September 2018
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Staff at Swire's Hong Kong head office hosted a party on 29th June to mark the retirement of former Taipan, John Slosar, who has stepped down from the role of Swire Pacific Chairman after 38 years with the group.

It was 'farewell', but not – however – 'goodbye', because Mr Slosar will be continuing on in his role as Chairman of Cathay Pacific Airways and so will be an ongoing presence at the Pacific Place headquarters. With this in mind, there were smiles all round and not a tear in sight!

To commemorate the event, John was presented with a cake that had been specially decorated with motifs from Swire Pacific's five operating divisions. And as his last duty as Taipan, John also performed a small but important ceremony when he handed over the “Commodore's Flag” to Staff Director, Nick Rhodes. The flag – a small desk pennant – is an enduring Swire tradition that harks back to the group's founding fortunes in the shipping business and is successively awarded to the longest-serving member of the House Staff. With John's retirement, Nick – who also joined in 1980 – has inherited the title of group "Commodore" and will have the honour of displaying the pennant on his desk until he retires.

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Swire News 2018 September Issue
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