Executive Team

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 that provides 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. He 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 also 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
Managing Director

Having identified the potential of Malaysia’s gold mining industry, Mr. Lim together with the other founding shareholders, established the Group in 2011, where he is also the Managing Director. 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. 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 of experience in the mining related industry. In 2007, he 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 formulated strategies, plans and marketing concepts to expand its business globally. He is currently the Non-Executive director of GGT.

Mr. Lim graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1997 and obtained a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Leicester in 2009.

Mr. Ben Lim Beng Chew
Executive Director

Mr. Ben Lim Beng Chew is our Executive Director and was been appointed to the Board on 22 February 2021. Mr. Lim 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. 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 his strategic leadership, Ariki diversified into a holding company that is now engaged in 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. Mr. Lim is also a partner of Sevens Group, where he plays an instrumental role in their business in property development and investments in both local and regional markets. Mr. Lim was also a co-founder of ECXX Global Pte Ltd, a leading digital asset exchange that is in the MAS Fintech Sandbox and where he has resigned as a director in February 2021.

Mr Gavin Mark Mcintyre
Independent Director

Mr Gavin Mark McIntyre is our Independent Director and was appointed to the Board on 21 February 2017. Mr McIntyre 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 firms.

Mr McIntyre spent seven years based in Thailand and Singapore when he was in Deloitte, starting out as a project leader to lead constitution changes 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 a strong regional presence in Asia. Prior to that, he was holding the position of Chief Financial Officer of a listed company in Singapore for give 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 Chairman of their audit committee.

Mr McIntyre graduated from Curtin University, Australia in 1989 with a degree in Accounting and since 1994 and holds the status of a non-practicing CPA with CPA Australia.

Ms Juliana Lee Kim Lian
Independent Director

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 and has more than 25 years of experience in legal practice. She currently heads the corporate practice of Aptus Law Corporation, where her main practice areas are corporate law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital.

Ms Lee 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. Lim Chiau Woei
Managing Director

Having identified the potential of Malaysia’s gold mining industry, Mr. Lim together with the other founding shareholders, established the Group in 2011, where he is also the Managing Director. 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. 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 of experience in the mining related industry. In 2007, he 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 formulated strategies, plans and marketing concepts to expand its business globally. He is currently the Non-Executive director of GGT.

Mr. Lim graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1997 and obtained a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Leicester in 2009.

Mr. Ben Lim Beng Chew
Executive Director

Mr. Ben Lim Beng Chew is our Executive Director and was been appointed to the Board on 22 February 2021. Mr. Lim 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. 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 his strategic leadership, Ariki diversified into a holding company that is now engaged in 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. Mr. Lim is also a partner of Sevens Group, where he plays an instrumental role in their business in property development and investments in both local and regional markets. Mr. Lim was also a co-founder of ECXX Global Pte Ltd, a leading digital asset exchange that is in the MAS Fintech Sandbox and where he has resigned as a director in February 2021.

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. Esmond Choo

Mr. Choo has accumulated substantial experience in the finance and insurance sectors since 1986 and has held senior executive positions in financial institutions both in Singapore and Malaysia overseeing futures and stockbroking, corporate finance and equity capital market operations. Mr. Choo was previously the senior executive director of UOB-Kay Hian Holdings Limited.

He has proactively served in various industry committees and was the past Chairman of the Stockbrokers Association of Singapore from 2009 to 2012. In recognition of his contribution to the Securities and Futures industry, Mr. Choo was conferred the title IBF Distinguished Fellow in 2014.

For community service, Mr. Choo serves as a member of the Asian Advisory Board of the University of Melbourne, and a Board Governor and Finance Committee Chairman of the SJI International School in Singapore. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Desmond Tan

Mr. Tan is a two-decade veteran in the banking industry, having served at some of the leading banks in the Singapore and the region. Most recently, he was the Managing Director and Head of Group Lifestyle Finance & Digital Ecosystems at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation. In this capacity, he was in charge of functional business lines of Credit Cards, Debit cards, Unsecured Loans Business, Digital Ecosystems, Consumer Payments & Collections, and a Consumer Joint Venture with NTUC, covering both Assets & Liabilities Business in Singapore. Mr. Tan’s regional responsibilities cover Malaysia, Indonesia, and Greater China.

Prior to joining OCBC, Mr. Tan was the Executive Vice President at Ta Chong Bank Ltd in Taiwan, and prior to that, he held several managerial roles in various financial institutions across Asia including Citibank Singapore, DBS Bank Ltd and Thai Military Bank (TMB PLC). He also serves as an advisor to Included Learning, a social enterprise working in the STEM and AI sector.

Mr. Tan is an alumni of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Economics & Finance from Curtin University of Technology.

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