Rex Board

The Board of Directors is committed to achieving and maintaining high standards of corporate governance principles and processes in managing the Group’s business and affairs to enhance long-term share value and business performance.

John d'Abo
Executive Chairman
Pong Chen Yih
Lead Independent Director
Mae Heng
Independent Non-Executive Director
Dr Mathias Lidgren
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Beverley Smith
Independent Non-Executive Director
John d'Abo, Executive Chairman

John d'Abo, 55, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 4 May 2022 and was re-elected to the Board on 28 April 2023. He was redesignated as Vice Chairman and Executive Director on 1 August 2023, and as Executive Chairman on
25 April 2024. He is also a board member of Moroxite Holding Pte. Ltd. and Xer Technologies Pte. Ltd., subsidiaries of the Group.

John d'Abo has over 30 years of executive experience in global investment banks and associated businesses mainly in Southeast Asia, advising listed companies on fund-raising in both equity and debt and corporate advisory, during which he established relationships with a wide array of companies and investors across multiple sectors.

His investment banking career of 23 years includes stints at Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets (Hong Kong), Royal Bank of Scotland (Hong Kong), Credit Suisse (Hong Kong), CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets (Hong Kong and New York) and HSBC James Capel (London). He is the founder and current Director of Erland Advisors Ltd. Mr d'Abo holds a Bachelor of Arts with joint honours in French and Spanish from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Pong Chen Yih, Lead Independent Director

Mr Pong, 48, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 August 2023 and re-elected to the Board on 25 April 2024. He was redesignated as Lead Independent Director on 25 April 2024. Mr Pong has over 20 years of experience handling complex legal and financial advisory work in relation to domestic and international corporate finance and capital markets transactions. He is also an independent board member of Moroxite Holding Pte. Ltd., and Rex Technology Investments Pte. Ltd.; subsidiaries of the Group.

He has successfully listed over 45 companies on the Singapore Exchange. He is a Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Novus Corporate Finance Pte. Ltd., an accredited issue manager for the Singapore Exchange Mainboard listings and a Full Sponsor for Catalist. He is presently an independent director of HRnetGroup Limited, Figtree Holdings Limited and Grand Venture Technology Limited.

Mr Pong was previously the Head of the Singapore Domestic Capital Markets Group in Baker McKenzie and prior to that, a partner in the Equity Capital Markets Group in WongPartnership LLP. He regularly speaks at local and overseas conferences and seminars on topics such as capital raising and listing requirements.

Mr Pong holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the National University of Singapore.

Mae Heng, Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms Mae Heng, 53, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 4 May 2022 and was re-elected to the Board on 28 April 2023.

Ms Heng has over 16 years of experience working at Ernst & Young Singapore. She is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Grand Venture Technology Limited, Chuan Hup Holdings Limited, HRnetGroup Limited and Ossia International Limited, and is chairperson or a member of these companies' various board committees. Ms Heng also holds directorships in her family-owned investment holding companies. She was also the former Audit Committee Chairman of an SGX-listed acquisition company, a real estate developer, an online travel company, as well as a Bursa-listed pharmaceutical company.

Ms Heng holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the Nanyang Technological University. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and an ASEAN Chartered Professional Accountant.

Dr Mathias Lidgren, Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Mathias Lidgren, 42, was appointed as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 4 May 2022 and was re-elected to the Board on 28 April 2023. He is also a board member of Moroxite Holding Pte. Ltd., and Moroxite T AB, both subsidiaries of the Group.

Dr Mathias Lidgren represents the interests of Limea Ltd., the controlling shareholder of the Company. He had been a practising medical doctor since 2013 and has worked for the National Health Service (NHS), United Kingdom, the Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genéve, Geneva, Switzerland, and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden. Up until 1 June 2024, he had been practising at Skane University Hospitals in Lund, Sweden, and was also a post-doctoral researcher in the Division of Molecular Medicine and Gene Therapy, Department of Laboratory Medicine in Lund University, Sweden. Dr Lidgren currently holds directorships in Propatria AB, Rotationsplast i Munka-Ljung by AB, Caithness Fastighets AB, Forvaltningsaktiebolaget Maple, Trolleholms Slott AB, Captiosus AB and Strominnate Therapeutics AB; companies in Sweden involved in a range of businesses including real estate, manufacturing and medicine. He is also Chief Medical Officer of Moroxite T AB.

Dr Lidgren holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Economics from the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, a Master of Arts in Genetics, as well as a medical degree (MB BChir) from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from the International University of Monaco. His medical degree is recognised by the Commission des professions médicales, Switzerland and Socialstyrelsen, Sweden. He is licensed to practice medicine in the canton of Geneva, Switzerland and in Sweden. He is also a board-certified specialist in clinical genetics in Sweden.

Beverley Smith, Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms Beverley Smith, 58, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 August 2023 and re-elected to the Board on 25 April 2024. She is a professional geologist with more than 30 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry. She currently holds positions as a Non-Executive Director and chairperson of the HSSE (Health, Safety, Security & Environment) sub-committee and a member of the Reserves, Compensation and Governance sub-committees for the AIM-listed and TSX-listed Touchstone Exploration Inc. She is also an independent Board member of Lime Petroleum AS, a subsidiary of the Group.

Prior to these, Ms Smith was a Non-Executive Director of AIM-listed Hurricane Energy Plc and filled in as the interim Chief Executive Officer for three months. Ms Smith was also a 26-year career veteran with the BG Group Plc, where her last held position was Vice President of Exploration and Growth (Europe), after stints in BG Nigeria, BG Algeria and BG China.

Ms Smith holds a Master of Science in Petroleum Geology from the University of London, United Kingdom (UK) and a Bachelor of Science in Geology (Honours) from the University of Exeter, UK. She is a Fellow, Chartered Geologist of the Geological Society of London, and served as President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) (now known as the Geoscience Energy Society of Great Britain (GESGB)) from 2019 to 2022. She had also voluntarily served as a Director of POWERful Women, a professional initiative that seeks to advance the leadership and development of senior women across the UK’s energy sector, and as a Trustee of the Etches Collection, a unique and valuable collection of fossils from the Jurassic Sea. She was also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the non-government funded INPUT Diabetes Charity for five years.