Mr. Paul Chong joined the Board on 1 November 2018. Mr. Chong is President and Group CEO of Certis. Headquartered in Singapore, Certis is an advanced integrated security services provider with revenues of more than S$1 billion, and a global footprint across Singapore, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Qatar and the UAE.
Mr. Chong joined Certis as the founding CEO of the current privatised entity in 2004, when Certis was a statutory board of Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs. In under 15 years, he has grown the business more than five-fold, and has successfully diversified into new businesses to meet the changing nature of customers’ needs while strengthening the group’s core capabilities. From a single provider of auxiliary police services, Certis is now the leader in the field of advanced integrated security services. Certis has also recently become the third largest player in its industry in Australia.
Prior to joining the commercial world in 1995, Mr. Chong was the Head of Joint Communications & Electronics (HJCE) of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). As HJCE, he was the most senior SAF officer responsible for designing, building, operating and protecting the SAF's critical computers and communication systems against adversaries.
Mr. Chong joined SingTel in 1995 as Vice President for Consumer Sales. During his 5-year tenure at Singtel, he was credited for turning around the then loss-making Globe Telecom to become the leading mobile telecom operator in the Philippines. Mr. Chong was also integral to the rollout of the world’s first nationwide broadband network in Singapore. Mr. Chong left SingTel in 2000 to start his own broadband/multimedia company, before joining Commercial and Industrial Security Corporation (CISCO), the predecessor to Certis, in 2004.
Mr. Chong attended Cambridge University (UK) in 1982 on a Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship, graduating with Honours in Economics and Operations Research. He is also a graduate of the US Army Command & Staff College.