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Ong Kim Pong is currently the Regional CEO of Southeast Asia at PSA International. He is on the Senior Management Council and has overall responsibility and accountability for PSA Group’s portfolio of operating terminals, investments and expansion in Southeast Asia. This includes PSA Singapore, which has seen major productivity improvements and deployment of technology. As part of PSA’s technology and innovation transformation efforts, he is the Chairman of CrimsonLogic and sits on the board of PSA’s corporate venture capital arm UnboXed. Kim Pong is an active member in the maritime domain and is part of the Next Generation Port 2030 Steering Committee, International Maritime Centre 2030 Advisory Committee, Singapore Maritime Institute International Advisory Panel, Singapore Maritime Foundation Board and Management Board of the Centre for Maritime Studies. He is also a member of the Urban Redevelopment Authority Board and more recently, the NUS Business School Management Advisory Board.
Prior to his current position, Kim Pong was the Regional CEO of Northeast Asia (NEA) over a span of five years since 2010 where he successfully led the NEA team in the strategic management of PSA’s portfolio in China, Hong Kong and Korea while prospecting new possibilities including the consolidation of China’s Fuzhou Terminals and Guangxi Beibuwan-PSA International Container Terminal Co., Ltd (BPCT), PSA’s latest joint venture in China aligning to China’s One-Belt One-Road initiative towards South East Asia.
In 2009, Kim Pong was appointed as the Managing Director of PSA’s flagship project in Antwerp and Zeebrugge, Belgium responsible for its business activities and operations that had seen Antwerp moving up to be the 2nd largest port in Europe.
In his previous capacity, Kim Pong consecutively held the position of Senior Vice President, PSA Mediterranean & Middle East South Asia Region, then Managing Director / CEO of Mersin International Port (MIP) in Turkey. During his tenure with MIP, he distinguished himself by ensuring a smooth transition of ownership of the Mersin Port from the local government to PSA and helped establish MIP as a key gateway port in the eastern Mediterranean. MIP was conferred the Lloyd’s List Turkey Port of the Year Award in 2008. Since the acquisition, MIP has received numerous accolades from the port industry. During that tenure, Kim Pong was, in parallel, called to lend support to the commercial and operational issues that were occurring in PSA terminals in Italy and India.
As the pioneer for PSA in Belgium, Kim Pong served as Chief Operating Officer for Hesse Noord Naatie N.V. (HNN) in Belgium from 2001 to 2004 where he played an instrumental role in guiding the merger of two of the biggest port operators in Belgium to form HNN and effectively doubling its port capacity during the period. He successfully led the negotiation and formation of MSC Home Terminal JV between MSC and PSA. HNN was subsequently re-named as PSA Antwerp and PSA Zeebrugge in 2009.
Kim Pong holds a Master of Business Administration from National University of Singapore. He is married with three children.
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