DIRECTORS & EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
MR. CHUA SER MIANG
Non-Executive Chairman and Lead Independent Director
Mr. Chua is our Independent Director and was appointed to the Board on 29 December 2020. Mr. Chua is currently a Director in Crowe Horwath Capital Pte Ltd, a corporate finance advisory firm providing financial advisory for equity and debt fundraising and financial advisory for corporate actions. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance where he was primarily involved in advising local and foreign corporates on financial and equity capital market transactions including public listings, fund raising, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Chua had previously held senior positions in other financial institutions including DMG & Partners Securities and Daiwa Securities SMBC Singapore. Mr. Chua started his career as a Senior Review Officer with the Monetary Authority of Singapore in 1993. Mr Chua graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. Mr. Chua is currently the Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Director of Aoxin Q&M Dental Group Ltd and the Lead Independent Director of Yamada Green Resources Ltd, both listed on the SGX-ST.
Mr. Lim Chiau Woei
Having identified the potential in the Malaysian gold mining industry Mr. Lim together with other founding shareholders, established the Group in 2011. He is also the Managing Director of the Group. Mr. Lim’s vast knowledge, business acumen and contacts within the industry have placed him in the ideal position to oversee strategic development, expansion and growth of the Group’s business.
In 1997 Mr. Lim graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. In 2009 he obtained a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Leicester.
Mr. Lim built his career involved in various businesses which include Property Development, Project Management and the manufacturing and trading of construction material. Mr. Lim also has more than 10 years experience in the mining related industry. In December 2007 Mr. Lim became a director of Gabungan Granite Terengganu Sdn. Bhd., (GGT) a company whose business involves mineral related products such as marble and granite. Mr. Lim was instrumental in the establishment of GGT and had formulated strategies, plans and marketing concepts to expand GGT’s business globally. He is currently the Non-Executive director of GGT.
Mr. Ben Lim Beng Chew
Mr Ben Lim Beng Chew is our Executive Director. He has been appointed to our Board on 22 February 2021. He is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the Company, overseeing marketing and sales acquisition, business growth and development, strategic brand management and the day-to-day operations. Mr Ben Lim has been the CEO of Ariki Pte Ltd since 1989. With its humble beginnings as a distributor in the F&B field, Ariki ventured into multiple industries over the years, gaining exclusive distribution rights for major electronic brands across Asia. Under the strategic leadership of Ben Lim, Ariki has diversified into a holding company that is now engaged in the duty-free products distribution, import and export of various products which operate across gateway cities in Asia and are currently building a retail presence in China. Ben Lim is also a partner of Sevens Group, where he plays an instrumental role. Sevens Group specialises in property development and investments in both local and regional markets. Ben was also a co-founder of ECXX Global Pte Ltd, a leading digital asset exchange that is in the MAS Fintech Sandbox in which he resigned as director in February 2021.
Mr. Gavin Mark McIntyre
Mr. Gavin Mark McIntyre is our Independent Director and was appointed to the Board on 21 February 2017, He is a Singaporean with many years of experience in accounting related sectors. He started his career as an analyst with Dun & Bradstreet in Singapore and later joined two of the Big Four public accounting calculations. Mr. Gavin Mark McIntyre spent 7 years based in Thailand and Singapore when he was in Deloitte, where he was a project leader to lead constitution worked in the aftermath of the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997 and the Dot Com bust in the early 2000s. From 2013 to 2015, he worked as a practice director with a boutique valuation services firm with strong regional presence in Asia. Prior to that, he was holding the position of Chief Financial Officer of a listed company in Singapore for 5 years where he worked closely with the Board to review projects in the fields of mineral extraction, telecommunications, and general manufacturing and distribution. In August 2016, Gavin was appointed as an independent director at Nico Steel Holdings Ltd and is the chairman of the audit committee. Mr. Gavin Mark McIntyre graduated from Curtin University, Australia in 1989 with a degree in Accounting and since 1994, holds the status of non practicing CPA with CPA Australia.
Ms Juliana Lee Kim Lian
Ms Juliana Lee was appointed as an Independent Director of the Company on 29 December 2020. Ms Lee is a Director of Aptus Law Corporation. She has more than 25 years of experience in legal practice and currently heads the corporate practice of Aptus Law Corporation. Her main areas of practice are corporate law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore and is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. Ms Lee also presently serves as an independent director on the board of Nordic Group Limited, Dyna-Mac Holdings Ltd and Uni-Asia Group Limited.
Mr. Clarence Chong
Chief Executive Officer
Clarence Chong is the Chief Executive Officer of our group. He was appointed as on 1 April 2021. He reports directly to the board of director of the Company and will hold management responsibilities in relation to the operations of the group. He is also responsible for setting the strategic direction of the group and steering the business of the group for future growth and expansion. Clarence has over to 20 years of working experience in banking, investment and finance. Prior to joining the Company, he was the Chief Financial Officer of a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Before leaving banking sector, Clarence was previously the Client Coverage Director at RHB Securities Singapore Pte. Ltd. managing the accounts of various corporates listed in Singapore. Prior to that, he was a Senior Investment Manager at Kuwait Finance House specialising in private equity and real estate investments in ASEAN region and Vice President of Corporate Finance at HL Bank Singapore where he was involved in various investment banking transactions for companies across Asia Pacific region. Clarence attained a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University. He subsequently attained a Master of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. He is a Certified Public Accountant of Australia.
Mr. Ng Kok Hok
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ng Kok Hok is our Chief Financial Officer who joined the Group on 2nd January 2019. He has contributed his expertise to the Group on corporate matters, strategic planning and some legal aspects. Mr. Ng held senior management positions in private limited and public listed companies related to corporate finance, merger & acquisitions, Rights Issue exercise, treasury roles besides overseeing the Finance and Accounting operations. His senior management position encompasses industries of unit trust management company, telecommunications, manufacturing of industrial plastic containers and the trading of industrial chemicals. His last position before joining the Group was the Chief Financial Officer of Minetech Resources Berhad, a group of quarry, premix, construction and manufacturing of bituminous products. He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director at AIC Corporation Berhad since September 1, 2007 to March 28, 2012. He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of MMAG Holdings Berhad (formerly Ingenuity Consolidated Berhad) since December 1, 2010 to until April 10, 2016. He served as an Independent & Non-Executive Director of Sterling Progress Berhad (formerly, Tejari Technologies Bhd and 1 Utopia Berhad) from December 16, 2009 to December 1, 2016. Mr. Ng served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Globaltec Formation Berhad from March 28, 2012 to January 2, 2014. He is a Member/Certified Financial Planner of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia, a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountant, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
MR. Fan Ngee Shin
Mr. Fan is the General Manager (Corporate & Operations) in our Group. He joined the company in 2013. Mr Fan began his career in 1980 in the purchasing department of Kee Huat Industries Sdn. Bhd. and later as a Purchasing Officer with Associated Ceramic Works Sdn. Bhd., where his responsibilities included setting up the purchasing department, complete document flow management for purchases, overseas shipments, procurement, warehousing for finished products and setting up a spare parts store inventory system. In 1992 he worked at Genting Sanyen Industrial Paper Sdn. Bhd., as a Purchasing Executive and from 1993 to 1996 Mr. Fan was Assistant Procurement Manager of Genting Sanyen an independent power producer and between 1996 and 1999 he was Procurement Manager for Genting Sanyen Newsprint Sdn. Bhd. Later in 1999 he was appointed Field Manager of Genting Oil & Gas (China) a company in Shandong Province which was in the business of enhanced oil recovery. During his time here he was in charge of oil field operations, increasing crude oil production, deepening oil wells and introducing new technology. Between 2005 and 2012 he was appointed General Manager of the same company he worked for earlier, Genting Sanyen Industrial Paper Sdn. Bhd., where his responsibilities included procurement of all raw materials for paper manufacturing in Malaysia, Singapore, Europe, Australia and the United States.
THE STRONG WORKING RELATIONSHIP
The Group has built a strong working relationship with the State Government Authority, PMINT and other local and Malaysian government authorities and agencies that regulate the mining industry for licences, permits and approvals that enable us to carry on and continue the business of mining and producing gold in compliance with the relevant Malaysian laws.