People Moves: Acorn, BRC Asia, PuraPharm

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China-headquartered, NYSE-listed e-commerce player Acorn International, Inc. recently announced the departure of its VP and CFO Geoffrey Gao Weiji and the appointment of Martin Oneal Key as acting CFO.

The firm said Gao left for personal reasons.

Key has held a variety of finance leadership roles in both the US and  China, according to Acorn.

He currently serves as CFO of Cachet Hotel Group and was an executive director at ARC China, a Shanghai-based private equity firm. Key started out as an investment banker in debt capital markets at J.P. Morgan Securities in New York, where he executed credit-facility, term-loan and corporate-bond transactions.

Singapore-listed steel reinforcement solutions provider BRC Asia Limited has promoted its group financial controller Lee Chun Fun to CFO. Lee will also serve as company secretary.

Aged 55, he is responsible for the group and company’s secretarial, finance, accounting, tax, human resources, and administrative matters.

Hong Kong-listed traditional Chinese medicine player PuraPharm Corporation Limited announced this week the appointment of Lau Ka Kuen as CFO and the re-designation of Li Wai Shan from chief financial and operating officer to general manager of the group’s clinic segment.

Lau, aged 36, joined the group in 2013. He was the group financial controller and company secretary.

Before joining PuraPharm, he worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Hong Kong from 2005 to 2011.

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