November 3/Indianapolis/Marketwire -- Stevia Corp., a farm management company focused on the economic development of Stevia, announced Thomas Ong as director of operations, Asia.  

Ong is currently a director of the Singapore registered farm management firm Growers Synergy Pte. Ltd., an agriculture consultancy and farm management company holding land leases in Indonesia and Vietnam producing crops for the domestic and export markets.

He is concurrently a director of A.D. Venture Limited, a Singapore-registered fund investment and management company with operating arms in Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China (PRC), where he is involved in the acquisition and financing of unlisted, high-growth PRC retail real estate companies including debt restructuring for Chinese government-owned property assets. He advises investors, private equity groups, real estate owners and corporations in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, valuations, management, leveraged buyouts and fund raising.

Previously, Ong served five years with the Ministry of the Environment, where he led the Environmental Resource Centre as the national hub for information on environmental and public health management. He subsequently joined the National Environment Agency (NEA) and was responsible for branding and promoting Singapore as a regional environmental training hub. He coordinated NEA's initial manpower and industry development efforts in the environmental services sector and worked with the Economic Development Board (EDB), International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore), Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and related industry groups to promote high value environmental services to the domestic and international markets. He continues to act as a consultant to organizations in the environmental sector in fund raising, business development, marketing, sales and liaison with government agencies.

Ong obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore in 1995 and holds a Master's of Science in Information Studies from the Nanyang Technological University in 2000.

George Blankenbaker, Stevia Corp. president, notes, "We are very pleased to have Thomas join us in our growing endeavor. Through his Pan-Asian leadership and management experiences, Tom has shown his ability in successfully structuring and implementing cross cultural teams and systems that work extremely well with local stakeholders and indigenous growers in Asia. Additionally, his related business expertise will prove instrumental in identifying and negotiating arrangements with regional operations that could become potential future acquisitions. We have already benefited from his early participation and look forward to a very close relationship in future."

 From the November 4, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News.