Towards a Better Tomorrow

Key Day-To-Day Management: Corporate

Managing Director: Dr. Nick Low

Executive Director: Datuk Wira Lim Kim Long

Chief Financial Officer: Mr. Cheong Kee Yoong

Senior Management

Cheong Kee Yoong
Chief Financial Officer

Aged 55, Male, Malaysian

Mr. Cheong was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the Company on 1 October 2013. He is currently also the Independent Non-Executive Director of Eden Inc. Berhad.

He graduated from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”) and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (“MIA”). He has more than twenty (20) years of working experience particularly full spectrum of financial management, corporate planning, treasury management, risk management, tax planning and investors relation activities in various industries. He was mainly attached to the corporate office of public listed company in his career.

Alex Chan Choon Hoong
Chief Strategic Development Officer

Aged 51, Male, Malaysian

Mr. Alex Chan joined Southern Acids Cronos Resource Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of SAB on 15 December 2010.

He holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.ENG) from King’s College, University of London. Mr. Alex Chan is currently involved in the strategic development of palm oil and related businessess. In addition, he also oversees the palm kernel expeller overhead conveyor loading services business and management services business. Prior to joining the Group, Mr Alex Chan was the head of the business development team of an environmental packaging products company.

Jennifer Low Swee Yim
Strategic Integration Director

Aged 43, Female, Malaysian

Ms. Jennifer Low joined Southern Acids Cronos Resource Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of SAB on 5 January 2009.

She holds a Degree in Information Technology (B.IT) from Charles Sturt University, Australia and a Master’s Degree in Commerce (Majoring in Accounting and Information System) from University of Sydney, Australia. Since January 2015, Ms. Jennifer Low has been involved in supporting the strategic re-engineering of the Group’s operating business management body for palm oil and related technical operation assets with specialisation on strategic integration. In March 2019, Ms. Jennifer Low was appointed as Integration Director of Southern Acids Industries Sdn. Bhd. and was shortly after promoted as Strategic Integration Director of SAB in March 2020.

Prior to joining the Group, Ms. Jennifer Low was a Manager in Business Assurance with PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia, specialising in systems and process reviews for large multi-national companies globally.

Edward Lai (Lai Fu Khate)
Special Technology Affairs Director

Aged 35, Male, Malaysian

Mr. Edward Lai joined Southern Edible Oil Industries (M) Sdn. Bhd. (“SEOI”), a sister company of SAB on 16 July 2014 and subsequently transferred to the Chief Executive Officer's office of SAB on 1 January 2022.

He holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSc ChE) from National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Mr Edward Lai has been involved in supporting the technical operations of palm oil refining and specialty fats making, as well as the commercial marketing and sales of palm oil products during his employment period with SEOI. Prior to joining SEOI, Mr Edward Lai was a CZ Technology Engineer with Siltronic Samsung Wafer Pte. Ltd., Singapore, specialising in silicon crystal growing process technology to manufacture 300mm silicon wafers.

Thevakumar Kaliaperumal
General Manager Operations, Milling & Cultivation

Aged 53, Male, Malaysian

Mr. Thevakumar joined SAB on 1 December 2013. He was promoted to Deputy General Manager in 1 October 2021 and General Manager Operations on 1 January 2023.

Mr. Thevakumar holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Bedford College, Kuala Lumpur. He is currently in-charge of SAB’s Milling & Cultivation operation business unit which is based in Riau, Indonesia. He started his career with an oil palm plantation and milling group, JC Chang Group Ltd in 1989. He was the senior assistant manager while at JC Chang Group in the milling section. He subsequently left in 2011 to join Kurnia Setia Bhd. prior to joining the Group. While at Kurnia Setia Bhd., he was also assigned similar post and handled milling side.

Over the years, he has accumulated more than thirty (30) years of experience in the oil palm industry especially in milling management.

Herry Mukiat
General Manager Development, Milling & Cultivation

Aged 59, Male, Indonesian

Mr. Mukiat was appointed as General Manager Development on 1 January 2023. He has spent several years with Indonesian conglomerates of Raja Garuda Mas from 2004 to 2010 and held various directorships at Barito Pacific across Indonesia. He has also spent seven years in corporate banking with Credit Lyonnais in Indonesia and France from 1991 to 1998. He holds a degree in Bachelor of Business from University of Incarnate Word, Texas, United States of America ("USA") in 1988 with and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Texas at San Antonio, USA.

He was appointed as a Commissioner for PT Mustika Agro Sari ("PTMAS") and PT. Wanasari Nusantara ("PTWan") between 7th October 2010 to 14 September 2022. He was subsequently appointed as the Director for PTMAS and PTWan on 14 September 2022.

Tiong Chuu Ling
Chief Operating Officer, Oleochemical Manufacturing

Aged 70, Male, Malaysian

Mr. Tiong joined Southern Acids Industries Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of SAB on 1 July 1982. He was promoted as the Chief Operating Officer on 18 January 2011.

Mr. Tiong holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Auckland. He has vast experience in oleochemical industry particularly in marketing aspects. He currently oversees the whole operation of SAB’s Oleochemical Manufacturing.

Khoo Chin Tee
General Manager, Oleochemical Manufacturing

Aged 61, Male, Malaysian

Mr. Khoo joined Southern Acids Industries Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of SAB on 8 January 1990. He was promoted as the General Manager on 2 January 2023.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Campbell University, USA. He has thirty three (33) years of extensive experience in sales and marketing in the oleochemical industry. He currently oversees the sales and marketing operation of SAB’s Oleochemical Manufacturing.

Tan Suet Guan
Hospital Director, Healthcare Services

Aged 65, Female, Malaysian

Madam Tan was appointed as Hospital Director of Southern Medicare Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of SAB on 2 September 2014.

She holds a Diploma in Management from University of Malaya. She has more than thirty (30) years of experience in the healthcare industry and involved in the areas of accounting, information technology and management. She is currently in-charge of SAB’s Healthcare Services. Madam Tan began her career with Pantai Hospital (“Pantai”) as an Accounts Officer in 1982 and rose to the rank of Chief Executive Officer before she left and joined Sunway Medical Centre (“SMC”) in 2013. During her stint with Pantai, Madam Tan introduced the new Paediatric Ward, Satellite Pharmacy, Hearing Centre, Endoscopy Services, Cancer Centre, Breast Care Centre and Spine & Joint Centre. In 2009, she guided Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur to achieve the prestigious Joint Commission International (“JCI”) Accreditation. During her short tenure with SMC, she steered SMC to become the first hospital in Southeast Asia to achieve the Australia Council on Healthcare Standards (“ACHS”) Award in 2014.

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