Key Management

Mr. Kenneth Chai

Director, Corporate Planning & Strategy

Mr. Kenneth Chai is an experienced corporate manager with extensive 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. Hiew Yin Foh

Plantation Controller

Mr. Hiew Yin Foh holds an Associate Diploma of the Incorporated Society of Planter (AISP), which he obtained in 1989.

Mr. Hiew began his career in the plantation industry in 1981 with North Borneo Plantations as a cadet planter. After 5 years where he was subsequently promoted to Acting Senior Assistant, he joined BAL Plantation in 1986 as an Assistant Manager. In 1990, he joined PT Hasfarm in Indonesia as a Manager. He returned to Malaysia and joined Hap Seng Plantations in 1992 as an Assistant Manager, where he spent 19 years and was eventually promoted to General Manager. He was then attached with Innoprise Plantations as General Manager in 2011. He subsequently joined IOI Plantation and Kwantas Corporation in 2016 and 2018 respectively prior to joining East West One Group in 2020.

Mr. Hiew has 40 years of experience in the plantation industry and he specialises in oil palm, cocoa, coffee and tea. As an experienced planter, he is effective in keeping production costs low while achieving high yields and production levels. His hands-on and extensive operational experience in the plantation industry is a key asset to East West One Group.

Mr. Terence Mark

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.

Mr. Alvin Lee

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)

Ms. Viola Chin

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.