Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director
Mr Jack Hennessy is a Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director of the Company and the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has been a Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director of the Company since 12 March 2010, and was last re-elected to the Board of Directors on 27 July 2016. Mr Hennessy has been a Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director of COURTS (Singapore) Pte Ltd ("CSPL") and COURTS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd ("CMSB") since 2007, Chairman of the Board of Directors of COURTS Singapore Limited ("CSL") since 2007, and Commissioner of PT COURTS Retail Indonesia since 2013. Mr Hennessy is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and is also a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating Committee of the Company. Mr Hennessy is the Managing Director of Baring Private Equity Asia Pte. Ltd., an Asia-focused private equity firm, and also sits on the boards of several of its portfolio companies. Prior to joining Baring Private Equity Asia Pte. Ltd., Mr Hennessy was a General Partner with Allen & Buckeridge, an Australian private equity firm from 1998 to 2000. Between 1992 and 1995, he was a Senior Consultant with Accenture in Asia and the United States of America. Mr Hennessy was an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD from 2006 to 2008 where he taught the Leveraged Buyout (LBO) course. Mr Hennessy holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD and Bachelor Degrees in both Engineering (with Honours) and Science from Monash University in Australia.
Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer
Dr Terence Donald O'Connor is an Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He was appointed to the Board of Directors on 18 January 2010 and was last re-elected to the Board of Directors on 27 July 2016. Dr O'Connor has worked in CSL since 1993. From 1993 to 1997, he was Buying Director - Electrical, from 1997 to 1998, he was CSL's Commercial Director, from 1998 to 2000, he was CSL's Deputy Managing Director, and he assumed the role of Managing Director from 2000 to 2007. From 2007 to March 2011, Dr O'Connor was the CEO of CSPL and assumed the position of CEO in the Company from April 2011. He has served as a Executive Director of CSL since 1995, Non- Executive Director of CMSB since 2007, and President Director of PT COURTS Retail Indonesia since 2013. Additionally, he has served as Director of Assetrust Pte Ltd since 2012, as well as of the Group's subsidiary Companies Home Lifestyle Pte Ltd and Hardware Lifestyle Pte Ltd since 2014 and 2015 respectively. Dr O'Connor is presently the Senior Advisor to the Institute of Advertising Singapore (IAS) and the Regional Chair of the Southeast Asian Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organisation. He was President of the British Chamber of Commerce from 2006 to 2010, and had previously held the role of Honorary Secretary of the Singapore Retailers Association. Dr O'Connor holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Retailing and Wholesaling from the University of Stirling. In June 2010, Dr O'Connor was conferred the title of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II for his work in promoting the business interests of the United Kingdom. In 2013, he published a book on his personal and professional journey in retail titled Why Not? The Story of a Retail Maverick and COURTS', and was honoured with an Honorary Degree from the University of Stirling in August 2014 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to retailing and British business in Singapore.
Executive Director and Group Chief Financial Officer
Ms Kee Kim Eng is an Executive Director and the Group Chief Financial Officer of the Company. She has been an Executive Director on the Board of Directors since 12 March 2010. She will stand for re-election to the Company's Board of Directors at the upcoming Annual General Meeting ("AGM"). She has been on the Board of Directors of CSPL since 31 May 2012, and is also a Director of Assetrust Pte Ltd. She is responsible for overseeing the overall financial functions of the Group. Ms Kee has more than 25 years of experience, having held positions in various public listed companies from a diverse range of industries. Prior to her current appointment, she was Strategic Planning Director at CSL in 2008, where she was responsible for managing strategic projects. From December 2003 to 2008, she held the concurrent positions of Deputy Managing Director, Finance Director and Company Secretary at CSL where she was in charge of, among others, financial, accounting and administration functions, including strategic planning in these areas. From 1998 to 2003, she was both the Finance Director and Company Secretary, and from 1996 to 1998, she was Financial Controller at CSL. Ms Kee is a certified public accountant, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom, and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors, Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants as well as CPA Australia.
Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director
Mr Adnan Abdulaziz Ahmed AlBahar is a Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director and has been in the Board of Directors since 2 December 2016. He will stand for re-election to the Company's Board of Directors at the upcoming AGM. Mr AlBahar is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The International Investor, an investment and finance firm, and has held this position since September 1992. Prior to setting up The International Investor, Mr AlBahar was the Managing Director of AIRajhi Co. Islamic Investment – London, and before that the General Manager of Kuwait Finance House, Kuwait. A graduate of the American College of Switzerland in 1997 in International Business, Administration and Economics, Mr AlBahar is also a member of the Kuwait Higher Planning Board.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Chey Chor Wai is an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company and has been in the Board of Directors since 27 September 2012. Mr Chey is the Chairman of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Nominating Committee of the Company. He will stand for re-election to the Company's Board of Directors at the upcoming AGM. He started his career with Coopers & Lybrand in Singapore upon graduation in 1976, and assumed various positions at the offices of Coopers & Lybrand in London, Singapore and New York between 1979 and 1994. He was admitted as a partner of Coopers & Lybrand in 1989. In 1995, he was seconded to be the Managing Partner of Coopers & Lybrand CIEC Beijing office. He returned to the Singapore office of Coopers & Lybrand in 1998 and remained as an assurance partner until his retirement in 2008, during which time Coopers & Lybrand merged with Price Waterhouse to form PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr Chey holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Singapore (now known as the National University of Singapore). He has also been a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants since 2004, a Fellow of CPA Australia since 2005 and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom since 2006. He became a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) in 1985. Mr Chey is also an Ordinary Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. He is a Board Member of the InfoComm Media Development Authority of Singapore, and the lead Independent Director of Isetan (Singapore) Limited. His other principal commitment is as a Council member and member of the EXCO of Dover Park Hospice. Mr Chey was conferred the Public Service Medal (PBM) by the President of Singapore in 2014.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Kewee Kho is an Independent Non-Executive Director and has been on the Board of Directors since 27 September 2012. Mr Kho is the Chairman of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Company. He was last re-elected to the Board of Directors on 31 July 2015. Mr Kho was Director at SBI Ven Capital Pte Ltd, a financial services and investment group from 2014 to 2016, Corporate and Business Development Consultant for JSCL Investments Pte Ltd and Homestay Residences Pte Ltd from 2011 to 2012, Managing Director at Alpha Advisory Pte Ltd, a boutique investment banking firm from 2009 to 2010. Prior to this, Mr Kho headed Capital Markets, Investment Banking, at HL Bank in Singapore from 2006 to 2008. He was previously with securities and investment broking group, Kim Eng Securities Pte Ltd, from 2000 to 2006 as Vice President of Business Development. Before returning to Asia, Mr Kho was in Chicago as Consultant at Deloitte & Touche LLP and IPC Group, LLC, both in financial advisory services. Mr Kho graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University in 1995. Mr Kho is an Ordinary Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors and also serves on the board of Lee Metal Group Ltd.