Board of Directors

Mr. Michio Tanamoto
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Michio Tanamoto was appointed as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group in April 2014 and concurrently Chairman of Management Committee and Reviewing Committee. He is one of the founders who established the Company in 1997 and has been a Director since then. He has over 36 years of experience in financial sector based in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. In 1980, Mr Tanamoto joined The Hokkaido Takushoku Bank, Ltd. and was a senior manager of Takugin International (Asia) Limited in Hong Kong, the offshore merchant banking arm of The Hokkaido Takushoku Bank, Ltd. between 1988 and 1993. Following which, Mr Tanamoto was a deputy general manager of the Singapore Branch of The Hokkaido Takushoku Bank, Ltd. from 1995 to 1997. Mr Tanamoto is also currently Managing Director of Uni-Asia Capital (Singapore) Limited and Chairman of Uni-Asia Capital (Japan) Ltd. He is also a Director of the Company’s subsidiaries including Uni Ships and Management Limited, Uni-Asia Shipping Limited, Uni-Asia Capital Company Limited and Vista Hotel Management. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in law from Hitotsubashi University of Japan in 1980.

Mr. Masaki Fukumori
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

Mr Masaki Fukumori was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of the Group on 30 April 2014 following the appointment as Executive Director in March 2012. Mr Fukumori joined our Group in August 1997 and acted as Head of our Structured Finance Department. He initiated the Maritime Investment Department in 2002. He has extensive experience in marketing and syndication in the banking industry specialising in the shipping and aviation sectors spanning over 30 years as well as ship investment and investment management. Between 1985 and 1993, he was a marketing manager at The Hokkaido Takushoku Bank, Ltd. After which, he was a senior marketing manager at Takugin International (Asia) Limited from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Fukumori is currently Chief Executive Officer of Uni-Asia Shipping Limited and a director of Uni Ships and Management Limited, Uni-Asia Hotels Limited, and other ship owning companies in which the Company invests. Mr. Fukumori holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Yokohama National University obtained in 1985.

Mr. Lee Gee Aik
Lead Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Lee Gee Aik was appointed as our independent director on 4 January 2016. Mr. Lee is currently a practicing public accountant in Singapore. He started his career as an auditor with one of the Big Four accounting firm. Between 1986 and 1988, Mr. Lee was seconded to their USA Executive Office and specialised in the areas of professional development and research work in audit and financial reporting. Mr. Lee was the regional controller of Omni Marco Polo Hotels, Singapore from 1993 to 1998 prior to him becoming a practising public accountant in 1998. Mr. Lee Gee Aik qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant with The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom in 1984. He obtained a Masters in Business Administration from The Henley Management College, United Kingdom in 2004. He is currently a Fellow with The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom and The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants. He is also an Accredited Tax Advisor with the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals. He is the independent directors of a few companies listed on the Singapore Stocks Exchange and Catalist. He has been appointed by the Minister of Health to serve as Lay Person member of the Complaints Panel of the Singapore Pharmacy Council.

Mr. Ronnie Teo Heng Hock
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Ronnie Teo Heng Hock was previously Managing Director of DBS Asset Management Ltd and General Manager of DBS Finance Limited. Mr Teo holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Singapore. Mr Teo is concurrently a director of Berger International Private Limited and an independent director of EnGro Corporation Limited.

Mr. Rajan Menon
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Rajan Menon graduated from University of Singapore in 1971 with Bachelor of Laws (Honours). He was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1973 and is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Directors respectively. He is also a member of the Singapore Mediation Centre’s Associate Mediator Panel. He is currently the Founder- Senior Consultant of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP. He was conferred the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat, PBM) by the President of the Republic of Singapore and the Friends of Labour Award by the National Trades Union Congress. He is a member of the board of directors of Berger International Private Limited, Tangreat Investments Pte Ltd, yCAAZ Technology Pte. Ltd., RHT Holdings Pte Ltd, RHT Lex Ultra Pte Ltd., and RHT Media Group Pte. Ltd. (f.k.a. RHT Relations & Media Holdings Pte. Ltd.).