Group Managing Director
Mr Norman Ip Ka Cheung joined the Board in December 2009 and was last re-elected as a Director in 2013. Mr Ip was appointed as the Group Managing Director on 1 December 2015 and serves as a member of the Executive Committee.
Currently, Mr Ip is an Independent Director of Great Eastern Holdings Limited (ďGEHĒ) where he served as Acting Group Chief Executive Officer till 1 November 2015. In addition, he serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad. He is also an Independent and Non-Executive Director of AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT Management Limited as well as a member of the Building and Construction Authority Board and Securities Industry Council.
Mr Ip was the former Chairman and Director of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad and a Director of Australia Oriental Minerals NL and UE E&C Ltd. He retired as the President and Group CEO of The Straits Trading Company Limited (ďSTCĒ) in October 2009. Prior to joining STC in 1983, he was with Ernst & Whinney (now known as Ernst & Young LLP).
Mr Ip holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) from London School of Economics & Political Science, UK. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as well as a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore.
Group Chief Financial Officer (GCFO)
Mr Roy Tan is the GCFO who is responsible for finance and other corporate functions of the Group, and is also responsible for the Groupís strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, new business initiatives and divestitures. Mr Tan is presently overseeing the Groupís Property division.
Mr Tan has more than 15 years of experience in operations management, business development and strategic planning. Before joining the WBL Group in May 2006, he held various positions in OCBC Bank, ST Electronics and PhillipCapital.
Mr Tan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from University of Oxford, UK, as well as Master of Social Sciences (Applied Economics) and Master of Science (Management of Technology) from National University of Singapore. He is a FRM certified by Global Association of Risk Professionals and a CFA charterholder.
Mr Chan Hong Wai is the Managing Director of the Groupís Manufacturing division and is responsible for strategy and operations in the precision engineering and electronics manufacturing sectors.
Mr Chan has more than 30 years of experience in the precision engineering, electronics and mechanical contract manufacturing, as well as computing and data storage industries. He joined the WBL Group in 2007 as Managing Director of the manufacturing division. Before joining the Group, he was CEO of MFS Technology Ltd. He had also held various management positions in MMI Holdings Ltd, IBM Data Storage and Conner Peripherals.
Mr Chan holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from National University of Singapore.
Mr Allan Chen is the Managing Director of the Groupís China division and is responsible for the Groupís property development, operations management and property management in China. He has oversight on all of the Groupís corporate matters within China.
Mr Chen has 20 years of experience in auditing, finance and corporate development in Singapore and China. He joined the WBL Group in 2002 and held positions of Regional Finance Director and Regional Director for WBLís China property division. Prior to joining the WBL Group, he was a regional accountant in IBM Singapore.
Mr Chen holds a Bachelor of Economics from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics as well as a Master in Business Administration from National University of Singapore. He is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore (ďCA (Singapore)Ē) and a Fellow member of ACCA (FCCA), UK.
General Manager (Operations)
Mr Goh Yiow Kuang is the General Manager (Operations) of the Groupís Property division and is responsible for its operations in Singapore and the region.
Mr Goh has more than 20 years of experience in building and infrastructural engineering design, project management, construction management and real estate development in Singapore, as well as operations management in China. Prior to joining the Group, he held the position of Director (MD & Group CEOís office) of Koh Brothers Group Limited. He was also a key council member of Singapore Contractors Association Limited from February 2012 to April 2016.
Mr Goh holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from Nanyang Technological University, Master of Science (Civil Engineering) from National University of Singapore as well as Master in Business Administration (Finance) from University of Nottingham, UK.
Engineering & Distribution (E&D) Division
Mr Steven Ong is the CEO of the Groupís E&D division and is responsible for its strategy and operations.
Mr Ong joined the WBL Group in 1984 as Financial Controller and Company Secretary of Polytek Wearnes Holding Limited. Since then, he had held the positions of General Manager (Finance & Administration) and Company Secretary of Wearnes International (1994) Limited (now known as WBL International (1994) Limited) and Managing Director of WBLís trading division. Before joining the WBL Group, he was with Price Waterhouse (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP).
Mr Ong holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of New South Wales, Australia. He is a CA (Singapore) and a Fellow of CPA (Australia).
Mr Ryan Sun is the General Manager of the Groupís Hospitality division that manages the Park Avenue chain of hotels and serviced apartments which has a total 748 hotel keys, as well as UE Serviced Office and Convention Centre business in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Mr Sun joined the Groupís facility management business in 1991 as the Manager in Taiwan and subsequently the General Manager in Singapore. He became the country head for the
Groupís environmental engineering investments in China before heading the Hospitality division. Prior to joining the Group, he was the Head of Marketing with American Management Association.
Mr Sun holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fu-Jen Catholic University of Taipei, Taiwan. He is a council member of SHATEC Mentorship Advisory Council.