STAR has announced the appointment of John Lau, its current Group CFO, as President, China and Taiwan. Effective immediately, Lau will be tasked with overseeing STAR’s overall business interests in these two markets with Jack Gao, CEO of STAR China and Daniel Cheung, CEO of STAR Taiwan reporting to him.
Succeeding Lau as STAR’s Group CFO will be Eun J. Cho, who has been serving as the company’s Deputy CFO since April this year. In her expanded portfolio, Cho will oversee STAR’s finance functions across the region and will also take a lead role in formulating financial strategies for the company.
Both Lau and Cho will report to Paul Aiello, CEO of STAR.
Aiello commented, “Since joining STAR in 1998, John has contributed enormously towards formulating the company’s overall financial planning and strategies. He has gained important insights into the inner workings of our business and has been involved in many aspects of our operations. I have full respect for his business acumen and am confident that he, along with Jack and Daniel, will steer a new growth path for China and Taiwan, two of the most important markets in our footprint.”
Aiello continued, “Since she came onboard as deputy CFO, Eun has been engaged in every aspect of the financial operations of the company while focusing on driving efficiencies in our financial planning & reporting, systems and processes. Eun has a broad and deep understanding of the media business and I am fully confident that she will bring new insights to the CFO role and be a valued successor to John.”
Lau joined STAR in 1998 as Senior Vice President, Finance and was promoted to lead the company’s finance team in 2000. Prior to that, John was CFO of San Miguel Brewing International Ltd and has also held senior financial positions at GE Information Services, Philip Morris Asia Inc and Deloitte & Touche in Los Angeles. Lau holds a Master’s degree in Accountancy and Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University.
Cho joined STAR in April 2008 as Deputy CFO from the Walt Disney Company, where she worked for 13 years in the U.S., the Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) regions, in a number of positions including VP of Finance-Benelux & Regional Studio Controller (EMEA) and VP of Finance/Regional Controller (APAC). Prior to that, she held senior management position at Mag Instrument Inc. and Deloitte & Touche in Orange County, California. Cho is a US CPA and graduated from California State University of Fullerton, majoring in Economics & Accounting.