Hong Kong’s Edko Films has appointed Esther Yeung as general manager of sales & acquisitions, as the company’s veteran buyer, Audrey Lee, takes a step back to focus on her personal interests after 33 years with the company.

Lee, who formerly held the position of general manager of sales & acquisitions, is a familiar and highly-respected figure on the international film circuit. She will continue to serve as a consultant to Edko Films.

“My decision is simply a personal decision to create more space in my life to pursue my increasing interest in various hobbies such as Cantonese opera singing and travelling,” said Lee.

“I also believe this is the right time to sit back and relax as we have a dedicated staff, a strong and involved distribution and marketing team. Esther has also proven herself in tough assignments and has a good eye for films with an excellent understanding of world cinema and our markets.”

Yeung, who joined Edko as director of sales and acquisitions in 2012, will take up her new post from May 1, 2014.

“I’m happy for Audrey’s decision to spare more time on her talent and hobbies. She has her duties shared by Esther and team while still staying with us in a consulting role,” said Edko Films’ executive director Bill Kong.

Prior to joining Edko, Yeung worked for Fortissimo Films as director of Asian acquisitions, sales and marketing from 2008-2012. She was also previously manager of the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

From 2004 to 2007, she was festival director and programme curator for the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, while at the same time serving as general manager of Ying E. Chi – a non-profit organisation formed in 1997 by a group of independent filmmakers.