bank in New York. He began his overseas career as head of Citibank's World Corporation Group for the Dusseldorf branch in Germany in 1978. He also served as country risk manager and business manager of Citicorp Leasing A. G. He moved to Asia in 1983. Mr Cheng was Citibank's first representative in Beijing in 1984. He was head of financial institutions for Citibank Hong Kong before he became Country Corporate Officer for China in 1992.International accountancy and professional services firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu has named Patrick Cheng as senior partner of the Hong Kong practice. Mr Cheng, who is CEO of the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu China practice, will continue in that role and focus on development and close co-operation of practices in China and Hong Kong. He has been a partner since 1983. Mr Cheng succeeds Dermot Agnew, who becomes chairman of the Hong Kong practice and remains chairman of the China practice, overseeing operations. He is a member of the International and Asia-Pacific boards of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International (DTTI). He will be working with these groups and the senior partner on implementing DDTI strategies. Akio Shiino has been seconded to the Hong Kong practice as Japanese services partner, replacing Shinsuke Kubo. Mr Kubo is returning to Tokyo after a four-year assignment in the territory. Mr Shiino's responsibilities will include building the Japanese practice and assisting Japanese companies with their investment strategies in Hong Kong and China. Joseph Tse, a tax partner from the firm's Toronto office, is now based in Shanghai and has been appointed to lead the China tax practice. Mr Tse joined the DTTI Canadian practice in 1981 and has been a tax partner since 1987. His main focus has been with financial institutions.Miramar Hotel and Investment Co has named Eddy Lau as group financial controller. Mr Lau will be responsible for the accounting, internal control, financial analysis and management information system of the group's core businesses, including hotel operations, property investment, catering and travel operations. Joseph Cheung becomes assistant to the group general manager for food and beverage. He will be assisting in special projects and new business development.New Zealand Insurance (NZI) has named Mandy Lo as assistant underwriting manager. Her responsibilities will include the non-cargo claims management in addition to the underwriting business. She will manage and continually enhance the customer claims service requirements and expectations for the non-cargo claims. She joined NZI in 1985. Michael Chan has been appointed manager of the Mongkok district office. He will be responsible for business development and operations.The Web Connection has appointed Horatio Tsoi Kam-yuen as production manager and Bird Mak Wang-ngai as Web site promotion manager. Both previously held senior positions with Enternet On-Line Services, creators of entertainment.com, a popular Chinese-language entertainment site on the Internet.Commercial Union has appointed John Chan as healthcare executive. Previously a senior executive at Canadian Eastern Life Assurance and Jardine CMG Life Insurance, Mr Chan will be responsible for the marketing and development of healthcare products. Benny Kong joins as underwriting executive for the Kowloon office. He will be responsible for developing and strengthening the agency network in Kowloon.