Mr. David Kong was appointed General Manager of TÜV SÜD Malaysia in December 2016. He currently oversees TÜV SÜD’s business and operations in Malaysia.
David brings more than 10 years of experience in sales, business development and marketing arena. Prior to his current position, he previously served as senior executives at Agilent Technologies and Osram Opto Semiconductors in Malaysia. He has wide experience and exposure in the field of wireless communications, test measurement industries and smart energy.
Mr. David holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from Leeds University, United Kingdom.
Sathish Kumar Somuraj General Director, TÜV SÜD Vietnam
Mr. Sathish Kumar Somuraj was appointed General Director of TÜV SÜD Vietnam in 2012. He currently oversees TÜV SÜD’s entire operations in Vietnam.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Somuraj was Senior General Manager – Product Services, TÜV SÜD South Asia, where he was instrumental in the expansion of TÜV SÜD’s softlines business in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. With over 14 years of experience in sales, marketing, quality and production assurance of the textile apparel industry, Mr. Somuraj was also heavily involved in TÜV SÜD’s testing business involving physical and chemical tests for textile, clothing, leather and footwear.
Before his position as Senior General Manager, Mr. Somuraj was National Sales Manager for Softlines Testing in India where he was responsible for all TÜV SÜD’s softlines labs in India. Mr. Somuraij is a sought-after expert speaker on textile testing, inspection, certification, audit and training in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. He currently holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree from Bangalore University with a specialization in textile technology. He also has a Masters in Business Administration Degree in Operations Management from IGNOU in New Delhi and a Master of Foreign Trade Degree from Pondicherry University. He speaks 5 languages, is a qualified ISO/IEC 17025 lab and SA8000 auditor.
Eric Paulsen, General Manager, TÜV SÜD Indonesia
Mr. Eric Paulsen was appointed General Manager of TÜV SÜD Indonesia on 1st June 2014. In his capacity as country manager, Mr. Paulsen manages all aspects of our Indonesian business and operations. He also focuses on developing local partnerships, which will strengthen the ASEAN network and increase TÜV SÜD’s presence in the local market. Prior to his current role, Mr. Paulsen was Vice President of Corporate Development Asia Pacific, TÜV SÜD AG.
In his role at Corporate Development, Mr. Paulsen drove numerous strategic projects and assessments which impact our global business. He was crucial in building up our Global Lab Excellence Program which was aimed at implementing key performance indicators across our organization’s vast international lab network.
With over 12 years of experience in strategic management and mergers and acquisitions for a diverse range of industries (including 5 years in the testing, inspection and certification industry), one of Mr. Paulsen’s greatest strengths is his analytical mindset while keeping the big picture in focus.
Having grown up in various countries across Europe and in Japan, Mr. Paulsen brings an international background to TÜV SÜD, facilitating the organization to expand its overseas operations. He moved from Munich to Singapore in early 2012 and has been in Indonesia ever since his appointment.
Mr. Paulsen holds a Bachelor (Honours) Degree in International Business & Management Studies from the European Business School London.
Femelyn S. Lati General Manager, TÜV SÜD PSB Philippines
Miss Femelyn Lati was appointed General Manager of TÜV SÜD Philippines in May 2013. She currently oversees TÜV SÜD’s entire operations in the Philippines. Miss Lati holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, from the Philippine School of Business Administration, Quezon City and is a Certified Public Accountant.
She first started her career with the prominent auditing firm, Sycip, Gorres, Velayo & Co. in November 1998 as Associate Auditor. In December 2000, she joined G4S Holding Inc., a leading international security solutions group that specializes in secure outsourcing, assuming the role of Group Finance Controller. She was responsible for the Finance, Treasury, Procurement and Payroll Departments of the G4S Holding group in the Philippines and oversaw budgeting, cash flows, costing and pricing on the various business segments. She established and implemented control measures including the compliance to local as well as international financial reporting.
Miss Lati is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Barangay Bagumbayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BBMPC), a local community based cooperative at her home town in Quezon City. She provides assistance to the officers and members in achieving the objectives of the cooperative for livelihood projects and benefits of members through the credit loans, savings and retail store services of the BBMPC.
In March 2008, Fem joined TÜV SÜD Philippines as Finance Manager. On 1 April 2010 she was promoted to Manager of Management Service (MS), in charge of the overall management system/certification business. She went on to assume Deputy General Manager increasing her responsibilities to the entire operations as well as all other business units of TÜV SÜD Philippines.
Chatvithai Tantraporn General Manager, TÜV SÜD Thailand
Mr. Tantraporn is currently the General Manager of TÜV SÜD Thailand and oversees every aspect of TÜV SÜD’s business operations in Thailand. He is also a key member of TÜV SÜD ASEAN’s senior management team.
With more than 20 years of experience in the global automotive industry, Mr. Tantraporn previously served as senior executives at Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Benz, Daimler-Benz AG etc. He drove successful business strategies to raise the profile and business of those automotive companies.
Mr. Tantraporn holds an MBA in Marketing from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Marketing from Thammasat University.