Board of Directors
Takahashi KenichiExecutive Chairman and CEO
Takahashi Kenichi is the founder, Executive Chairman and CEO of the Group. He is instrumental in the establishment, development and expansion of our Group’s business and is responsible for our Group’s entire operations, strategic planning, major decision making, as well as developing the business and vision of our Group.
Mr Takahashi has more than 15 years of experience in the F&B industry in Singapore. Prior to founding our Group in 1997, Mr Takahashi practised as a professional engineer in the research and development division of Pioneer Asia Singapore from April 1978 to March 1997. He was involved in the establishment of the research and development and quality control department of Pioneer Asia Singapore. In March 1997, he left his engineering profession and set up the business.
Mr Takahashi graduated from Sophia University with a Certificate of Mechanical and Engineering.
Wong Hin Sun, EugeneNon-Executive Vice Chairman
Wong Hin Sun, Eugene had been a Non-executive Director of the Group since November 2008 and was appointed as Non-executive Vice Chairman on 21 July 2015. He founded Sirius Venture Capital Pte Ltd, a venture capital investment company, in September 2002. He is managing director of Sirius Venture and its group of companies as well as non-executive Chairman of Crimson Logic Pte Ltd.
Mr Wong is currently non-executive director of three other SGX-ST listed companies namely Neo Group Limited; Singapore Kitchen Equipment Limited and Jason Marine Group Limited. Mr Wong is also a non-executive director of Cargo Community Network Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of SIA Cargo and serves on the board of Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore and International Enterprise Singapore.
Mr Wong was previously non-executive director of Ajisen (China) Holdings Limited, listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange from 8 March 2007 to 22 February 2016. He was independent director of TMC Education Corporation Limited from 15 August 2012 to 30 October 2015. From 14 October 2009 to 26 April 2013, he was non-executive and Independent director of Q&M Dental Group (Singapore) Limited.
Mr Wong graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration (First Class Honours) in 1992 and obtained a Master of Business Administration from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London in 1998. He completed the Owner President Management Program from Harvard Business School in 2011. He qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst in 2001 and Chartered Director in 2014. He is a council member of the Singapore Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and UK Institute of Directors. He is also a Leadership Fellow of NACD, USA.
Tan Lye HuatLead Independent Director
Tan Lye Huat has been the Lead Independent Director of the Group since September 2011.
Mr Tan is the Founder of HIM Governance Private Limited. Besides senior professional and management experience, Mr Tan sits on the boards of other Singapore-listed companies, namely S P Corporation Limited, Neo Group Limited, Dynamic Colours Limited and Nera Telecommunications Ltd.. He was also a director of SGX-ST listed Singapore Kitchen Equipment Limited from 25 June to 20 August2013.
Mr Tan is a Chartered Director Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Tan is presently a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (formerly known as the Institute of Certified Accountants of Singapore). He obtained accounting diplomas from ACCA and CIMA.
Shigemitsu KatsuakiNon-Executive Director
Shigemitsu Katsuaki was appointed as a Non-executive Director of the Group on 24 November 2008. He is a shareholder and director of Shigemitsu Industry Co., Ltd. (“Shigemitsu Industry”), our main franchisor. He has over 20 years of experience in the F&B industry.
He joined Shigemitsu Industry in 1990 and commenced work as a branch manager in a restaurant under the “Ajisen Ramen” brand in Japan upon his graduation. Following several senior management positions in Shigemitsu Industry, he was appointed as its vice-chairman in 1995. In 1997, he was appointed as its president and CEO. Shigemitsu Katsuaki is also a non-executive director of Ajisen (China) Holdings Limited listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Mr Shigemitsu graduated from the Kumamoto Institute of Technology (now known as SOJO University) with a degree in structural engineering in 1991.
Lee Sok Koon, ConstanceIndependent Director
Lee Sok Koon, Constance has been an Independent Director of the Group since September 2011.
Ms Lee has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of NUS America Foundation, Inc. since 27 August 2013. She is currently holding the position of Director (Operations) in the Development Office of National University of Singapore and is also a Director on the Board of Singapore Arts School Ltd. From 1 April 2014 to 23 May 2016, she was Director of Temasek Education Foundation CLG Limited. She was an Executive Director of both SGX-ST listed Lum Chang Holdings Limited and LCD Global Investment Ltd (formerly known as L.C. Development Ltd) from June 2001 and May 2006 respectively until December 2010, where she was responsible for the financial and corporate affairs of the two groups.
Ms Lee holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Second Class Honours) from the University of Singapore and is a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants. She is also a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.