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Keppel Fels MD to concurrently serve as acting CEO of Keppel O&M

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Keppel Corp on Monday announced a new head honcho for Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M).

KEPPEL Corp on Monday announced a new head honcho for Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M).

Chris Ong, currently managing director of its rig-building arm Keppel Fels, will concurrently serve as acting chief executive officer of Keppel O&M with effect from April 1, 2017.

Mr Ong will take over from the incumbent Keppel O&M chief executive, Chow Yew Yuen, 62, who will retire with effect from March 31 after 36 years of service with Keppel Corp.

Mr Ong, 42, first joined Keppel Fels in 1999. He has held a range of key appointments in Keppel Fels, including general manager of engineering, acting executive director of operation, executive director of commercial and deputy managing director, before being appointed managing director on July 5, 2016.

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Apart from his role in Keppel Fels, Mr Ong is the chairman of Bennett Offshore LLC, Keppel LeTourneau USA Inc, Bintan Offshore Fabricators Pte Ltd and Keppel SLP LLC, and a director of various subsidiaries or associated companies of Keppel O&M.

Mr Ong is also a member of the Institute of Technical Education board of governors, a member of the Association of Singapore Marine Industries, a member of the Workplace Safety & Health Council Marine Industries Committee and a member of the U EnTech Steering Committee.

Mr Ong has a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the National University of Singapore. He is a chartered engineer, a fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, and a member of the American Bureau of Shipping.