Leadership

Mr Chay Yiowmin

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

MR CHAY YIOWMIN was appointed as an Independent Director of the Company on 3 April 2019 and chairs the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Remuneration Committee and Nominating Committee of the Company. Mr Chay was subsequently re-designated as the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Company on 1 November 2020.

 

Mr Chay is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Chay Corporate Advisory Pte. Ltd., a boutique corporate advisory firm. Mr Chay is also the Lead Independent Director of UMS Holdings Limited and a non-executive director of 8I Holdings Limited and Ntegrator International Limited. Between 2013 and 2015, Mr. Chay was the Lead Independent Director of Livingstone Health Holdings Limited (f.k.a. Advance SCT Limited), and between 2019 and 2020, Mr. Chay was a Non-Executive Director of Libra Group Limited.

 

Since graduating in 1998, Mr Chay has accumulated many years of public accounting experience in Singapore and the United Kingdom with a number of reputable international accounting firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Deloitte and Touche LLP, Moore Stephens LLP and BDO LLP, the latter of which he was the advisory partner heading the Corporate Finance Practice from 2012 to 2019. Prior to joining BDO LLP, Mr Chay was an assurance partner with Moore Stephens LLP from 2010 to 2012, specialising in financial services and shipping.

 

Mr Chay holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) and a Master of Business from Nanyang Technological University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Birmingham. Mr Chay is also a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA Singapore) of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), a Chartered Valuer and Appraiser (CVA) of the Institute of Valuers and Appraisers of Singapore (IVAS) and a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional (CFTP) of the Finance and Treasury Association (FTA).

 

Mr Chay currently sits on the Singapore steering committee of the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA), and the Standards and Technical Committee of IVAS, the latter of which Mr Chay is a programme instructor. Mr Chay is also an associate lecturer with the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) teaching financial statements and valuation. Mr Chay is also an active Grassroots Leader, serving as an assistant treasurer with the Kebun Baru Citizens Consultative Committee (CCC), a treasurer with the Fernvale CCC and a chairman of the Fernvale Community Development and Welfare Fund (CDWF). Mr Chay is also a member of the Kebun Baru Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles. Mr Chay was awarded the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (Public Service Medal) (PBM) by the President of the Republic of Singapore on 9 August 2016.

Ms Samantha Hua Lei

Executive Director and  Chief Executive Officer

MS SAMANTHA HUA LEI was appointed an Executive Director of the Company on 1 November 2020 and she was re-designated as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company on 16 February 2022. As the Company’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, she is responsible for overseeing and managing the Group’s operations and corporate functions, as well as work together with the Board in formulating the Company’s business strategies and identifying growth opportunities.

 

Ms Hua joined the Company on 1 March 2016 as a senior member of the finance and accounting department. Subsequently, she was appointed as the Group Financial Controller on 1 June 2016 and she was promoted to Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 18 March 2019.

 

Prior to joining the Group, Ms Hua was the Group Finance Controller of a company listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange for three years, where she set and oversaw the implementation of its financial objectives including all aspects of finance, accounting and taxation. She also had six years of working experience with CPA firms providing business assurance and advisory services to listed companies and MNCs operating in South-East Asia.

 

Ms Hua holds a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree and is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Mr Ricky Sim Eng Huat

Independent Director

Mr Ricky Sim Eng Huat was appointed as an Independent Director of the Company on 1 July 2015 and was last re-elected on 30 October 2020. He is Chairman of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committee.

 

Mr Sim started his career in 1977 with the Singapore Civil Service where he spent a total of 18 years, during which he served six years in Hong Kong and three years in Bangkok as a diplomat. In 1994, he entered into the private sector by joining Suntec Investment Group of Companies (“SIPL”) where he stayed for another seventeen years.

 

While in SIPL, Mr Sim managed the business strategy and operations for three subsidiary companies, covering M&E and janitor services, food court operations and Olio Dome chain of cafes.

 

In addition to fulfilling the role of Chief Operating Officer of SIPL, Mr Sim was the Managing Director of Chesterton Suntec International Property Consultants from 1997 to 2013. He had been one of the Honorary Advisers to the Real Estate Developers Association of Singapore from 2005 to 2013 and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors since its founding in January 2000.

 

Upon leaving the private sector in 2013, he started his own company, dealing in Real Estate Consultancy, Business Advisory as well as Recruitment Services.

 

Mr Sim is currently an Independent Director and Chairman of the Nominating Committee of Mary Chia Holdings Limited. His past directorships include Chairman of Nominating Committee of Lafe Corporation Ltd and SK Jewellery Group Ltd.

 

In addition, he was appointed the Honorary Secretary of Singapore Scouts Association from 2003 to 2013 where in the later years, was conferred the Distinguished Service (Silver) Award in August 2010 by the late President of Singapore, Mr S R Nathan. His other social contributions include being the Vice Chairman of Singapore Kindness Movement from 2007 to 2013 and Honorary Secretary/Treasurer of Singapore International Institute Affairs from 2008 to 2013.

Mr Chng Hee Kok

Independent Director

MR CHNG HEE KOK was appointed as an Independent Director of the Company on 26 December 2019. He is also the Remuneration Committee Chairman as well as a member of the Audit and Nominating Committees.

 

Mr Chng was formerly a Member of Parliament of Singapore from 1984 to 2001. His business experience and leadership positions spanned across Manufacturing, Property Development, Hotel Management, Trading, Entertainment and Food & Beverage Industries. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Yeo Hiap Seng Ltd, Scotts Holdings Limited, Hartawan Holdings Limited, HG Metals Manufacturing Limited and LH Group Limited. He held past directorships at Public Utilities Board, Sentosa Development Corporation and Singapore Institute of Directors.

 

Mr Chng currently serves as Independent Director in Full Apex (Holdings) Limited, Luxking Group Holdings Limited, United Food Holdings Limited, The Place Holdings Ltd., Blackgold Natural Resources Limited, as Chairman and Independent Director in Ellipsiz Ltd. (retiring in October 2021), as an Independent Director in KTL Global Limited and interim Chief Executive Officer of Chemical Industries (Far East) Limited (appointed in October 2021).

 

Mr Chng graduated from the University of Singapore with a First Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and was awarded Institute of Engineers Singapore Gold Medal and Mobil Silver Medal. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the National University of Singapore, and completed the Program for Executive Development at IMD Lausanne Switzerland.

Mr Tan Siji Macarthur

Non-Independent Non-Executive

MR TAN SIJI MACARTHUR was appointed as an Non-Independent NonExecutive Director of the Company on 5 November 2020. He is also a member of the Remuneration and Nominating Committee.

 

Mr Tan is currently the Executive Director for Burpple Pte Ltd, where he manages strategy and all other chief executive functions. Mr Tan is also an Associate Director of Blue Ocean Capital Partners Pte Ltd, where he is involved in investment evaluation, corporate finance advisory and advisory on mergers and acquisitions on deals ranging from US$10 million – US$50 million.

 

Mr Tan has accumulated 5 years of working experience with CPA and advisory firms, providing business assurance and advisory services to listed companies and MNCs operating in Southeast Asia. He has also served on the boards of investment holding companies, managing a diversified group of assets including debt instruments, global equities and wastewater treatment plants.

 

Mr. Tan holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of London.

Mr Ling Ee Dee

Group Financial Controller

MR LING EE DEE was appointed as the Company’s Group Financial Controller on 5 November 2020. He oversees the Group’s key financial functions and he is also responsible for the overall financial reporting for the Group.

 

Mr Ling joined the Company in May 2013 as the Group Assistant Finance Manager and was promoted to Group Finance Manager on 1 January 2019. Subsequently on 5 November 2020, he became a key member of the Company’s management team with his promotion to Group Financial Controller.

 

Prior to joining the Company, Mr Ling was the Group Assistant Finance Manager of a company listed on the Catalist of the Singapore Stock Exchange for a year, where he assisted and supported the Group Financial Controller and Chief Financial Officer to oversee and implement various financial strategies including all aspects of finance, accounting and taxation. He also has two years of working experience with CPA firms, providing business assurance and advisory services to MNCs operating in Southeast Asia.

 

Mr Ling graduated with Advanced Diploma in Commerce (Financial Accounting). He is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) and an affiliate of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).