China Everbright Limited yesterday announced sweeping changes to its board of directors - electing five new directors and retiring four old ones, as part of its efforts to become a premier provider of financial services. The company's high-profile chairman Zhu Xiaohua further strengthened controls over the management by appointing himself as chief executive, replacing Yi Zhenqiu. Mr Yi resigned as the company's director and would concentrate on his other job as chief investment officer of parent company China Everbright Group. As earlier reported, executive director Shao Zhengkang has become general manager, replacing Wang Taoguang who resigned as director while Hui Xiaobing, head of China Everbright Financial Holdings has been appointed as director and the company's vice-chairman. A surprise appointment is Nie Qingping who is the deputy managing director of China Everbright Financial Holdings as earlier reports indicated that he was not a candidate. The other three new appointments are Yang Jiangang, Yeung Chi Wai and Wang Xiaoping.