Sapphire Corporation Ltd


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Board Of Directors & Key Executive

Ms Wang Heng - Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Ms. Wang Heng was appointed to the Board with effect from 16 March 2016 and re-designated as Chief Executive Officer on 15 December 2017. She is a co-founder and executive director of Ranken Railway Construction Group Co., Ltd. (“Ranken Railway”).

A qualified engineer and technician, Ms Wang started her career with CRB China, where she worked in engineering technology and marketing for almost 10 years before founding Ranken Railway. She has worked in the civil engineering sector for 27 years, and has accumulated a wealth of experience in urban mass transit. She specializes in strategic management, market expansion and resource integration. Under her leadership, Ranken Railway has a presence in 18 cities and ranks among the top Chinese private enterprises in urban rail transit.

As a co-founder of Ranken Railway, Ms. Wang is experienced with project tendering and bidding for small and large-scale civil engineering contracts in China. She oversees the company’s operations, business development strategy and expansion into new markets.

Ms. Wang holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University with a major in Railway Engineering, as well as an Executive MBA from Tsinghua University.

Ms. Wang was last elected as a Director of the Company on 27 April 2016.

Mr Cheung Wai Suen - Executive Chairman

Mr Cheung Wai Suen was appointed to the Board with effect from 16 March 2016 and was re-designated to Chairman of the Board on 28 February 2018. He brings with him more than 30 years of experience in China’s civil engineering and construction sector.

Mr Cheung has been an executive director of Ranken Railway Construction Group Co., Ltd (“Ranken Railway”) since 1998, during which he advised Ranken Railway on key operational matters, marketing strategies and overseas expansions. He currently assists with the formulation of Ranken Railway’s corporate and investment strategies.

Mr Cheung holds a Bachelor of Law from Renmin University of China and an Executive MBA from Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management.

Mr Cheung was last elected as a Director of the Company on 27 April 2016.

Mr Oh Eng Bin Kenneth - Non-Executive Lead Independent Director

Mr Oh Eng Bin was appointed to the Board with effect from 18 December 2017 and was redesignated as Lead Independent Director on 28 February 2018. He brings with him significant legal expertise, having practised since 1999. He is currently a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk, focusing on corporate practice as well as the firm’s China and India divisions.

Mr Oh specialises in corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions, with a focus on equity capital markets transactions involving IPOs and RTOs of companies listed in Singapore, China, Taiwan and Indonesia. He is also experienced in secondary capital market issues such as secondary listings, secondary post-listing fund-raising – including rights issues and placements – and post-listing advisory and compliance.

Mr Oh also advises on capital markets licensing and compliance, as well as a wide range of general corporate advisory work for public and private companies; with subject matter ranging from private equity investments, joint ventures and corporate restructuring to debt restructuring and franchising.

Mr Oh holds a Bachelor of Law degree (Honours) from the National University of Singapore and is admitted to the Singapore Bar.

Mr Duan Yang - Non-Executive Independent Director

Mr Duan Yang was appointed to the Board with effect from 24 March 2017.

Mr Duan has significant banking experience gained in Hong Kong, China and France, having served as the Head of Global Markets Division for China in Société Générale Hong Kong and Head of Fixed Income Sales for China in Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong. He also previously held leadership roles at Bear Stearns and other international banks. He is currently a director of Beijing Nufront Ltd, a company specialising in wireless communications technology, and Fascinating HK Ltd.

Mr Duan holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School in France and a Bachelor in Mathematics from Wuhan University.

Mr Duan was last elected as a Director of the Company on 26 April 2017.

Mr Zhai Guiwu - Non-Executive Independent Director

Mr Zhai Guiwu was appointed to the Board with effect from 18 December 2017. He has extensive industry experience in corporate and operational management. His specialisations include risk management, financial management and work safety production management.

Mr Zhai is the former vice president of China Shenhua Energy Company Limited (SH:601088). He was previously the chairman of Shenhua Shendong Coal Group Co., Ltd., and held numerous executive and senior management positions in various companies under China Shenhua Group.

Prior to joining China Shenhua Group in 1999, Mr. Zhai served in senior engineering and management posts at Dayan Mining Bureau. He has held deputy management posts in companies specialising in mechanical, electrical and mining works.

As a professor of engineering, Mr Zhai holds a bachelor’s degree from Liaoning Technical University, a master’s degree in business administration from Tsinghua University, and a doctorate from China University of Mining and Technology.

Prof Chew Yong Tian - Independent and Non-Executive Director

Prof. Y.T. Chew is an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore. Before the present appointment, he was the Deputy Director of the Institute for Engineering Leadership, Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering and Deputy Director at the Office of Research that oversees research related matters in the whole university. He held various Vice-Dean portfolios in the Faculty of Engineering and was the Founder Director of Bachelor of Technology Programme, a part-time evening degree programme for working polytechnic diploma holders to upgrade and become degree-level engineers.

Prof. Y.T. Chew received his BEng (Mechanical) degree with first class honours and MEngSc degree in fluid mechanics from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 1972 and 1973, respectively. He obtained his PhD degree from Cambridge University in 1976 under the Hackett scholarship from UWA and Pochobradsky scholarship from Churchill College at Cambridge. From 1977 to May 1978, he worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University at Dallas, USA. He joined the National University of Singapore in June 1978 as a Lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor in 1981, 1988 and 1996, respectively.

Prof. Chew is also involved in many professional activities outside NUS. He is the Past President of the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES); Past President of the Biomedical Engineering Society Singapore; Chairman of the Board of Examiners, Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers (SIAE); Member of the Professional Engineers Board; and member of the Engineering Accreditation Board. He was conferred the IES Gold Medal, the ASEAN Honorary Fellow, the SIAE Honorary Fellow, Fellow of the Academy of Engineering Singapore and Fellow of ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology. He was also Winner of the FEIAP (Federation of Engineering Institutions in Asia and the Pacific) Engineer of the Year Award in 2009.

Prof. Chew is a consultant to several government bodies and firms in Singapore and Malaysia on wind effects on buildings and hydraulic modelling. He pioneered the wind tunnel testing of tall building in Singapore and has completed more than 70 consultancy projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Mauritius. His research interests include turbulence measurements, bluff body aerodynamics, wind effects on buildings and structures, bio-fluid dynamics, hot-wire and laser anemometry, particle image velocimetry, and computational fluid dynamics. He was the Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluids and Structures. He has published more than 300 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, cited in learned literature more than 1,500 times, and graduated 14 Master and 24 PhD students under his supervision.

Mr Ding Rui - Chief Technical Officer (Non-Board Member)

Mr Ding Rui was appointed as Chief Technical Officer (“CTO”) on 28 February 2018.

Mr Ding serves as the chief engineer and general manager of the overseas business department of Ranken Railway Construction Group Co., Ltd (“Ranken Railway”). He is responsible for Ranken Railway’s operations in relation to research and development, quality control, work safety, international business development and construction management.

Mr Ding previously served as deputy director of the China Railway System Technology Center and deputy commander of the China Railway System Chengdu-Chongqing Specialised Command.

Mr. Ding is a senior engineering professor and a certified State Council Special Allowance Expert in China. He graduated from Sichuan University with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering) in 2005. He owns 8 patents, 1 monograph for publication (Key Technology for Gas Tunnel Construction) and has won more than 10 provincial and ministerial awards for advancements in science and technology. He is a National May 1 Labor Medalist and a recipient of the Zhan Tianyou Railway Science and Technology Award, Mao Yi Shen Railway Science and Technology Award, National Science and Technology Progress Award by the China Association of Construction Enterprise Management, and the Sichuan Provincial Youth Science and Technology Award, among many other honors.

Mr Ng Hoi-Gee Kit - Group Chief Financial Officer (Non-Board Member)

Mr Ng Hoi-Gee Kit was appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on 23 November 2015.

Mr Ng manages the Group’s finance and accounting functions. Prior to rejoining the Group in 2015, he was Group Financial Controller of TLV Holdings Limited (Taka Jewellery Pte Ltd), where he had worked since October 2014. Mr Ng had previously served as CFO of Neijiang Chuanwei Special Steel Corporation Ltd – a legacy subsidiary of Sapphire – from 2009 until 2011, when he became Group CFO. Mr Ng’s previous appointments include Senior Audit Manager at KPMG Singapore and Huazhen (Beijing).

Mr Ng graduated from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

Mr Foo Yong How - Chief Corporate Officer (Non-Board Member)

Mr Foo has more than 10 years of experience in investment banking, business development and wealth management and he is responsible for assisting the CEO in key function of the Group which includes the day-to day operation, formulation of strategic planning in mergers and acquisition, new business opportunities, corporate finance related activities and taking charge of the Group’s investor relations and corporate communication activities.

Prior to joining the Group in June 2018, Mr Foo was a Senior Director of Wise Torch Investment and he was also the General Manager of International Healthway Corporation Ltd (now known as OUE Lippo Healthcare Ltd), assisting the Board of Directors in the management and supervision of operations, financial management and marketing, as well as being part of the Interim Transition Committee, when the new Board of directors was appointed with the existing CEO being suspended of all executive functions and power.

He has also worked in UOB Kay Hian where he was involved in structuring both public and private deals in the investment banking field and international capital markets. Mr Foo has co-led numerous successful IPO deals in diverse sectors, such as real estate, medical and resources. He graduated with a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 2003, and is a CFA® Charterholder.