Richard Yong, CEO/CFO
Richard Yong is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Miltrade Technologies, where he oversees the financial performance, growth objectives, and future fiscal trajectory of the company. Richard joined Miltrade in 1999 and has been instrumental in the successful execution and growth of the company.
Richard spearheaded the setup of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services in 2004 and expanded the facility to perform repair, upgrades and manufacturing of aircraft displays. He also co-founded a division specialized in design and development of thermal imaging systems for defence and homeland security sectors.
Prior to joining Miltrade, Richard held two portfolios in Unicorn International, a company under the government-linked conglomerate Singapore Technologies for over a period of nine years since 1991. The portfolios consisted of agency sales representation and managing special air operations under subsidiary Pacific Flight Services (PFS). Value of programs won during his tenure amounted to US$700m included Paveway II LGB kits, AIM9 Sidewinders and AGM65 Maverick missiles, CH47SD heavy-lift and AH64D attack helicopters; first fleet of F-16 C/D fighter jets. Concurrently, Richard was Deputy GM of PFS, responsible for the air charter operations and target towing for Singapore navy and air force gunnery training.
From 1982 to 1990, Richard served in the RSAF as an Air Defence Controller. He was a pioneer WSO (Weapon Systems Officer) on the RSAF E-2C ‘Hawkeye’ in 1985, where he received training by Grumman Aerospace at Long Island, NY, and from the USN at Miramar Naval Air Station, CA in 1986. In total, Richard clocked well over 1,000 flight hours.
Richard received his bachelor’s degree in Commerce on International Business and Marketing from University of Tasmania, and his professional marketing qualification as a graduate from Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).