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Howard Khoo Henn Kuan was born and bred as the grandson of a prominent Chinese migrant merchant in the North Borneo town of Sandakan in Sabah, Malaysia. Before he sold his business in 2011, he was the group Managing Director/CEO of Hing Yiap Group Berhad, a company listed on Bursa Malaysia Stock Exchange.
Under the leadership of Mr. Khoo, the Hing Yiap Group operated as a lifestyle fashion business engaged in retailing, wholesaling and manufacturing of branded apparels and accessories under the teenager brands of Bum Equipment, Diesel, Unionbay, Antioni and Bontton. It had approximately 700 retail outlets throughout Malaysia and other Asian countries carried out in renowned department stores and company-owned concept shops. The company also ran a large vertically-integrated textile and apparel manufacturing plant which entailed fabric making, material dyeing, fashion tailoring and garment making. In 1997, the company went public under the stewardship of the author.