Notice

Board of Directors

Kwok Huen (Henry) Pon : INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
Henry-Pon

BCom (Rand), CA (SA)


BOARD COMMITTEES:
AUDIT AND RISK MANAGEMENT (CHAIRMAN),
NOMINATION (CHAIRMAN)


Henry was appointed to the board of South Ocean Holdings in November 2007 as an independent non-executive director. He has been in public practice as a Chartered Accountant since 1962 and is still active in the accounting and auditing field. During his many years of practice, Henry has had exposure to the different fields of commerce and industry and has gained extensive experience in finance, tax, auditing, accounting and management. Throughout his career he has audited public companies at the highest level. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors. Henry was appointed Chairman of the Board effective 1 April 2014.
 

Hung-Lung (Eric) Li  : DEPUTY-VICE CHAIRMAN
Eric-Li


MSc, Industrial & System
Engineering (San José State University, USA)

BOARD COMMITTEE:
REMUNERATION


Eric was appointed to the South Ocean Holdings board in March 2008 as an alternate director to Choice Pan and a full non-executive director in August 2009. Eric has been the Chief Information Officer at Hong-Tai since February 2014. Eric was appointed Deputy-Vice Chairman on 18 February 2016, replacing Mr Pan who resigned from the board as Director and Deputy-Vice Chairman. Eric joined Hong-Tai in 2004 as the Vice-President, Information Technology Center before he was transferred to the Telecommunication Cable Business where he was the Vice-President of the Telecommunication Cable Business till January 2014. He was previously involved in the software engineering and semi-conductor manufacturing business in Silicon Valley in the US for more than 20 years. Eric has held positions as the General Manager of VLI Communications, Vice-president at Everlasting Software Company and Software Engineering Director at Sun Microsystems.
 
 
Jacobus (Koos) Petrus Bekker : CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (ACTING) & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER 
Koos Bekker

BCom, BCom (Hons), CA (SA)

BOARD COMMITTEE:
SOCIAL AND ETHICS


Koos has been Chief Financial Officer of South Ocean Holdings and an executive director since February 2007. He was also Chief Executive Officer of Radiant from October 2009 until May 2010. He joined SOEW in July 2001 as Administration and Financial Operational Manager. Koos entered the accounting profession in 1978 and was appointed audit partner in 1986. He served as an audit partner with a medium-sized firm and also one of the big four firms during his career as an auditor. He left the auditing profession in 1997 and opened a stockbroking firm in the Eastern Cape. He qualified as a stockbroker in 1999 and was a member of the South African Institute of Stock Brokers until 2001. Koos is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
 

Chi-Ying (Joe) Wu : NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Joe Wu

BSc Business Administration (Montana, USA)

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BOARD COMMITTEE: NOMINATION


Joe was appointed as a non-executive director of SOEW in 2004 and of South Ocean Holdings in January 2007. He is the Assistant President of the management service department and Principal Financial and Accounting Officer of Hong-Tai Electrical Industrial Co., Limited. Joe has a wide range of experience in accounting, financial, administration and internal control systems. He joined Hong-Tai in 1996, was appointed as the assistant manager of the accounting department in 2002 and was appointed manager of the internal audit department in 2005.
 
 
Jen-Hao (Kevin) Yeh  : INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 
Kevin-Yeh

BSc Actuarial Science(Wits), Diploma in Actuarial Techniques (Institute of Actuaries, UK), Cert in Finance and Investments, Post-graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (University of Free State)

 


BOARD COMMITTEE:
NONE


Appointment of Mr. Jen-hao (Kevin) Yeh as an independent non-executive director of South Ocean. Kevin is the owner and Frinancial Advisor of Daberistic Financial Services. He was previously employed as a Actuarial Consultant at NMG Consultants & Actuaries from1996 to 1999. He is a Chairman of Johannesburg Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce since 2014.
 

Natasha Lalla : INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

 Natasha Lalla

BCom (Hons), CA (SA)

BOARD COMMITTEE:
AUDIT AND RISK MANAGEMENT


Natasha was appointed to the South Ocean Holdings Board in June 2014 as an independent non-executive director. She is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa and is still active in the accounting and auditing fields. She started her career as an auditor at a big five accounting firm. In January 2004, she left the public accounting profession to work as a financial manager in a treasury environment for one of the big four banks in South Africa and is now working as a senior manager in the internal audit division specialising in wealth management and investment banking. During her many years of practice and exposure to the financial services industry, she has gained extensive experience in finance, banking, auditing, accounting and risk management practices.
 
 
Melanie Chong : INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 Melanie Chong

 

BCom, BCom (Hons), CA (SA)

BOARD COMMITTEES:
AUDIT AND RISK MANAGEMENT (CHAIRPERSON),
SOCIAL AND ETHICS (CHAIRPERSON),
NOMINATION (CHAIRPERSON)


 

Melanie was appointed to the South Ocean Holdings Board in April 2010. Over the past 10 years Melanie has worked predominantly in the financial services sector. She was the corporate governance officer at a blue chip company. She also started her own business and partnered with other owner-managed businesses in the consulting, accounting, luxury accessories and recruitment industries. Melanie is a member of the South African institute of Chartered Accountants. Melanie was appointed chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee effective 1 April 2014.
 

Louisa Stephens : INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Louisa Stephens

 

BBusSc (Finance), BCom (Hons)(Accounting), CA(SA)

BOARD COMMITTEE: NONE

Louisa was appointed to the board of South Ocean Holdings in June 2014. She is an entrepreneur, independent financial trader and enterprise development specialist. Louisa has been a professional in the financial services industry for over 10 years. Her experience covers investment banking, private equity, corporate finance, investment and portfolio management, and accounting and financial management. She held various position including, as Fund Manager of uMnotho Fund in the Fund Management Division of the National Empowerment Fund, Transactor at Rand Merchant Bank in the Investment Banking division in the Acquisition and Leveraged Finance team; General Manager of the Investment and Finance Divisions of Nozala Investments and Chief Investment Officer of Circle Capital Ventures. Louisa is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Directors
 
 
 

Wen-Ping (Benjamin) Li  : ALTERNATE NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Benjamin-Li

BSc Electrical Engineering (NCKU, Taiwan)



Benjamin was appointed to the Board of South Ocean Holdings, as an alternate to Joe Wu in March 2014. He had previously been an alternate director of South Ocean Holdings from February 2012 to November 2012. He is an assistant President of Power Cable Division of Hong- Tai since 2006. His experience covers the field of R&D, quality control, manufacturing, marketing and sales relating to the Power Cable Division. He joined Hong-Tai in 1991 as a chief of Technical Department of the Power Cable Division.
 
 
Daphne Pan : ALTERNATE NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Daphne Pan

BS Hotel and Tourism Management (USA),
Certificate in Finance (USA)


Daphne was appointed to the South Ocean Holdings' Board as an alternate director to Edward Pan in August 2014. She was appointed alternate to Mr Li on 18 February 2016, when Mr Pan resigned as director of the board. She started her career in sales at an international hotel chain in Taiwan in 2005. Upon completing further studies in finance in 2009, Daphne joined a real estate firm in New York City and went on to project manage the development of various real estate assets including a hotel and other mix-use properties. She has a wide range of experience in real estate valuation and financing also acting as controller during the development of each project. Simultaneously, Daphne also served as the owner's representative upon completion of the hotel in 2011, overseeing the entire hotel's operations, including its financial performance and sales and marketing initiatives. She is now working as a manager in the area of real estate development and financing at a private investment company.