Mr. Niranjan Nadkarni was appointed Chief Executive Officer of TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa region on July 1, 2017. He is responsible for the strategic and corporate growth of the markets under his purview. In his current role, his key focus is to augment synergies within the sub-region by leveraging personnel and business competencies available to strengthen service and market portfolio of each sub-region.
With over two decades of experience, Niranjan started his career with SKF Bearings India Pvt. Ltd. In 1995, he made an unconventional move to join a five-member team at TÜV SÜD. He then qualified to become a Lead Auditor for management system certification ISO 9001, QS 9000, VDA 6.1 and TS 16949. During this tenure, he performed audits and training in many markets across the globe such as USA, Germany, Japan, China, South Korea, ASEAN and South Asia.
In 1998, he was appointed the head of South India region for TÜV SÜD South Asia. After managing this portfolio for over eight years, Niranjan was appointed as Vice President- Product Services, with the thrust to set up the Product Services portfolio in South Asia. He was instrumental in establishing a network of state-of-the-art laboratories for food, textiles and leather along with planning and implementation of market expansion strategy.
In 2009, he was appointed CEO of TÜV SÜD South Asia where he was responsible for the firm’s growth across India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Under his leadership, TÜV SÜD South Asia witnessed exponential growth in new business areas, expanded its product offerings and double digit financial growth.
Brought up in Mumbai, Niranjan is a Mechanical Engineer and has Masters’ degree in Management from Pune University in India. He is an avid reader and enjoys travelling and cross-country trekking.
Mr. Klaus Langner was appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa region on July 1, 2017. In this role, he is responsible for financial and risk management, corporate development, strategic planning, performance management and corporate governance in this vast and diverse market. Prior to this appointment, Klaus was the CFO for the ASEAN region at TÜV SÜD.
Before joining TÜV SÜD, Klaus was a Partner & Managing Director at a leading strategy consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group, and brings 16 years of experience in consulting top management on corporate and business unit strategy. He also served as a consultant for the United Nations World Food Program in East Timor and is a passionate advocate for non-profit causes related to improving children welfare, education, disaster and humanitarian relief.
After living in Germany and the United States, Klaus has been based in Singapore since 2001 and worked throughout Asia Pacific. He holds an MBA with distinction from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Masters in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Mr. Richard Hong has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of TÜV SÜD ASEAN on 1 July 2013. In this new capacity, he oversees TÜV SÜD’s businesses and operations in the ASEAN region including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Prior to this, he was Chief Operating Officer for TÜV SÜD ASEAN and Global ICM Director of TÜV SÜD Product Service.
In his role as Global ICM Director, Mr. Hong successfully built up a global ICM database, charted the growth strategy for the Global ICM business, expanded the network of MRA and MOU partners within TÜV SÜD Group and extended the scope of recognition of TÜV SÜD test reports and certificates worldwide.
With over 18 years of experience in product certification and international compliance management for information technology equipment, home appliances, wireless products and audio-visual (AV) products, Mr. Hong is a much sought after speaker at international conferences and seminars and is also the key representative of TÜV SÜD in international arenas.
He is responsible for the planning and formulating of international, strategic partnerships for the company including China Quality Centre (CQC), Japan Quality Assurance (JQA), Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre (HKSTC) etc.
As the expert advisor and appointed member of IE Singapore’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Panel of Advisors, Mr. Hong assists Singapore-based enterprises in their internationalization efforts to well-utilize Singapore’s vast network of FTAs.
Mr. Hong was formerly CEO of Sibercert Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of PSB Corporation. He was instrumental in the establishment and management of the entire subsidiary.
Mr. Hong holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, a Master of Science (Industrial & Systems Engineering) from National University of Singapore and a Master of Finance from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
Mr Chia Jen Wen has been appointed as the General Manager for TÜV SÜD Malaysia in May 2020. He currently oversees TÜV SÜD’s business development and operations in Malaysia.
Mr Chia was formerly the General Manager of TÜV SÜD Malaysia for 6 years from November 2007 till July 2014 and he was also concurrently the General Manager of TÜV SÜD Philippines from March 2010 till April 2013.
With over 20 years of experience in the management and marketing, Mr Chia brings with him a good mix of leadership, operational experience, industry knowledge and network. Prior to re-joining TÜV SÜD, he was a Chief Operating Officer in a public listed Malaysia-based technology company focusing on trusted and smart identification solution.
Mr Chia holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malaya, Malaysia.
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