Board of Directors
Choh Thian Chee Irving was appointed to the Board on 10 October 2014 and assumed the role of Independent Chairman on 2 November 2015. He is currently the managing director of Optimus Chambers LLC where he practices commercial litigation. Mr Choh has been in practice for over 20 years and commenced his legal practice in Tan Kim Seng & Partners as a legal associate in 1994 before joining Wong Partnership in 1996. From 2001 to 2012, he was a partner in various local law firms before setting up his own law firm under the name of Optimus Chambers LLC in 2012. Mr Choh currently sits on the board of Main Board-listed A-Sonic Aerospace Limited. Mr Choh obtained his law degree from the University of Buckingham. He holds an International Entry Course on Arbitration Law & Practice certificate from the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Mr Choh is also a member of the Community Justice Centre, the Singapore Mediation Centre and the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple.
Karen Chia was appointed as our Executive Director in November 2016, she will continue to oversee the Group’s Wholesale and Retail Furnishings Business, and will also be involved in the overall management of the Group’s business operations. From June 2012 to November 2016, Karen Chia was appointed as our Wholesale and Retail Furnishings Director. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations and leading and motivating the sales and operations team. She is also involved in expanding our clientele base and maintaining key accounts of both local and international clients. From 1999 to June 2012, she worked as an accounts manager in Wah Heng Furniture Pte Ltd (now known as Wah Heng Design Corporation Pte Ltd). Since 1997, she has been with the Group as a wholesale manager in our subsidiary, Artiwood Supervina, and was promoted to her current position in June 2012.
Ong Kian Guan was appointed as our Independent Director on 10 October 2014 and has been the audit partner of Baker Tilly TFW LLP since 2005, where he provides audit services. Mr Ong started his career in 1992 as an audit assistant in Foo Kon & Tan (now known as Foo Kon & Tan Grant Thornton) and moved to Deloitte LLP in Singapore as an audit senior from 1993 to 1995. He subsequently joined Arthur Anderson LLP in Singapore in 1995 and had been promoted to a senior audit manager when he left in 2002. From 2002 to 2004, he was the chief financial officer of Medtecs International Corporation Limited, a company listed on the Catalist Board of the SGX-ST. In 2004, Mr Ong joined Mazars Singapore and Moores Rowland Singapore as an audit partner before moving to Baker Tilly TFW LLP. Mr Ong holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and is a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
James Kho Chung Wah was appointed as our Independent Director on 10 October 2014 and is currently the managing director of Willan Capital Pte. Ltd., a firm providing business consultancy and investment services, as well as the executive director of Pacific Star (Greater China) Pte. Ltd., a company involved in real estate investment management. Mr Kho joined Singapore Exchange Ltd. in 2000 as an associate with the issuer regulation department and entered into the investment banking industry in 2004 when he joined HL Bank. Subsequently, he joined Rabobank International, Singapore Branch and DMG & Partners Securities Pte Ltd in 2007. In 2010, he worked with Maybank Kim Eng Corporate Finance Pte Ltd as senior vice president and left in 2013 to join Willan Capital Pte. Ltd.. He currently sits on the board of Catalist-listed Pollux Properties Ltd. as an independent director. Mr Kho holds a Bachelor of Business (Financial Analysis) (Hons.) with a minor in Applied Economics from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is a CFA Charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute.
Winston Tan Tien Hin was appointed as our Non-Executive Director on 2 November 2015. He is the founder and Managing Director of Winmark Investments Pte Ltd and Corporate Brokers International Pte Ltd (CBI). Winmark invests in selected investees for which CBI presents itself as both a broker and a long term partner. Mr Tan sits on the Board of several listed companies, including Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd, Roxy Pacific Holdings Ltd, Plastoform Holdings Ltd. He is also on the Board of several private companies including Armour Publishing Ltd, FMS Hospitality Pte Ltd, Astralink Technology Pte Ltd, and Sinbor Company (Private) Limited. Mr Tan has had 24 years of experience as a banker; over 16 years in Citibank and over seven years in Deutsche Bank AG's Singapore branch, where he was the General Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Singapore, and received the NUS Outstanding Alumni Award in 2005. He attended the University of Columbia's Executive Development Program on International Management. Born in 1948, Mr Tan has a wide range of interests and experience spanning banking and finance, science and engineering, carpentry and interior design, cameras and photography, music and drama, art and graphic design, sales and marketing, business and investments, religion and culture.