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Hi, we are CIRCLE GROUP!

Founded by Dato’ Brian Tan in 2009 under the holding company Circle International Holdings Limited and headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is a leading 360 degree, new media technology group for the Asia Pacific region. Over the years, the Group has established its presence into key international markets which includes China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and Australia. The Group’s principal business activities are its highly successful Business Circle mobile app and its Worldwide Excellence Award (WEA) platform. The former is one of the fastest-growing, Chinese language digital business publications across China and the ASEAN region. WEA is an international prestige award that recognises elites from different industries.

The Group’s twin proprietary brands are augmented by in-house capabilities in mobile/digital content creation and dissemination, digital advertising and digital media planning. These services are also offered to international and local clients as a revenue generator via the provision of marketing and branding solutions. The Group has achieved revenue and profit growth for three consecutive years and serves as a gateway for brands looking to penetrate into South East Asia, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong market.

Our Vision

To be recognized as the world’s leading media technology company.


Our Mission

To change and enhance human behavior through the integration of media and technology by linking the real and virtual business worlds in the effort to form a seamless business ecosystem and to create shared values for stakeholders and customers from all over the world.


CORPORATE CULTURES

Creative & Innovative
Creativity & Innovation are our pedigree. These are the 2 key pillars of our approach that enables us to look for new ideas to be the pioneer in delivering solutions that transform the market landscape.

Integrity & Honesty
Integrity & Honesty are in the heart of our business and we make sure that everyone in Circle Group exhibits these virtues at all time. Doing the right things for the right reasons, treating people fairly and with respect are core values within our corporate culture.

Team Spirit
People are the most valuable asset to Circle Group. We emphasize on team work and cultivate a corporate culture that team effort is being valued to bring the group to higher success.

Board of Directors

Dato’ Brian Tan | Executive Director and CEO

Dato’ Brian Tan | Executive Director and CEO

Dato’ Brian Tan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Group. Dato’ Brian Tan founded Circle Corp Sdn. Bhd. (CCSB) and since 2009. He is principally responsible for the overall management, strategic development and decision-making of the Group. He is also the creator of both the Business Circle mobile app and Worldwide Excellence Award. As an industry pioneer, Dato’ Brian Tan is considered to be part of a new breed of rising Chinese-Malaysian entrepreneurs leading the charge into the new media technology industry. Over the years, he has constantly introduced new business concepts and ideas inspired by his vision to build improved landscapes for greater socio-economic prosperity.

Prior to his successful foray into the new media technology, Dato’ Brian Tan was regarded as a front runner in the music industry and the café retail-chain industry where he brought new concepts into the business, resulting in attracting venture capitalist funding from IDG Capital Partners, ACCEL Partners and SIG. In his early days, his talents in music won him the Taiwan Golden Melody Awards (equivalent to Grammy Awards in the Chinese music industry) for the song “Hu Si Luan Xiang” sung by Michael & Victor, and also produced best-selling artists like A-Do and JJ Lin. He was a pioneer in the digital music revolution in introducing music in the digital format via music4nothing.com, invested by Singatronic, a Singapore public listed company.

He then diversified and using his talents in music and his business acumen, he combined the concept of music and café and created the first music café retail-chain brand in Asia with a total of 19 cafes (Halo Café and Red Ocean Butterfly Café). He also led the cafes to garner the accolade of “The Best South-East Asia Café” in Beijing. Outside Malaysia, Dato’ Brian Tan also has ventured successfully across China and other key Chinese language markets in Asia. His regional network is extensive with strong relationships with leaders of industry and influencers across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore.

With over 20 years of experience in the business world, Dato’ Brian brings extensive experience to the Group and continues inventing and looking into new possibilities in the digital revolution to bring the Group to greater heights. Beyond the business world, Dato’ Brian Tan is an active contributor to societal causes and continues to play an active role in support of the betterment of the community. Serving society remains a growing passion which is reflected through his involvement across all Malaysian communities irrespective of race or religion. He is a Member of the United Nations Global Compact, an Executive Advisor to the United Youth Movement of Malaysia, President of the Chung Hwa Correspondence School Malaysia Alumni Association and an Honorary Fellow of the Selangor Malay Chamber of Commerce.

Yap Chee Lim | Executive Director

Yap Chee Lim | Executive Director

Mr. Yap Chee Lim is Director of the Company since 2013. He is primarily responsible for local and regional business expansion, procurement of finance to support the Group’s capital needs and supporting the CEO in developing overall strategies and establishing operational goals. He also oversees the Group’s management establishment and system management and other matters that require direct reporting to the Board or the Group Founder. His extensive senior management experience includes serving over 15 years in key C-Level positions for various leading companies. These include the Lion Group, Steel Division and Elektrisola, worldwide market leader in the ultra-fine magnet wire industry.

Dato' Michael Yip Chin Hwee | Non-Executive Director

Dato' Michael Yip Chin Hwee | Non-Executive Director

Dato’ Michael Yip Chin Hwee was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Group in 2017. Dato’ Yip brings over 13 years of corporate experience having served in various industries, primarily within the property development industry. He is presently the Managing Director of GM Build Sdn Bhd (a family owned property development company) with a proven track record of successful developments. Under his leadership, GM Build has ventured into project development township with gross development value of more than RM300mil. He has also ventured into property development in Australia. Dato’ Yip’s other vested interests include an online property trading platform, plantation alongwith other business opportunities at local and international level. He is also a member of The Malaysia - China Silk Route Business Chamber and The Chinese Chamber Of Commerce & Industry of Kuala Lumpur & Selangor.

Dato’ Cheah Choong Kit | Non-Executive Director

Dato’ Cheah Choong Kit | Non-Executive Director

Dato’ Cheah Choong Kit is an independent Director of the Company having been appointed by the Group in 2017. Dato’ Cheah has had a long and illustrious 30-year career, notably in civil service. He has served the Public Service Department as well as The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. He brings to the Group a wide range of experience in human resource management, international business and political relations as well as governmental relations. His career includes serving as Director (Economic) Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre Taipei, Taiwan from 1992-1996. Thereafter, he was appointed as Chargé d’ Affaires, Embassy of Malaysia Bucharest, Romania from 1996 to 2000.

From 2006 till 2013, Dato’ Cheah served as Ambassador of Malaysia to the Republic of Zimbabwe and Ambassador of Malaysia to the Republic of Finland. He was also the Head of the Fact Finding Mission to Sierra Leone under the Framework of the OIC Contact Group on Sierra Leone. His career has also seen him representing Malaysia on the global stage which includes various international meetings in relation to the United Nations, Asia Pacific Economic Community Summit, Asian-African Summit, Asia-Middle East Dialogue, World Economic Forum, Helsinki Process and Group of Friends of Mediation. He was the alternate Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the 65th United Nations General Assembly in 2010.

Helen Hsu | Non-Executive Director

Helen Hsu | Non-Executive Director

Ms. Helen Hsu is an independent Director and the Chairperson of the audit committee of the Company. She was a member of the remuneration committee and the nomination committee of the Group since June 2015. She has over 20 years of accounting and financial industry experience in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Ms. Hsu graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration. Ms. Hsu had worked with Ernst & Young Hong Kong for 18 years and was a partner before she retired from the firm in February 2011. Ms. Hsu is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is currently an independent non-executive director of the following listed companies: Perfect Shape (PRC) Holdings Limited (stock code: 1830), Branding China Group Limited (stock code: 863), Richly Field China Development Limited (stock code: 313) and China Display Optoelectronics Technology Holdings Ltd. (Stock code: 334).

Key Management

Datin Irene Pang, ACIS | Group Chief Corporate Officer

Datin Irene Pang, ACIS | Group Chief Corporate Officer

Datin Irene Pang is the Group Chief Corporate Officer and oversees all corporate and administrative functions of the Group. She brings over 25 years of industry related experience especially in the key areas of corporate strategic planning, secretarial practice, local and international corporate finance and general management. She has served in these capacities for small and medium sized enterprises and public listed companies in Malaysia, Hong Kong and China. During her career, she has played a leading role in conducting due diligence reviews and other corporate exercises including advising Boards of Directors and senior management on listing processes, employee share option schemes, initial public offerings and acquisitions and mergers. Datin Pang is a qualified Chartered Secretary and Associate member of the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She is also actively involved in non-governmental organisation networking and contributes greatly to corporate social responsibility aiming for a better society. She is a member of the Global Federation of Chinese Business Women, Malaysia and member of the Malaysia Chinese Women Entrepreneur Association.

LK Tan, FCCA | Group Chief Financial Officer

LK Tan, FCCA | Group Chief Financial Officer

Tan is responsible for the Group’s financial operations having joined the Group in 2015. He brings over 25 years of industry related experience which includes financial management, accounting, tax planning and related corporate matters. He has seven years of experience in audit and tax practices. He has served various Malaysian public listed companies – managing projects exceeding RM5 billion with more than 1,000 acres of township development in Rasah, Seremban, in the state of Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia. He has overseen the successful completion of a 12-acre shopping complex in Johor Bahru, in the state of Johor, Malaysia as well as a 400-room hotel development in Kuala Lumpur. He has also managed an oil palm plantation project in Indonesia. During 2000-2006, Tan was involved in various corporate matters and debt restructuring exercises for local companies. He was the General Manager of a financial consultancy firm from 2006-2015 – advising small and medium industry companies on financial management, value creation and other corporate matters.

August Low | Chief Marketing Officer

August Low | Chief Marketing Officer

Graduating from Charles Sturt University, Australia with a Bachelor Degree in Communication (Advertising), Low joined the Group as its Marketing Head in 2015 and is responsible for enhancing the Group’s branding profile among key markets and stakeholders across Asia. He is also responsible for branding and marketing strategies for the Group’s Business Circle mobile app and Worldwide Excellence Award platform. Low brings over 15 years of integrated marketing communications experience to the Group across multiple platforms including extensive campaigns on digital platforms. Among key campaigns he has worked on include Ambassador Campaigns with Sheila Majid and Emil Chau for renowned healthy lifestyle brand OGAWA, Hyatt Place @ Melaka Gateway, Formula 1 and many more.

Wilfred Chan | Chief Product Officer

Wilfred Chan | Chief Product Officer

Chan was appointed as Chief Product Officer in 2012, which encompasses the role of Managing Editor. Chan oversees content direction and content creation activities for the Group, its Business Circle mobile app and supervises the editorial team across the region. He is instrumental in affiliating the Group to international media such as China Sin Hua News Agency and Agence France-Presse (AFP) News Agency. Prior to joining the Group, Chan served for over eight years in the media industry including as editor-in-chief for several Chinese language business magazines.

Steve Wan | Chief Technology Officer

Steve Wan | Chief Technology Officer

Steve is the Group’s Chief Technology Officer and leads the research and development team for the Business Circle mobile app. He brings over 15 years of experience in information and communication technology (ICT). He is responsible for defining the Business Circle Mobile App, framing technology strategies and developing new offerings and solutions.Steve is an award-winning ICT professional recognised for his outstanding contributions. These awards include winner of the by invitation only W3 Award and Horizon Interactive Awards by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, New York, USA. Under his leadership, Steve and his team were recognised as a Google Engage Agency in 2013 and won two website design awards. Steve has vast experience in the field of IT Solution Management and has been instrumental in developing IT solutions for various local brands and multinational corporations since 2002.

Kevin Teh | Chief Business Development Officer

Kevin Teh | Chief Business Development Officer

Teh joined the Group in 2017 as Chief Business Development Officer and is responsible for expanding the Group’s business presence into new and existing markets. Teh plays a key role in charting the Group’s overall strategic direction and oversees the creation of exciting new products and services to penetrate markets across Asia to drive revenue growth and sales. Teh brings a unique combined skill set of business acumen and a wealth of creative industry experience. He has worked with renowned brand names across digital, broadcast and print media platforms such as the renowned Red Hot Media – one of Malaysia’s leading Chinese media content producers, LBS Bina Group Berhad, Mitsubishi and more.

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Corporate Milestones

2009
• Incorporation of Circle Corp Sdn Bhd as a private limited company in Malaysia

2010-2011
• Ventures into conventional and digital media branding, advertising and content creation for leading local and     international brands

• Commissioned by ASTRO (Malaysia’s largest Pay-TV network) for the production of Chinese language programmes                including the “Circle of Dragons” entrepreneur TV series program

2012-2013
• Obtains publishing license for the Business Circle Chinese language magazine from the Ministry of Information, Malaysia
• Launch of the Business Circle magazine in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

2014
• Launch of inaugural WEA event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• Expansion of the Business Circle magazine and WEA into the ASEAN and China regions

2015
• Launch of the Business Circle mobile app
• Incorporation of CCIL to meet growing international client base
• Circle Corporation wins SME 100 Fast Moving Company Award

2016
• Business Circle mobile app hits more than 100,000 downloads becoming one of the ASEAN region’s fastest growing             Chinese language business
• WEA affiliates with international partners including Riff Creative (Australia), Chung Hwa Correspondence School              Japan Alumni (Japan), Ishin Media Group (Japan), Yizone Media (China) and International Trade Association of R.O.C.              Profile and ICET Association (both Taiwan)
• The Company is founded in the Cayman Islands as an international holding company for the Group

2017
• Acquisition of IMW, a leading Malaysian advertising firm with Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia and     Multimedia Super Corridor status
• Business Circle mobile app successfully placed on shelf at Tencent app store in China, the leading app store in China                (equivalent to Apple Store or Google Store)
• WEA launched in Shanghai under the auspices of the One Belt One Road initiative. This kick starts regional roll out of               WEA to the rest of China, Australia, Taiwan and Indonesia.
• Inaugural WEA China was held in Beijing
• Inaugural WEA Taiwan was held in Taipei
• Commencement of listing process on NSX
• Prospectus launched for public to obtain and download

Awards & Recognitions

Company Awards

• Winner of SME 100 Fast Moving Companies award in 2015 (an annual award programme organised by SME             magazine to recognise and celebrate the fast growing and outstanding achievements of small and medium          enterprises in Malaysia)

• Winner of the Digital Media Excellence Company Award in Global Responsible Business Leadership Award at          Malaysia in 2017 (the recipients of these awards are outstanding pioneers or leaders in their respective sectors.       Their outstanding qualities are reflected on the organisation’s positive financial results and increased security          holder value)

Individual Awards to Dato’ Brian Tan, Group Founder & CEO

• Awarded as Top Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs in Top 100 Chinese Entrepreneurs Award, China (Top 100     Chinese Entrepreneurs Award was created to recognise worldwide Chinese entrepreneurs who fuel the region’s   economy through their innovation, sacrifices and dedication. These business owners are generally making      significant contributions to their clients, professions, industries and communities)

• Awarded as one of the 65 successful overseas Chinese role models (to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the    founding of the People’s Republic of China, a special award ceremony was held to acknowledge 65 successful   overseas Chinese, who were considered inspiring, bold, innovative and outstanding. These personalities were     considered pioneers of their respective industries).

• Winner of Golden Awards of Chinese Excellent People Selection Activity at Taiwan in 2016 an international award    platform to recognise and honour those who considered outstanding leaders in the business of their respective     sectors and who have shown tremendous performance and tenacity in developing successful businesses.

• Recognised as one of the excellent entrepreneurs at Malaysia in 2017 (this award honours those who build      market-leading companies that make their communities, country and the world a better place).

Clientele

Strategic Alliances