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New Chief Executives at Jardine Engineering Corporation

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Kevin O'Brien

The Jardine Engineering Corporation (JEC) has appointed Kevin O'Brien as Chief Executive of Gammon Construction, effective 1 September 2021. O'Brien, who is currently Chief Executive of JEC, will be moving to succeed the current Chief Executive of Gammon Construction Thomas Ho, who will be retiring on 12 October 2021.

In turn, Noky Wong, who is currently Deputy Chief Executive of Jardine Schindler Group will succeed O'Brien at JEC, effective 1 July 2021. 

O'Brien’s roots are in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, having started his career in London back in 1990. He has been based in Hong Kong since 1995. He joined Balfour Beatty in Hong Kong in 1996 and moved to Gammon in 2004, which used to be a 50/50 joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Jardine Matheson, he held a number of senior roles since then. He was appointed as Chief Executive of JEC in 2018.

Wong joined JSG in July 2003 and has since held a number of leadership roles in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Malaysia before being appointed Deputy Chief Executive of JSG in January 2020.

Established in Shanghai in 1923, JEC is now headquartered in Hong Kong and operates throughout Asia. JEC is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.


Three promotions at Charles Monat Associates  

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From left to right: Berry Wong, Martin Wong, Nikki Koh

Wealth planning and life insurance provider Charles Monat Associates (CMA) announced three major global leadership changes to advance the company's business growth strategy and build greater synergies across regions, asset classes and liquidity solutions.

Berry Wong, who previously served as CEO of Hong Kong, will oversee the entire APAC region as CEO of APAC. This role is a newly created position in an effort to "capitalise on the growth opportunities across APAC". In this new role, Wong will continue to be an enabler of evolving client wealth planning objectives, while charting an ambitious expansion strategy across APAC. He will be responsible for overseeing operations in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.  

During his tenure as CEO of Hong Kong, Wong has been crediting with driving revenue growth by 300% in four years. 

Commenting on his appointment, Berry Wong, CEO of Charles Monat Associates (APAC), said, "I am humbled, yet excited to take on this role. CMA was born in Hong Kong and the business has been shaped by the APAC region over the course of its 50-year history. As we embark on this new chapter, I am energised by the opportunity to sharpen our organisation's focus and lay the foundation for another 50 years of growth and expansion throughout the continent.

"Asia's rise has been nothing short of remarkable, with the number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals growing faster than anywhere else in the world. I am extremely proud of our team's contributions to making a difference to our partners and clients, always putting their needs first."

Nikki Koh, who is the Group Chief Commercial Officer, will have new leadership responsibilities. In addition to the existing title, he will succeed Martin Wong as CEO of Singapore. Koh will be responsible for building on the firm's success in this strategically important market.

Koh, who has over 25 years of insurance and banking experience, will also drive the development of an emerging-market roadmap across South-East Asia. Prior to joining Charles Monat as Chief Distribution Officer in 2015, Koh held a variety of senior leadership roles across APAC including HSBC, Prudential Assurance, and UOB.

Nikki Koh, CEO of Charles Monat Associates (Singapore), shared: "The opportunity ahead of us cannot be overstated. Singapore is already home to one of the highest concentrations of high-net-worth individuals in the world and the emerging markets of South East Asia represent a new and exciting frontier. As a people-centric organisation with a culture built on trust, passion and family values, we always take the time to understand what's important to our clients to cater to their unique needs. As CMA begins this new chapter, we do so with the industry's best talents and a clear sense of organisational purpose."

Meanwhile, Martin Wong has been appointed to the new position of Group Chief Business Development Officer, where he will utilise his experience in expanding across Asia to focus on developing onshore opportunities across different regions and markets.

Yves Guélat, Group CEO of CMA, said: "The changes we have announced today signify a new and exciting chapter for Charles Monat Associates. We are proud to be the uncontested market leader and premier broker of choice, having had the privilege of serving over 8,000 high-net-worth individuals and families for 50 years. These moves are testament to the strength and vision of our team, and position us to capitalise on the significant global opportunities ahead of us.

Established in 1971, Charles Monat Associates is a global insurance broker with more than 200 professionals operating in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Switzerland, Miami, Kuala Lumpur, and Liechtenstein. 

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