CEO Dato’ Ricky Wong Profile


Dato' Ricky Wong

Dato’ Ricky Wong is the founder and CEO of Asia Media Sdn Bhd, a media powerhouse that reaches 2 million viewers daily.

Educated at Lancaster University in UK, he obtained a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with First Class Honours and was awarded the ‘best academic student’ by the faculty in 2003. Durin

g his university years, Dato’ Ricky joined the Ford Motor Company (UK) as an account analyst where he helped solved accounting disputes between several profit and costs centres and changed the accounting presentation format for their European companies.

Dato’ Ricky’s academic distinctions paved the way for greater things to come.  Upon his return to Malaysia, Dato’ Ricky joined a state-of-the-art manufacturing company that produces optical fibre, optical cable and optical preform for the telecommunication industry.  Dato’ Ricky quickly rose through the ranks and as the General Manager; he was responsible for Plant Operation, Finance, Marketing and Sales.  Dato’ Ricky travelled extensively in the Asia Pacific region to promote and garner international sales and built a brand name for Malaysian manufactured optical fibres.

Currently, Dato’ Ricky is the CEO of Asia Media Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s largest Out-of-Home TV Network and Digital Signage operator which owns and operates more than 3000 Bus-TV known as Asia Media TV. Dato’ Ricky, known as a “hands-on” manager leads a workforce of 70 employees with four subsidiaries and four regional offices.

Dato’ Ricky is a visionary with great business foresight. He observed and discovered arbitrage media advertising opportunities in Malaysia. Building a media company from scratch alone is no easy feat and Dato’ Ricky achieved that by successfully manoeuvring the political challenge of operating a mass media in Malaysia.

“In less than 2 years, Dato’ Ricky has nurtured Asia Media into a media powerhouse in Malaysia by establishing a strong presence and brand name in the media and advertising.”

He achieved this by setting up a one-stop centre for Out-of-Home TV media and advertising needs. Dato’ Ricky acknowledges the need to forge strong governmental liaisons and is currently working with several government ministries. Dato’ Ricky also believes in contributing to the society and as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility, Asia Media will continue to disseminate free public announcement and bulletins from the Government and NGOs, as well as work with the Royal Malaysian Police for its crime prevention programmes and community messages from societies.

With the contribution to the Government and societies, Dato’ Ricky has been conferred the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (D.I.M.P) which carries the title “Dato” by His Royal Highness Sultan Pahang Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah in conjunction with HRH’s 78th birthday on 24th October 2008.

Dato’ Ricky was also recently awarded the Creative Young Entrepreneur 2008 Award by Junior Chamber International and SME Rising Star 2008 Award, whilst the company picked up the ‘Best Start-Up’ company award from MSC Malaysia APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Awards) and also gained entry into the Malaysia Book of Records for the “Biggest Transit-TV network” with 3,175 networked screens installed at various public transportation vehicles.

In January 2009, Dato’ Ricky is the first media professional in Malaysia being selected for inclusion in International WHO’S WHO Historical Society and will be listed in the 2009 edition of International WHO’S WHO of Professionals. International WHO’S WHO Historical Society recognizes the achievements of qualified professionals while simultaneously providing a practical, reference-quality, business-to-business directory of its exclusive membership. Membership and biographical listings in the International WHO’S WHO of Professionals directory is a highly selective process. New members are selected following an in-depth interview and biographical review.

In August 2009, Dato’ Ricky is again awarded the Creative Young Entrepreneur 2009 Award and the prestigious 8th Asia Pacific International Entrepreneur Excellence Award 2009 under the category of Excellence Leadership. The company picks up SME100 Malaysia’s Fast Moving Company 2009 Awarded by Y.B. Dato’ Seri Haji Ahmad Husni Bin Mohamad Hanadzlah, Minister Of Finance II and Y.B. Dato’ Mukhriz Bin Tun Dr. Mahathir, Deputy Minister Of International Trade And Industry.

Asia Media is a MSC status company that currently boasts more viewers than many other mainstream media in Malaysia. Under Dato’ Ricky’s stewardship, Asia Media’s growth has been exceptional and unparalleled in the industry. Dato’ Ricky has set his sights on global expansion, with talks of joint-ventures in Dubai, London, Indonesia and India and a potential listing on the stock exchange.

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