After 36 years of service with the company, Chow Yew Yuen, CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), will retire on 31 March 2017.
Chris Ong, Managing Director of Keppel FELS Limited, was appointed Acting CEO, beginning 1 April 2017.
Loh Chin Hua, CEO of Keppel Corporation and Chairman of Keppel O&M, said, “Chris is part of the talent pool that we have been nurturing for leadership succession at Keppel O&M. He has been with the Keppel Group for 17 years, and has contributed significantly to building Keppel FELS into the global leader in the offshore business that it is today. On behalf of the Board of Keppel O&M, I welcome Chris into his new role. I am confident that he will provide effective leadership to Keppel O&M in the next stage of the company’s development.”
Mr Ong joined Keppel FELS in 1999, and has held a range of key appointments in Keppel FELS, including General Manager (Engineering), Acting Executive Director (Operation), Executive Director (Commercial) and Deputy Managing Director, before being appointed Managing Director of Keppel FELS on 5 July 2016.
Apart from his role in Keppel FELS, Mr Ong is the Chairman of Bennett Offshore LLC, Keppel LeTourneau USA Inc, Bintan Offshore Fabricators Pte Ltd and Keppel SLP LLC, and a director of various subsidiaries or associated companies of Keppel O&M.
Mr Ong is also a board member of The Institute of Technical Education Board of Governors, a member of the Association of Singapore Marine Industries, a member of the Workplace Safety & Health Council Marine Industries Committee and a member of the U EnTech Steering Committee.
Mr Ong has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from National University of Singapore. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and a member of the American Bureau of Shipping.