HONG KONG, Oct. 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Highway Holdings Limited (Nasdaq:HIHO) today announced the appointment of Alan Chan as the company's chief financial officer, succeeding Po Fong who decided to retire from her position upon expiration of her employment agreement on September 30, 2010. "We appreciate Po Fong's contributions as chief financial officer during her long tenure with Highway Holdings and wish her all the best in her future endeavors," said Roland Kohl, the company's president and chief executive officer. Alan Chan, 47, began his professional career as an accountant with Nelson Wheeler, an Australian CPA firm, and subsequently with PricewaterhouseCoopers -- formerly Coopers and Lybrand. Chan earned a Master of Arts degree in accounting from Curtin University in Australia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom. Chan, a Hong Kong National, is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Chan most recently served as chief financial officer for a joint venture in China with Laureate Education Group. He previously served as vice president and chief financial officer for DeCoro, an Italian sofa manufacturer -- supervising a staff of more than 30 accounting professionals for the company and its two facilities in Shenzhen and subsidiaries in the United States and Europe with approximately 4,000 employees. Chan's experience includes serving as financial controller for San Miguel Shunde Brewery Co. Ltd., a foreign joint venture engaged in the manufacturing and sale of beer products for China and overseas markets. He also served as financial controller for Hua Yang Printing Holdings Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of children's paper products with more than 6,000 employees at two facilities in China, with subsidiaries in UK and USA. "Alan's extensive background in finance and accounting -- combined with his extensive knowledge and experience of operating in China -- provides our organization with a unique combination of qualities that will serve the company well as we focus on growing the core business to achieve our sales and earnings targets, while seeking appropriate partnerships and complementary acquisitions in China," Kohl said.