Our Offices: Thailand, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia,
Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Vietnam

Management

Meet Our Senior Team Members

Vincent Swift
Chairman

From a one-man start-up in Bangkok in 1993, Vinarco has grown into a strong, diverse group of companies providing technical support for major industries across South East Asia. The long voyage has not been without incident. Along the way, Vinarco has had to navigate the rough seas of the 1997 Asian Crisis, regular coups and massive flooding in Thailand, the Global Financial Crisis, and, most recently, the devastating Oil Price Crash. It has not been all smooth sailing. Ultimately, however, the Vinarco Group has emerged as a leading provider of high-end technical services and human capital solutions to the Oil & Gas, Power, Renewables, Telecoms and Infrastructure sectors across Asia-Pacific.

Vincent has been with the organisation since Day One, and has guided Vinarco’s expansion into new industry sectors and new regional markets. The two major factors behind this successful expansion are our Vinarco Team and our corporate culture. Our Senior Management recognise that the Group’s continued success will again be driven by hiring more talented people, empowering them, and motivating them. This blue-print for steady growth in the constantly-changing, dynamic market-places of Asia is reflected in the Vinarco Group motto: “Superior Services: Professional People”.

A company’s most important asset is its people, and Vincent firmly believes in growing this asset by continually deepening and broadening the Vinarco talent pool. The future success of the Group, of our new business lines, and our resilience in the face of (the next!) adversity, will be driven by the talent of our team. And, ultimately, as we develop that talent, our next generation of leaders will emerge.

Vincent arrived in Asia in 1983, and has managed international companies across Asia since 1986. Prior to founding Vinarco, he spent 15 years in international advertising including 10 years running Leo Burnett offices in China, Hong Kong and Thailand. Vincent is British, an Oxford University graduate in Chemistry; a student of military history; a firm believer in Leadership Development; a seasoned traveller; and a retired sportsman (rugby and football). Vincent is also a serial investor in new technology, with his major focus on FinTech and New Media.

Andrew McDowell (Chakrit Wongsakornraksa)
Group Managing Director

Andrew re-joined Vinarco as our Group Managing Director in January 2015 after a 7-year gap. Earlier, he had spent several years as our Chief Operating Officer. He is directly in control of Information Technology and also the Communications infrastructure business known as Vinarco ICT, while overseeing all other Group activities.

Andrew is a very experienced senior executive having managed international companies at country and regional level in several Asian markets. He spent the first 30 years of his career in the large German multinational, Hoechst AG, where he rose to senior management and regional positions in Thailand, Malaysia and Japan. His years climbing the corporate ladder enabled him to accumulate expertise in Sales & Marketing, Information Technology, Controlling, Accounting and Finance, Management Accounting, Production Management and General Management. Thanks to his years of senior management, Andrew also has had great exposure in dealing with the various stakeholders in many types of businesses, he has developed strong skills in relationship management, negotiating with both internal and external parties, and managing their expectations.

Andrew has been responsible for a complete 5-year overhaul of our organisation, streamlining our business processes and structuring us for future growth. He is also fully committed to building our human capital: making sure that we recruit quality talent; that we invest in developing our people; that we genuinely empower them; and that we hold them properly accountable for their business results. Under his steady hand, a strong, stable and dedicated leadership team has emerged and is driving us forward.

Andrew is a New Zealander (and since 2007 also a Thai National), and besides English he also speaks fluent German and Thai. As a long-term resident of Thailand (and now a Thai citizen), Andrew is a strong supporter of Thailand’s ambitious plans for its Eastern Economic Corridor, following on from the impressive 30-year development of the Eastern Sea-Board. Consequently, he is guiding Vinarco in expanding our activities in the EEC. Likewise, Andrew has a keen personal interest in IT: this has also benefited Vinarco professionally, as Andrew runs our Internal IT function, as well as overseeing our ICT Division.

He is a keen rugby fan, a former player, and naturally he supports the All Blacks.

Sarunya Panupattana
Director - Energy Services Division

Sarunya joined Vinarco Services in 2012, as Senior Account Manager and later Business Development Manager, responsible for our top-tier clients in Oil and Gas, as well as International Engineering Services companies. As our Senior Manager – Vinarco Energy Services Division, Sarunya is now in charge of identifying and developing new business opportunities at both local and regional levels. Her professionalism and her high commitment in representing Vinarco over the years has been recognised by assigning her ever greater responsibilities. We are proud that she has become one of our homegrown leaders.

Sarunya received a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and an MBA in International Business Management from Dhurakit Pundit University. Her professional career in the Oil and Gas industry started when she joined PTTEP Services, a subsidiary of Thailand’s state-owned PTT Public Company Limited. Sarunya worked on many offshore investment projects, supporting them with manpower planning and management. She was also responsible for end-to-end processes from mobilising to demobilising phases on each project, working closely with PTTEP vendors to ensure that all activities were delivered as per PTT’s compliance and corporate governance standards. Her thorough knowledge of the industry, its procedures, and the professionals (Thais and Non-Thais) she engaged with throughout her time at PTTEP continues to be a valuable asset for us.

Jaithep Netsodjit
Director - ICT Division

Jaithep joined the Vinarco Group in 2011 and started to grow a team of talented, young telecommunication professionals Together, they have built a strong, sustainable business which has become our ICT Division today. As a result of their dedicated and continuing efforts, our ICT team has grown rapidly, with over 50 Engineers plus several experienced Project Managers. We support our clients – the Telco operators and major equipment vendors with a “one stop service” based on our skilled resources in Radio Frequency, Civil Works, Base Transceiver Stations, Power Systems Installation, Transmission, etc.

Jaithep is a Telecom Engineering graduate from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkabang. He has developed his career in the Telecommunications industry since 1997. Jaithep joined Ericsson Thailand, initially as Radio Base System Test Engineer, then was offered a role with Ericsson China as Base Transceiver Station, Installation & Test Supervisor, where he was responsible for improving the telecommunication network in Guangzhou province. Jaithep successfully led and implemented many projects during his time with Ericsson, with his last position being Access Network Implementation Manager. Jaithep took on a new career challenge and stepped up to a Country Manager role with Relacom Thailand from 2002 to 2010. Under his management the company was responsible for Base Transceiver Station installation for the Thailand and Indochina markets.

Pensuma Techasatian
Regional Financial Controller

Pensuma re-joined Vinarco in 2016, after one year sabbatical, as an Assistant to the Regional Financial Controller. She was promoted to Regional Financial Controller in recognition of the broader regional role she had taken on. She manages a team of 10 staff in our Finance and Accounting functions in the Head Office and the ICT Division. In her previous 6-years tenure with us she had risen steadily to ever increasing levels of responsibility. Already thoroughly experienced in the financial aspects of contracting and technical services for the Oil & Gas Industry, she developed further expertise in Telecoms, and in her latest role has full supervision of all our Group’s Finance and Accounting.

Pensuma graduated from Assumption University with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and received a Master Degree in Accounting from Kasetsart University. She began her career at Asia Cement Products Co., Ltd as an Accountant. She further developed her career as a Senior Budget Controller at Technip Engineering (Thailand) Ltd in Oil & Gas Industry for 9 years before joining Vinarco as an Assistant to the Regional Financial Controller in 2011.

In the years since then, she has continued to develop her professional skills, to take on greater responsibilities, and to make a correspondingly more valuable contribution to our organization. Pensuma is another shining example of a loyal, talented employee working her way up the ranks and joining the Vinarco leadership team.