Y. Bhg. Dato’ Keh (Kerk) Chu Koh, Malaysian aged 76, is the Chairman of the Company. He became a member of the Board of Directors on 4 October 1991 and was appointed as the Managing Director on 3 August 2000. Subsequently, he was redesignated as Chairman on 1 February 2003. He was appointed the Deputy Managing Director of Hup Seng Perusahaan Makanan (M) Sdn. Bhd. (“HSPM”) on 13 October 1974 and then the Managing Director of the same on 1 April 1977. He was appointed as the Deputy Managing Director on 21 April 1977 and subsequently the Vice Chairman of Hup Seng Hoon Yong Brothers Sdn. Bhd. (“HSHY”) on 1 January 1990. He is the brother of Kuo Choo Song and Kerk Chiew Siong, and uncle of Kerk Chian Tung, Teo Lee Teck and Kerk Kar Han. He does not have any conflict of interest with the Company except for certain recurrent related party transactions of revenue or trading nature that is necessary for day-to-day operations of the Group. He has no convictions for any offences over the past 10 years.
He plans the Group’s strategic business development and production development which includes the installation of various production facilities in the Group’s factory and heads the research and development team which researches new varieties of biscuits. He contributed in obtaining the Certification of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) & BRC (British Retail Consortium) for HSPM in year 2008 and ISO 22000:2005 in year 2012, to ensure that product safety and quality are in line with global standard. He travels abroad extensively to keep abreast with the latest developments in the biscuits manufacturing industry and to assess new market prospects for the Group.