Kooi Ong Tong (Datuk)
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
UPP Holdings Limited
Datuk Dr. Kooi Ong Tong has been the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UPP Holdings Limited since May 2012. Dr. Tong serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Taiga Forest Products Limited. Dr. Tong has been Non-Executive Chairman at HSR Global Limited since August 13, 2013. He served as an Executive Chairman of HSR Global Limited from May 15, 2013 to August 13, 2013 and served as its Interim Chief Executive Officer since May 15, 2013. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Taiga Building Products Ltd. from June 1, 2005 to December 16, 2008. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Berjaya Media Berhad (formerly known as Nexnews Bhd) from June 1, 2000 to May 2008. He founded PhileoAllied Group in 1990. Prior to joining Berjaya Media Berhad, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of PhileoAllied Berhad from 1994 to May 2000. He served as the Head of Morgan Grenfell’s Representative Office in Malaysia from 1988 to 1991 and the Head of Research in Arab-Malaysian Securities Sdn Bhd from 1986 to 1988.
He ventured into the media industry in 1993 with the publication of The Edge, Malaysia’s first business and investment weekly. He serves as an Executive Chairman of The Edge Communications Sdn. Bhd. He serves as the Chairman of Phileo Seed Berhad and The Edge Publishing Pte Ltd. He has been the Chairman of Taiga Building Products Ltd. since 2004, where he previously served as its an Executive Chairman since October 22, 2003.
He served as an Executive Chairman of Sunrise Berhad since July 1, 2004 to January 2011. He served as an Executive Deputy Chairman of Berjaya Media Berhad, since June 1, 2000. He has been a Director of Sunrise Berhad since December 5, 2003. He serves as a Director of Menchies Singapore Pte Ltd., Moresby Central Pte Ltd., Creative Destroyer Sdn Bhd., Big Data Research Sdn Bhd., Menchies Malaysia Sdn Bhd., FZ Sdn Bhd., and UPP Capital (M) Sdn Bhd. He serves as a Director of Odin Mining and Exploration Limited. He serves as a Member of International Advisory Panel at CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. He serves as an Executive Director of The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd. He serves as a Director of Phileo Spring Sdn Bhd, Red Riches Sdn Bhd, Foxcraft Sdn Bhd, Prima Fajar Sdn Bhd, Phileo Sdn Bhd, Emerwood Sdn Bhd, Net Edge Online Sdn Bhd, The Edge Communications Network Sdn Bhd, Asia Analytica Sdn Bhd, Reversemortgage Sdn Bhd, Lojing Highland Resort Development Sdn Bhd, United Overseas Venture Sdn Bhd, The Edge Media Group Pte Ltd, Phileo Capital Pte Ltd, M+S Pte Ltd, Marina South Investments Pte Ltd, Ophir-Rochor Investments Pte Ltd., financialzoo Limited and The Edge Publishing Limited. He has been a Non Executive Director of UPP Holdings Limited since March 15, 2012.
He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, Canada with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Economics and Finance. He obtained his Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) from Simon Fraser University, Canada.