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Sukanto Tanoto is the founder and Chairman of RGE. He started as a spare parts supplier to the oil and construction industry in 1967 before founding RGE in 1973.

RGE is a group of world-class companies with an asset base of over US$18 billion and have operations in Indonesia, China, Brazil, Spain and Canada, and sales offices worldwide.

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Bey Soo Khiang was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the RGE group of companies in March 2011. A former aviation executive and distinguished defence leader, he oversees various aspects of RGE’s business management and corporate functions across its key business groups.

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Sukanto Tanoto is the founder and Chairman of RGE. He started as a spare parts supplier to the oil and construction industry in 1967 before founding RGE in 1973.

RGE is a group of world-class companies with an asset base of over US$18 billion and have operations in Indonesia, China, Brazil, Spain and Canada, and sales offices worldwide.

Sukanto Tanoto

Sukanto Tanoto

Founder and Chairman of RGE

From his humble beginnings as a spare parts supplier to the oil and construction industry in 1967, Sukanto Tanoto always had an entrepreneurial spirit and continually sought to grow and diversify his business.

His founding of RGE (then known as RGM) and entry into the plywood business in 1973 later proved a key turning point in his career. Having successfully established a presence in the industry, the far-sighted entrepreneur ventured into other resource-based industries such as pulp and paper, palm oil and power generation. Today, RGE is a group of world-class companies with an asset base of over US$18 billion and have operations in Indonesia, China, Brazil, Spain and Canada, and sales offices worldwide.

One of his favourite advice to young entrepreneurs is to not pretend to know everything, but instead take the time to learn and analyse the best practices in the field, speak with relevant experts – be humble but resolute in one’s desire to learn.

Having been actively involved in philantropy since 1981, Sukanto Tanoto and his family officially established the Tanoto Foundation in 2001 as the philanthropic arm of the Tanoto family with the aim of supporting poverty alleviation efforts in countries and communities in which RGE businesses operate. The foundation champions poverty alleviation by supporting, developing or funding programmes under three focus areas: Education, Empowerment and Enhancement. Beyond these structured programmes, Tanoto Foundation also provides assistance to communities affected by natural disasters. The foundation runs on the same guiding principles entrenched in RGE group of companies – that business should be conducted in a manner that is good for the community, good for the country, good for the climate, good for the customer and good for the company.

Sukanto Tanoto is a member of the INSEAD International Council, the Wharton Board of Overseers and various other educational, community and industry bodies. He is a recipient of the Wharton School Dean’s Medal Award, which recognises individuals for their contributions to the enlargement of the global economy and to the improvement of lives worldwide.

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Bey Soo Khiang was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the RGE group of companies in March 2011. A former aviation executive and distinguished defence leader, he oversees various aspects of RGE’s business management and corporate functions across its key business groups.

Bey Soo Khiang

Bey Soo Khiang

Vice-Chairman, RGE

Chairman, APRIL Group

Bey Soo Khiang was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the RGE group of companies in March 2011. He provides counsel and close management on critical matters affecting longer-term business sustainability, such as in Human Capital, Social Capital, and Research & Development (R&D). Presently, he is also spearheading the Group’s transformation into a LEAN organisation that embraces continuous improvement. As the Chairman of APRIL Group, Bey Soo Khiang actively guides APRIL Group’s operations in Indonesia on matters relating to fiber plantations.

Before joining RGE, he spent 11 years in Singapore Airlines (SIA) holding positions in Technical/Operations areas as well as in Human Resources. His roles included Chairman of SIA Cargo Pte Ltd, Chairman of Silkair Pte Ltd, Chairman of Singapore Flying College, as well as at Virgin Atlantic Limited.

A former Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) overseas scholar, Bey made significant contributions as a Chief of Air Force in transforming the RSAF into a modern and advanced air force. He assumed the top post as Singapore’s Chief of Defence Force (CDF) from 1995-2000 and played an instrumental role in defence diplomacy by strengthening and expanding ties between the SAF and other armed forces around the world.

While serving as the CDF, he was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors for Singapore Technologies Engineering and Singapore Airlines Limited.

Bey Soo Khiang holds a Masters in Arts (Engineering) from University of Cambridge and a Masters in Public Administration from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.