62 years of age, Malaysian
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Choong was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Star on 1 June 2017. He is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees of the Company.
Mr Choong holds a Bachelor of Science (First Class) in Mathematics from University of Malaya and Masters of Science in Computer Applications from Asian Institute of Technology. He also holds an Executive Diploma in Directorship from Singapore Management University.
Mr Choong specialises in technology, strategy and transformation in both the banking and insurance industries. He is also an active member of the digital start-up ecosystem in ASEAN. He was with Accenture for twenty-four (24) years, where he retired as Senior Partner of Financial Services in the Asia-Pacific. He has also led strategic initiatives with more than twenty (20) large domestic and global banks and insurers in South East Asia and ASEAN countries, including national payment projects in Malaysia and Singapore.
Prior to financial services, he led strategic initiatives in oil and gas, telecommunications and utilities sectors. He has also been active in voluntary non-governmental organisation work where he advised a consortium of international aid agencies on core systems for the launch of a bank-of-banks microfinancing in Indonesia and advised a global wildlife/nature agency on a new growth strategy for eleven (11) countries in Asia. He started his career in Petronas where he held executive positions in various upstream and downstream functions for more than seven (7) years.