Samuel Lau is responsible for managing the daily operations of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) to deliver magical memories that last a lifetime to guests from different parts of the world, while driving business development.
Samuel brings with him vast experience in master planning and integrated solutions for business growth within and outside of Disney. Prior to this, Samuel was Vice President, Operations of HKDL. His Disney career started in 2010, when he joined Walt Disney Resort in Florida as Vice President, Transportation. In 2014, Samuel became Vice President, Epcot, driving his team to achieve continued success on multiple fronts including overall enhancements to the park’s atmospheric entertainment and festival strategies. He then took the position of Vice President, New Program Development Asia (Disneyland International) before joining HKDL. Previous to joining Disney, Samuel had over 20 years of experience in public service in the U.S. in the areas of planning, engineering, and the operations and maintenance of public transportation systems in cities and metropolitan areas.
Samuel is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he holds an M.S. in civil engineering. Additionally, he has an M.A. in urban/city planning jointly done at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley.
Mariam Im is responsible for the overall financial management of the resort covering Financial Planning, Treasury, Controllership, and Business Planning & Development. She also oversees other key functions including Technology, Corporate Alliances and Operating Participants as well as Sourcing, Procurement and Supply Chain.
Mariam spent over 15 years working at HKDL, during which she was instrumental in implementing systems and processes in support of its Grand Opening. Mariam has over 25 years of professional financial management experience with large multinational corporations in the fields of real estate development and management, consumer products, technology and entertainment. Apart from HKDL, she has served as the Vice President, Finance at Shanghai Disney Resort. She also brings with her extensive auditing and business advisory experience from a leading audit firm.
Mariam holds a Master of Business degree in Accountancy and a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She is a member of CPA Australia and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Wai Quen Chan leads the site human resources team in the development of HR strategies to attract, develop and retain talent required to drive the business forward. Wai Quen and her team support all leaders across the organization in developing a culture of Disney leadership in HKDL. Leveraging her depth of knowledge and experience in the markets of the Asia-Pacific region, she plays a key role in advancing the HR function within the resort.
Wai Quen joined HKDL from Intel Corporation, where she held the position of director, Human Resources, working with business units in both Asia and the U.S. During her tenure with Intel, she supported the organization through leadership transitions and business transformations and provided HR expertise in the areas of leadership and talent development, change management, employee engagement and designing end-to-end HR solutions.
Wai Quen holds an Honours degree, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor’s Degree of Arts (Jurisprudence) from the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice from University of South Australia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Relations Law from University of Melbourne. She is also admitted as barrister and solicitor in Hong Kong and Australia.
As Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Linda Choy oversees HKDL’s publicity, government relations, media relations, corporate citizenship and internal communications portfolios. She brought with her over 20 years of first-hand experience in the key disciplines of public affairs, from journalism to government administration, as well as policy advocacy, analysis and engagement. Prior to joining HKDL, Linda was Political Assistant to Secretary for the Environment of the Hong Kong Government, advising the Secretary on the formulation of policies and their engagement and implementation strategies. She started as a journalist specialising in political reporting with South China Morning Post, and returned as its China News Editor, then News Editor. In between, she joined the Administrative Officer grade of the Hong Kong Government where she took multiple positions including Assistant Secretary for Transport and Assistant Secretary for Commerce and Industry.
Linda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication (Journalism) from Hong Kong Baptist University, an MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics & Political Science, and an MA in Buddhist Studies from University of Hong Kong.
Edward Goh joined Hong Kong Disneyland Resort in 2017 and is responsible for leading all revenue-driving opportunities at the Resort, including marketing strategy and execution, leisure sales, including travel trade and consumer direct, as well as pricing. He spearheads our efforts in driving attendance from our highly diverse source markets.
Edward has a wealth of experience in marketing and sales in the theme park and consumer goods sectors. Prior to joining Hong Kong Disneyland, he was a director of Marketing at Carrier Transicold, responsible for all marketing and product management strategy for their Global Container Refrigeration business, including strategic growth and business development projects.
Edward has also held various sales and marketing leadership roles, including senior vice president of Resort Sales and Marketing at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore, where he oversaw commercial strategy and activity supporting Universal Studios Singapore, SEA Aquarium and Adventure Cove waterpark, plus six independently branded five-star hotels. He also held various leadership roles with The Heineken Company in sales planning, operations, commercial and business affairs for its USA and Americas divisions.
Edward holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, and completed the Heineken International Management Course at INSEAD, Fontaineblue in France.
As Vice President, Operations, Damien Lee is responsible for overseeing all major operations in HKDL, as well as supporting the experience at three resort hotels via his Food & Beverage, Merchandise, and Facility Services teams. Rejoining HKDL as vice president, Operations in 2017, Damien originally joined HKDL in May 2004 and held several positions during his tenure including director, Staffing and HR Services; general manager, Hotel Operations, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel; and vice president, Operations.
Educated in Hong Kong and the UK where he received a Diploma in Travel and Hotel Management, Damien is a seasoned hotelier with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry. Prior to joining Disney, Damien worked in management positions in several of Hong Kong’s leading hotels, including the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Conrad International Hotel Group and Regent International Hotels. Most recently, Damien was the chief operating officer at Chimelong Group.
As director, Revenue Management and Analytics, Mary Ann Say partners with Marketing, Sales, Hotel and Operations partners to lead strategies and tactics to drive profitability for the theme park and resort. She is also responsible for pricing, planning and forecasting attendance and revenue drivers, plus revenue management for the theme park, hotels, food & beverage and merchandise.
Mary Ann has a strong business and financial background in multinational companies. Prior to joining HKDL, she was the controller, covering finance as well as business development & planning, at Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation, based in the Philippines. Before that, she has held various leadership positions with Procter & Gamble in Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines, supporting different business units across Asia.
Mary Ann is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Public Accountant. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy, from the De La Salle University, Philippines.
Terruce Wang joined HKDL in 2010. As Vice President, Hotel Operations, Business Solutions & Events, he is responsible for overseeing the operations of the three themed hotels and developing overall strategies for the business portfolio of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE), Mega Events, Disney Youth Programs and Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. He leads his teams to deliver Disney service excellence and drive MICE and events business, contributing to HKDL’s continuous growth and positioning as the ideal vacation and event destination in Hong Kong and the region. Terruce has a proven track record in driving strong sales results in his prior roles in the airlines, banking and tourism sectors, including his former role in travel trade sales with HKDL. Prior to joining the Disney team, Terruce held many key positions with the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) over a period of eight years, including serving as the first seconded overseas director at HKTB’s office in Taiwan. Terruce holds a MBA degree from the University of South Australia.
Paul Webb-Johnson leads the Walt Disney Imagineering Asia Regional Office Project Management team in executing the new expansion projects for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL).
Paul spent nearly 10 years at HKDL starting in 2002, first overseeing the construction of the Park Promenade and Adventureland and then managing enhancement initiatives that include Autopia, “it’s a small world”, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point. In 2011, he transitioned to Shanghai Disney Resort to lead project management for the Adventure Isle, Tomorrowland and Treasure Cove areas.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Southampton, and a MBA from the University of Durham. He is a chartered professional member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and Institution of Civil Engineers.
As Director, Entertainment & Costuming, Annie Wharmby is responsible for all aspects of development, production and operations for HKDL’s world-class performances and shows, as well as its costuming. Under Annie’s leadership, the Entertainment & Costuming Division plays an instrumental role in the creative development and execution of our Special Events program.
Annie began her professional career in the theatre as a production/stage manager for many notable theatre productions and festivals. Annie was also the Technical Manager of the Rocket Theatre and the Production Manager of the Albany Theatre, both in London. Annie then moved into the academic side of theatre as a lecturer in Technical Stage at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and later became Senior Lecturer in Stage Technology at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts before joining HKDL.
Annie studied Stage Management and Technical Theatre majoring in Stage Management and Lighting at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the UK. She then went on to gain a PGDip in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (SEDA) from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Rita Tang joined Hong Kong Disneyland in August 2009 as a senior attorney and has taken on subsequent positions with increasing responsibility. As an Assistant Chief Counsel - Head of Legal, she is responsible for providing strategic legal advice and direction to the management team, implementing corporate legal and compliance policies and developing necessary local policies, and providing legal support on corporate, commercial, employment, intellectual property and general litigation-related matters.
Prior to joining Hong Kong Disneyland, Rita was an associate solicitor in the commercial and securities group of Baker & McKenzie, Hong Kong office. Rita holds an Honours degree, Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence) from the University of Oxford. Rita is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong.