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Ivan Yeo

Ivan Yeo

Head of Engineering - Asia at FrieslandCampina


Senior regional strategic leader, with 20 years of Manufacturing Operations, Project Management, New Product Developments (NPDs), Process Technological Design and Operational Excellence experience in Pharmaceuticals, Infant Nutritionals and Dairy sectors within ASIAPAC (China, ASEAN countries, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan). Strong domain knowledge in a wide range of product and technological insights, strategic operation functions, acting as a business enabler; with a strong mindset of “Rights to Win”.

Business Transformation: Strategic thinker to strategise regional and local manufacturing footprint for optimum supply chain network. As a change agent, drove transformation in multiple factories. Advised and executed CAPEX project initiatives to support factories’ masterplans for capacity expansion and operational KPIs. Driver for Business Continuity and “Performance for Quality”, closely guiding ASIAPAC factories, co-manufacturers, suppliers by escalating quality awareness and supply continuity.

Operational Solutions: Recommended and managed innovative technical solutions to support quality, safety, process optimization to enhance operation efficiency and new product implementations into factories and co-manufacturers. Close collaboration and drove process vendors in a complex, constant evolving environment and SMART Manufacturing (Industry 4.0) revolution.

Greenfield Projects: Conceptualized, designed, constructed and commissioned three highly automated Pharmaceuticals and Infant Formula GMP manufacturing factories, with biggest project being USD350mil CAPEX; of which accountable for USD135mil portfolio. A global trainer in Project Management for MNCs.

Analytical and Problem Management Acumen: Proven ability to take on regional crises and complex challenges, translate into pragmatic solutions with clear deliverables to enhance factory performance. Strong technical savviness; leveraging innovative and pioneering technologies to support business functions. A Root Cause Analysis (RCA) with Six Sigma trainer and facilitator for operation failures and improvements; with strong acumen to identify risk and threats, turn it into opportunities.

Stakeholder Management: Worked effectively in structured and unstructured contexts to steer in both detailed and conceptual levels. Excellent communication and coordination skills, able to build strong working relationships across all levels, functions, geographies and culture, to steer and influence decisions. A change agent in complex, constant evolving environment by managing expectations effectively.


  • Project Leader (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Nutritionals (Singapore) Pte Ltd)
  • Regional Technical Manager (Asia-Pacific) (Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition)
  • Senior Process/Project Engineer (Bovis Land Lease)
  • Process and Packaging Project Manager (Abbott Laboratories)
  • Head of Engineering - Asia (FrieslandCampina)


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