J.A. Lew has been a Vistage Chair/CEO Coach since July 2011. In this role, he currently chairs 2 groups – a group of CEOs/business owners and another group of key executives. He received the Vistage Malaysia Chair Excellence Award for years 2012, 2013 and 2016 and Master Chair award for year 2017.
As a Chair/CEO coach, he works with CEOs and executives to elevate their performance and potential and that of their organizations. For companies to excel, he emphasizes the importance of exemplary leadership, business strategy, organizational alignment and culture, staff engagement and good execution. He strongly advocates that CEOs adopt Lean Sigma approach to maximize business results and continually invest in staff development to provide a pipeline of talent to support their business plans.
Prior to joining Vistage, he had a successful 30-year career in the semiconductor industry where he held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, operations and general management and the final 10 years as Managing Director of two large U.S. multinationals in Malaysia. He received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Honours degree from Universiti Malaya and an Executive MBA with Distinction from University of Bath, UK.
In the non-profit sector, he serves as Chairman of Selangor Human Resources Development Centre, a not-for-profit training organization dedicated to supporting training and development needs of industry in Selangor and the central region. He also serves as an independent non-executive director on the Board of a Malaysian public-listed company.