23 Aug 2013

Management changes in Asia Pacific

Since 2003, Tom Foster has effectively held down two positions: Managing Director of DHI Singapore and Regional Director, first for South East Asia and subsequently for Asia Pacific.

Since 2003, Tom Foster has effectively held down two positions: Managing Director of DHI Singapore and Regional Director, first for South East Asia and subsequently for Asia Pacific. From 1 September Tom will step down as Managing Director of Singapore and will become DHI’s full-time Regional Director for Asia Pacific.

As Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Tom will focus on the expansion planned for DHI’s Business Units in Asia. He will, however, retain certain key client management responsibilities in Singapore, as well as responsibility for our four Singapore joint venture companies.

This change opens up a new key management position in Singapore, now the largest Business Unit outside of the head office in Hørsholm, Denmark. The mark of success for any company is the ability to promote from within. As such, we are happy to announce that an internal candidate from DHI Singapore has been selected to succeed Tom.

From 1 September 2013 Stéphanie Groen will become the new Managing Director of DHI Singapore. Stéphanie has been with DHI Singapore since early 2004. She has ably served as Tom’s Deputy Director for several years and has been a member of DHI Singapore’s Board of Directors since 2011.

“I am very excited about this new opportunity,” says Stéphanie about her upcoming role. “I have been with DHI Singapore for almost 10 years now. I have seen the company grow from a small group of hands-on people to a professional organisation with a staff of over 200.”

“It has been a fantastic journey so far and I look forward to this new chapter in my life,” she continues. “I strongly believe that with trust, stability and open communication, DHI Singapore will continue to perform as a powerful team – on its own and as part of DHI Group. This is essential to our success in the coming years.”

We wish both Tom and Stéphanie every success in their new roles.


Tom Foster (48 years)
Tom Foster has been based in South East Asia since mid-1997. Tom became Managing Director of DHI Singapore when it was incorporated in March 2003. Under his management it has steadily grown to become Asia Pacific regional headquarters. On 1 September 2013 he will take on the full-time role of Regional Manager for Asia Pacific.

Tom completed his education in London from the Imperial College of Science and Technology. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a Master of Science in River, Estuary and Coastal Engineering a Diploma of Imperial College in River Morphology. Tom has 24 years of professional experience, predominantly in integrated impact assessments of coastal development projects, particularly those relating to reclamation and dredging activities. This covers diverse areas, including water quality, morphology, corals and navigation impacts.

Stéphanie Groen (37 years)
Stéphanie has been based in Asia since 2002 and has more than 13 years of professional experience. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Strathclyde University (United Kingdom). Stéphanie joined DHI Singapore in 2004 and has been heavily involved in environmental monitoring and management consultancy services for marine dredging and reclamation works in South East Asia ever since. Her involvement in marine survey works, Met-ocean studies and Environmental Impact Assessments has given her the necessary skills and expertise to successfully manage large multimillion dollar projects.

Stéphanie took up a part-time MBA in 2008 to further enhance her business skills. Since then, her interest shifted from core environmental consultancy work to business operations and leadership. Her knowledge and business skills, together with her enthusiasm and dedication for DHI Singapore’s success, are the perfect combination to drive DHI Singapore’s commercial and Research & Development operations in the coming future.