ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of our esteemed friend and colleague Alex Cheang, President South-East Asia, sadly passed away on April 27th 2019. He was 50 years old. 

We have lost a great leader who was an unbelievably talented man. He played an instrumental role in leading by example and developing Sonepar and the KVC group in South-East Asia.

Alex joined the Group in 2013, when he was appointed as the first President for South-East Asia. Under his leadership, the South-East Asia region has grown successfully achieving a significant number of partnerships and building a strong core support team. 

We will remember him forever.

Posted by Angelina - Sonepar on May 23, 2019
I first met Alex in 2015 at my first large company event and was grateful for his humble, intelligent and approachable nature. More recently I had the privilege of working closely with Alex and his teams in South East Asia. Allowing me to experience firsthand his inclusive, empowering and savvy style. Alex personified great leadership, as well as being a fantastic human being in general.
Alex I will remember your legacy and am grateful for all you have done. I am sending sincere condolences and blessings to your family for their loss.
Posted by Andrew Bennett on May 18, 2019
Dear Alex,
Over the last 6 years I've learned an enormous amount from you, your leadership was decisive and insightful, your ability to simplify seemingly complex situations and bring everyone to focus on what's really important was an amazing skill. Personally I'll also miss our growing friendship, my heart felt condolences go out to your family. Rest in Peace.
Posted by LC Liew on May 16, 2019
I will always remember your taught, rest in peace.
Posted by Ingolf Coers on May 16, 2019
Dear Mrs Cheang
It was with deep regret to learn that your husband and father to your children passed away so suddenly.
My sympathy goes out to you and your family.
Please accept my sincere condolences.
Posted by Keith Moss on May 15, 2019
Dear Alex
You were a key part of the team that brought Sonepar to S.E. Asia through our first business initiative in Malaysia, the joint venture with KVC. However, I did not get to know you initially when I first joined the region, since at that time you were not directly involved with the KVC operating companies in 2011.
On joining the region I quickly identified the need to have a single person responsible for all of our businesses within S.E. Asia; one who would accept the challenges presented by the diversity of the businesses yet build on their synergies while recognizing the cultural needs of the area. That was no easy task as after many months of searching I came up empty-handed. However, you were recommended to me by two of your colleagues, Aaron Chen and Matthieu Raffestin, and on sitting down with you, I quickly came to the decision that you were the right person for this important role.
That was one of my best decisions. You quickly assessed the position and started forming S.E. Asia into one of the most productive and fastest growing areas in the region. Your business acumen, understanding of distribution, and most importantly your ability to communicate and lead people, quickly produced a dynamic team that others wanted to join. The acquisitions followed quickly.
You were a very active part of the Asia Pacific Management Team, bringing your unique talents to help guide us through some tough, busy and very hectic times. Most of all, you had that enigmatic smile that just seemed to let problems become simple challenges.
I will miss you Alex, and my deepest sympathy goes out to your family, friends, and colleagues of whom you thought so highly.
Sleep well my friend.
Keith
Posted by Jeremie Profeta on May 14, 2019
Dear Alex,
Humble, respectful and caring; thank you for welcoming me in your team and as a colleague. You will be missed. All my sincere condolences to the family and relatives. Have peace.
Posted by Yvon MAGUER on May 13, 2019
dear Alex,
After having shared during our SLP, each time I have met you in international meetings I was impressed by your strength, your trust and your kindness. I do thank you for these moments we shared.
All my thoughts are with your family and colleagues.
Posted by Walter Di Bona on May 13, 2019
All my deep condolence for the lost of a magnificent person. We met the first time in 2014 and his professionalism together with his humour made him to me a remarkable person. Always available and supportive to makes things happen! And on top a Gentleman! I’m very sad and we all will miss him.
Posted by Jo Verbeek on May 13, 2019
Dear Alex, I have had the honor to work very closely with your for more than 2 years. I will always remember you as a very fair, very smart, very talented leader that wanted to get things done and move the needle for SEA. You passed away so suddenly that none of us had a change to give you are last regards. It is not nice to die far away from your family and friends. Luckily enough we were able to bring you back home quickly. So we met again at your home, Your wife and daughters are impressive and are equally proud and sad. We could wish you luck in the next stage of your live. So I hope that most part of your soul and spirit will move to a great place. You have to allow us however to carry a bit of your soul in our hearts, so that you are with us al along our trail. I have the deepest respect and warmest sympathy for you Alex. R.I.P. my friend. Jo
Posted by Ian Stewart on May 12, 2019
Dear Alex, I met you shortly after we joined Sonepar in 2014 and with our joint interest in Rockwell, you quickly made efforts to make me feel a part of my new business family. I always found you to be such a friendly guy and I enjoyed your company when we met at various meetings around the world. My thoughts are with you and your family at such a sad sad time. Ian
Posted by Hann Huah Siaw on May 10, 2019
Dear Alex,
Words cannot begin to express the sadness, I am thanksfull to life to make us meet. Thanks for the past guidance. I wish you have peace in the heaven. You will be remembered.
Posted by Daymond Tong on May 11, 2019
A leader with integrity , a teacher with genuineness, a boss with great patience and passion. We will miss you.
Posted by Nicolas Bertschy on May 9, 2019
I am truly sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you during this sad time. I was honoured to have known Alex and he will be greatly missed within the Sonepar family.
Posted by Taco Van Vroonhoven on May 9, 2019
Please accept my heartfelt condolences, words cannot begin to express the sadness you are feeling right now. My thoughts are with you.
Posted by Alexander Dewulf on May 10, 2019
dear Alex
We got to know each other at the Sonepar Leadership Program first in Singapore I was impressed by your professionalism and pragmatism we all loved your sense of humour and your contribution to the Asian way of thinking and doing business
We will always remember you as strong ambassador of our group
Rest well my friend
Posted by Sara Biraschi on May 9, 2019
Dearest Alex,
I still remember very clearly the first time we met in March 2016. I was in the company since few weeks and you told me about the great history of your SOA and explained me the decentralization in Sonepar from an APAC point of view. So useful for me. 
And lately in Chantilly when we took the picture at the gala dinner with the rest of the team and we laughed and smiled all together.
We had a great time and everything you built will be carried on ....
We will miss the leader and the colleague, but we will most of all miss the man with solid values, serious professional, with a great sense of humor fond of life, fond and proud of his family, his wife and daughters. And all our thoughts are for them now.
Hard not to hear your voice anymore and see you, still your presence and your words are and will be with us every day.
Ciao Alex.
Posted by Jerome Baniol on May 9, 2019
My dear Alex,
I am thanksfull to life to make us meet. I feel lucky to have worked with you for 4 years, such a smart guy, such a great professional and at the same time a man with great values. You helped me a lot. You were like a bridge for me. You helped me in understanding Asian culture(s) and in my interactions with people.
I am thanksfull we had this wednesday afternoon for the two of us in Chantilly and that we could discuss shop and life... only the cold interrupted us at that time. It was quiet, we were alone, and we had time for once !
We were together as well when this picture of you was taken in Paris HQ. It was a good laugh and we concluded that none of us would never become a top model ! I like this picture of you, your smile and all the life I can feel in it ! It is you !
You told me one day that your kidney transplant was a second chance given to you by life... It was also a chance given to your friends, colleagues and family to enjoy your presence longer.
I hope you are now diving in a blue lagoon and enjoying the peace and tranquility of it.
I will miss your presence but you will stay with me forever.
Jerome
Posted by Matthieu Coisne on May 9, 2019
Alex,
I have known you since 2012 and it has always been a pleasure seeing you at our APAC boards and events. I will miss the always smiling man as well as the great professional and inspiring leader for his team.
All my thoughts to your family and beloved ones.
Posted by Jan Ferwerda on May 9, 2019
Alex
Having been in active and direct contact.
Having felt the passion and shared the ambitions in life and business
The Netherlands was far but we felt a connection between our approaches in
both countries
With respect and remembering a great human being
for his family,values and country
Too early,too soon
Wishing his family the best memories and keeping in mind the exemple
Building is done step by step and only solid rock will last
Posted by Vincent Bossel on May 8, 2019
I have known Alex since 2014 when we did the Sonepar Leadership Program together. Since then numerous meetings, dinners and I especially remember a one hour discussion we had in Geneva at the beginning of the year. He was telling me he wanted to leave in two years maximum to do another step of his life with maybe his own business... So sad.. Last time I saw him was in Paris, he was eating in front of me at the table with the whole APAC people. Two days later we got that terrible news. I will remember a warm , simple (no ego issues with him), smiling and smart personality!
Posted by Glenn Corbett on May 8, 2019
I met Alex for the first time at the Sonepar Leaders Conference in France. I am new to Sonepar but was welcomed without reservation by Alex. It is totally ironic that on the final evening of the Conference I sat right next to Alex at the celebration dinner. During this 3 hours I discovered a man who was not only extremely knowledgeable and business savvy, but as a person, Alex was warm, encouraging, positive and an altogether very nice guy. Clearly he placed his family and friends as the foundation of his life but also it was clear the passion he had for Sonepar. Alex passes with the highest of respect and sincere thoughts and support to his family and friends. He will be missed but his memory never forgotten for who he was.
Posted by Eddie Wong on May 8, 2019
Alex has been a great teacher and mentor for me personally. He’s been very committed, decisive and supportive in pursuing great objectives with us from Opcos. He carries his work with common value of Sonepar and KVC and we all follow him as a great leader, respect him as a caring senior, love him as a brother. Let’s us miss him forever, fulfil his wishes, carry on with his good legacies.
Posted by George Ko on May 8, 2019
To Dear Alex,
Although having knowing you for only a few months, your compassion, calm character and the professional spirits have deeply impressed me. I have enjoyed the time working, having meeting and drinking together with you.
The last time I saw you at the Chantilly hotel lobby in the Friday afternoon, you told me that you were going to transit at Istanbul. You had never been to the city and you wanted to see the city before you went home. The news came to me too shocking and too sad.
I wish you have peace in the heaven. You will be remembered.
Posted by Wai Kat Chan on May 7, 2019
To Alex Cheang
As a relative and a friend I have some very
Wonderful memories together and shall always
treasure it. Have PEACE.

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Posted by Angelina - Sonepar on May 23, 2019
I first met Alex in 2015 at my first large company event and was grateful for his humble, intelligent and approachable nature. More recently I had the privilege of working closely with Alex and his teams in South East Asia. Allowing me to experience firsthand his inclusive, empowering and savvy style. Alex personified great leadership, as well as being a fantastic human being in general.
Alex I will remember your legacy and am grateful for all you have done. I am sending sincere condolences and blessings to your family for their loss.
Posted by Andrew Bennett on May 18, 2019
Dear Alex,
Over the last 6 years I've learned an enormous amount from you, your leadership was decisive and insightful, your ability to simplify seemingly complex situations and bring everyone to focus on what's really important was an amazing skill. Personally I'll also miss our growing friendship, my heart felt condolences go out to your family. Rest in Peace.
Posted by LC Liew on May 16, 2019
I will always remember your taught, rest in peace.
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