The Asian Tour is overseen by a Board consisting of members and non-playing executives. The Board establishes goals and policies and directs the strategic development of the Asian Tour.
Kyi Hla Han, Interim Tour Commissioner
Kyi Hla has provided a guiding hand in the development of professional golf in Asia since the early 1990s. Rated among Asia’s best players during his prime, he was one of the founding members of the former Asian PGA Tour in 1994. Well respected and admired in the international golfing arena, Kyi Hla won the Order of Merit in Asia in 1999 and played globally holding cards throughout his career in Australia, Europe and the US. In 2004 the region’s players decided to form a new player-representative body, The Asian Tour, and Kyi Hla was duly elected to the Board of Directors.
Jimmy is one of Indonesia’s most prominent businessmen and serves as President and CEO of PT Caturkarsa Megatunggal, which owns businesses in chemical, shipping, mining and fuel distribution. He also serves on the Board for Habitat for Humanity Indonesia and Habitat for Humanity International which builds affordable homes for the underprivileged. He is also a strong supporter of professional and amateur golf in Indonesia through his organising and his sponsorship of many of Indonesia’s leading events.
As Chairman of Yeangder Group, Emmet is a strong supporter of the game where the Group sponsors several major golf tournaments annually in Taiwan apart from supporting leading local professional golfers through endorsements. He graduated from the University of Southern California and the Group’s portfolio of businesses includes electrical and engineering, transportation, security consulting, hotel and golf course ownership.
Chuah Choo Chiang, Director, Communications
Since joining the Tour in 2000, Chuah oversees the overall management of media communications and strategies as well as media operations for Tour events. He also takes charge of the Tour’s official website and production of the Annual Year in Review publication. Prior to joining the Tour, Chuah enjoyed stints as a sports journalist with two of Malaysia’s leading newspapers over a span of 10 years, the last attachment being with the Sun Newspaper where he was the deputy sports editor.
Irfan Hamid, Associate Director, Business Development
Irfan has worked in various roles with the Asian Tour. He has proven himself to be effective in a number of previous roles and while he will continue to assume some of those duties, including the overall responsibility for the Asian Development Tour, Irfan will now have more focus on developing new business and growing our existing business in key markets including the Indian sub-continent, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Harry Lin, Manager, Events Development
A graduate from the University of Lethbridge with a major in Kinesiology, Harry spent some time with The First Tee before joining the Asian Tour in November 2007. Born in Chinese Taipei, Harry manages key relations and events in Chinese Taipei and China.
Kala Ramanathan, Director, Tour Administration
Kala is one of the longest serving staff on the Asian Tour. Having started with the Asian PGA in 1996, Kala who holds a law degree, joined the Tour when it first started in 2004 and has been responsible for all aspects of membership and tournament operations, including keeping members updated on the Tour schedule, providing information on other Tours and tournament entries.
Putri Nadiah, Associate Director, Tournament Administration
Putri is one of the most experienced women in the Asian golf industry, having been involved in professional golf since joining the Malaysian PGA Tour as an administrative executive in 1987. When the Asian Tour was formed in 2004, Putri started her stint as the Tour’s Administrative Manager where she is responsible for tournament operations including entries, accounts, travel and hotel arrangement for players, registration for tournaments and overall administration at events.
Alethea Franciscus, Manager, Tour Administration
Alethea is one of the pioneers of the administrative team at the Asian Tour. Having began her career with the Asian PGA in April 2000, Alethea moved on to the Asian Tour in 2004 where she handles the administrative aspects of Asian Tour tournaments.
Agnes Chow, Manager, Tour Administration
Agnes embarked on a career in golf administration with the former Asian PGA in 2000 before moving on to the Asian Tour in 2004. She supports the running of tournaments on Tour while her other duties include the administration of Tour merchandise.
Jazz Wong, Manager, Tour Administration
Jazz started working on the Tour in September 2005 and has been involved in various aspects of event operations since. With a previous background in client servicing from a public relations consultancy firm, Jazz supports the administrative needs of Asian Tour tournaments.
Calvin Koh, Senior Manager, Communications
Calvin has been with the Tour since July 2007, focusing on regional communication and public relations for the Asian Tour. He also undertakes the role of a media officer at events. Formerly a television producer and scriptwriter, Calvin moved into the sports PR before taking on the communications role with the Tour. Calvin is a key member of the communications team and he leads the media relationships in a number of key areas including with the Singapore press and the Chinese media. Calvin has also taken on new responsibility of leading specific projects including coordination of the communication requirements of newly established Asian Tour Destinations among others.
Doyle De Costa, Manager, Communications
Doyle started working with the Asian Tour in early 2009 and is involved with all media, communications, website and publishing aspects of the Tour. He was previously a golf staff writer for one of Malaysia’s leading golf magazines.
Serene Loh, Senior Executive, Communications
Serene joined the Asian Tour in 2008 and has since been developing her skills and experience within the communications team. In 2013, Serene took on the additional responsibility of a media officer and also as a writer. Starting from 2014, Serene will also take on additional responsibilities in her new role, primarily on the Asian Development Tour.
Ng Chwe Huey, Director, Finance & Human Resources
Chwe Huey has been with the Tour for over seven years and has been acting as the head of the Finance and HR department within the Asian Tour for over 9 months. Through her continued performance with the company, she is now a member of the senior management team.
Josh Burack, Chief Executive Officer
A senior sports marketing executive with over 25 years of global experience in management, sponsorship, media rights sales, TV production and operations, Burack will lead the strategic and commercial direction of the Asian Tour and head the management team.During the past 19 years, Burack has lived and worked across the Asia Pacific in Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia and Singapore. He has accomplished a successful track record of creating partnerships and profitable business ventures in diverse cultural environments in multiple professional and Olympic sports. In his previous role, Burack was Senior Vice President at Dentsu Sports Asia (DSA), a subsidiary of the Sports Division of Dentsu Inc. of Japan. There, he headed the Television, Media and Sponsorship areas of the agency’s 20-person office in Singapore and oversaw its seven-person sports subsidiary in Kuala Lumpur.Burack set up the agency’s Broadcast & Production business and also took charge of the firm’s media rights sales in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Myanmar, the Indian-sub continent, pan Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. Most recently he helped lead Dentsu’s 92-person production team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil where the agency produced and delivered 12 channels broadcast across 22 territories in Asia.Prior to his time at DSA, Burack founded IEC in Sports’ business in the Asia Pacific and was their Director of the region for nearly 12 years. Before that, he served as a Senior Producer for World Sport Group for three years in the early days of the Asian PGA Tour.
Pok Cheng Sim, Director, Legal & Corporate Affairs
Cheng Sim is a graduate of NUS and Bristol Universities where he gained a Bachelor of Laws (honours) and Master of Laws degrees respectively.Before joining the Asian Tour, Cheng Sim was the Director of the Legal and Governance Division at the Singapore Sports Council where he spent more than 5 years leading the Legal Affairs, Risk Management and the Sports Charities and Procurement Governance portfolios.Cheng Sim is responsible for the management of the legal and business affairs of the Asian Tour and will be actively involved in supporting contract and commercial negotiations across all departments and providing training and legal guidance as needed.Cheng Sim is based in the Singapore office.
Dong Uk Kim, Manager, Corporate Partnerships & Client Services
Dong Uk graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in Business Administration and has a FIFA Master Degree in Management, Law, & Humanities of Sport. Prior to this role, he served as Strategic Planning Manager with Ocean Sports & Entertaining in Beijing. Dong Uk is based in the Singapore office.
A former Tour player where he represented Hong Kong in the World Cup, Dom is founder and director of Impact Golf Management Group which is involved with professional and corporate golf events. He was formerly a Board Member on the Asian Tour from 2006 to 2007 and also on the former Asian PGA Tour from 1995 to 2003. A graduate from the Northwestern University, Dom is also known as the “Voice of Asian Golf” where he has been a commentator on the Asian Tour for over the past decade.