About Us

Leadership Team


Mr Lai Ah Hong

Managing Director

Mr Lai has long and deep links to the mine on Christmas Island. He first arrived on the island in 1978 and worked on the mine for 9 years until the mine was shut down by the previous operator in 1987. He emerged as a leader within the company and also the Union of Christmas Island Workers over that period.

Mr Lai, was among four community leaders who collaborated to reopen the mine in 1990, with workers as shareholders, and he has been the Managing Director for the majority of the time since.

Mr Lai has taken a long-term and strategic oversight of the company in terms of its obligation to shareholders, the community, the government and other stakeholders. The company has thrived under his leadership, while the community and environment have benefits both economically and otherwise from the company’s ongoing investments on-island.

Mr Lai continues to drive the company forward and has overseen a strategy to diversify the company’s interests from being a single-source phosphate miner to the largest employer on-island, providing diversified products and services, and providing a wider range of products to our global customer base.”

In 2004 he was awarded the Centennial Medal by the Federal Government for his contributions to Christmas Island and its community.

Mr Darren Gold

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Gold joined Phosphate Resources Limited in 2013 and became Group Chief Financial Officer of CI Resources Limited in 2015.  He holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Accounting, Wits University, South Africa.  A chartered accountant with global experience in South Africa, Australia, the United States and United Kingdom.  He had over 18 years of experience with a big four accounting firm before joining the company.

Mr Gold is responsible for financial matters including regulatory and management reporting, cashflow management, budgeting and forecasting, and financial analysis to enhance commercial decision making.  He has a strong focus on risk management and improving processes to ensure consistency and integration of financial and commercial information.

Mr Ramanathan Krishnan

Marketing Director

Mr Krishnan joined the company in 1999 as Marketing Manager and has since become the Marketing Director. He holds a Diploma in Management from Malaysian Institute of Management and Bachelor of Business in Business Management from RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. He worked in ICI & CCM for 18 years prior to joining Phosphate Resources Limited.

Mr Krishnan has 35 years of working experience in the areas of Management, Marketing & Operations primarily in the Fertilizer Industry and has a good network with Fertilizer producers, distributors and customers in the Asia Pacific region. He currently manages and is the director of our two Malaysian subsidiaries, Phosphate Resources (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Cheekah Kemayan Plantations.