China Light & Power Company (CLP) has appointed Rudolf Bischof as a director. Mr Bischof has worked in asset management and private banking in Hong Kong since 1971, including several years with one of the largest Swiss banks. He joined Sir Elly Kadoorie & sons as a director on July 1, 1996. Before coming to Hong Kong, Mr Bischof worked for a leading British investment bank in London, Madrid and New York. Albert Cheng has been named North Asia area manager of the World Gold Council. Mr Cheng joined the council in 1993 as regional manager for planning and business development in the Far East. Previously, he was regional manager, Asia-Pacific, of the Royal Canadian Mint, bringing with him 12 years of experience in the gold industry. Mr Cheng will supervise WGC offices in North Asia, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai and Beijing. He will also oversee new market development in Vietnam and the Philippines. Platinum Software Corporation, a provider of financial accounting and business applications, has appointed Finnian Tseng Asia regional managing director. Mr Tseng has more than 16 years' experience in sales, marketing and general management with financial systems companies. He will spearhead efforts to expand in the region, with the company's existing Hong Kong office being the hub for business in North Asia. Mr Tseng spent the last four years as Asia general manager of Walker Interactive Systems. Paul Jurie has been appointed an executive director of Nomura Project Finance International (Hong Kong). His responsibilities will include advisory services and overseeing subordinated loan facilities to major infrastructure project companies in Asia. Mr Jurie was previously employed by Citibank/Citicorp for 12 years. Chesterton Petty has appointed Watson Chan head of research. He arrives from the United States where he was research director with the California-based Property Sciences Group. Mr Chan was a tutor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong's school of business before attending the centre for real estate and urban economics at the University of California at Berkeley where he became a research fellow. Hitachi Data Systems has appointed Greg Cornfield general manager, North Asia. He will have full sales and support responsibility for operations in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan. Mr Cornfield has been with HDS for the past 11 years, of which nine have been spent in Asia. He will head one of HDS' four operating entities in the Asia-Pacific, the others being ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand. ACTS Testing Labs (HK) has appointed Dr Joe C. Y. Ng as environmental specialist in the marketing department for the Asian region. Dr Ng has experience dealing with environmental management, monitoring and educational issues. He will be responsible for developing and expanding quality environmental services to a wide variety of industries, including engineering and construction companies, consulting firms and business and government agencies in Hong Kong. PictureTel has promoted Albert Li to general manager, greater China. He will be responsible for business development, operations, sales and marketing of PictureTel products, and will also liaise with re-sellers and authorised dealers in China, the SAR and Taiwan. Mr Li will report to Peter Woo, PictureTel director, Asia-Pacific and Australia. Previously, Mr Li was the business development manager of PictureTel personal systems division for Asia.