Ooi Cheng Suan

Chief Operating Officer
Ooi Cheng Suan studied Bachelor of Science (Industrial Engineering) at Mississippi State University, US.

Bachelor of Science (Industrial Engineering),Mississippi State University, US,1991

Current role
Currently, I am in charge of four manufacturing companies and two sales companies. My basic responsibilities are to conceptualise and materialise the key strategies for the group of companies to march forward with competitiveness and growth. My key responsibility is to motivate and inspire my team members to excel in their duties and to groom the key talents and future leaders in the company, that will one day replace me.

What attracted you to this role and this company?
O.Y.L Manufacturing Company Sdn Bhd is the first company I joined after finishing my tertiary education. I have enjoyed my role as industrial engineer, which helped enhance productivity through designing and implementing ergonomics in the working environment for my colleagues in production. The chief operating officer role is one that was entrusted to me by my superiors in Japan.

What makes you suitable for this job?
I have been through many departments, working and adapting to various kinds of work environments. All these new assignments in the early days of my career have provided me with a lot of hardships, training as well as experience. It was never an easy task to adapt to new environments and requirements every one or two years, but it has really provided me with the golden opportunity to learn new skills and make new mistakes that became valuable experiences.

What is the one skill you possess that makes you an effective leader?
I believe a good leader must be positive in mind and be able to communicate well across the levels. To be able to do this, a leader must have willing ears that listen, an alert mind that can analyse, anda big heart that is patient and accommodative of differences.

Professional motivation
BELIEVE! I believe that I can do it. I believe that my colleagues can do it. I believe that we are all working towards common goals. Have faith and the positive energy will multiply.

GRATITUDE! I am grateful for the good things and the good people that are around me.


  • Be inquisitive and hungry for knowledge.
  • Be patient and persistent.
  • Be ready to learn and contribute.
  • Be grateful for the hardships that you are facing as it makes you stronger.
Career Highlights
1991 Graduated from Mississippi StateUniversity, US with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering
1992 Joined O.Y.L. Industries Sdn Bhd as Industrial Engineer
1994-1999 Assumed the role of Engineer in Project Department, Marketing Department, Technical Support Department, Product Marketing Department and Sales Department
2000 Promoted to Regional Sales Manager for SEA Oceania
2004 Transferred to Research & Development Center as R&D Manager
2006 Promoted to higher management role, managing the sales offices in South East Asia Oceania as Regional Marketing Manager, SEA Oceania.
2008 Appointed as General Manager of local sales company, which is a key subsidiary of O.Y.L. Manufacturing
2013 Appointed to current position as Chief Operating Officer of O.Y.L. Manufacturing