Director, Corporate Planning & Strategy
Mr. Kenneth Chai is an experienced corporate manager with 19 years of experience in corporate planning and strategy, corporate finance and corporate affairs.
Prior to joining East West One Group, Mr. Chai was attached with a Malaysian conglomerate, heading its corporate planning function at holding company level and overlooking and executing transactions of its boutique corporate finance outfit.
Mr. Chai had also previously played a key role in supporting the corporate planning and strategy function in the CEO’s Office of a Malaysian government-linked corporation, which is also a Fortune Global 500 company. His other notable past experience include management of a venture capital management company with interest in oil and gas, information and communication technology, renewable energy and pharmaceutical companies, and spearheading all corporate functions of a Malaysian oil and gas company listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.
Mr. Chai holds a MBA specialising in Finance (Leicester), a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Management (London) and a Diploma in Economics (London).
Mr. Patolai Menting obtained a Certificate in Plantation Management and Agronomy from Institut Kemahiran MARA, Malaysia in 1985.
Mr. Patolai began his career in the plantation industry in 1985 with Guthrie Plantation as a field conduction. After 11 years, he joined Kenso Plantation in 1996 as the Estate Assistance Manager. In 2004, he joined TSH Plantation as Estate Assistant Manager for 8 years (promoted to Estate Manager in 2008) where he was in-charged of planning, developing and controlling of all aspects of oil palm estate development including maintenance until maturity and harvesting. He then spent 5 years in Indonesia with PT Swakarsa Sejahtera as Senior Estate Manager before returning to Malaysia. He was with KUB Malua Plantation and Kwantas Plantation prior to joining East West One Group.
Mr. Patolai has over 34 years of experience in the plantation industry prior to joining East West One Group. His hands-on and extensive operational experience in the plantation industry including agronomy and quality control and management are key assets to East West One Group.
Plantation Administration Manager
Mr. Rodrigo Florencio obtained a Diploma in Plantation Management and Entrepreneurship from the Open University, Malaysia in 2007.
Mr. Rodrigo began his career in the plantation industry in 1980. He had worked for Si Khiong Industries Sdn Bhd in 1980, Chai & Pongin 1988, and Pacific Cocoa Plantations Sdn Bhd in 1989, He joined JC Chang Group in 1990 where he worked for almost 27 years. At JC Chang Group, he started as Chief Clerk and was later promoted to Cadet Assistant in 1996 before becoming as Estate Manager in 2013. During his tenure at JC Chang Group, he was involved in end-to-end plantation administration, management and operation functions.
Mr. Rodrigo has 39 years of experience in the plantation industry with 18 years of experience specifically in the oil palm industry prior to joining East West One Group. His hands-on operational experience in the plantation industry including compliance with International Sustainability and Carbon Certification, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil is a key asset to East West One Group.
Head of Human Resource and Plantation Operation Support
Mr. Terence Mark Stephens is an experienced HR practitioner who specialises in talent management. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, which he obtained in 2001.
Mr. Terence began his career in 2002 in the logistics industry where he was tasked and responsible for establishing a Training Unit under the purview of the Human Resource Department of the logistics company. He then joined a boutique private equity firm in 2005, where he was instrumental in establishing a full-fledged Human Resource Department for the company. In 2007, he joined an Offshore Financial Authority, where he was tasked to oversee and execute its 5 years Human Resource Strategic Plan with emphasis on remuneration review, human resource information system, talent management, succession management, learning and development and workforce planning. Post completion of the exercise, he headed the Human Resource Unit.
Mr. Terence joined Kwantas Corporation Berhad in 2014 as the Regional Human Resource and Administration Manager. During his 4 years tenure with the company, he organised and managed the regional human resource functions with emphasis on augmenting productivity through performance monitoring, developed and implemented the company’s talent managements framework, manpower planning strategies and its associated processes, implemented various initiatives to comply with statutory requirements and managed sustainability certifications for the regions.
Mr. Terence’s vast experience as a HR practitioner especially in the oil palm industry in Sabah is a key asset to East West One Group.
Head of Finance
Mr. Alvin Lee gained considerable plantation accounting experiences when he was attached for about 8 years with Hap Seng Plantations Holdings Bhd, a public-listed plantation company.
Since graduating from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, with a degree in Business Accountancy in 1991, Mr. Lee was exposed to all aspects of accounting from keeping accounting records, auditing, preparing budget reports as well as management accounting reports for key management meetings.
Prior to joining East West One Group, Mr. Lee was the Financial Controller of the Sabah Golf and Country Club, Kota Kinabalu from 2003 to 2011 where he was responsible for all accounting and financial reports including legal and corporate filings of the club. In addition to the finance portfolio, he was also responsible for overlooking administrative and management matters. He was assisted by a team of 15 staff.
Mr. Lee is both a CPA Member of Certified Practicing Accountant of Australia (ASCPA) and a Chartered Accountant member of the Malaysia Institute of Accountants (MIA)
Head of Business Analysis
Ms. Viola Chin Yuin Suing obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in accounting and finance from Curtin University of Technology in 2004. In 2007, she obtained the Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) Australia qualification and thereafter in 2009 she became a member of the Malaysia Institute of Accountants (MIA).
Ms. Chin began her career in 2005 as a Senior Associate with Ernst & Young. During her 3 years at Ernst & Young, she performed the full spectrum of accounting functions, which include audit assessment for financial accounts, control evaluations and detailed documentation of accounting systems in numerous industries. Ms. Chin joined Sabah-based oil palm company, Kwantas Corporation Berhad in 2008 as a Management Accountant. In 2014, she was promoted to Group Cost Analysis Manager and she was reporting directly to the executive directors of the company. During her 9 years with Kwantas, she was hands-on and played a key role in all aspects of the company’s accounting and finance requirements including treasury function in respect of their businesses in the oil palm industry.
Ms. Chin’s extensive experience in accounting, audit, compliance, finance and taxation especially in the oil palm industry in Sabah is a key asset to East West One Group.