BOARD AND MANAGEMENT
Dato' Eng Kwong Gan, non-executive director
Dato' Gan was appointed as a Director of the Company on 28 June 1998.
Dato' Gan has been a Director of Reliance Pacific Berhad (“RPB”) and its related bodies corporate (Reliance Group) and their predecessors since 1974 and was the Chairman of RPB, a publicly listed company in Malaysia, from 12 August 1993 to 3 March 2015.
Dato' Gan has had more than 30 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, through the Reliance Group’s network of international offices, hotel investments and companies, both in Malaysia and overseas. In addition to his travel and tourism interests, Dato' Gan has a keen interest in technology. He was responsible in the mid 1980s for the development of an on-line network for the Reliance Group using SITA (the airlines’ worldwide telecommunications network). The Reliance Group was one of the first non-airline organisations to use the SITA network.
Ernst M R van Oeveren, executive director
Chief Executive Officer
B.Math, B.ComSci (Hon)
Ernst was appointed as a Director of the Company on 30 June 1998.
Ernst is one of Australia's Internet pioneers, having been involved in the Internet and related technologies for over 20 years. In 1986, as a Graduate Research Assistant, Ernst was responsible for the software development of a university research network. The project implemented many of the techniques and protocols which have since become standards in the Internet.
In 1989, Ernst was appointed Information Systems Manager for the Menzies School of Health Research, a Northern Territory medical research centre. Ernst was responsible for restructuring and managing the centre's computing facilities, and in 1990 established a permanent connection to AARNet, the academic forerunner to the modern Internet.
In 1994, Ernst became involved with the commercial Internet on a full-time basis and was responsible for implementing and managing a national and international Internet backbone throughout Australia, Asia, the Pacific and the USA. As a software designer, he has also pioneered a number of techniques which have become common standards used on many modern sites today.
James A Norriss, Non-executive Director
Jamie was appointed as a Director of the Company on 30 June 1998.
Jamie has over 35 years’ experience in technology development in the international travel and tourism industry. He has been involved in the development of automation projects, initially with BOAC (later British Airways), and on various industry automation projects under the auspices of IATA (International Airline Transport Association): notably the introduction of the airline’s worldwide baggage tracing system in 1980. He was Chairman of the
Passenger and Baggage Sub-Committee and Airport Handling Sub-Committee which developed the emerging automation standards at that time.
During the 1980s, Jamie was employed in the development and marketing of travel and tourism related services for SITA (the airlines’ worldwide telecommunications network). These included the GABRIEL Reservations System, Loadstar Departure Control System, SAHARA (the airline hotel reservations system) and projects to develop a car rental system and a worldwide tourist information database.
Swe Cheong Thong, Non-executive Director
B.Com, CA, MIA, MACPA
Swe Cheong was appointed as a Director of the Company on 10 March 2000.
Swe Cheong was the Chief Financial Officer of Reliance Pacific Berhad and its related bodies corporate (Reliance Group). He has extensive experience in corporate finance and planning, including company restructuring, capital market exercises, offshore financing, group tax planning, company acquisition, joint ventures and investments in resorts and hotels.
Swe Cheong also has substantial experience in strategic planning and management of the Reliance Group's tourism companies worldwide. Prior to joining the Reliance Group, Swe Cheong was with Ernst & Young and also Azman Wong Salleh & Co which, at the time, was a leading Malaysian public accounting firm. He later joined public accounting firm Razak & Co, managing it for five years.
Christopher J Yong, Non-executive Director
BCom, MCom, CA, RTA, JP
Chris was appointed as a Director of the Company on 27 November 2008.
Chris is the Managing Director of Reset Group Pty Ltd, a provider of process outsourcing, business consultancy, and corporate advisory services to SMEs and the middle-market.
He has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance: more than 15 years in the corporate sector with listed companies, as a Director, CFO and/or Company Secretary, and through his involvement in various stock exchange listings; and more than 10 years in public practice, specialising in business advisory and taxation.
Chris has extensive experience in capital raising, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, and international business. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Commerce degree, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), a Registered Tax Agent, and a Justice of the Peace.