Senior Management

Xu Yalin

Yalin Xu

Executive Director
DyStar Group

Yalin received his bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Applied Chemistry from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In his 13 years’ career with Unilever, he served as Development Manager, R&D Director and Global Mass Market Development Director in China, Australia and Brazil. Yalin joined Ciba Specialty Chemicals at the end of 2002 as General Manager of HPC for greater China and later Vice President of HPC for Asia Pacific.

He is currently the Executive Board Director of DyStar Group.  He is also the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit Committee. He is based in Singapore directly managing DyStar Group, representing the Board.

Eric Hopmann

Eric Hopmann

Chief Executive Officer
Head of Global Sales & Marketing
DyStar Group

Eric was appointed the group CEO in November 2014.

He started his career with an apprenticeship at Hoechst AG between 1980 and 1982 and returned in 1988 being in charge of the Dyes Business for North Africa countries. In 1990, he was relocated to Hoechst Indonesia as Business Manager, Dyes, and two years later in 1992 he became the Department Manager, Dyes and Fibers in Hoechst Taiwan.

He has been with DyStar since the foundation in 1995 when he was appointed Managing Director of DyStar Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2000 he moved to Hong Kong as Head of China. From 2003 until 2010 he was the General Manager of DyStar China in Shanghai. After that he returned to Europe and became the Head of Europe.

Eric is married and has three children.

Vera Huang

Vice President, Global Procurement and North Asia Region
DyStar Group

Ms. Vera Huang received her bachelor’s degree of Business Administration at the Electronic University of Shanghai.

Vera’s career started in 2004 at Ciba as a key account manager. After the acquisition of the Ciba Textile Division by Huntsman in 2008, Vera was transferred to the procurement function as a global purchasing category manager. In early 2010, Vera joined the Henkel Group and was working in APAC as the regional purchasing manager.

She joined DyStar in September 2011 and has been developing with the new company ever since. In September 2012, she was appointed Global Procurement Director and in December 2014, she was also named the General Manager, Greater China. She was appointed the Vice President, North Asia Region in April 2017.

In her leisure time, she enjoys playing with her little cute son.

Gerald Talhoff

Gerald Talhoff

Vice President, Global Manufacturing
DyStar Group

Gerald holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. He started his career with Bayer in Germany before transferring to DyStar in 1995.

During more than 20 years of experience in chemical engineering and operations management, Gerald has held several management positions within DyStar Group while based in Germany, China and Singapore. His current responsibilities include DyStar’s global manufacturing footprint, supply chain management and corporate sustainability.

He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Singapore. When time allows, Gerald loves to do outdoor sports and traveling.

Ng Siew Boon

Vice President, Group Finance
DyStar Group

Graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Siew Boon is a Chartered Accountant with about 20 years of professional experience in leading global finance operations, transformation and optimization. She was also actively involved in Enterprise Resource Planning system implementation, business process standardization and strategic enterprise projects including sales organization transformation.

Prior to joining DyStar in January 2019, Siew Boon helmed senior financial leadership positions where she oversees the global finance operations in the information and technology industry.

Siew Boon is married with four children and she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and visiting museum outside of work.

Ang Kok Leong (KL)

Vice President, Global Supply Chain
DyStar Group

KL graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree, (Mechanical, 1st class honours) from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Post-graduate wise, he has a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from NUS.

In the first decade of his career development, KL held various management roles in several MNCs like Thomson, Coopers & Lybrand and Motorola. As the opportunities arise, he joined DuPont and started his career in the chemical industry. When DuPont’s nylon business was acquired and became INVISTA, he continued to build his career there, spending more than twenty years covering product planning, order fulfilment, logistic operations. He also worked extensively with other regions around the world in various aspects of supply chain.

KL is married with 2 children. He enjoys outdoor games both as a leisure player as well as an avid spectator.