CHEW GEK KHIM
Chairman and Non-Executive Director
Ms Chew Gek Khim joined the Board on 21 January 2014 and was appointed Chairman on 17 April 2014. She has been the Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited since 24 April 2008, first as Non-Executive and Non-Independent Chairman and then as Executive Chairman since 1 November 2009.
Currently, Ms Chew is also Executive Chairman of Tecity Group, which she joined in 1987. She is also Deputy Chairman of ARA Asset Management Limited (“ARA”) and sits on the board of Singapore Exchange Limited. In the preceding three years, Ms Chew also sat on the Board of CapitaLand Retail China Trust (formerly CapitaRetail China Trust), a SGX-ST listed trust of the CapitaLand Group.
Ms Chew is also Deputy Chairman of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation in Singapore and Chairman of the Tan Sri Tan Foundation in Malaysia. She is a member of the Securities Industry Council of Singapore, the SSO Council and Board of Governors of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Ms Chew graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1984 and is a lawyer by training. She was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in 2010 and Singapore Businessman of the Year 2014 in 2015.
LIM HWEE CHIANG, JOHN
Mr Lim Hwee Chiang, John joined the Board on 30 August 2004. Currently, Mr Lim is the Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of ARA Asset Management Limited since its establishment. He is a Non-Executive Director of ARA Asset Management (Fortune) Limited, ARA Asset Management (Prosperity) Limited, ARACWT Trust Management (Cache) Limited and Hui Xian Asset Management Limited. Mr Lim is also the Chairman of APM Property Management Pte. Ltd., Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Services Pte. Ltd. and the management council of The Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No. 2197 (Suntec City). In addition, Mr Lim is an Independent Director and the Chairman of the remuneration committee of Singapore-listed Teckwah Industrial Corporation Limited, the Chairman of the property management committee of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Managing Director of Chinese Chamber Realty Private Limited and a Director of the Financial Board of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Consultative Committee to the Department of Real Estate, National University of Singapore. In the preceding three years, Mr Lim was also a Director of Am ARA REIT Managers Sdn. Bhd.
Mr Lim has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, and has received many notable corporate awards. These include the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of the Year Singapore 2012, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of the Year – Financial Services 2012 and the Outstanding CEO of the Year 2011 at the Singapore Business Awards 2012. Mr Lim, along with the Board of Directors of ARA, is also a recipient of the prestigious Best Managed Board (Gold) Award at the Singapore Corporate Awards 2012.
Mr Lim holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, as well as a Diploma in Business Administration, each from the National University of Singapore.
CHEN WEI CHING, VINCENT
Lead Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Chen Wei Ching, Vincent is the Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the audit committee and member of the designated committee of the Manager. He joined the Board on 1 October 2010 and was appointed Lead Independent Director and Chairman of the audit committee on 17 April 2014.
Mr Chen has more than 20 years of experience in the banking and finance industry, having spent 17 years with the First National Bank of Chicago, Bank of America, and Banque Francaise du Commerce Exterieur, and subsequently co-founded a financial consulting firm in 1988. Since 1993, he has been managing his personal and family investments. He has also served as an independent director on the boards of a number of public listed companies.
Mr Chen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
CHAN PEE TECK, PETER
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Chan Pee Teck, Peter is an Independent Director and member of the audit committee. He joined the Board on 1 January 2017. Peter is the founder and Managing Partner of Crest Capital Asia, a regional private equity practice investing in mid-cap enterprises in Singapore, Australia and Indonesia. Since Crest’s spin-off from ING Asia Private Equity in 2004, it specialises in designing and customizing alternative direct investment programmes for regional family office clients and managing the assets under these programmes.
Peter started his private equity career in 1987 with one of the earliest US-sponsored private equity firms in Asia targeting small and medium growth enterprises in the region. This was followed by starting up a unit under ING Asia Private Equity as Managing Director in 1996 which invested in the ASEAN countries, India, China, Taiwan and South Korea before he set up Crest Capital Asia.
Peter graduated with the Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) Degree from the National University of Singapore and is a Fellow Member of both the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants as well as the Certified Public Accountants of Australia.
YU-FOO YEE SHOON
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon is an Independent Director and member of the audit committee. She joined the Board on 1 January 2017. Mrs Yu-Foo is currently the Justice of the Peace, Chairman of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board, Ministry of Health and also an Independent Director of KOP Limited and Singapura Finance Ltd.
Mrs Yu-Foo was the Former Minister of State, retired after 27 years in politics. Before she became Minister of State, she was the first woman Mayor in Singapore and she started her career with National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and she was the Deputy Secretary-General of NTUC.
Mrs Yu-Foo graduated from Nanyang University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters Degree in Business from Nanyang Technology University. She was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Education by Wheelock College of Boston, United States in 2008.
CHOW WAI WAI, JOHN
Mr Chow Wai Wai, John is a Non-Executive Director and the Chairman of the designated committee of the Manager. He joined the Board on 1 July 2007. Currently, Mr Chow is also the Managing Director of Winsor Industrial Corporation Limited, which has international operations, spanning countries in the US, Europe and Asia, and he holds directorships in the various subsidiaries and associated companies of the Winsor companies. He is an Executive Director of Hong Kong-listed Wing Tai Properties Limited and is also a Non-executive Director of Hong Kong-listed Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited.
Mr Chow has more than 30 years of experience in property investment and management, textile and clothing businesses. He serves as an Honorary Chairman of the Hong Kong Garment Manufacturers Association.
Mr Chow received his Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of British Columbia.
CHAN KONG LEONG
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Mr Chan Kong Leong was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2017. He is a Director of One Raffles Quay Pte. Ltd., Suntec Harmony Pte. Ltd. and Park Mall Pte. Ltd. Mr Chan is also a Partners’ Representative of BFC Development LLP. Prior to this, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Suntec REIT and was responsible for all operational matters, including asset management, investment, finance, investor relations and strategic planning.
Before joining Suntec REIT, Mr Chan was with the CapitaLand Group where he held senior management appointments including Senior Vice President, Head of Regional Investment, Asset & Fund Management of CapitaLand Mall Asia, Program Director of CAPITASTAR and Regional General Manager, West China.
Mr Chan has 19 years of private and public sector experience in managing investment, development, asset management, operations, strategic planning, stakeholder relations and corporate functions. He has held other senior management appointments in the last 13 years including Head of Corporate Finance, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications at GuocoLand Limited and Chief Operating Officer of Sembawang Kimtrans Ltd. Before his move to the private sector, Mr Chan was with the Singapore Economic Development Board where he was responsible for formulating economic engagement strategies and promoting economic linkages between Singapore and Indonesia.
Mr Chan graduated with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Science in Building from the National University of Singapore. As the best graduate for the entire course of study, he was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal, the Sally Meyer Gold Medal and the Singapore Institute of Surveyors & Valuers Gold Medal. Mr Chan is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.