Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Chin has successfully started, bought, built, fixed, scaled up and sold businesses across a range of industries – including software, education, funds management, media, road infrastructure services and solar power. He has exited multiple businesses and successfully led 5 IPOs across the NASDAQ, ASX and NZX exchanges as well as originated 4 fund vehicles (listed and unlisted). After a decade in working life, Kevin’s entrepreneurial journey commenced in 2003 with the start up and scale up of an ice cream business that spanned Australia and South East Asia, before going on in 2004 to lead a consortium to privatise, turnaround and globally scale up the enterprise AI software company, Ruleburst Haley culminating in its acquisition by Oracle in 2008. The story of RuleBurst Haley is chronicled in the book HyperTurnaround! With extensive hands-on experience in strategic and operational management in the SME/emerging companies space, Kevin has served as Chairman, CEO, CFO and COO of various companies across a range of industries, often parachuting in when there is a complex turnaround or growing pains inflection point to deal with.
Kevin’s primary strategic and operational expertise includes the art of scaling up businesses (in particular navigating growing-pains issues and inflection points for enterprises experiencing exponential rates of growth) and leading companies through distressed and complex turnaround situations. His previous experience encompasses investment management (private equity and mezzanine credit), direct funds management (equities in Australia and Asia), fund of funds management (Asia and hedge funds), mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, litigation support and forensic accounting. Kevin has worked for LFG, J.P.Morgan, PWC and Deloitte.
A global citizen, Kevin has lived and done business in Australasia, Southeast Asia, the United States and the United Kingdom. He currently divides his time between the United Kingdom, South East Asia and Australia. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales where he was part of the inaugural cohort of CoOp Scholars in the School of Banking and Finance. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand) and a Fellow of FINSIA (the Financial Services Institute of Australasia) where he lectured Master’s subjects including Advanced Industrial Equities Analysis and Corporate Finance.
The secret to success? Unbreakable resilience and a long-term mindset.
The best part of working at Arowana? Each day brings a different set of challenges and turning these challenges into opportunities is the essence of entrepreneurship