3M Hong Kong has appointed Thomas Heim as managing director. Most recently, Mr Heim was director of manufacturing, 3M Visual Systems Division. He has held positions with 3M in the United States and Europe. Ralph Keung Chi-wang, a director of China Resources Enterprises and executive director of China Resources Beijing Land, has become a member of the Lippo Protective Life board of directors. Mr Keung is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an associate of the Hong Kong Society of Accountants. Richard Bielen, currently a senior vice-president, investments of Protective Life Corporation, has also joined the board. Mr Bielen is a certified public accountant and joined Protective Life as a vice-president in 1991. He was promoted to senior vice-president in 1996. James Wong, Antonio Lam, Matthew Wong and Alfred Tam have all been promoted to general managers in the agency division. Mango Tsui has been promoted to deputy general manager in the same division. She has been in the industry since 1991 and will assist in the strategic agency force growth and business development of her agency. John Hartley and Tim Hill, currently partners in the Hong Kong offices of Clifford Chance and Masons respectively, will join the Hong Kong office of Lovell White Durrant as partners. Raymond Lau, Tim Fletcher, Michael Hancock and Philip Robb (of the Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore offices respectively) have been named partners of the firm, while Dale Fischer (of the Hong Kong office) has been appointed a consultant. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison has announced that Fred Kinmonth, a former partner of Herbert Smith, an international law firm based in London, and former managing director of Peregrine Capital, the corporate finance arm of the Peregrine group of companies based in Hong Kong, has joined Paul, Weiss as a partner. Mr Kinmonth will be based in Paul, Weiss's Hong Kong office where he will focus on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and private investments in Hong Kong and the Asian region. Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific, has promoted Odelia Cheung to regional director of sales, Northeast Asia. Ms Cheung, who joined Inter-Continental in mid-1997 as regional sales manager, Northeast Asia, will continue to be based in the Hong Kong office. Bernadette Mak Lomas has joined the Hong Kong office of the law firm White & Case LLP as an associate. Ms Lomas, who is admitted to the New York State Bar and as a solicitor of the High Court of the Hong Kong SAR, will be part of the firm's corporate and financial services department. Zen Pacific Construction has filled three key positions. Alan Clarke has been promoted to general manager and director of Zen Pacific Civil Contractors. Mr Clarke has 26 years civil engineering experience, more than 20 of which have been spent in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. He was project manager for Zen Pacific prior to his promotion. Ko Hon-sheung has been appointed director of Wai Kee (Zens) Construction and Transportation Co, Leader Civil Engineering Corporation and Zen Pacific Marine Contractors. Mr Ko had worked for the Public Works Department and the New Territories Development Office of the Hong Kong Government for 29 years before joining Zen Pacific last year as commercial manager. John Champion has been appointed group business development manager responsible for the Zen Pacific Group's development and marketing. He will also manage the safety and quality assurance departments. Mr Champion has almost 30 years international civil engineering experience and has worked in Nigeria, the Sudan and the Britain as well as Hong Kong. He was previously contracts manager for Zen Pacific. Picture Tel Corporation, the videoconferencing solution provider, has named George Ni as director for the Asia region. Mr Ni will be based in the company's Hong Kong office. He has more than 13 years of sales and marketing management and business development experience, much of it acquired with United States multinational IT firms operating in the region. Prior to joining Picture Tel, Mr Ni was the director of business development for 3Com Corporation Asia-Pacific. Foote, Cone & Belding Hong Kong has appointed Mary Choy as the director of client service. Ms Choy, who was previously the group account director of DMB & B, has 12 years advertising experience.