Colin is a senior executive with significant international experience (Asia Regional, Eastern Europe and China) in General management, business turnarounds and sustainable re-structuring.
He was the Regional Manager for Dresser Industries (now Halliburton) from 1990 until 1997 overseeing operations in fourteen countries spreading geographically from India to Japan to New Zealand. A highlight of this role was in 1994 Colin negotiated and executed operations for the first foreign majority owned Oil and Gas Joint venture in China during the period before full foreign ownership was allowed. This successful JV is still in operation to this day.
In 1997 he became a management consultant working on business turn arounds in China and primarily for venture capital invested companies. In 2002 he became the CEO of Rentwise a position he held until he transition co-founder Leanne Ooi into the CEO role. In 2003 Colin was instrumental in attracting significant funding from the UK billionaire John Madejski (ReadingFC / Motortrader etc) and this has allowed Rentwise to become arguably SE Asia’s fastest growing rental company. He retains a role as an Executive Director and Shareholder.
From 2010 until January 2013 Colin was the Country Head for Macquarie Banks Leasing division building a significant business in a short period of time. Again he transitioned the business to a Malaysian team. Colin retains a role as a Consultant / Director for Macquarie Banks Equipment Leasing division in Malaysia.
In 2013 Colin stepped back from a full time corporate role and now focuses on the above Director roles and became a Vistage Chair. Vistage provides professionally facilitated, private advisory groups for CEO’s, executives and business owners. Each group is facilitated by a Chair that oversees a peer group of up to 16 people.
Away from his professional life Colin is a life long athlete. Competing at a national level in Full Contact Karate and Boxing. He is highly regarded as a martial arts historian and contributed articles to Fighting Arts International, Combat, Black Belt and for several years wrote a column for Traditional Karate. In addition to his corporate profile, Colin holds a diploma in Sport and Exercise Psychology and works with both exercisers and athletes in performance improvement. Colin is also a Master NLP Practitioner certified from NFNLP, USA.
Colin Whitehead is a highly successful leader in his business calling.He has all the expertise and technical skills in all areas of big ticket leasing and in addition an excellent marketing and sales expertise in the business. His track record of outstanding financial results in Macquarie Equipment Leasing speaks volumes of him and his team.
Colin Whitehead was one of the first members of my Vistage Group. Over 7 years it has been an absolute pleasure mentoring Colin. In addition to his role as Country Head, Macquarie Equipment Leasing, he also has been involved in mentoring and training. He specifically has introduced Neuro Linguistic Programming and excellent communications skills to many of the Malaysian Vistage groups.
– Michael Oh Hong Choon
HIGH PERFORMANCE CHAIR/CEO COACH, VISTAGE INTERNATIONAL MALAYSIA/POWER CONNECTIONS WITH CEOS AND BOARDROOMS ACROSS ASIA.
Colin is an exceptional commercial talent and deal maker. A high energy, self-starter he was responsible for the start-up and rapid development of the Malaysian Business. He has a track record of achieving demanding targets. A seasoned expert in Asian business culture who leads his team by example he will be a great asset to any business looking for rapid profitable growth.
– Damian Broadbent
MANAGING DIRECTOR – ASIA. MACQUARIE CORPORATE AND ASSET FINANCE – EQUIPMENT FINANCE. MACQUARIE GROUP