The chief financial officer of Link Management Limited, who helped prepare the firm's stock market listing, has tendered his resignation less than a year after taking up his post. Housing officials yesterday said they did not expect the Link's listing plans to be affected by the departure of Alfred Li Hung-kwan. 'It is a challenge to find a new chief financial officer,' the official said. 'But as we still don't have a timetable for the listing, we can't say if there will be any effect.' Mr Li, who is also an executive director of the company, resigned for personal reasons, a Housing Authority spokesman said. He has given six months' notice and will leave around September. A housing official said a suitable replacement would be found as soon as possible, but he did not specify if the position would be filled internally. Mr Li had agreed to stay on to ensure a smooth transition period, he said. The Link Management's board of directors is charged with selecting a replacement for Mr Li. The Housing Authority has one representative on the board. The company is responsible for managing assets included in the Link Reit, and Mr Li has been instrumental in preparing for the listing. The Housing Authority is seeking to divest itself of commercial and car park facilities. The listing of the reit was aborted in December after a legal challenge was launched by two public housing estate residents. The authority said it planned to prepare for a possible relisting as soon as possible, pending the outcome of the appeal process. Mr Li was previously the chief financial officer and executive director of property developer Hang Lung Group. He took up his Link post in May. Mr Li could not be reached for comment yesterday.