Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kong Chee Keong
Mr. Kong Chee Keong was appointed as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of our Company on 1 September 2021. Mr. Kong is a Chartered Accountant with more than 27 years of experience of corporate development, private equity investment as well as accounting and corporate governance. In the past decade, he developed and managed several energy projects. This includes identifying and structuring projects to on-board partners such as Engie, LG Energy and Berkeley Energy, negotiate with government agencies for permits and concession rights, with technical consultants and contractors for the plant construction.
Throughout his career, he held key positions in finance such as Chief Financial Officer and corporate management of several early stage ventures in the renewable energy and healthcare industry. He provided corporate advisory and project management services to both public and private companies. Started his career with Ernst & Young LLP, then private equity arm of ING Barings before progressing into several corporate roles including CFO and directors of private and public companies.
Mr. Kong holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) from the National University of Singapore. He is a full member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.
Mr. Zhao Yong Chang
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Zhao Yong Chang is a veteran in the water and environmental business. During his 30 years professional experience, he was involved in the proposal, design, construction, commissioning and operation of various projects and plants. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Zhao will be responsible for supervising the group’s operation in terms of project sales and execution. Mr. Zhao will also be leading the development of investment projects to bring more recurring income. He assists the CEO in the formation of Group’s policies. In addition, Mr. Zhao is the Managing Director of Wuhan Kaidi Water Services Co., Ltd (“WHKD”).
Mr. Zhao holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University and a Master’s degree from National University of Singapore. Mr. Zhao grew from a diligent engineer, to an efficient manager and a determined director. Mr. Zhao will contribute to the steady growth of the Group by leveraging on his extensive networks in China, Singapore and other ASEAN countries.
Mr. Teh Chun Sem
Mr. Teh Chun Sem is the Company’s Financial Controller and is responsible for overseeing the Group’s financial, account matters and risk function. Prior to joining Darco, he has more than 7 years of external auditing experience with various professional firms. He is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and a Chartered Accountant of Singapore (CA Singapore).
Mr. Phua Kia Chik
Managing & Country Director of DWS Group
Mr. Phua Kia Chik was appointed as the Managing & Country Director of Darco Water Systems Sdn Bhd and its group of companies (“DWS Group”). DWS Group is Darco Water Technologies Limited’s subsidiaries in Malaysia. Since his appointment in late FY2019, Mr. Phua is responsible for the strategic development and operations of DWS Group.
Mr. Phua has a Bachelor of Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and a Master of Business Administration from Newport University, USA. Started his career as a Project Engineer, he has more than 33 years working experience in various engineering industries such as metal and palm oil engineering, water and wastewater treatment sectors. Since 1996, he has held several senior appointments with Malaysian entities such as Bolton Berhad, and Salcon Centrimax Engineering Sdn Bhd as Executive Director.
Mr. David Heng Tang Ching
Director & General Manager
PV Vacuum Engineering Pte Ltd
Mr. David was appointed as the General Manager and Director of PV Vacuum Engineering Pte Ltd (PV) since 2001. He is responsible for the general management inclusive of profit & loss of PV, a company that specialise in Vacuum Application System for both Industrial and Commercial Application.
Mr. David has a Master from The University of South Australia and more than 25 years’ experience in this field. He was an invited speaker at the Institution of Engineers (Singapore); Ngee Ann Polytechnic for Mechanical / Electrical (Vacuum) Services, 11th Joint Meeting between Singapore Business Federation & Chinese International Econ. Corp Association (CIECA), a member of the working group that developed the Singapore Standard on Code of Practice for Pneumatic Waste Conveyance System-SS642:2019 and an invited council member of Gerson Lehrman Group Inc.