Board of Directors

Board of Directors

David Chew Hock Lin

Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Director

Mr David Chew Hock Lin has over 22 years of experience in restructuring, turnaround and corporate finance. He has experience as a director, in senior management as a Chief Restructuring Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer for private and public companies and as a business advisor and investment banker. His knowledge and experience in these areas will add to the strength and expertise of the Board.

Steven James Salo

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Steven James Salo is nominated by Depa Interiors LLC, the Company’s controlling shareholder, for appointment as a Director of the Company subject to shareholders’ approval at the Company’s Annual General Meeting to be held on 26 April 2019. As a nominee of Depa Interiors LLC, he will be considered a Non-Executive Director.

Mr Salo was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer to Depa PLC in November 2016. Mr Salo has close to two decades of finance, investment banking, merger and acquisitions and strategy experience, including significant construction and engineering exposure.

Most recently, Mr Salo headed Arabtec Holding’s Group Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions function. Prior to Arabtec Holding, Mr Salo held a senior position in Citigroup’s Investment Banking division, advising companies on strategic direction and multibillion dollars’ worth of financing and merger & acquisitions.

Before Citigroup, Mr Salo also held positions at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, the European investment bank, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Mr Salo remains a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. In addition to his qualification as Chartered Accountant, Mr Salo also holds a master’s degree in Applied Finance and Investment from Finsia, a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Deakin University and is a CFA® charterholder.

Marwan Anthony Shehadeh

Non-Executive Director

Mr Marwan Shehadeh is nominated by Depa Interiors LLC, the Company’s controlling shareholder, for appointment as a Director of the Company subject to shareholders’ approval at the Company’s Annual General Meeting to be held on 19th April 2018. As a nominee of Depa Interiors LLC he will be considered a Non-Executive Director.

For more than a decade and a half, Mr Shehadeh has been working with Al-Futtaim, covering various positions. He is the Group Director for corporate development of Al-Futtaim Group, a senior executive ofcer of Al-Futtaim Investment Management Ltd and since 2007 the Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Capital. He joined Al-Futtaim in 2003 as Director of Finance of Dubai Festival City LLC. Mr Shehadeh started his career in corporate fnance at Chase Manhattan Bank, New York.

Mr Shehadeh holds a master’s degree in International Business from the Institute D’Etudes des Relations Internationales, Paris and has completed several general management executive programmes at Harvard Business School.

Kevin Derek Lewis

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Kevin Lewis was appointed to the Board of Directors at DSG as Non-Executive Director on 6 June 2019. Kevin is currently the Group CEO of Depa Group, and is an experienced construction professional with over eighteen years’ experience in the construction industry. Kevin was appointed as Managing Director of Depa Interiors from January 2018 until his appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer on 2 July 2019, having undertaken the role in an ‘acting’ capacity since April 2019. Prior to joining Depa, Kevin had undertaken roles including Design Manager, Site Manager, Project Director and Operations Director within various aspects of the construction industry, inclusive of design management and operations, across a range of civil engineering and building sectors on projects worldwide.

Dr. Adelle Maree Howse

Independent Director

Adelle has worked in energy, construction, resources, infrastructure and property for more than 20 years and has a track record in the delivery of strategic business transformation, operational performance improvement, market positioning, business analysis, structured M&A and corporate finance solutions.

Since 2016, Adelle has established a personal business entity for consulting and contract engagements, and is the Deputy Chairman for the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute.

Adelle has an Executive MBA from IMD, a PhD in mathematics from UQ, a graduate diploma in applied finance and investment and has completed the AICD company directors course.