Merlin Swire is Chief Executive Officer of John Swire & Sons Limited, the parent company of the Swire group. He is also Director of Swire Pacific Limited, Swire Properties Limited and Cathay Pacific Airways Limited.
Born in 1973 in the U.K, Merlin Swire is a member of the founding family of John Swire & Sons Limited. He joined the Swire group in 1997, and has worked in the Hong Kong SAR, Sydney, Shanghai, Xiamen and London.
Mr. Swire was Finance Director of John Swire & Sons Limited in 2008, and became Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. In July 2018, he became Chairman of Swire Pacific Limited, the Hong Kong-listed holding company of the group’s principal businesses in Greater China. In August 2021, he returned to London to resume the position as Chief Executive Officer of John Swire & Sons Limited.
Mr. Swire serves on the Advisory Committee of the China-Britain Business Council and the Global CEO Council of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. He is a member of The International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai.
Merlin Swire has a first class degree in Classics from Oxford University and is married with three daughters.
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