Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Wong Kan Seng, 71
Non-Executive and Independent

 

First appointed as a director: 27 July 2017
Last re-elected as a director: 20 April 2018
Appointed as Chairman: 15 February 2018

 

Mr Wong served 26 years in the Singapore Government where he held ministerial appointments in the Communications and Information, Community Development, Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Ministries, and at the National Population and Talent Division (Prime Minister’s Office). He retired as Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security in 2011 but remained as a Member of Parliament till 2015. After stepping down from the Cabinet in 2011, Mr Wong joined the private sector, serving as chairman and director of companies in the real estate, township development/urbanisation, fund management and REIT/trust sectors.

 

Board Committee Positions

  • Board Credit Committee (Member)
  • Board Risk Management Committee (Member)
  • Nominating Committee (Member)
  • Remuneration Committee (Member)
  • Strategy Committee (Chairman)


Current Directorships in Other Listed Companies

  • Nil


Other Principal Commitments

  • Ascendas-Singbridge (Chairman)
  • Singapore-Sichuan Investment Holdings (Chairman)
  • Temasek Foundation-Connects Advisory Council (Chairman)
  • Bo’ao Forum for Asia (Director)
  • Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital (Patron)


Past Directorships in Listed Companies held over the Preceding Three Years

  • Nil


Education and Achievements

  • Masters of Science (Business Studies), London Business School, University of London
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Singapore
  • London Business School Alumni Achievement Award (2004)
  • National Trades Union Congress Medal of Honour (1998)
  • Public Administration Medal (Silver) from the President of Singapore (1976)

 

 

Wee Ee Cheong, 65
Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Executive and Non-Independent

 

First appointed as a director: 3 January 1990
Last re-elected as a director: 20 April 2017
Appointed as Chief Executive Officer: 27 April 2007

 

A career banker with more than 35 years’ experience, Mr Wee is also active in the banking and financial services industry and the community through his involvement in various industry-based organisations. He was previously Deputy Chairman of the Housing & Development Board and a director of the Port of Singapore Authority, UOL Group and Pan Pacific Hotels Group.

 

Board Committee Positions

  • Board Credit Committee (Member)
  • Board Risk Management Committee (Member)
  • Nominating Committee (Member)
  • Strategy Committee (Member)


Current Directorships in Other Listed Companies

  • United Overseas Insurance (Director)


Other Principal Commitments

  • United Overseas Bank (Singapore) (Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer)
  • United Overseas Bank (China) (Chairman)
  • PT Bank UOB Indonesia (Deputy President Commissioner)
  • United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) (Director)
  • United Overseas Bank (Thai) Public Company (Director)
  • The Association of Banks in Singapore (Council Member)
  • The Institute of Banking & Finance (Council Member)
  • Board of Governors of the Singapore-China Foundation (Member)
  • Indonesia-Singapore Business Council (Member)
  • Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Honorary Council Member)
  • Visa APCEMEA Senior Client Council (Member)
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Patron)
  • Wee Foundation (Director)


Past Directorships in Listed Companies held over the Preceding Three Years

  • Nil


Education and Achievements

  • Master of Arts (Applied Economics), American University, Washington, DC
  • Bachelor of Science (Business Administration), American University, Washington, DC
  • Public Service Star (2013)

 

 

Franklin Leo Lavin, 60
Non-Executive and Independent

 

First appointed as a director: 15 July 2010
Last re-elected as a director: 21 April 2016

 

Mr Lavin held senior finance and management positions at Citibank and Bank of America in his early career. A former diplomat with extensive experience in public administration, Mr Lavin was a US Ambassador to Singapore where he helped to negotiate the landmark US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.

 

Board Committee Positions

  • Board Credit Committee (Member)
  • Strategy Committee (Member)


Current Directorships in Other Listed Companies

  • Nil


Other Principal Commitments

  • Export Now (Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer)


Past Directorships in Listed Companies held over the Preceding Three Years

  • Globe Specialty Metals (till December 2015)


Education and Achievements

  • Master of Business Administration in Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Arts in International Relations and International Economics, School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University
  • Master of Science in Chinese Language and History, Georgetown University
  • Bachelor of Science, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Under-Secretary for International Trade at the Department of Commerce, USA (November 2005 to July 2007)
  • US Ambassador to Singapore (August 2001 to October 2005)
  • Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo USA Pavilion

 

 

Willie Cheng Jue Hiang, 64
Non-Executive and Independent

 

First appointed as a director: 15 July 2010
Last re-elected as a director: 20 April 2017

 

An accountant by training, Mr Cheng is a well-respected figure in the business community and non-profit sector. Retired after 26 years’ service in management consulting with Accenture, he contributes actively to the furtherance of board development and corporate governance in Singapore, serving as Chairman of Singapore Institute of Directors and a member of the Singapore Exchange’s Diversity Action Committee. He is a fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and an honorary fellow of the Singapore Computer Society.

 

Board Committee Positions

  • Audit Committee (Chairman)
  • Nominating Committee (Member)


Current Directorships in Other Listed Companies

  • Nil


Other Principal Commitments

  • Singapore Institute of Directors (Chairman)
  • FEO Hospitality Asset Management (Director)
  • FEO Hospitality Trust Management (Director)
  • Integrated Health Information Systems (Director)
  • NTUC Health Co-operative (Director)
  • Asia Philanthropic Ventures (Director)
  • Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives Singapore (Director)
  • SymAsia Foundation (Director)
  • Catholic Foundation (Chairman)


Past Directorships in Listed Companies held over the Preceding Three Years

  • Nil


Education and Achievements

  • Bachelor of Accountancy (First Class Hons), University of Singapore
  • Public Service Medal (2008)

 

 

James Koh Cher Siang, 72
Non-Executive and Independent

 

First appointed as a director: 1 September 2012
Last re-elected as a director: 21 April 2016

 

A former civil servant with an illustrious 35-year career, Mr Koh held various appointments including Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of National Development, Community Development and Education. He retired as the Comptroller of Income Tax, where he was both Commissioner of Inland Revenue and Commissioner of Charities. His past appointments include director of Pan Pacific Hotels Group, UOL Group, Singapore Airlines and CapitaLand, where he was chairman of the risk committee. He was the Chairman of the Housing & Development Board from 2007 to 2016.

 

Board Committee Positions

  • Audit Committee (Member)
  • Nominating Committee (Member)
  • Remuneration Committee (Chairman)


Current Directorships in Other Listed Companies

  • Nil


Other Principal Commitments

  • CapitaLand Hope Foundation (Director)
  • Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities (Director)
  • Pioneer Generation Package Appeals Committee (Deputy Chairman)
  • Ministry of Home Affairs – Independent Review Committee (Member)


Past Directorships in Listed Companies held over the Preceding Three Years

  • CapitaLand (till April 2016)


Education and Achievements

  • Master in Public Administration, Harvard University
  • Master of Arts, Oxford University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics, Oxford University
  • Meritorious Service Medal (2002)
  • Public Administration Medal (Gold) (1983)

 

 

Ong Yew Huat, 62
Non-Executive and Independent

 

First appointed as a director: 2 January 2013
Last re-elected as a director: 21 April 2016

 

Mr Ong is a chartered accountant and retired as Executive Chairman of Ernst & Young Singapore after 33 years with the firm. A known supporter of the arts, he previously served on the boards of the Singapore Art Museum and The National Art Gallery, and is currently Chairman of the National Heritage Board and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute.

 

Board Committee Positions

  • Audit Committee (Member)
  • Board Credit Committee (Chairman)
  • Board Risk Management Committee (Member)


Current Directorships in Other Listed Companies

  • Nil


Other Principal Commitments

  • United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) (Chairman)
  • Singapore Power (Director)
  • Ascendas-Singbridge (Director)
  • Singapore Tyler Print Institute (Chairman)
  • Tax Academy of Singapore (Chairman)
  • National Heritage Board (Chairman)
  • Singapore Mediation Centre (Director)


Past Directorships in Listed Companies held over the Preceding Three Years

  • Nil


Education and Achievements

  • Bachelor of Accounting (Hons), University of Kent at Canterbury
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (Member)
  • Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (Member)
  • Public Service Star (2017)

 

 

Lim Hwee Hua, 59
Non-Executive and Independent

 

First appointed as a director: 1 July 2014
Last re-elected as a director: 20 April 2018

 

Mrs Lim enjoyed a varied career in financial services prior to her service in Parliament between 1996 and 2011. Her last appointments while in public service were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and, concurrently, Second Minister for Finance and Transport. She rejoined the financial sector after leaving Parliament.

 

Board Committee Positions

  • Nominating Committee (Chairman)
  • Remuneration Committee (Member)
  • Strategy Committee (Member)


Current Directorships in Other Listed Companies

  • Jardine Cycle & Carriage (Director)


Other Principal Commitments

  • Tembusu Partners (Director)
  • Asia Pacific Exchange (Chairman)
  • BW Group (Director)
  • Summit Power International (Director)
  • Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (Senior Advisor)


Past Directorships in Listed Companies held over the Preceding Three Years

  • Stamford Land Corporation (till November 2015)


Education and Achievements

  • Master of Arts (Hons) in Mathematics/Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • Master of Business Administration in Finance, Anderson School of Management, University of California at Los Angeles

 

 

Alexander Charles Hungate, 51
Non-Executive and Independent

 

First appointed as a director: 27 July 2017
Last re-elected as a director: 20 April 2018

 

Mr Hungate has more than 25 years of global leadership experience in financial services, marketing, customer service and strategic planning and development, having held senior management positions in various positions in SATS, HSBC and Reuters. He serves as a member of various business and community bodies, where he shares his knowledge to develop trade and strengthen communities.

 

Board Committee Positions

  • Board Credit Committee (Member)
  • Remuneration Committee (Member)


Current Directorships in Other Listed Companies

  • SATS (Director)


Other Principal Commitments

  • SATS (President and Chief Executive Officer)
  • Economic Development Board Singapore (Board Member)
  • National Youth Achievement Award Association Advisory Board (Council Member)


Past Directorships in Listed Companies held over the Preceding Three Years

  • Nil


Education and Achievements

  • Master of Arts in Engineering, Economics and Management, Oxford University
  • Master of Business Administration Programme (Baker Scholar), Harvard Business School

 

 

Michael Lien Jown Leam, 54
Non-Executive and Non-Independent

 

First appointed as a director: 27 July 2017
Last re-elected as a director: 20 April 2018

 

Currently the Executive Chairman of Wah Hin and Company, Mr Lien has extensive experience in the financial industry. He was a managing director of Morgan Stanley and headed its corporate finance business up to 2002. Prior to that, he served at Standard Chartered Merchant Bank Asia and Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry. 

 

Mr Lien is a member of the National University of Singapore’s Board of Trustees and its Investment Committee. In 2012, he founded Leap Philanthropy Limited, a charity that supports early philanthropy projects in Indochina. He previously served on the board of United Overseas Bank from 2005 to 2009.

 

Board Committee Positions

  • Nominating Committee (Member)
  • Strategy Committee (Member)


Current Directorships in Other Listed Companies

  • Nil


Other Principal Commitments

  • Wah Hin & Company (Executive Chairman)
  • Sandstone Capital (Director and Chief Investment Officer)
  • National University of Singapore (Trustee and Investment Committee Member)
  • Leap Philanthropy (Founder)


Past Directorships in Listed Companies held over the Preceding Three Years

  • Nil


Education and Achievements

  • Bachelor of Economics (First Class Hons) with double majors in Finance and Econometrics, Monash University

 

 

Alvin Yeo Khirn Hai, 55
Non-Executive and Independent

 

First appointed as a director: 27 July 2017
Last re-elected as a director: 20 April 2018

 

The youngest lawyer to be appointed Senior Counsel at the age of 37, Mr Yeo is currently the Chairman and Senior Partner of WongPartnership. Among his areas of practice are banking and corporate disputes, restructuring and insolvency, and construction and civil engineering matters. Mr Yeo was an elected Member of Parliament from 2006 to 2015, and a former Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Home Affairs and Law. Currently, he also serves as director and audit committee member on the boards of Keppel Corporation and United Industrial Corporation.

 

Board Committee Positions

  • Audit Committee (Member)
  • Board Risk Management Committee (Member)


Current Directorships in Other Listed Companies

  • Keppel Corporation (Director)
  • United Industrial Corporation (Director)


Other Principal Commitments

  • WongPartnership (Chairman and Senior Partner)
  • Appeals Advisory Panel, Monetary Authority of Singapore (Member)
  • Asia Pacific Users’ Council, London Court of International Arbitration (Vice President)
  • Panel of Disciplinary Tribunal Chairmen, Supreme Court of Singapore (Member)
  • Panel of Disciplinary Tribunal Chairmen, Singapore Medical Council (Member)
  • Court of Arbitration, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (Member)


Past Directorships in Listed Companies held over the Preceding Three Years

  • Neptune Orient Lines (till June 2016)


Education and Achievements

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), King's College, University of London
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award (2017)
  • Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow)
  • Acknowledged as a leading litigation and arbitration counsel in international legal directories

 

 

Wee Ee Lim, 56

Non-Executive and Non-Independent

 

First appointed as a director: 1 July 2018

 

Currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of Haw Par Corporation, Mr Wee has been closely involved in the management and growth of the Haw Par Group over the last 30 years. He has wide experience in various industries ranging from investments, healthcare, leisure to property.

 

Board Committee Positions

  • Board Risk Management Committee (Member)
  • Strategy Committee (Member)

 

Current Directorships and Principal Commitments

  • Haw Par Corporation (President & Chief Executive Officer and Director)
  • UOL Group (Deputy Chairman)
  • United Industrial Corporation (Director)
  • Wee Foundation (Director)

 

Past Directorships in Listed Companies in the Last Three Years

  • Nil

 

Education and Achievements

  • Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Clark University, USA

Audit Committee

  • Willie Cheng Jue Hiang (Chairman)
  • James Koh Cher Siang
  • Ong Yew Huat
  • Alvin Yeo Khirn Hai

Board Credit Committee

  • Ong Yew Huat (Chairman)
  • Wong Kan Seng
  • Wee Ee Cheong
  • Franklin Leo Lavin
  • Alexander Charles Hungate

Board Risk Management Committee

  • Ong Yew Huat (Chairman)
  • Wong Kan Seng
  • Wee Ee Cheong
  • Alvin Yeo Khirn Hai
  • Wee Ee Lim

Nominating Committee

  • Lim Hwee Hua (Chairman)
  • Wong Kan Seng
  • Wee Ee Cheong
  • Willie Cheng Jue Hiang
  • James Koh Cher Siang
  • Michael Lien Jown Leam

Remuneration Committee

  • James Koh Cher Siang (Chairman)
  • Wong Kan Seng
  • Lim Hwee Hua
  • Alexander Charles Hungate

Strategy Committee

  • Wong Kan Seng (Chairman)
  • Wee Ee Cheong
  • Franklin Leo Lavin
  • Lim Hwee Hua
  • Michael Lien Jown Leam
  • Wee Ee Lim

Secretaries

  • Joyce Sia Ming Kuang
  • Theresa Sim Kwee Soik

 

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