Board Of Directors

Mr Thia Peng Heok George
Board Chairman, Independent Director

Mr Thia Peng Heok George is currently the Board Chairman of CHO. He was appointed as Independent Director on 30 March 2015. He is also the Chairman of the Audit and Remuneration Committees and a member of Nominating Committee.

Mr Thia was last re-elected as Director on 18 June 2020.

Mr Thia is a Chartered Accountant (Singapore) and practised as an accountant with Cooper Brothers and Co. (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers). He has more than 35 years’ experience in merchant banking and financial services including being Managing Director at Morgan Grenfell, Merrill Lynch International, Sun Hung Kai Securities and Lum Chang Securities. He was also an Executive Director and Partner of Kay Hian (now UOB Kay Hian Securities). Mr Thia was the Executive Chairman of two publicly listed companies and had served as an Independent Director and the Chairman of Audit Committees of several listed companies in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. He was a consultant to the SGX on the training of regulation officers and rendered advice on the development and launch of the alternative board, SGX Catalist.

Mr Thia is currently an Independent Director of Yoma Strategic Holdings Limited, and is involved as a board member and trustee at the National Cancer Centre, Singapore.

Mr Thia is also a Business Consultant for Mergers and Acquisitions at GAAB Private Limited and Asianic Private Limited and an advisor to a private equity fund focusing on healthcare, eldercare and education.

Dr Benety Chang
CEO and Executive Director

Dr Benety Chang is an Executive Director and CEO of CHO. He was appointed as Non-Executive Director on 27 August 2018 and subsequently re-designated to Executive Director and CEO on 1 September 2018. He was also appointed as Nominating Committee member on 8 October 2018. Dr Chang was last re- elected as Director on 23 April 2021.

Dr Chang is an Executive Director of Baker Technology Limited (“Baker Tech”), which is the ultimate holding company of CHO.

Baker Tech is a SGX Mainboard-listed company that provides specialised marine offshore equipment and services, focusing mainly on the offshore oil and gas and renewables industry.

Dr Chang has extensive experience in the offshore oil and gas industry and was the major founding shareholder and CEO of PPL Shipyard Pte Ltd until his resignation in July 2012.

Dr Chang holds a MBBS degree from the University of Singapore

Mr Tan Kian Huay
Independent Director

Mr Tan Kian Huay is an Independent Director of CHO. He was appointed to this position on 30 March 2015. Mr Tan was last re-elected as Director on 28 March 2019. He is the Chairman of Nominating Committee and a member of Audit and Remuneration Committees.

He has extensive experience in project management and business development, particularly in the construction industry. With over 40 years of experience in the building and construction industry, including serving as the Managing Director of Obayashi Singapore Pte Ltd from 1989 to 2004, he was a director of NTUC Fairprice Foundation Ltd, NTUC Fairprice Co- operative Ltd, Choice Homes Investments Pte Ltd and Jurong Health Services Pte Ltd.

Mr Tan now serves on the boards of Mercatus Cooperative, a social enterprise under the NTUC Enterprise. Mr Tan holds a Professional Diploma in Building and a Bachelor of Arts from Beijing Normal University. He is currently a fellow and was a former 2nd Vice President of the Society of Project Managers and also a former President of the Singapore Institute of Building.

Ms Jeanette Chang
Non-Executive Non-Independent Director

Ms Jeanette Chang is a Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of CHO. She was appointed to this position on 27 August 2018. Ms Chang was last re-elected as Director on 23 April 2021. Ms Chang is also a member of Audit and Remuneration Committees.

Ms Chang is the CEO and Executive Director of Baker Tech, which is the ultimate holding company of CHO. Ms Chang has an engineering and finance background having previously worked with Mott MacDonald Group in London on UK and Singapore engineering projects and prior to joining Baker Tech, was a Director in the Equity Capital Markets team at Barclays Bank PLC where she worked for nine years. She has significant experience in corporate finance especially in relation to fund raising in the capital markets.

Ms Chang holds a Master in Engineering First Class (Civil Engineering) degree from Imperial College London and a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from London Business School

Mr Tan Kiang Kherng
Non-Executive Non-Independent Director

Mr Tan Kiang Kherng is a Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of CHO. He was appointed to this position on 27 August 2018. Mr Tan was last re-elected as Director on 18 June 2020.

Mr Tan is the Chief Financial Officer of Baker Tech, which is the ultimate holding company of CHO. Prior to joining Baker Tech, Mr Tan was a Senior Audit Manager with Ernst and Young, Singapore.

Mr Tan holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants

Mr Tan Pong Tyea
Non-Executive Non-Independent Director

Mr Tan Pong Tyea is a Non-Executive Non-Independent  Director  of  CHO. He was initially appointed as Non- Executive Chairman on 1 June 2010 and subsequently re-designated to Executive Chairman on 22 October 2015. Mr Tan was last re-elected as Director on 28 March 2019. He relinquished his position as Executive Chairman on 8 August 2018 and remained as an Executive Director. On 1 September 2018, Mr Tan was re- designated to Non-Executive Non- Independent Director and subsequently ceased to be a Nominating Committee member on 8 October 2018.

Mr Tan is also the Executive Chairman and CEO of Falcon Energy Group Limited (“FEG”), which has collectively 34.01% direct and deemed interest in CHO.

FEG is a SGX Mainboard-listed leading player in the regional Offshore Marine and Oil and Gas sectors. It provides a full spectrum of support services for the Offshore Marine and Oil and Gas cycle, from initial exploration and drilling to production and post-production stage, with a specialist focus on the production phase of oilfield activities.

He has more than 30 years of experience servicing the oil companies and major contractors throughout the region.

Mr Tan obtained his Masters in Management Studies from Durham University, United Kingdom.

Mr Ahmad Nizam Bin Abbas
Independent Director

Mr Ahmad Nizam Bin Abbas is an Independent Director of CHO. He was appointed to this position on 14 May 2021. Mr Nizam was further appointed as a Member of the Audit Committee on 29 April 2022.

Mr Nizam is currently Managing Director of Crescent Law Chambers LLC. Prior to setting up his own law firm in 2022, Mr Nizam practised law for over 27 years at various law firms including K&L Gates Straits Law LLC.

Mr Nizam is a member of the Panel of Advisors, Youth Court and Vulnerable Adult Court, Singapore; Maintenance of Parents’ Tribunal, Singapore; Public Guardian Advisory Committee, Singapore; Citizenship Committee of Inquiry, Singapore; Mandatory Aftercare Advisory Committee, Singapore and Pro-Bono Expert Panel, Singapore Management University.

Mr Nizam was a Director of MediaCorp Pte. Ltd. and Era Dance Theatre Limited. He has sat on the Boards of diverse organisations including statutory boards the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and MUIS (Islamic Religious Council of Singapore).

Mr Nizam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Law & English from University of Keele, United Kingdom, a Master of Laws from the Singapore Management University and is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Singapore Supreme Court.