Board of Directors
Loke Wai San
Position : Executive Chairman and Director
Mr. Loke Wai San has been the Chairman of AEM since 2011. He is also the founder and CEO of private equity fund adviser Novo Tellus Capital Partners.
Mr. Loke brings over 25 years of global technology management and investment experience to AEM. Since 2011, Mr. Loke has worked with the management team at AEM to strengthen its relationship with its key customer through improving AEM’s R&D, global product delivery and support capabilities. He has also provided leadership for AEM’s acquisitions in 2017 and 2018, and continues to do so.
From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Loke 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 is also an independent director on the Board of Sunningdale Tech Limited.
Chok Yean Hung
Position : Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Chok has more than 30 years of management and technical experience in the Semiconductor industry. He was a member of the founding management team of Ellipsiz Test, EEMS Asia Pte. Ltd and United Test and Assembly Center Pte. Ltd (UTAC). He served as Senior Vice President of Operations at EEMS, overseeing both the Singapore and Suzhou sites. In UTAC, Mr. Chok was the Vice President of Test Operation from 1998 to 2004, managing Memory IC and Mix Signal ICs Test’s manufacturing, engineering and development. Mr. Chok started his career as Product and Test Engineer in Texas Instruments (S) Pte. Ltd (TI) in year 1988 and eventually became a Product Engineering Manager. In 1998, he was elected as Senior Member of Technical Staff, of Texas Instruments Incorporation in recognition to his contributions. In the course of his career, Mr. Chok was awarded the Ministerial Citation for Excellence in Test Development from Singapore, National Science and Technology Board (NSTB) in 1997. He jointly holds patent with Texas Instruments, Dallas memory designers on `A Method in Testing Semiconductor Devices’. He joined the Company on 1 January 2012 as VP of Operations, later becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2016 prior assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer on 1 April 2018.
Position : Independent Director
Chairman of Audit & Risk Management Committee, Remuneration Committee
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 (“SID”) from 2002 to 2013 and is currently a member of SID’s Audit Committee Chapter. 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 Audit and Assurance Standards Committee of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (“ISCA”, formerly known as “ICPAS”). He is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee of ISCA. Mr. Chan has more than 35 years of audit, financial and general management experience having held senior financial positions in both private and listed companies. Mr. Chan is also an independent non-executive director on the Boards of several publicly listed companies on the Singapore Stock Exchange namely Grand Banks Yachts Limited, Global Invacom Group Limited and Memories Group Ltd. In the last 3 years, he previously sat on the Boards of Singapore eDevelopment Ltd, SBI Offshore Ltd and Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd.
Adrian Chan Pengee
Position : Lead Independent Director and Chairman of Nominating Committee
Adrian Chan Pengee is Head of the Corporate Department and a Senior Partner at Lee & Lee. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Singapore Institute of Directors and a member of the Legal Service Commission and Singapore Management University’s Enterprise Board. He is also a Board member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (“ACRA”). Mr. Chan serves on the Executive Council of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises as its Honorary Secretary. In addition, the SGX has appointed him to its Catalist Advisory Panel to review Catalist Sponsor and Registered Professional applications.
He currently chairs the Panel of the Institute of Corporate Law at ACRA. He chairs the Corporate Governance and Regulations Interest Group of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Board of Shared Services for Charities Limited, which is a registered charity and an Institution of a Public Character, and the Institutional Review Board of the Singapore Polytechnic. 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.
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, Ascendas Funds Management (S) Limited, Hong Fok Corporation Limited, Best World International Limited and Bowsprit Capital Corporation Limited.
Loh Kin Wah
Position : Independent Director
Mr. Loh has extensive leadership experience in the semiconductor industry. He is currently Chairman of Synesys Technologies Holding Pte Ltd, a member of the Supervisory Board of BESI BV, Netherlands, and of the Supervisory Board of AMS AG, Austria. Over the last 10 years, his appointments include Vice Chairman of Ampleon BV, Netherland, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing of NXP Semiconductors, Netherlands. Mr Loh was the President and CEO of Qimonda AG, Munich, Germany. Qimonda AG was a memory company that was spun-off from Infineon Technologies in 2006, to form at the time the second largest Dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) company in the world. Prior to the spin-off, Mr Loh was the Executive Vice President, Communications Group of Infineon Technologies AG, Munich Germany. Mr Loh previously served in a variety of capacities at Siemens AG. While he was in charge of the production of Siemens Components Singapore, he was instrumental in setting up the production facilities in Batam, Indonesia and Wuxi, China.
James Toh Ban Leng
Position : Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director
Member of Audit & Risk Management Committee, Remuneration Committee
James Toh is a co-founder and anchor investor of the Novo Tellus PE Fund 1 and Fund 2, which focuses on buyouts of small/mid-cap technology and industrial companies.
James started his career at management consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton (1989-90) and subsequently at A.T. Kearney (1994-95), where he focused on Strategy consulting and Mergers and Acquisitions advisory work.
Since 1996, James has been Managing Director of family owned ACT Holdings Pte Ltd, which primarily invests in real estate in Singapore and the USA. Beginning in 1997, James built the ACT Group’s Singapore development division with numerous award-winning developments include the Gambier Court at Kim Yam Road, and Empire Lofts at Mosque Street, both of which won the URA Heritage Award. The ACT Group in Singapore is known for doing innovative residential developments, specializing in luxury landed properties, apartments and conservation projects. In the last twenty years, the group has completed over 20 developments in Singapore.
From 2010, James broadened the ACT group’s real estate investment in the USA through its joint venture with Tribridge Residential, a leading multi-family residential manager and developer based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Via this platform, the group invests in apartment communities in fast growing cities in Southeast USA, such as Charlotte, Nashville, Jacksonville, and Raleigh/Durham.
James also serves as President of the MIT Club of Singapore from 2015 to 2019.
Lavi Alexander Lev
Position : Independent Director
Mr. Lavi has 35 years of Silicon Valley and Asia experience. Throughout his professional career, he served as CEO, President, General Manger, and VP of R&D in the semiconductor chip design, Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software, test equipment, contract manufacturing, and 3D printing industries. Some of his achievements include: the design of the first Pentium Microprocessor (Intel) and the first UltraSparc Microprocessor (Sun Microsystems); the development of the technology that powers the Nintendo and Sony video games consoles (Silicon Graphics); the business responsibility for the $1B EDA software of Cadence Design Systems; the 10x growth of the contract manufacturing business of Ultra Clean Technology (UCT) in Asia; and the deployment of Southeast Asia’s largest 3D printing service bureau in Singapore. Most recently, Lavi was the President of UCT Asia. Prior to moving to Asia, Lavi was the CEO of Credence Systems (NASDAQ: XCRA).
Lavi has extensive Merger and Acquisition experience, executing over 20 deals in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. totalling over $2B. He is the author of 11 issued U.S. patents and numerous papers covering semiconductor, Internet, EDA software, and consumer electronics technologies. Lavi is also a certified professional coach, specializing in coaching senior executives. He is an advisory board member of National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) and a board member of Anatomics Asia. He is also a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.