Board of Directors
Tan Siok Chin
Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Director
Ms Tan Siok Chin was appointed as an Independent Director of the Company on 1 January 2006 and on 1 June 2012, she was appointed as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. Ms Tan practices as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore. She is a Director of ACIES Law Corporation, a firm of advocates and solicitors heading its corporate practice group.
Ms Tan has over two decades of experience in legal practice. Her main areas of practice are corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and commercial matters.
Ms Tan is also an independent director of several other public companies listed on the SGX-ST. Ms Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mr Edgar Ramani was appointed as an Executive Director of the Company on 22 February 2017 and the Chief Executive Officer of Design Studio Group on 23 February 2017. He is responsible for the Group’s overall strategic direction, growth, business development and operations.
Mr Ramani is a civil engineer with extensive experience in delivering turnkey resource and infrastructure projects throughout Australia, South East Asia, India and the Middle East. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (first-class honours) from the University of Queensland, Australia and an MBA from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He is a member of the College of Civil Engineers, Australia.
Prior to joining Design Studio Group, he was Chief Executive, Asia at UGL Limited where he was responsible for leading UGL’s business in the Asian region. Before that, he was Project Director at Leighton Asia (CIMIC Group) managing large scale projects across a number of countries across Asia, Middle East and Australia. Mr Ramani commenced his career as a Project Engineer with Rinker Group in Australia, and later with Clough Engineering in Australia and Indonesia.
Steven James Salo
Mr Steven James Salo is nominated by Depa Interiors LLC, the Company’s controlling shareholder, for appointment as a Director of the Company subject to shareholders’ approval at the Company’s Annual General Meeting to be held on 26 April 2019. As a nominee of Depa Interiors LLC, he will be considered a Non-Executive Director.
Mr Salo was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer to Depa PLC in November 2016. Mr Salo has close to two decades of finance, investment banking, merger and acquisitions and strategy experience, including significant construction and engineering exposure.
Most recently, Mr Salo headed Arabtec Holding’s Group Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions function. Prior to Arabtec Holding, Mr Salo held a senior position in Citigroup’s Investment Banking division, advising companies on strategic direction and multibillion dollars’ worth of financing and merger & acquisitions.
Before Citigroup, Mr Salo also held positions at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, the European investment bank, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Mr Salo remains a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. In addition to his qualification as Chartered Accountant, Mr Salo also holds a master’s degree in Applied Finance and Investment from Finsia, a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Deakin University and is a CFA® charterholder.
Hamish Gordon Tyrwhitt
Mr Hamish Gordon Tyrwhitt was appointed as Non-Executive Director of the Company on 29 June 2016. Mr Tyrwhitt is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Design Studio’s largest shareholder, the Depa Group, one of the world’s leading providers of interior solutions. Since November 2016 he has also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Arabtec Group, one of the leading construction and engineering groups in the Middle East and North Africa.
Mr Tyrwhitt has three decades of senior leadership experience in the global engineering and construction sectors. Most recently, he was CEO of Asia Resource Minerals Plc, a coal mining company listed in London. Prior to this he was CEO of Australian Securities Exchange-listed Leighton Group (now known as CIMIC Group) with annual revenues of around USD20 billion and operations in more than 20 international markets. In his previous roles, Mr Tyrwhitt supervised the delivery of numerous multi-billion dollar projects, and as Managing Director for Leighton Asia, he ran the business across all of Asia based from their headquarters in Hong Kong.
Marwan Anthony Shehadeh
Mr Marwan Shehadeh is nominated by Depa Interiors LLC, the Company’s controlling shareholder, for appointment as a Director of the Company subject to shareholders’ approval at the Company’s Annual General Meeting to be held on 19th April 2018. As a nominee of Depa Interiors LLC he will be considered a Non-Executive Director.
For more than a decade and a half, Mr Shehadeh has been working with Al-Futtaim, covering various positions. He is the Group Director for corporate development of Al-Futtaim Group, a senior executive ofcer of Al-Futtaim Investment Management Ltd and since 2007 the Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Capital. He joined Al-Futtaim in 2003 as Director of Finance of Dubai Festival City LLC. Mr Shehadeh started his career in corporate fnance at Chase Manhattan Bank, New York.
Mr Shehadeh holds a master’s degree in International Business from the Institute D’Etudes des Relations Internationales, Paris and has completed several general management executive programmes at Harvard Business School.
Adelle Maree Howse
Adelle has worked in energy, construction, resources, infrastructure and property for more than 20 years and has a track record in the delivery of strategic business transformation, operational performance improvement, market positioning, business analysis, structured M&A and corporate finance solutions.
Since 2016, Adelle has established a personal business entity for consulting and contract engagements, and is the Deputy Chairman for the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute.
Adelle has an Executive MBA from IMD, a PhD in mathematics from UQ, a graduate diploma in applied finance and investment and has completed the AICD company directors course.