Chester Lai – Principal, Western Ontario
Chester has over twenty-five years experience working in the consumer goods industry (beer, food ingredients, building materials, consumer electronics, etc.) covering all the major Asian countries. His last position was the China CFO with the Carlsberg Group where he led the finance and legal functions of over 20 breweries delivering an annual revenue of more than 1 billion USD. Before that, he spent thirteen years with Anheuser-Busch Asia operations where he helped to grow the local businesses from one small brewery in central China to a network of breweries across the Asia region. Besides supporting these businesses to deliver superb operational and financial performances, Chester was also heavily involved in the merger and acquisition agenda, corporate integrations, organizational restructuring, process optimization and outsourcing, risk management, risk financing, performance and profit maximization via growing top-line and driving out inefficiencies throughout the supply chain and back-office.
Chester has held positions as the Chairman of two listed companies in China (with a total market capitalization of over 3 billion CAD) where he led the director boards in developing long and near term strategies, driving promising returns to shareholders and ensuring compliances.
Chester is a member of the following international financial institutions:
- the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (fellow member)
- the American Institute of CPAs (State of Montana)
- the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants