TODAY marks the end of another chapter in the history of the Jardines empire, with Nigel Rich bowing out as taipan of the hong. Mr Rich will take a few months' leave before taking up the post as managing director of British conglomerate Trafalgar House - a 25 per cent-owned associate of Jardines subsidiary Hongkong Land Holdings - in August. He will be replaced as managing director of Jardine Matheson Holdings from today by Alasdair Morrison, former managing director of Hongkong Land Group. Mr Morrison also will become managing director of Jardine Strategic Holdings and will be charged with overseeing both companies' delisting from the territory. With the taipan's job also comes the managing directorship of Hongkong Land, Mandarin Oriental International and Dairy Farm International Holdings, plus a seat on the board of Jardine International Motor Holdings (JIMH). Also among the changes, Anthony Nightingale - managing director of Jardine Pacific - will join the board of parent group Jardine Matheson. Sir Charles Powell will join the board of JIMH and Percy Weatherall will become managing director of Hongkong Land Group. The Jardine group announced on March 23 that its shares would not be traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange from December 31. The move by the group to de-list its stock was widely expected.