John Pretto, Executive Director for CL Singapore Ltd, has announced the appointment of Yow Yin Tho to the position of Director of Corporate Policy for NetLeaders.

Mr. Tho brings with him a wealth of experience that Pretto believes will dovetail particularly well with the existing requirements of the position, and he will also help substantially to underpin our future and growth.

Mr. Tho was previously associated with ExxonMobil for 36 years, where he developed expertise in asset acquisitions, mergers and disposition involving the oil and gas industry throughout Asia Pacific. He has also served on the boards of various ExxonMobil companies, affiliates and ventures and has worked in the Philippines, US, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong during his career.

He started his career with Mobil Oil Malaysia in 1981 where he held various marketing, supply, technical and planning positions followed by managerial assignments in real estate, distribution, marketing and finance. He also served as the Finance Director for South East Asia and Country Manager for Mobil Oil Malaysia before the formation of ExxonMobil.

After the merger with Exxon he was seconded to their headquarters in USA to provide planning advice for the merged company. He was then appointed as Asia Pacific Sales Manager for Petroleum Specialties based in Singapore. In 2008 he took a position in Hong Kong and served as director of CAPCO a joint venture subsidiary of ExxonMobil.

Mr Tho had his early education in Kuala Lumpur and is a graduate of Glasgow University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Management.