Thursday, July 29, 2010 | 8:42 a.m.
Wing Chao, most recently the executive vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering, has been elected to the board of directors of Las Vegas Sands Corp.
"Wing Chao is a world renowned master planner and architect. We have admired his work and remarkable achievements for a long time," Las Vegas Sands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Adelson said in a statement today. "We are very excited that Wing is joining our board at a time in which our company continues to implement our current development plans and explores future growth opportunities in Asia as well as other parts of the world."
Sands said that Chao retired from Disney in 2009 and that while there, he oversaw master planning, architecture and development of Disney's land holdings in California, Florida, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He also was vice chairman of development for Disney Parks and Resorts, Asia Pacific.
Sands said Chao was a key member in the successful negotiation with the French government to build the Paris Disneyland Resort and played a vital role in the successful negotiation with the Hong Kong government for the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort that opened in 2005.