Australian Ian Robins will step aside at the end of this year to make way for George Hongchoy Kwok-lung as chief executive of The Link Management amid efforts to place more senior local faces at the manager of 180 retail and car park facilities across Hong Kong. The announcement of Robins' departure, at the end of his three-year contract, comes just a week after chief operating officer Ross O'Toole said he was quitting after less than two years on the job. Robins' term expires on November 19. Robins said he intended to move back to Australia with his family. Hongchoy, 48, is currently the Link's chief financial officer. The accountant was previously head of DBS Asia Capital from 2004 to 2008. There had been rumours more senior expatriate staff may leave as the Link seeks to smooth relations with tenants by hiring more local employees. The resignations of Robins and O'Toole mean five expatriates remain on the board, including chairman Nicholas Sallnow-Smith. Robins, formerly head of Macquarie Real Estate Asia, was initially recruited to take over from Victor So Hing-woh, who quit in November 2007. So stepped down amid speculation that the Children's Investment Fund Management of Britain, then the largest investor in the Link, did not think he was aggressive enough in boosting the trust's performance. So decided to quit three months after then chairman Paul Cheng Ming-fun resigned in January 2007 under similar circumstances. The Link operates a listed portfolio of malls and car parks it took over from the Housing Authority.