Oei Kok Eong has a wide spectrum of experience in trading, marketing and manufacturing operations & was in top management positions for 26 years spanning the European, Japanese, American as well as the local work cultures.
KE started his career in the sales, design, installation and commissioning of several multi-million dollar hospital medical support systems in Singapore. Returning to Malaysia in 1979, he joined a major MNC manufacturing facility in Petaling Jaya. In 1983, he helped set up a greenfield Japanese JV company and grew it to achieve annual sales of RM240M. The company achieved many industry firsts and won numerous govt & customer awards. In the area of marketing, KE also made many innovations and the company’s products became the market leader for both the Replacement as well as the OE Markets.
As Executive Director of a major PLC with a turnover in excess of RM1B, he was responsible for setting up and growing the group’s overseas operations to 7 companies in Vietnam, Australia and Indonesia.
KE was also an active Executive Committee member of various industry associations for 3 decades. He helped fellow member companies start their journeys in the Toyota Production System (TPS) to reduce waste and become more efficient and competitive. In 2001, he was the founding Chair of the Malaysian Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), bringing together Mobility Engineers in Malaysia. KE was also a member of the SIRIM policy body for the automotive industry and of Monash University’s Industry Advisory Committee in Sunway & helped to shape fresh engineers to readily integrate into industry. He currently is a member of the General Technical Committee of Lloyds Register of Quality Assurance, Malaysia.
He is an active practitioner in Lean Systems helping companies in their journeys towards Excellence. KE mentored the winning company to the SME Corporation #1 Lean Model Company in 2011. Presently, besides Chairing a Vistage VEE group, KE is also an Associate of the Malaysian Automotive Institute helping to bring auto parts makers towards global standards.
KE is married and has 5 children and a grandchild, and enjoys trekking, golf, reading and movies.