Richard left Nylex Malaysia, part of the London-based worldwide BTR group in June 1994 as Managing Director/Group CEO after 18 years with the Group to found Vistage Malaysia (then TEC Asia Centre) which has license to internationally time-tested Vistage process.
Armed with two business degrees from Australia and after working with multi-national companies both at home and overseas in senior finance positions in various industries, he was appointed as the Financial Controller/Company Secretary with Nylex in January 1976, General Manager/Director in 1980 and promoted to Group CEO / Managing Director in 1985.
He was instrumental in introducing the Adizes collaborative leadership methodology in 1983 starting with the Polymer business and later in Tamco Group and other subsidiaries within the Nylex Group. Under his leadership, Nylex not only won the country’s 1991 Quality Management Award from MITI, Malaysia but also became the FIRST company in Malaysia to be awarded the ISO 9001 certification by SIRIM in November 1991. He was also voted Boss-Of-The-Year 1991/92. Nylex (Malaysia) was ranked fifth in the top ten best managed companies in Malaysia by Asia Money & Finance in July/Aug 1992. Under his stewardship from 1986 to 1994, sales grew from RM20 million to >RM500 million from 1986-1994.
In August 1996, he was sought to turnaround a large glove manufacturing company with subsidiaries and sales offices in 25 countries. From 1997 – 2000, the annual sales doubled and PAT increased fourfold.
Richard is the Senior Independent Director of Sunway Berhad and also Scientex Berhad. In addition, he is an Independent Director of Khind Holdings Berhad. In early 2018, he won the 2017 Don Cope Award for selfless service to Vistage members and the community and is honored on the Vistage ‘Hall of Fame’.