Ooi Chok Yan

Chief Executive Officer

Penang Global Tourism

Penang-born Ooi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Melbourne’s RMIT University. His career began in top multi-national advertising agencies and he had led the Hakuhodo Indonesia’s team to become the Agency of The Year and win the Gold Lion award in Cannes, which incidentally was the first for Hokuhodo network outside Japan. He also won several advertising awards in the local and international arena.

Currently, as the CEO of Penang Global Tourism (PGT), he is responsible for generating tourism to Penang by working closely with key tourism players. Under Ooi’s leadership since 2014, PGT has established signature events that draw large numbers of visitors to Penang where two Guinness World Records were accomplished. Penang has also been accorded numerous accolades from renowned international media. Ooi’s achievements also include establishing Penang to become No. 1 in Malaysia for Medical Tourism plus obtaining several “firsts” – an international long-haul direct flight from Doha; hosting rights to WTM Connect Asia (2016); undertaking of regional & domestic engagement campaigns; winning regional & domestic marketing awards and Putra Brand Award - Bronze (2015).