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OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Niranjan Nadkarni
  • Niranjan Nadkarni - CEO, TÜV SÜD South Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa

    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.

Klaus Langner
  • Klaus Langner - CFO, TÜV SÜD South Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa

    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).

     

Richard Hong
  • Richard Hong - CEO, TÜV SÜD ASEAN

    Mr. Richard Hong has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of TÜV SÜD ASEAN on 1 July 2013. In his role, Richard Hong oversees the TÜV SÜD’s businesses and operations in the ASEAN region, including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Richard previously held positions as the Chief Operating Officer for the ASEAN region, and as the Global ICM Director of TÜV SÜD Product Service. He has over 26 years of experience in product certification and international compliance management for information technology equipment, home appliances, wireless products and audio-visual (AV) products.

    Being both customer and employee-centric, Richard’s personal management style has led him to be the choice for the role of Chief Executive Officer. With strong knowledge and experience acquired within and outside of TÜV SÜD PSB, he was instrumental in spearheading the growth of the business in ASEAN as well as building new competencies in TÜV SÜD PSB. In addition to his contributions, he has been successful in developing first-class teams and building good relationships with customers, government agencies and strategic partners.

    Furthermore, he has been conferred with the Medal of Commendation at the NTUC May Day Awards 2024 ceremony in Singapore, recognising his invaluable contributions to the Labour Movement and the Singapore Industrial and Services Employees' Union (SISEU). This accolade stands as a true testament to his unwavering dedication to working closely together with the union in fostering job security, promoting employee growth, and championing an open-door policy within our workplace.

    As the expert advisor and appointed member of former IE Singapore’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Panel of Advisors, Richard assists Singapore-based enterprises in their internationalisation efforts to well-utilise Singapore’s vast network of FTAs. He was a member of the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) from 2018 to 2023, the Deputy Chairman of the Testing, Inspection & Certification (TIC) interest group in the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) since 2016, and the Vice President of Plastic Recycling Association of Singapore (PRAS) since 2023. Richard is also a Exco member of SGTECH Digital Trust Chapter, and Member of the IECEE Policy & Strategy Committee.

    Richard was formerly the CEO of Sibercert Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of PSB Corporation. He was instrumental in the establishment and management of the entire subsidiary.

    Richard holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, a Master of Science (Industrial & Systems Engineering) from National University of Singapore, a Master of Finance from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification from the Financial Planning Association of Singapore (FPAS).

Mr. Emre Buyakkalfa - General Manger, TÜV SÜD Malaysia
  • Emre Buyukkalfa - General Manger, TÜV SÜD Malaysia

    Emre has over 23 years of business experience. He started his career as an Internal Auditor in the retail and health sectors prior to joining TÜV SÜD in 2005 with its Quality Management Team in Turkey. Over the years, Emre had progressed to various management roles in corporate development, operations, business and currently as CEO of TÜV SÜD Turkey. 
     
    Emre is passionate about sustainability and creating a sustainable world. At work, he enjoys working with people and diverse teams and thrives on challenges. 
     
    Emre graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (in German language) from Mamara University, and acquired his MBA from Gebze Technical University.

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