Our People

Portek Board of Directors

Portek considers its people its most important assets. It is its people who will ensure that value is delivered by Portek to all its stakeholders: customers, partners, suppliers and shareholders.

“Dedicated to Delivering Value” – – this is the ethos which Portek seeks to cultivate in the hearts and minds of all its employees. And judging by the feedback we get from our stakeholders, we believe we are doing quite a good job at this. One of the main reasons for our people’s dedication is that many of the people who work in Portek are also its people. Our people hail from various backgrounds. Our management team is staffed by people with engineering, finance and accounting backgrounds. Our frontline engineers themselves are specialists in their particular fields of power electronics, digital controls or civil, structural and mechanical engineering. Their knowledge is multi-disciplinary and the staff have been trained to approach a problem, not just from the narrow perspective of their own specialty, but also from different angles of various disciplines. Similarly, our sales, marketing and terminal operations staff are equally versed in thinking “outside the box” and delivering innovative solutions to all our stakeholders. Helping us develop and spearhead our strategic marketing and expansion efforts are our Group Business Development Advisors. For a profile of these key members of the Portek family, please see below.

For a knowledge driven company, continuity of people is key to success. Here at Portek, we make a conscious attempt to renew ourselves. This means nurturing the younger employees and giving them responsibilities to keep them challenged. The pioneering spirit is maintained and passed on. New business directions are charted and new market territories are explored. This way, we ensure that our employees are able to realise their own career and personal development and ultimately, ensuring that Portek remains “Dedicated to Delivering Value”.

Portek International Board of Directors

Yasutaka Suzuki (Chief Executive Officer) Mr Suzuki was appointed as the CEO of the Portek Group on 15th January 2018. He was previously a Non-Executive Director of Portek and also the Divisional Operating Officer, Infrastructure Projects Business Division, Asia Pacific Business Unit of Mitsui & Co., Ltd.. He has been working for Mitsui & Co. since 1988 and has continued his professional activity in the field of Infrastructure project development such as Hydrocarbon, Power, Transportation, Logistics and Water, including assignments in Japan, UK, Korea and Singapore. Mr Suzuki obtained a Master Degree of Mechanical Engineering in 1988 from Tohoku University, Sendai Japan, and completed Wharton AMP, University of Pennsylvania, USA in 2009.
Liew Kok Leong (Executive Director, Port Operations & Management / co-Chief Operating Officer) Mr Liew joined the Portek Group in September 2004. He is currently the Executive Director of Port Operations and Management and the co-Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for the Port Operations in the Portek Group and New Business Development. He brings with him invaluable international business development and leading management team to drive strategic global entities experiences. Throughout his career, he is involved in multiple disciplines from management, sales, marketing, project management to business development. Mr Liew holds an Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore and a MBA from Nanyang Technological University.
Yuji Taki (Executive Director / Chief Administrative Officer)
Mr Taki was appointed as the Executive Director of Portek Group in August 2017 and he became the Chief Administrative Officer since March 2018. He is responsible for supporting the investment activities and for strengthening the group asset management of Port Operations & Management Unit and Engineering Business Unit, as well as the Group’s Compliance and Information Technology divisions. He joined Mitsui & Co. in 1992 and has vast experiences in infrastructure business development such as power, water and logistics. His past assignment includes Mitsui Abu Dhabi and Mitsui India. He also worked for the corporate strategy unit of Toyo Engineering Corporation, a TSE listed company, from 2015 to 2017. Mr Taki holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tokyo. He enjoys swimming, gym and playing tennis.
Toshiki Ota (Executive Director / Chief Financial Officer)
Mr Ota was appointed as the CFO of the Portek Group on 18th June 2018. He has worked for Mitsui since 2000 and he has broad expertise related to finance, tax, credit risk management and investment management. Mr Ota also has experience working in China, having worked for Mitsui & Co. (China) Ltd. and Mitsui & Co. (Shanghai) Ltd. for four and half years. Mr Ota holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He enjoys playing soccer, golf and running.
Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Non-Executive Director) Mr Shimizu has been appointed as a non-executive director of Portek in July 2016. Mr Shimizu has worked for Mitsui since 1988 and he has broad experience in logistics infrastructure development and strategic planning. He is currently the General Manager of Logistics Infrastructure Division of Mitsui & Co., Ltd and is responsible for all of Mitsui’s global logistics related infrastructure development business. Mr Shimizu holds a Master’s degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He enjoys playing badminton.
Teruo Wakahara (Non-Executive Director) Mr Wakahara has been appointed as a non-executive director of Portek in August 2018. Mr Wakahara has worked for Mitsui since 1992 and he has broad experience in infrastructure development such as power sector and corporate administrative division in Japan, USA and Mexico. He is currently the General Manager of Second Department, Logistics Infrastructure Division of Mitsui & Co., Ltd and is responsible for Mitsui’s Asian regional logistics related infrastructure development business. Mr Wakahara holds a Bachelor Degree of Electrical Engineering from Waseda University, Japan. He enjoys playing golf.