Board of Directors

Loke Wai San

Executive Chairman

Mr. Loke Wai San is a founder and Managing Director of private equity fund adviser Novo Tellus Capital Partners. Mr. Loke's expertise is in cross-border private equity investments in sectors including semiconductors, IT, enterprise software, medical equipment, and manufacturing. From 2000 to 2010, he was with Baring Private Equity Asia, where he was a Managing Director and head of Baring Asia's US office and subsequently co-head for Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Baring Asia, Mr. Loke was a Vice President at venture capital fund H&Q Asia Pacific from 1999 to 2000, a Senior Manager at management consulting firm AT Kearney from 1995 to 1999, and an R&D engineer with Motorola from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Loke was the former Chairman and President of the Singapore American Business Association in San Francisco. Mr. Loke holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Lehigh University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He joined the AEM Board on 30 September 2011 and has served as Executive Chairman of the Board since 30 September 2017.

Charles Cher Lew Siang

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Cher Lew Siang, Charles, formerly the Group Chief Executive Officer of ASTI Holdings Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Systems Automation Ltd, has more than 20 years of global semiconductor and corporate management experience. His achievements in ASTI include successfully leading the Group in its regional trust and establishment of many strategic partnerships. In 1990, he spearheaded the development of ASTI's chip-taping operations, enabling the Group to expand into the design and manufacture of its own chip-taping equipment. Mr. Cher graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and management from the University of Oregon, USA. He joined the AEM Board and was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Group on 1 April 2014. In the last 3 years, he previously sat on the Board of ASTI Holdings Ltd.

Basil Chan

Independent Director

Basil Chan is the Founder and Managing Director of MBE Corporate Advisory Pte Ltd. He was a Council Member and Board Director of the Singapore Institute of Directors from 2002 to 2013. He was a member of the Corporate Governance Committee in 2001 that developed the Singapore Code. He was previously a member of the Accounting Standards Committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore ("ICPAS") and was formerly a member of the Auditand Assurance Standards Committee of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants ("ISCA", formerly known as "ICPAS"). He is currently a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of ISCA. Mr. Chan has more than 32 years of audit, financial and general management experience having held senior financial positions in both private and listed companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) Honours degree majoring in Business Administration from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as well as a member of ISCA. He is a Fellow member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. Mr. Chan joined the AEM Board on 8 March 2006 and currently serves as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit & Risk Management Committee.  Mr. Chan is also an independent non-executive director on the Boards of several publicly listed companies on the Singapore Stock Exchange namely Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd, Grand Banks Yachts Limited, Global Invacom Group Limited, Singapore eDevelopment Limited and SBI Offshore. In the last 3 years, he previously sat on the Board of Teledata (Singapore) Ltd and Seroja Investments Ltd.

Keith Toh

Non-Independent Director

Keith a Venture Partner at Novo Tellus Capital Partners, a Singapore-based investment firm. Mr. Toh was formerly an investment principal at Francisco Partners, a leading global technology-focused private equity fund. At Francisco Partners, Keith focused on investments in global technology sectors including electronics manufacturing, semiconductors, enterprise software, internet platforms, and optical communications. Keith has held numerous board positions for technology companies worldwide in the last 17 years, including most recently Source Photonics, an optical components manufacturer, and Aconex, a publicly listed enterprise software companies. Previously Keith was a product lead at Trilogy, an enterprise software company and held research roles at Stanford University and the Singapore Ministry of Defense. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University where he graduated with the combined faculty Deans’ Award for Academic Achievement.  Keith joined the AEM Board on 2 June 2015. 

Adrian Chan

Independent Director

Adrian Chan Pengee is Head of the Corporate Department and a Senior Partner at Lee & Lee.  He previously served on the Legal Service Commission. He is also a Board member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (“ACRA”).  In addition, the SGX has appointed him to its Catalist Advisory Panel to review Catalist Sponsor and Registered Professional applications. He was the First Vice-Chairman of the Singapore Institute of Directors and currently serves as the Deputy Chairman of its Advocacy and Research Committee.  He is Chairman of the Corporate Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore and serves on its Audit Committee.  He currently chairs the Panel of the Institute of Corporate Law at ACRA. He sits on the Corporate Governance and Regulations Committee of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Shared Services for Charities Limited, which is a registered charity and an Institution of a Public Character, and on the Ethics Review Committee of the Singapore Polytechnic. Mr. Chan has been appointed to the Corporate Governance and Directors’ Duties Working Group of the Steering Committee that was established by the Ministry of Finance to review and rewrite the Companies Act of Singapore. Mr. Chan has been elected to and continues to serve on the Executive Council of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises as its Honorary Secretary. He currently serves on the Pro-Enterprise Panel, chaired by the Head of Civil Service and supported by the Ministry of Trade & Industry, which addresses feedback from the private sector on unnecessary or outdated government rules that hinder businesses and stifle entrepreneurship with a view to eliminating red-tape.  In addition, he has been appointed the Honorary Legal Advisor to both the Singapore Institute of Engineering Technologists and the Singapore Optometrist Association. Mr. Chan is also an independent director on the Boards of several publicly listed companies on the Singapore Stock Exchange, namely, Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd, Global Investments Limited, Ascendas Funds Management (S) Limited and Hong Fok Corporation Limited.  Mr. Chan joined the AEM Board on 30 September 2017 and currently serves as Chairman of the Nominating Committee of the Board.