Dr. Huat Seng Lim
Position : Chairman of the Board
Summary and Biography:
Dr. Huat Seng Lim retired recently as Group Managing Director, Technology Division of WBL Corporation Limited, where he was responsible for managing the technology businesses of the Group across Asia, U.S. and Europe from 2001 to 2009. In that capacity, he oversaw the Group investments in various technological companies in electronic manufacturing, information and communication technology, biotechnology and agro-technology. He was instrumental in restructuring Speedling Inc. to return it to profitability and in providing strong support to its management to venture into the Miscanthus energy initiative. He was actively involved in the NASDAQ listing of the WBL subsidiary, Multi-Fineline Electronix Inc, the leading flexible circuit board and flex assembly company in the U.S.
Prior to WBL, Dr. Lim held senior management positions in several Asian and U.S. multinational companies, including Packard Bell NEC, Compaq Computers, Keppel Corporation and Sime Darby Berhad. He was Vice President and Managing Director of the Asia Pacific Division of Packard Bell NEC, where he was involved in the merger of the PC operations of NEC with those of Packard Bell. At Compaq, he was Vice President and Managing Director of North Asia and a divisional officer. He established the Compaq presence in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea, and made Compaq the Number 1 PC brand in China in the nineties.
Prior to venturing into industry, Dr. Lim was Associate Professor in Computer Science and Founding Director of the Computer Centre at the University of Science of Malaysia. He established a very successful consulting service at the university, providing computing, social economic and other consulting services to government and industry. He was a computer consultant to the Prime Ministerís Department of Malaysia and to various state governments in the late seventies. Dr. Lim holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Ph. D. degree in Computer Science from the University of London, U.K., and conducted post-doctoral research at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He was a Colombo Plan and also a Commonwealth Scholar.