Keppel O&M gets new chief

Keppel Corp announced after Monday trading close a new head for its offshore and marine unit, Keppel Offshore & Marine.

The present managing director of its rig-building arm, Keppel FELS, Chris Ong, will concurrently serve as acting chief executive officer of Keppel O&M with effect from April 1 2017.

Mr Ong will take over from the incumbent Keppel O&M chief executive, Chow Yew Yuen, 62, who will retire from March 31, 2017 after 36 years of service with Keppel Corp.

Mr Ong, 42, first joined Keppel FELS in 1999. He has held a range of key appointments in Keppel FELS, including general manager of engineering, acting executive director of operations, executive director (commercial) and deputy managing director, before being appointed managing director of Keppel FELS on July 5, 2016.

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Apart from his role in Keppel FELS, Mr Ong is 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 Offshore & Marine Ltd.

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 (WSH) Council Marine Industries Committee and a member of the U EnTech Steering Committee.

Mr Ong has a Master's 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.

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This article was first published on March 21, 2017.
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