Mr Francis Lai joined the Group in April 2011 as Senior Finance and Business Development Manager and was part of the team involved in the Group's listing on the SGX-Catalist Board. He is responsible for the due diligence studies of the Group's business expansion plans, developing the Group's finance policies and procedures, and review of internal controls and managing the Group's insurance policies. He was promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Group in 2014. Prior to joining the Group, he spent 11 years in the semiconductor industry, taking on a wide spectrum of accounting roles in financial and management accounting, and was involved in the successful completion of several M&A deals that increased the Group's revenue.
Mr Lai started his career as an entrepreneur in the education industry while studying for his Bachelor of Arts degree in the National University of Singapore (NUS) where he graduated with a 2nd Class Honours degree in Arts specialising in Japanese Studies and where he concurrently pursued his ACCA qualifications. He is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (CA Singapore) and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Mr Allan Ward stepped down as Executive Director on 29 April 2015 as he was relocated to Australia. He remains as Chief Operating Officer (Engineering and Manufacturing) of the Group. He is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of Far East Maju and Safety Enterprises. He is also responsible for all the engineering and design of "Eden" products, research and development activities, the Group's manufacturing activities, plant design, machinery evaluation, and ensuring the Group's ISO and design philosophies are not compromised.
He commenced his career in 1963 with Cooney Refrigeration Pty Ltd in Australia and worked his way to the position of engineer director in 1975, before joining F Muller Pty Ltd in Australia as refrigeration division business unit manager. There, he was responsible for domestic sales and international business development, product development and engineering of refrigeration products until 1988. Prior to joining the Group, he was an international business development manager of Bitzer Australia Pty Ltd in Australia from 1998 to 2000, mainly responsible for growing the export sales of heat transfer and unitary compressors to the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and India.
He is a full member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the Australia Institute of Refrigeration Air-Conditioning and Heating Engineers. He was the president and chairman of the Commercial Refrigeration Manufacturers Association of Australia from 1991 to 1997, where he (i) was responsible for implementing the Australia refrigeration industries codes of practice; (ii) represented the refrigeration industry at government level; and (iii) unified industry specifications for refrigeration equipment with regard to ratings, temperature regulation for food storage, and health and safety within the refrigeration industry. He was also awarded patents in the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand as the inventor of drop-in refrigeration unit.
Mr Ward has been appointed as an Australian Justice of the Peace by the Governor of New South Wales, which is recognised in every state in Australia. He obtained his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Major in Refrigeration) from the University of Technology, Sydney, in 1967 and the Advanced Heat Transfer Design Certificate from McQuay/Muller Private Institute in 1974.
Mr Richard Chung is responsible for the management and planning of all systems and projects. He leads the Group's project teams, including general managers (projects) and project managers, to deliver the projects in accordance with the project commitments and ensure that the projects are properly managed and planned with sufficient staff and appropriate resources. He joined the Group as a sales and marketing executive in 1995 and had served in various capacities, including sales and marketing manager and divisional director (systems and projects).
He had been invited as a speaker at various seminars, such as (i) the Asian Cold Chain Management Conference on topics of "Examining Trends in Temperature Control for the Food and Beverage Sector: An International Overview" and "Examining Trends in Temperature Control for the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Sector: An International Overview" in 2007, (ii) the Singapore Manufacturing Association/Singapore Article Number Council/Singapore Cold Chain Workshop on the topic of "Training Workshop on Cold Chain Management" in 2004 and (iii) SPRING Singapore seminars on topic of "A Total Approach to Cold Chain Management for Milk and Dairy Products" in 2002. He is currently a member (individual capacity) of the Singapore Cold Chain Committee for Milk and Dairy Products and the chairman (sub-group III - technology) of the Singapore Cold Chain Committee for Pork Products.
He obtained his degree in Bachelor of Science (Physics) from the National University of Singapore in 1993.
Mr Wong has been with the Group since 2005 and brings with him a wealth of experience accumulated over his 30-year career in the HVAC&R industry; having worked for European multinationals and local public listed companies in the areas of technical, management, sales, marketing and distribution of refrigeration products, systems and solutions. Prior to his current position as sales director, he was previously regional manager based in Hong Kong, China and Singapore at different periods of employment within the Group. He was instrumental in the restructuring of the business in Hong Kong and Indonesia, expanding the customer network. In China, where he was based in the Group's regional affiliate, he focused on building brand recognition of the Group's proprietary "Eden" brand.
Prior to joining the Group, he held several technical managerial positions in Danfoss Pte Ltd and Linde Refrigeration (Singapore) Pte Ltd, and was a partner of PR Land & Marine Pte Ltd, where he built the business from scratch and made a strong mark on Singapore Technology Shipyard. He was awarded annual service contracts from Singapore Navy Vessel. In his current capacity, he is responsible for the Group's sales targets and also assists in overseeing the manufacturing operations in China.