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Old February 21st, 2006, 11:32 PM   #41
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Hey next time one of you who lives in Hong Kong drives or walks by, could you take some updated photos of the site please? By the way, HKT, your photos are all now showing up as "x's".
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Old February 22nd, 2006, 12:14 AM   #42
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if only all suburban science/business parks looked like this.. *drool*

must go there when i go back.
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 07:35 AM   #43
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Engineer drives city's hi-tech hub dream
Former Motorola executive faces the challenge of building a home for the industries of tomorrow
3 April 2006
South China Morning Post

CARLOS GENARDINI TOOK over as chief executive of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corp some three months ago - and has not had a dull moment since.

At the top of his crowded agenda is building Phase 2 of the Hong Kong Science Park on the Tolo Harbour waterfront at Pak Shek Kok, New Territories. This is scheduled for completion in 2008, with the first two buildings ready for occupancy early next year.

The job requires attending a steady stream of meetings and lots of travel to promote the facility - one of about 100 science parks in the Asia-Pacific - as the technology hub of choice in the region for companies engaged in electronics, biotechnology, precision engineering, and information technology and telecommunications.

"Our aim is to help invigorate the industries of tomorrow and help aspiring entrepreneurs," says Mr Genardini, who aims to sign up a batch of local, mainland and overseas anchor tenants for Phase 2. "We have to be a lot more aggressive. I think it's important that more people hear about and see what we do."

So he needs to cast his net wide, which is why he will travel to California's Silicon Valley this week to talk about research and development in Hong Kong at a luncheon in the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose.

All in a day's work. But there is more to do, Mr Genardini points out.

The job description for the corporation's chief executive includes being responsible for the planning, development, marketing and operations of the campus-like science park; managing the three industrial parks in Kowloon Tong, Tai Po and Tseung Kwan O; and overseeing the incubation of high-technology start-up firms. No small order.

Mr Genardini also emphasises "public engagement".

"We need to manage people's expectations by keeping the public well-informed of what we do. We want to have an open dialogue with the media. We must have good relationships with local industry leaders and industry associations."

It is better late than never for the government-funded corporation, a statutory body formed in 2001 from a three-way merger of the Hong Kong Industrial Estates Corp, Hong Kong Industrial Technology Centre Corp, and Provisional Hong Kong Science Park.

Hong Kong's belated entry into the pan-Asian race to build a regional centre for science and technology was like painting a big, red bull's eye on the corporation. Building all three planned phases of the 22.4-hectare science park site will each cost about $4 billion.

The science park initiative has been labelled a "white elephant", "a mistake" and "an enormous waste of public land and public money".

Do not even get critics started about the Cyberport project, another hi-tech government initiative that seemed to confuse people about what the science park was all about.

Mr Genardini simply grins and bears it. "Let me spend some time to talk with these people and there should be no more confusion," he said.

Born in the Year of the Dog, Mr Genardini, 60, has cultivated plenty of patience, understanding and business acumen through the years. He landed his first job at Motorola in 1969 after earning an electrical engineering degree from Arizona State University.

He stayed with the company for 33 years, during which he also pursued postgraduate studies at several universities and executive training through Motorola University.

"I spent most of my career in the semiconductor field," he says.

After a four-year stint as vice-president and manager of Motorola's Asia-Pacific group operations in Hong Kong, Mr Genardini was named general manager of the company's Asia-Pacific semiconductor business in 1996, succeeding Tam Chung-ding, who moved to Texas as general manager of Motorola's microcontroller technologies group.

Later, Mr Genardini served as senior vice-president and general manager of Motorola's semiconductor global consumer systems group.

In 1999, Mr Tam returned to Hong Kong as Motorola executive vice-president and its Asia-Pacific group president.

"We managed the region for about three years until we restructured and changed positions," Mr Genardini said.

While in Hong Kong, Mr Genardini also served on the engineering boards of Hong Kong University and City University of Hong Kong and on the boards of two Chinese joint ventures. He was also a member of the Hong Kong Science and Advisory Board and was a founding board member of Provisional Hong Kong Science Park.

Mr Tam retired after 33 years at Motorola on April 1, 2002. The following month, he became the first chief executive of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corp.

Mr Genardini's last assignment at Motorola was as senior vice-president for Latin America and Caribbean region operations. Under his leadership, Motorola's business in that region experienced double-digit growth and achieved a peak of US$3.3 billion in sales in 2000.

It was an apt posting for Mr Genardini, who had made a home in Boca Raton, Florida, with his wife, Susie, and their two sons. "When I finished [with Motorola], I wanted to try something different and fun," he said.

So he founded and ran Genardini & Associates, a strategic business consultancy that offered market research and support along with special development work for companies looking to do business in China.

He also co-chaired Internet Coast, a trade-promotions group representing more than 8,000 Florida IT companies which collectively generate about US$27 billion in sales.

He notes that Florida serves as the gateway to Latin America "just as Hong Kong is the gateway to the mainland".

That can-do attitude was not lost on professional executive recruiters last year as they sought a replacement for Mr Tam, who retired in May last year.

"I applied and spoke extensively with the recruitment firm. They asked me all kinds of questions about my background," says Mr Genardini, who finally got the job in November.

Victor Lo Chung-wing, chairman of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corp, was among his supporters.

"We were most impressed by Mr Genardini's track record as an experienced executive of a major multinational corporation. His knowledge of the global and regional technology industries, his extensive network of contacts, and his commitment and enthusiasm in helping to promote and further develop the Science Park made him our top choice."

There is also no question that Mr Genardini shares the same view as Mr Tam, his predecessor for the second time, in the lofty goal of the science park.

"More industries will be at the centre of what we build," Mr Genardini says. "We want to be a good role model [in the Pearl River Delta] on how to develop infrastructure at a reasonable cost to nurture industries and how to attract people who want to be here."

The campaign to win the hearts and minds of businesses and the general public is expected to accelerate, as completion of Phase 2 nears.

Besides office buildings, Phase 2 will include an auditorium equipped with world-class conference and meeting facilities and new leisure elements including landscaped open spaces, speciality restaurants, shops and a promenade along the Tolo Harbour.

"I saw a lot of energy and a lot of wisdom put into this programme. I look at the vibrancy of Hong Kong and see how the government is supportive of business, and I think all these pieces are critical to the long-term success of the city," Mr Genardini says.
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From news.gov.hk:
Science Park Phase 2 under construction

Science Park fosters innovation -- Secretary for Commerce, Industry & Technology Joseph Wong
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