Board of Directors

Corporate governance

The Board of Directors (the "Board") of Global Invacom Group Limited (the "Company") is committed to maintaining a high standard of corporate governance. The Board confirms that it has generally adhered to the principles and guidelines as set out in the revised Code of Corporate Governance which was issued on 2 May 2012 by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (the "2012 Code") and applicable to the Company with effect from financial year commencing 1 January 2013 as well as the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code for AIM listed companies with its requirement to "comply or explain" its adoption of the QCA Code's ten principles of good corporate governance.

This report describes the Company's corporate governance policies and practices with specific reference made to each of the principles of the 2012 Code (where stated) in compliance with the Listing Manual of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited ("SGX-ST").

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Board of Directors

Anthony Brian Taylor | Executive Chairman

Mr Anthony Brian Taylor was appointed Executive Director on 18 August 2010 and then Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors on 26 October 2010. He is also a member of the Nominating Committee.

Mr Taylor is the Managing Director of Global Invacom Limited and is also a director of Global Invacom Holdings Limited and other group subsidiaries. Mr Taylor’s entire professional career has been spent working within international high technology businesses with diverse commercial propositions which include semiconductors, automotive electronics, military and satellite-related products. He also has over 15 years of experience in senior executive leadership roles and has formally held positions at Harris Semiconductor from 1984 to 1987, and Marconi Electronic Devices from 1987 to 1990 before joining SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics between 1990 and 1999. Mr Taylor was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of TechnoFusion GmbH where he served from 1999 to 2002 and was the General Manager of Amphenol Limited from 2002 to 2006.

Mr Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science, Electronics degree (with Honours) from Coventry University in the United Kingdom.

Malcolm John Burrell | Executive Director

Mr Malcolm John Burrell was appointed Executive Director on 18 August 2010.

Mr Burrell is the Chief Risk Officer of the Company, Technical Director responsible for Advanced Research and Development of Global Invacom Limited and is also a director of Global Invacom Holdings Limited and other group subsidiaries. He has held this position since November 1997. He is a Chartered Engineer with 33 years of RF design, technical management and corporate management experience, gained while working in businesses within the consumer electronics, satellite earth station and military communications sectors. Prior to joining Global Invacom Limited, he was a Senior Development Engineer at Marconi Communication Systems Ltd, from September 1981 to September 1987. From October 1987 to December 1991, he was the Technical Manager at Multipoint Communications Ltd, and thereafter was the Principal Systems Engineer at Marconi Radar Systems Ltd from January 1992 to October 1997.

Mr Burrell holds a Bachelor of Science Engineering (Electronic Engineering) degree from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and a Certificate in Management (CIM). He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

John Lim Yew Kong | Lead Independent Director

Mr John Lim Yew Kong was appointed Independent Director on 13 September 2010. He is the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee, Lead Independent Director and a member of the Nominating Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Mr Lim is currently a director of Point Hope Pte Ltd, a Singapore-incorporated company involved in providing investment advisory services to a private equity fund management company. Prior to this, he was a director of AXIA Equity Pte Ltd, a Singapore-incorporated corporate advisory company. Between 1991 and 2005, Mr Lim was involved extensively in private equity investments, having worked in two private equity funds covering the ASEAN region. Mr Lim worked in Dowell Schlumberger in the United Kingdom and Arthur Andersen & Co, London between 1984 and 1991. He is also currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of Karin Technology Holdings Limited and North Asia Resources Holdings Limited. The companies are listed on the Singapore Exchange and Hong Kong Stock Exchange, respectively.

Mr Lim graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom. He is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Cosimo Borrelli | Independent Director

Mr Cosimo Borrelli was appointed Non-Executive Director on 4 December 2009. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors from 4 December 2009 to 25 October 2010. Following the completion of the acquisition of Global Invacom Holdings Limited, Mr Borrelli was re-designated as an Independent Director on 8 August 2012. He is the Chairman of the Nominating Committee and member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Mr Borrelli is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in formal and informal corporate restructuring, forensic accounting and financial investigations. This experience has included being appointed by courts, lenders and financiers, distressed companies, secured and unsecured creditors, investors and other interested parties. He has a track record in establishing and delivering restructuring and corporate advisory arrangements in industries including financial services, property, telecommunications, retail, manufacturing and professional services.

Mr Borrelli holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Institute of Certified Public Accountants Insolvency Interest Group of Hong Kong and a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia.

Wayne Robert Porritt | Independent Director

Wayne Robert Porritt was appointed as an Independent Director on 9 October 2020. He currently acts as the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and is a member of both the Audit and Risk and Nominating Committees.

Mr Porritt is an accomplished global risk professional with significant experience engaging with regulatory authorities across Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has held non-executive board roles in a number of banking, finance and commodity trading businesses and has worked extensively across Asia, Middle East and Africa, particularly in Greater China, South Korea, Thailand and Japan. Mr Porritt held senior positions at Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of America after starting his career at the State Bank of New South Wales and then Ernst & Young and Société Générale Australia. Over his career, he has specialised in risk, corporate credit, global financial restructuring and insolvency engagements for corporate and financial institutions. 

Mr Porritt currently acts as a non-executive board member / council member for a number of entities, including Floatel International, Skylight Financial Solutions and Oxfam Hong Kong. He is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kenny Sim Mong Keang | Non-Executive Director

Mr Kenny Sim Mong Keang was appointed Non-Executive Director on 23 September 2015.

Mr Sim is the founder and CEO of both i2 Capital Pte Ltd and Cesk Capital Pte Ltd, specialising in investment and corporate advisory services respectively. He also founded the Plexus group of companies in 1997, which under his leadership became a regional electronics components distributor with 18 offices across Asia.

Prior to founding his current companies, Mr Sim was the Group Managing Director and CEO of SGX Catalist-listed WE Holdings Ltd, acquired in 2011 through a reverse takeover of Westech Electronics Ltd by Plexus Components. With Mr Sim at the helm, WE Holdings Ltd underwent a debt restructuring process and strengthened its balance sheet, raising US$20 million through private placements and rights issue exercises. In 2013, Mr Sim sold his controlling stake in WE Holdings to pursue other interests.

He currently serves on the boards of telecommunications companies Oden Technology Pte Ltd and property investment firm Maximus Fortune Pte Ltd.

Mr Sim is extensively involved in volunteering in the local community, and serves as the Deputy Chairman of the Local and International Affairs arm of the Singapore Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan, the President of Teochew Sim Clan and the President of Youth Group, Nanyang Sim Clan.

He also serves his alma mater Hua Yi Secondary School as the Chairman of the School Advisory Committee and the Vice Chairman of Huayi Alumni.

Mr Sim is the Patron of Bukit Timah CCMC and Chairman of Woodlands Galaxy CCMC.

Mr Sim holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University, Western Australia, and a Diploma in Electronics Engineering from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

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