Board of Director
Mr Andrew Coulton was appointed to the Board of Next Generation Satellite Communications Limited (“Next-Gen”) as Executive Director in March 2014 and as Executive Chairman in August 2014. He was subsequently re-designated as Non- Executive Non-Independent Chairman in February 2016.
Before joining Next-Gen, Mr Coulton spent 10 years as Chairman and Principal of Saffar Capital Limited, an investment and advisory firm focused on the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) region. Prior to Saffar, Mr Coulton worked with Deutsche Bank AG where his last-held position was Managing Director and MENA Regional Chief Executive Officer. Mr Coulton started his career at Goldman, Sachs and Co. in the listed derivatives business after graduating with a BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford.
Vicente S. Ku
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Mr Vicente Ku was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive in January 2015, and subsequently re-designated as Executive Director in April 2015. In June 2015, he was appointed as Managing Director and became Chief Executive Officer in August 2015.
Mr Ku possesses over 39 years of business experience in the field of corporate finance, asset management, banking, trading, project development, financial services, and regulatory compliance, and was previously an executive director of Manilabased property development company, Yeeloofa Development Corporation.
Before joining Yeeloofa, Mr Ku spent four and a half years with ASG Brokerage Ltd., a major stockbroking house in Hong Kong, where he was overall-in-charge of finance and compliance matters. Mr Ku also spent 20 years with a family office of a major Philippine business group, where he was responsible for the management of various offshore investments and logistics operations of the textile and garment business. Between 1980 and 1982, Mr Ku was the Deputy Managing Director of First CBC Capital Limited in Hong Kong, a subsidiary of China Banking Corporation of the Philippines.
Mr Ku began his career with Ayala Investment (currently known as BPI Capital Corporation) and International Corporate Bank (currently known as Union Bank of the Philippines) after graduating with a cum Laude in Economics from La Salle University, Phillipines.
Dr Michael Kuan-Chi Sun
Dr Michael Sun was appointed to the Board in March 2014. Dr Sun worked with the Hughes Network Systems, LLC (and together with its subsidiaries, ”Hughes Group”) for more than 20 years, before taking up his current position as CEO of HughesNet China, a joint venture between Next-Gen and Hughes Group. Dr Sun is credited with the establishment of Hughes’ operations in China and its development into a dominant supplier of very small aperture terminal (“VSAT”) systems, with customers in almost every major government organisation in China. Prior to working for Hughes, Dr Sun was employed by General Electric Information Systems (“GE”), where he was responsible for marketing and development of GE’s centralised time-sharing information network service.
Before GE, Dr Sun worked for Sprint Telenet as Senior Director, Network Design. Dr Sun started his career with Computer Sciences Corporation where he was a senior program analyst supporting NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Dr Sun received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Georgetown University in 1976. He also holds a MSc in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from Marymount University of Virginia and a BSc from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan in 1970.
Sri Tjintawati Hartanto
Madam Sri Tjintawati Hartanto was appointed to the Board in January 2009. She is a non-salaried executive director who supports the Company in its affairs on a “when-needed” basis. Madam Hartanto also provides an oversight over the Group’s current business in Indonesia. She possesses more than 20 years of experience in accounting, finance and administration. Madam Hartanto graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from Surabaya University in Indonesia. She was born and educated in Indonesia, and is currently a permanent resident in Hong Kong.
Lye Meng Yiau
Mr Lye Meng Yiau was appointed to the Board in August 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was Vice President at OWW Capital Partners Pte. Ltd. and was responsible for venture investments. He accumulated more than 10 years of experience in logistics and investments within the Heidelbergcement Group, where his last-held position was Manager for Strategy and Business Development (M&A) in Asia. Mr Lye has worked on investment projects in technology, infrastructure and utilities. He started his career as an analyst in a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings, after graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.
Edward Fu Shu Sheen
Mr Edward Fu Shu Sheen was appointed to the Board in October 2014. He is the Executive Adviser of KF Property Network Pte Ltd (Knight Frank) and possesses more than 30 years of experience in credit, corporate banking, debt restructuring and recovery, loan syndications and private banking with domestic and foreign banks. Mr Fu previously served as Vice President at Societe Generale and has also held senior appointments with leading financial institutions such as Crosby Advisory (Singapore) Pte Ltd., Hill Samuel Merchant Bank Asia Ltd. and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd.
He currently also serves as Director on the Board of Continental Investment & Trading Company Pte Ltd. He was an Independent Director of GSH Corporation Limited from 2007 to 2012 and of John Edward Consultancy Pte Ltd from 1999 to 2013.
Mr Fu holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from University of Singapore.
Li Man Wai
Mr Li founded Raymond Li & Co., C.P.A. in 1993 and is its sole proprietor. Mr Li has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Shanghai Zendai Property Ltd. since April 2012. He has been an Independent Director at Next-Generation Satellite Communications Limited since February 2016. He has been a Trustee of Lingnan (University) College, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, PRC since 2009. In 2011, he was appointed as a Court Member of Lingnan University of Hong Kong. He chaired Lingnan University Alumni Association (Hong Kong) Limited from 2006 to 2008, and was elected as the Chairman of Chinese Christian Universities Alumni Association (Hong Kong) Limited from 2007 to 2008. He was nominated to act as the Director of Lingnan University Hong Kong Alumni D.S.S. Primary School Limited from 2005 to 2011. He was qualified as a Certified Practicing Accountant in Hong Kong since 1992.
Mr Li graduated with Diploma in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting, from Lingnan College (now known as Lingnan University) in Hong Kong in 1981. He is a Member of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in United Kingdom from 1988 and Obtained a Membership of Certified Management Accountants of Canada in 1990 after taking the accountancy courses in York University, Canada.
Lai Chik Fan
Mr Lai Chik Fan was appointed to the Board in March 2014. He is currently the Managing Director of AR Evans Capital Limited and Principal of AR Evans Capital Partners Inc. Mr Lai possesses more than 30 years of experience in the financial services sector. He previously served as advisor to the board of directors of Asia Securities Global Limited and Managing Director of several reputable financial institutions including Smith Barney Shearson (Asia) Limited, Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Limited and Paine Webber Hong Kong Limited. He worked for a number of investment banks, including Koffman Financial Holdings Limited, Paine Webber Hong Kong Limited, Merrill Lynch Asia Ltd., Smith Barney (Hong Kong) Ltd., and Chin Tung Securities Ltd.
Mr Lai has served on the Board of several listed companies, including Shanghai Zendai Property Ltd since May 2004 and China Golden Development Holdings Ltd from 2006 to 2008. He also served on the Board of Ban Joo & Co. Ltd. until 2009, and of China Medical and Bio Science Ltd (listed on the GEM Board) until 2007. Mr Lai is a graduate of Indiana State University with an MBA.
Ng Hsian Pin
Mr Ng Hsian Pin was appointed to the Board in August 2016
He possesses over 15 years of experience in various accounting and finance roles, and is currently the Financial Controller of Hong Kong-based Gold East Paper Trading(HK)Co.Ltd. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer Designate of Singapore-listed Sinwa Ltd., and, prior to that, the Financial Controller of Sinar Mas Paper(China)Co.Ltd.
Mr Ng holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore.