Board of Directors
Wong Ngit Liong Chairman & CEO
Mr Wong Ngit Liong is the Chairman and CEO of the Group. He is also a member of the Nominating Committee and chairs the Investment Committee. He was last re-appointed as Director of the Company on 27 April 2016. He sits on the boards of the various Group subsidiaries.
Mr Wong has been instrumental in the growth of the Venture Group since its inception. From its humble beginnings as a start-up in the EMS Business, Venture has transformed into a leading global provider of technology solutions, products and services, with strong emphasis on innovative design and engineering, advanced manufacturing, order fulfilment and product marketing, as well as field and sales distribution.
In recognition of his leadership and business acumen, Mr Wong has been accorded numerous accolades including Businessman of the Year in 1998 (awarded by DHL Worldwide Express/Business Times), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Singapore) in 2002 and Asiamoney’s Best CEO Award (Singapore) in 2004. In 2012, Mr Wong was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day Awards for his contributions to Singapore in the fields of Education, Trade & Industries and Research, Innovation and Enterprise. In November 2017, Mr Wong was conferred the National University of Singapore (NUS) Eminent Alumni Award, presented to alumni who have distinguished themselves nationally or internationally for their exceptional and sustained contributions and achievements in public and community service. As Chairman of the NUS Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2016, Mr Wong was instrumental in transforming the university from a respected local teaching institution dedicated to manpower development into a leading global university, that is highly regarded for its scholarship and research.
Mr Wong spent the first 12 years of his career with Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), and held various management positions at HP headquarters in Palo Alto, United States. He was actively engaged in the start-up of HP Singapore. He was also the founding Director and General Manager of HP Malaysia.
Mr Wong’s past directorships include Singapore Exchange Limited, Royal Philips Electronics, DBS Bank Ltd, SIA Engineering Company Ltd, the Economic Development Board of Singapore and International Enterprise Singapore. He was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the National University of Singapore. He was also appointed a member of both the Constitutional Commission and the Ministerial Salary Review Committee by the Singapore Government.
Mr Wong holds a 1st Class (Honours) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malaya, and a Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in the United States where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree with distinction from McGill University under the Canadian Commonwealth Fellowship.
Cecil Vivian Richard Wong Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Cecil Vivian Richard Wong, who was last re-appointed as Director of the Company on 27 April 2016, is the Chairman of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee.
Mr Wong serves on the Boards of Pan-United Corporation Ltd, Chartered Asset Management Pte Ltd and John K Young Pte Ltd.
Mr Wong has retired as partner of Ernst & Young International after spending more than 30 years there and in its predecessor companies. He continues to be actively involved in social work by serving at several non-profit organisations. In recognition of his contributions to Singapore, he was awarded the Public Service Medal and the Public Service Star by the President of Singapore in 1992 and 2000 respectively.
Mr Wong’s past directorships include British & Malayan Trustees Ltd, CK Tang Ltd, Bukit Sembawang Estates Limited, and several other Malaysian and Singapore public companies.
Mr Wong holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cambridge University’s Fitzwilliam College. He is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Koh Lee Boon Independent Non-Executive Director
Lead Independent Director
Mr Koh Lee Boon serves as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and is also a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating Committee. He was last re-appointed as Director of the Company on 27 April 2016 and has been the Lead Independent Director since 25 April 2014.
Mr Koh has more than 13 years of managerial experience in two companies within the electronics manufacturing industry, where he served as Executive Director. Until 1996, Mr Koh was Senior Vice President and Partner of SEAVI International Fund Management Pte Ltd and up to July 2012, he was a Director of SEAVI International Fund Management Pte Ltd and SEAVI Venture Management Pte Ltd.
Mr Koh holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malaya.
Goon Kok Loon Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Goon Kok Loon serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He was last re-appointed as Director of the Company on 27 April 2016.
Currently, Mr Goon is the Executive Chairman of Global Maritime & Port Services Pte Ltd, a port management and design consultancy company. Mr Goon currently also sits on the Boards of Regal International Group Ltd and Yongnam Holdings Ltd. Mr Goon has accumulated more than 38 years of experience in senior management positions with the Port of Singapore Authority and PSA Corporation Limited. For his contributions to the maritime sector, he was awarded the Silver and Gold Public Administration Medals by the Singapore Government in 1976 and 1989 respectively.
Mr Goon previously served on the Boards of Jaya Holdings Ltd, Singapore Petroleum Company Limited and Jurong Port Pte Ltd.
Mr Goon holds a 1st Class (Honours) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom and attended the Postgraduate Study Programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport.
Wong Yew Meng Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Wong Yew Meng is a member of the Audit Committee, the Nominating Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He was last re-elected as Director of the Company on 27 April 2016.
Mr Wong currently serves in various public organisations such as the Land Transport Authority of Singapore, the People’s Association, the Nanyang Technological University, the Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation Limited and the Kidney Dialysis Foundation Ltd. He is also an independent Director of Ascendas Funds Management (S) Ltd.
Mr Wong joined the former Price Waterhouse in 1974 and was admitted as an Audit-Partner in 1985, before retiring from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2008. He was the audit engagement partner on a number of listed company and unlisted company audits including major financial institutions and commercial enterprises and was involved in several large client Initial Public Offer (IPO) listings. He played a key role in building up the financial services practice of the accounting firm and had extensive experience auditing companies in a variety of industries such as electronics, manufacturing, trading, petrochemical and services. His vast audit experience included acting as reporting accountant for IPOs and the provision of accounting advice for mergers. In addition, he was the investigative accountant in several large-scale Singapore corporate investigations.
Mr Wong graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science, with a degree in Economics. Mr Wong is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA). He was a former practicing Certified Public Accountant of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (now known as ISCA), as well as the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority.
Mr Wong was previously Chairman of the Health Promotion Board, Chairman of the Singapore National Eye Centre, a Director of the Singapore Eye Research Institute, and a board member of the Public Utilities Board and the Competition Commission of Singapore, amongst other appointments.
Jonathan Huberman Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Jonathan S. Huberman is a member of the Audit Committee and the Investment Committee. He was last re-elected as Director of the Company on 27 April 2017.
Mr Huberman is currently the CEO of Ooyala, Inc., a US-based company, which provides online video technology products and services, including managing and delivering online videos around the globe to all devices.
Mr Huberman has extensive technology industry knowledge and global operations expertise, having held positions as President of Portfolio Operations at Skyview Capital LLC and Managing Director of Operations at The Gores Group. He was also the President and CEO of NewNet Communication Technologies LLC, where he propelled the long-term growth strategy of the organisation. In addition, he acted as CEO of Syncplicity Inc, leading the organisation to be a recognised leader in the clouds, and President and CEO of Tiburon Inc., enhancing the organisation’s ratings and financial performance.
Prior to Tiburon, Mr Huberman was the President and CEO of Iomega Corporation (now known as LenovoEMC), where he conducted its successful China growth initiatives and played a key role in driving the organisation towards profitability.
Mr Huberman currently serves on the Board of Aculon, Inc. He previously held directorships on the Boards of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation and the Breitling Energy Corporation.
Mr Huberman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Princeton University in New Jersey and an MBA majoring in Entrepreneurial Management and Strategic Planning from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Han Thong Kwang Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Han Thong Kwang is a member of the Audit Committee and the Investment Committee. He was last re-elected as Director of the Company on 27 April 2017.
Mr Han has a strong background, global experience and depth of knowledge in the technology industry. He has held various senior management roles in operations and had worldwide product-line responsibilities. He was the Vice President of the Business Printing Division of Hewlett-Packard Company for 14 years. He was involved in the development, execution and management of the business worldwide, and product and solution strategies for the printing business.
Mr Han holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (Honours) and a Master of Science in Management of Technology from the National University of Singapore.
Kay Kuok Oon Kwong Independent Non-Executive Director
Ms Kay Kuok Oon Kwong has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 January 2018.
Ms Kuok is the Executive Chairman of Shangri-La Hotel Limited (Singapore), Managing Director of Shangri-La Hotels (Malaysia) Bhd and Director of Shangri-La Hotels Public Company Limited (Thailand). She sits on the boards of Kuok (Singapore) Limited (and its various subsidiaries) and Kuok Brothers Sdn Bhd.
Ms Kuok is currently the Chairman of the National Healthcare Group Pte Ltd and the Yale-NUS College Governing Board. She has made notable contributions to education, tourism, healthcare, the arts and the environment, serving on several other educational and community service organisations, industry groups and government bodies, including MOH Holdings Pte Ltd, the Singapore Hotels Association, SymAsia Foundation Limited, The Courage Fund Limited, the VIVA Foundation for Children with Cancer, the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund, the Northlight School, and the National University of Singapore.
Ms Kuok has received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Public Service Star (BBM) and the Public Service Medal (PSM) from the President of Singapore in 2015, 2005 and 1998 respectively. The Singapore Tourism Board honoured her with its Inaugural Award for Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in 2009 and its Special Recognition Award in 2004. She also received the PIS Medal from the Sultan of Johor for Social Work in 1980.
Ms Kuok is an Advocate and Solicitor (Barrister-at-Law) from Gray’s Inn, London.