Board of Directors

Chew Gek KhimPJG

Executive Chairman

First Appointed
20 March 2008
Last Re-elected
30 April 2021

Ms Chew Gek Khim is a lawyer by training. She has been Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited since 24 April 2008. Ms Chew is also Executive Chairman of the Tecity Group and Executive Director of Tecity Asset Management Pte. Ltd.. She is Chairman of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad and ARA Trust Management (Suntec) Limited, and sits on the Boards of ARA Asset Management Holdings Pte. Ltd. and Singapore Exchange Limited. She is also Deputy Chairman of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation. She sits on the Board of Governors of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and NUS Board of Trustees.

Ms Chew graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1984. She was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in 2010, the Singapore Businessman of the Year 2014 in 2015, and the Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day Awards in 2016.

Chew Gek Hiang

Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director

First Appointed
30 April 2008
Last Re-elected
30 April 2020

Ms Chew Gek Hiang, an accountant by training, has been with the Tecity Group, the parent company of The Straits Trading Company Limited, since 1991. As Executive Director and Head of Finance, she is actively involved in the investment activities of the Tecity Group and is responsible for its securities trading portfolio. She is also Director of Tecity Asset Management Pte. Ltd.. She oversees the human resource and administrative functions in the Tecity Group.

Currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Academy of Chinese Medicine, Singapore, Ms Chew is also a Council Member of Tan Chin Tuan Foundation in Singapore. She is also President of Noah’s Ark CARES (Companion Animal Rescue and Education Society), a non-profit animal welfare charity which champions responsible pet ownership and active sterilisation and microchipping of stray dogs and cats in Singapore.

After her graduation from the National University of Singapore in 1986, Ms Chew worked with Ernst & Whinney in Singapore for a year. She then joined Ernst & Young (London) in 1987 to pursue chartered accountancy, and was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in October 1990.

Goh Kay Yong David

Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director

First Appointed
30 April 2008
Last Re-elected
26 April 2019

Mr Goh Kay Yong David is the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Strategist of the Tecity Group, the parent company of The Straits Trading Company Limited.

Mr Goh started his investment career as an Investment Analyst with Great Eastern Life in 1986, and taught at the Nanyang Technological University (“NTU”), Singapore in the Bachelor of Business Financial Analyst programme in 1991. After joining the Tecity Group in 1997, he remained from 1997 to 2003, as Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance at NTU. Mr Goh also serves as Director of Stewardship Equity Pte Ltd, Commonwealth Capital Pte. Ltd. and Project Chulia Street Limited.

Mr Goh holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Economics from York University, Canada; a Master of Science in Management (System Dynamics, Finance and Strategy) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, and is a CFA Charter holder.

Tan Tiong Cheng

Independent and Non-Executive Director

First Appointed
1 July 2013
Last Re-elected
30 April 2021

Mr Tan Tiong Cheng served as President and subsequently as Senior Advisor of Knight Frank Asia Pacific Pte Ltd until his retirement on 31 March 2020. He was the Executive Chairman of Knight Frank Pte Ltd’s Group of Companies until 31 March 2017. Over the last four decades, he has amassed an extensive and in-depth knowledge of real estate. He is an Independent and Non-Executive Director of UOL Group Limited, Chairman of Remuneration Committee and a Member of its Audit and Risk Committee. Mr Tan is the Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a Member of the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee of Heeton Holdings Limited. He is also a Non-Executive Independent Director of Amara Holdings Limited, the Chairman of its Remuneration Committee and a Member of its Audit and Risk Committee of Amara.

A Colombo Plan Scholar, Mr Tan graduated top of his class with a Diploma in Urban Valuation from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. A Licensed Appraiser, he is also a Fellow Member of the Singapore Institute of Valuers and Surveyors, and the Association of Property and Facilities Management, an Associate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers and a Senior Member of The Property Institute of New Zealand. He served as a Member of the Valuation Review Board until 30 April 2016.

Chia Chee Ming Timothy

Lead Independent Director

First Appointed
27 February 2015
Last Re-elected
30 April 2021

Mr Chia Chee Ming, Timothy is Chairman of Hup Soon Global Corporation Private Limited. He sits on the boards of several other private and public companies, including Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd, Fraser and Neave, Limited, Singapore Power Limited, Vertex Venture Holdings Ltd, Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC, Ceylon Investment PLC, Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad and Thai Beverage Public Company Limited. He is a Member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Committee of The Monetary Authority of Singapore, a Member of the Advisory Board of the Asian Civilisations Museum and a Term Trustee of the Singapore Indian Development Association. Mr Chia was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Management University.

Mr Chia graduated with a Bachelor of Science cum laude, majoring in Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University in the United States of America.

Tan Chian Khong

Independent and Non-Executive Director

First Appointed
1 January 2018
Last Re-elected
30 April 2020

Mr Tan Chian Khong has approximately 35 years of experience in the audit industry. He joined Ernst & Young LLP (then known as Ernst & Whinney) in April 1981 and was a partner of the firm from July 1996 to June 2016. Currently he is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad, listed on Bursa Malaysia, Hong Leong Asia Ltd, CSE Global Limited and Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd. He is a Board member of Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore and SMRT Corporation Ltd, and volunteers as the Honorary Executive Director of Trailblazer Foundation Ltd.

Mr Tan holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the National University of Singapore and he is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

Chua Tian Chu

Independent and Non-Executive Director

First Appointed
1 January 2018
Last Re-elected
30 April 2020

Mr Chua Tian Chu was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Meritus Hotels & Resorts from 2012 to 2013. Prior to this, Mr Chua held the positions of Executive Vice President of International Sector and Greater China Region, as well as Head, Global Financial Institutions Group of United Overseas Bank Limited, and Managing Director and Head of Investment Finance of Citigroup Private Bank (Asia Pacific Region) as well as Head of Citigroup Corporate Banking in Singapore. He was also formerly the Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of Far East Orchard Limited (then known as Orchard Parade Holdings Limited).

Mr Chua holds a Master in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, a Master in Theological Studies (magna cum laude) from the Asia Theological Center, and a Master of Divinity from the East Asia School of Theology. Mr Chua also has a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School.

Key Management Personnel

Chew Gek KhimPJG

Executive Chairman

Ms Chew Gek Khim is a lawyer by training. She has been Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited since 24 April 2008. Ms Chew is also Executive Chairman of the Tecity Group and Executive Director of Tecity Asset Management Pte. Ltd.. She is Chairman of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad and ARA Trust Management (Suntec) Limited, and sits on the Boards of ARA Asset Management Holdings Pte. Ltd. and Singapore Exchange Limited. She is also Deputy Chairman of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation. She sits on the Board of Governors of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and NUS Board of Trustees.

Ms Chew graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1984. She was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in 2010, the Singapore Businessman of the Year 2014 in 2015, and the Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day Awards in 2016.

Eric TengBBM, PBM

CEO, Straits Developments Private Limited

Mr Teng is responsible for the Group’s property business (except for properties held by Straits Real Estate), hospitality, new business opportunities and leads the Group’s corporate functions.

Mr Teng joined the Tecity Group in 2005 and was CEO of Tan Chin Tuan Foundation from 2006 to 2010. Between 2009 to 2015, he had held key appointments at Straits Trading, including CEO for Property and Hospitality between 2010 and 2013. Between 2016 to 2019, he was Executive Director and CEO of SGX-listed Heeton Holdings Limited before rejoining Straits Trading.

He remains an Advisor to the Tecity Group and Tan Chin Tuan Foundation. Mr Teng holds an MBA from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School.

Desmond Tang

CEO, Straits Real Estate Pte. Ltd.

Mr Desmond Tang has been CEO of Straits Real Estate Pte. Ltd. (“Straits Real Estate”) since February 2014. He drives the business growth and investment strategies of Straits Real Estate.

Mr Tang has more than 30 years of experience in real estate investment and management. Prior to joining Straits Real Estate, he was Managing Director and Co-Head at Alpha Investment Partners and Managing Director at GrowthPath Capital Private Limited which he co-founded.

Mr Tang holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Real Estate from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Dato’ Dr. IR. Patrick Yong Mian Thong

Group CEO & Executive Director, Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad

Dato’ Dr. Ir. Patrick Yong Mian Thong joined Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad in 2016 and is currently the Group CEO and Executive Director of the Company. He leads its strategic development and policies, and business operations.

Dato’ Yong started his career as an engineer with the National Electricity Board of Malaysia where he established proficiency in electrical distribution systems. Previously, he was CEO of Yokohama Industries Berhad (2010 to 2015) managing a secondary lead smelter and SLI battery manufacturing, and CEO of Tai Kwang Yokohama Industries Berhad (2007 to 2010).

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a PhD in Electrical Engineering based on his research on energy conversion efficiency.

Manish Bhargava

CEO, STRAITS INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT PTE. LTD.

Mr Manish Bhargava has been the CEO of Straits Investment Management Pte. Ltd since February 2019. With more than 18 years of Real Estate investment experience, Mr Bhargava is a seasoned fund manager who has been responsible for investing in global real estate securities.

Prior to joining the Company, he was the Head of Asia at APN’s Asian Real Estate Securities and the dedicated Fund Manager for APN’s Asian REIT strategies. Mr Bhargava has also worked at Tiedemann Investment Group, Starwood Capital Group and European Investors Inc.

Mr Bhargava holds a Masters in Accounting/Management Information Systems from Oklahoma State University.

Tan Hwei Yee

CEO, STC PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SDN. BHD.
Head, Property, Straits Developments Private Limited

Ms Tan Hwei Yee has been the CEO of STC Property Management Sdn. Bhd. since July 2019. She is responsible for the development of Straits City at Penang, Butterworth, a 40-acre integrated master-planned development.

As Head of Property at Straits Developments Private Limited, Ms Tan manages the Group’s owned property assets (excluding those owned, operated or managed by Straits Real Estate Pte. Ltd.) as well as other properties which are outsourced to the Group to manage.

Ms Tan has more than 15 years of experience in developing and managing properties in Singapore and Malaysia. She graduated from the Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and holds a Master of Science in Environment Engineering, a Master in Real Estate and a Master in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.

Joyce Tan Wei Tze

Group Financial Controller

Ms Joyce Tan Wei Tze has been Group Financial Controller since 31 December 2020 and oversees its finance, accounting, risk management and tax matters.

She has over 24 years of experience in finance, accounting, tax, treasury, investment banking and corporate finance. She was Chief Financial Officer Retail Asia of Robinson and Company Private Limited (2017 to 2019), and Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Financial Services of Genting Hong Kong Limited (2009 to 2017).

Ms Tan holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Accounting from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the HK Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Goh Yah Huay

GROUP TREASURER
CFO, STRAITS REAL ESTATE PTE. LTD.

Ms Goh Yah Huay has been Group Treasurer of Straits Trading since January 2018. She is also the CFO at Straits Real Estate, overseeing its accounting, treasury and finance-related matters.

An accountant by training, Ms Goh has over 20 years of experience in accounting, controllership, treasury, financial planning and analysis. She is well-versed with the financial landscape in Asia Pacific and has a track record in financial modelling to address key business challenges.

Ms Goh holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University and is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore since 1998.

MANAGEMENT TEAM


STRAITS DEVELOPMENTS PRIVATE LIMITED

Dr Allen Tan

Head
Portfolio Management

Dr Allen Tan has been the Head of Portfolio Management at Straits Developments Private Limited since July 2019. He is responsible for overseeing the Group’s portfolio and investee companies’ performance, as well as the development of strategies and action plans to improve performance.

Dr Allen Tan has 15 years of experience in corporate strategy and management consulting. Prior to his current role, he worked in PwC Singapore focusing on commercial due diligence and business planning for private equity clients.

Dr Allen Tan holds a PhD in Management from Nanyang Technological University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

Foo Chek Wee

Head
Human Capital & Office Administration

Mr Foo Chek Wee has been the Head of Human Capital and Office Administration of Straits Developments Private Limited since July 2020. His key responsibility is to oversee the strategic and operational aspects of human capital for the Group.

Previously, Mr Foo had served in VISA as Regional and International HR Business Partner and as Country HR Business Partner at American Express. He was also the Regional HR Director for ZALORA, Riot Games and Oriente.

Mr Foo was honoured with various accolades including Singapore’s LinkedIn Power Profile (2015 & 2016) and Captain of HR by HRM Magazine (2014).

Mr Foo holds a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) from the National University of Singapore.

Selina Ho

Head
Investors' Relations & Corporate Secretariat
Head
Corporate Communications

Ms Selina Ho joined Straits Developments Private Limited in March 2021 as Head of Investors' Relations & Corporate Secretariat. Concurrently, she is also the Head of Corporate Communications. She is responsible for overseeing the Group’s communications and investor relations initiatives, as well as corporate secretarial matters.

Ms Ho has 20 years of marketing and communications experience. Before her current role, she was Cluster Head for North Region at the Silver Generation Office, the outreach arm of the Agency for Integrated Care. She was in charge of the communication of government healthcare policies and case management.

Ms Ho holds an Executive MBA from the Singapore Management University.

James Kwie

Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Management

Mr James Kwie has been the Portfolio Manager at Straits Developments Private Limited (“Straits Developments”) since January 2015. His responsibilities include investment evaluation, strategy development, transaction management, monitoring of portfolio and investee companies for Straits Trading. He also supports the investor relations function of the Group.

Before joining Straits Developments, he held management roles with Ascendas Funds Management, the Manager of Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust (“AREIT”). He was also Vice President of a boutique private equity firm.

Mr Kwie graduated with Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

Straits Real Estate Pte. Ltd.

Paul Yi

DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER

Mr Paul Yi is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Straits Real Estate Pte. Ltd. (“Straits Real Estate”). Concurrently, he has been the Chief Investment Officer since joining the company in October 2016. He is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s investment strategies globally.

Mr Yi has over 25 years of experience across various asset classes and geographies. Before joining Straits Real Estate, he was the CEO of ARA Managers (Asia Dragon II) Pte. Ltd. and Head of Investments for ARA Private Funds. Prior to that, he was based in Japan for three years as Head of Business Development at Capmark Finance. He was also the Head of Investments under Merrill Lynch’s global principal investments group for four years in Korea and Hong Kong and previously held roles at BlackRock and PNC Bank in the United States.

Mr Yi holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Adeline Fong

DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
HEAD OF ASSET MANAGEMENT

Ms Adeline Fong joined Straits Real Estate Pte. Ltd. (“Straits Real Estate”) in November 2014 and is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Asset Management of the company. She is responsible for driving Straits Real Estate’s asset management strategies and is adept in adopting holistic approaches for value creation.

Ms Fong has more than 25 years of experience in real estate investment, asset management and property development. Prior to joining Straits Real Estate, Ms Fong was Assistant Director of Asset Management at Alpha Investment Partners. She had also been the Head of Business Development and Investment at OUB Centre Limited.

Ms Fong holds a Bachelor of Business from the Nanyang Technological University and a Master of Science in Real Estate from the National University of Singapore.

Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad

Nicolas Chen Seong Lee

Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Administration)

Mr Nicolas Chen Seong Lee is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Administration) of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad (“MSC” or “Group”). He joined MSC in November 2017 as General Manager (Special Projects) of CEO’s Office before being redesignated as Deputy CEO. He is responsible for assisting MSC’s CEO on matters covering corporate, human resource, security, procurement, legal and administration for the Group.

Mr Chen has more than 10 years of experience in taxation and corporate banking. He held various positions at Arthur Andersen & Co., Kuala Lumpur, Affin Merchant Bank and KPMG Tax Services Sdn. Bhd. Prior to joining MSC, he managed an agro-based company involved in farming and exporting a Malaysian produced fruit and downstream products.

Mr Chen holds a LLB (Honours) from the University of London.

Lam Hoi Khong

Group Chief Financial Officer

Mr Lam Hoi Khong is the Group Chief Financial Officer of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad (“MSC”). He joined MSC in January 2019 and is responsible for overseeing the accounting, business support, financial planning and analysis, treasury, investor relations and tax functions at MSC.

Mr Lam has close to 30 years of working experience in the areas of finance, accounting, corporate finance, auditing and taxation. Before joining MSC, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Tien Wah Press Holdings Berhad. He was also the Chief Financial Officer of Petaling Tin Berhad for 10 years.

Mr Lam holds a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accountancy from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He is also a Chartered Accountant of Malaysian Institute of Accountant and Member of Certified Practising Accountants Australia.

IR. Raveentiran A/L Krishnan

Group Chief Operating Officer, Smelting

Ir. Raveentiran A/L Krishnan is the Chief Operating Officer for the smelting operations of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad (“MSC”). He has been with MSC since 1988 and is responsible for MSC’s tin smelting business, ensuring the company remains as the world’s largest and most cost-effective custom tin smelter.

Ir. Raveentiran has over 30 years of experience with MSC and has held various positions within the company including Safety & Environment Engineer and Research & Development Manager.

Ir. Raveentiran is a Registered Professional Engineer in Malaysia and holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Chemical & Process) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is also a Member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia.

En. Madzlan bin Zam

Executive Director & Senior General Manager
Rahman Hydraulic Tin Sdn. Bhd.

En. Madzlan bin Zam is the Executive Director and Senior General Manager of Rahman Hydraulic Tin Sdn. Bhd. (“RHT”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad (“MSC”). He joined MSC in 2002 and is currently responsible for overseeing the operations of RHT and the tin mine at Klian Intan, Perak.

En. Madzlan brings with him over 40 years of experience in exploration and mining. Prior to joining MSC, he was a Mining Geologist at Malaysia Mining Corporation Berhad from 1981 to 2002, in charge of tin and gold exploration and mining projects in Malaysia and overseas markets.

En. Madzlan holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is a Registered Professional Geologist with the Board of Geologists Malaysia and a member of various institutes in the geological and mining sectors.

Yoon Choon Kong

Group Internal Auditor

Mr Yoon Choon Kong is the Group Internal Auditor of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad (“MSC”). He joined Straits Trading, the holding company of MSC, in 1978 as an Accounting Officer. In 1985, he was promoted to Accountant at MSC, before assuming his present position in 1995. Concurrently, he also holds the portfolio of General Manager, Special Projects since 2018.

Mr Yoon has over 40 years of working experience with Straits Trading as well as MSC, and held various positions including Vice President of Group Internal Audit at Straits Trading.

Mr Yoon holds a Diploma in Management from the Malaysian Institute of Management. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia and Certified Lead Auditor of National Registration Scheme for Lead Assessors of Quality Systems (UK).