Asian Aviation Magazine Editor Matt Driskill is In Conversation with Kerry Mok, the president and CEO of Singapore-based ground handler and catering firm SATS. Mok joined the company in June 2018. SATS is the leading provider of food solutions and gateway services at Singapore’s Changi Airport. It also has a global presence spanning Saudi Arabia to Japan, and operates in more than 55 locations in 14 countries. Established in 1972 as a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, it was listed on SGX in 2000 and hived off from the parent company in 2009. The company has 11,000 employees. In the 2019/20 fiscal year, its last full year of operations before the COVID-19 pandemic, SATS reported revenue of S$1.94 billion and 166 million meals served. It reported a profit of S$13.2 million for the six months ended 30 September, reversing a loss of S$76.9 million a year ago. It has a market capitalisation of $4.5 billion.
Prior to SATS, he was the CEO of YCH Group since August 2017. Mok is a seasoned executive with more than two decades of experience in supply chain management and logistics, he has held various senior appointments prior to his move to YCH Group, including his role in Goodpack Limited as the acting chief executive officer and chief operating officer. Before that, he held the position of managing director, strategy – operations and was also head of the ASEAN Supply Chain Strategy practice for Accenture. Mok was also previously senior vice president – global head of Technology Sector and APAC Technology Sector & Service Logistics with DHL, accountable for the strategy and growth of the Global Technology Sector for DHL Supply Chain. He has been an active contributor to tripartite initiatives, having served on the Future Economy Council’s Trade & Connectivity Sub-Committee, and on the Ministry of Communication and Information’s Infocomm Media Master Plan 2025 working group. Mok graduated from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia with a Bachelor of Business, Accounting (First Class Honours).