ASTRI Announces Departure of Chief Executive Officer

[Hong Kong, 21 Jun 2017] The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) today (21 June 2017) announced that Dr Franklin Tong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), will leave ASTRI upon completion of his current contract on 30 June 2017.

Dr Tong joined ASTRI on 1 July 2014 and took up the CEO position on 1 September 2014. In announcing Dr Tong’s departure, the Chairman of ASTRI, Mr Wong Ming-yam said, “The Board would like to thank Dr Tong for his leadership and outstanding contribution over the past three years, building up ASTRI’s research capabilities, strengthening collaboration with industry and universities, and driving ASTRI in the pursuit of R&D outcomes.”

During his tenure, Dr Tong has made great efforts in strengthening ASTRI’s research competence.  ASTRI has also established a number of joint laboratories in collaboration with industrial partners and universities to facilitate its research and talent development initiatives.

“We wish Dr Tong every success in his future endeavours,” added Mr Wong.

ASTRI will soon initiate a global search for a new CEO.



Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competencies in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit

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