Executive councillor Marvin Cheung Kin-tung will succeed Victor Fung Kwok-king next month as chairman of the Airport Authority, the government announced yesterday. Mr Cheung, former chairman of accountancy firm KPMG, is also the new chairman of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Council. Two new authority members - engineering sector lawmaker Raymond Ho Chung-tai and Standard Chartered Bank chief executive Benjamin Hung Pi-cheng - were also appointed yesterday. Mr Cheung, a member of the authority since 2003, will serve in his new post until May 31, 2011. He also serves as a non-executive director of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, Hang Seng Bank and Sun Hung Kai Properties, whose chairman, Walter Kwok Ping-sheung, recently launched legal proceedings to stop its directors, including Mr Cheung, from forcing him to step down. Mr Ho, a consultant on the airport's opening in 1998, said he would focus on various issues in his new role, including a third runway and the authority's staffing arrangements. 'If our airport is to meet the growing passenger demand, we need to make a decision [whether or not to build the runway] quickly because construction work will take at least five years,' he said. Mr Ho would also investigate whether the authority had a staffing bias that favoured expatriates. 'I have heard complaints about it and will find out if it is true.' Authority member Edmund Leung Kwong-ho said he was confident that Mr Cheung, who recovered from leukaemia last year, would be able to cope with the extra workload. 'People say that if you have an important job, find a busy man to do it, because a man gets busy when he is efficient at work.' Mr Leung, who worked with Mr Cheung for six years, described him as a fair and open person. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen praised the outgoing chairman for his inspiring leadership over the past nine years. 'Dr Fung has been the driving force behind strategic initiatives to extend the catchment area of the Hong Kong International Airport into the Pearl River Delta region and build strategic alliances with mainland airports.' During his term, Dr Fung has strengthened links between Chek Lap Kok airport and the Zhuhai airport by buying a controlling stake of the latter in an attempt to enhance the pair's compatibility and capacity within the pan-delta region.