Board of Directors & Management

  Executive Directors Non-Executive Directors Independent Directors Audit & Risk Committee Remuneration Committee Nominating Committee
Mr Koh Boon Hwee          
Mr Lui Chong Chee          
Mr Heng Chiang Meng     Lead Independent Director Chairman Chairman
Mr Cheng Hong Kok     Chairman  
Mdm Ee Choo Lin Diana      
Ms Chua Kheng Yeng, Jennie      

Mr Koh Boon Hwee
Non Executive Chairman

Mr Koh Boon Hwee was appointed as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board on 1 January 2013. He was last re-elected as a Director of the Company on 30 April 2013. At the Company’s 48th Annual General Meeting, Mr Koh will retire and be eligible for re-election pursuant to Article 96 of the Company’s Constitution. As Mr Koh serves on various executive committees in Far East Organization, the Nominating Committee of the Company considers Mr Koh to be non-independent.

He started his career in 1977 at Hewlett Packard and rose to become its Managing Director in Singapore, a post he held from 1985 to 1990. From 1991 to 2000, he was Executive Chairman of the Wuthelam Group, and from 2002 to 2009, Mr Koh was at S i2i Limited where his last held position was Executive Director. He was responsible for overseeing the corporate strategy and management of these companies. Mr Koh has concurrently been with Sunningdale Tech Ltd since 2003, where he oversaw the operations of the company as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2005 to 2008, as Chairman from 2008 to-date. He is also the Chairman of Yeo Hiap Seng Limited since 2010.

Mr Koh was also the Non-Executive Chairman of the Singapore Telecom Group (SingTel) and its predecessor organisations from 1986 to 2001. From 2001 to 2005, Mr Koh served as Non-Executive Chairman of Singapore Airlines Limited, and from 2005 to 2010 as Non-Executive Chairman of DBS Group Holdings Ltd and DBS Bank Ltd.

From 1996 to 2010, Mr Koh served on the board of Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd, and was a member of the Executive Committee from 1997 to 2010.

Mr Koh graduated from Imperial College with a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering), First Class Honours, in 1972, and obtained a Master in Business Administration with Distinction from Harvard Business School in 1976.

Mr Lui Chong Chee
Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Mr Lui Chong Chee is appointed as Executive Director as well as Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Company from 1 September 2014. He was last re-elected as a Director of the Company on 22 April 2015.

Mr Lui has extensive financial and business leadership experience from major listed companies. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Raffles Medical Group Ltd, where he was responsible for its financial management and business development.. During his time with the CapitaLand Group, he held various senior management positions, including Group Chief Financial Officer of CapitaLand Limited; Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand Residential Limited; and Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand Financial Limited. He also held various posts as Director in various listed companies with the CapitaLand Group, and was the Chairman of Australand Holdings Limited, which was listed in the Australian Securities Exchange. Prior to joining the CapitaLand Group, Mr Lui was Managing Director and Senior Vice President, Capital Markets Group of Citicorp Investment Bank (Singapore) Limited.

Mr Lui received a Bachelor of Science in 1985 in Business Administration (magna cum laude) from New York University, USA, as well as a Master of Business Administration in 1986 in Finance and International Economics. In 2005, he attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Mr Cheng Hong Kok
Independent Director

Mr Cheng Hong Kok was appointed Non-Executive Director of the Company on 30 May 1996. Mr Cheng, being over the age of 70 years, was last re-appointed as a Director of the Company pursuant to Section 153(6) of the Companies Act (Cap. 50) (the “Act”) on 22 April 2015. Section 153(6) of the Act was repealed when the Companies (Amendment) Act 2014 took full effect on 3 January 2016. As his appointment lapses on this Annual General Meeting, Mr Cheng will be required to be re-appointed at the Company’s 48th Annual General Meeting to continue in office. Mr Cheng, who has served on the Board for more than 9 years, is considered independent by the Nominating Committee because he has continued to demonstrate strong independence in character and judgment and has contributed effectively as an Independent Director by providing impartial and autonomous views.

Mr Cheng is currently a Director of SP Corporation Limited, a Singapore-listed company. He was also a Director of Gul Technologies Singapore Ltd, from which he stepped down after its successful voluntary delisting from the Singapore Exchange in January 2013. Mr Cheng was a Director and an Executive Committee member of Singapore Petroleum Company Limited (SPC) from 1999 to 2009. Prior to that, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of SPC from 1981 to 1996. Through SPC, he was involved in the Asean Council on Petroleum (ASCOPE) for many years. He was also a Board member of the Singapore Economic Development Board from 1987 to 1990 and was a member of the Government Economic Planning Committee from 1989 to 1991.

Mr Cheng graduated from the University of London in 1964 with First Class Honours degree in Chemical Engineering and attended the Advanced Executive Management Program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, USA, in 1981. In 1961, he was awarded the Singapore State Scholarship, the Colonial Welfare and Development Scholarship and the University of Malaya Entrance Scholarship. He was also awarded the University of Cambridge Fellowship and the Eisenhower Fellowship in 1964 and 1979 respectively.

Mr Heng Chiang Meng
Independent Director, Lead Independent Director

Mr Heng Chiang Meng was appointed Non-Executive Director of the Company on 19 June 1998. In 2008, Mr Heng was appointed as Lead Independent Director of the Company. He was appointed as the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Nominating Committee on 9 March 2011 and 29 April 2011 respectively. He was last re-elected as a Director of the Company on 30 April 2013. At the Company’s 48th Annual General Meeting, Mr Heng will retire and be eligible for re-election pursuant to Article 96 of the Company’s Constitution. Mr Heng, who has served on the Board for more than 9 years, is considered independent by the Nominating Committee because he has continued to demonstrate strong independence in character and judgment and has contributed effectively as an Independent Director by providing impartial and autonomous views.

In his corporate career spanning over 30 years, Mr Heng held senior positions in several financial institutions including Citibank NA, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Overseas Union Bank Limited. His other major area of experience is in real estate, having been the Managing Director of First Capital Corporation Limited, the Executive Director in the Far East Organization Group, and the Group Managing Director of Lim Kah Ngam Limited.

He also served four terms as a Member of Parliament from 1984 to 2001 during which he chaired the Government Parliamentary Committees for Communications and the Environment as well as the Ang Mo Kio-Cheng San Community Development Council and the Cheng San Town Council.

Mr Heng holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) degree from the University of Singapore.

Mdm Ee Choo Lin Diana
Independent Director

Mdm Ee was appointed to the Board of the Company as an Independent Director and Member of the Audit & Risk Committee on 29 April 2011. On 1 June 2011, she was appointed as a Member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company. She was last re-elected as a Director of the Company on 24 April 2014. The Nominating Committee considers Mdm Ee to be an Independent Director.

Mdm Ee has over 25 years of international experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. She held senior leadership positions at Raffles International Limited managing multi-hotel brands and gained broad experience in the areas of business management, sales and marketing, operations, technical services, quality assurance management, human resources and organisational development. She was formerly President of Raffles Hotels & Resorts where she held responsibilities for the group’s growth strategy and for the operating and financial performance of its hotels spanning South East Asia, China, the United States, Middle East and Europe. Mdm Ee was a Board Member of the Singapore Tourism Board from 2010 to 2015. Active in supporting areas related to pre-employment education, continuing education and skills development, Mdm Ee serves on the Board of Governors of Republic Polytechnic Singapore and is the Vice Chairman of SHATEC Institutes, the educational arm of the Singapore Hotel Association. Mdm Ee is also the Chairman of Mt Faber Leisure Group Pte Ltd.

Mdm Ee obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore.

Ms Chua Kheng Yeng, Jennie
Independent Director

Ms Chua was appointed to the Board of the Company as an Independent Director on 1 January 2014. On 1 April 2014, she was appointed as a Member of the Audit & Risk Committee and a Member of the Nominating Committee of the Company. Ms Chua, being over the age of 70 years, was last re-appointed as a Director of the Company pursuant to Section 153(6) of the Companies Act (Cap. 50) (the “Act”) on 22 April 2015. Section 153(6) of the Act was repealed when the Companies (Amendment) Act 2014 took full effect on 3 January 2016. As her appointment lapses on this Annual General Meeting, Ms Chua will be required to be re-appointed at the Company’s 48th Annual General Meeting to continue in office. The Nominating Committee considers Ms Chua to be an Independent Director.

Ms Chua brings with her over 40 years of international experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. Ms Chua is a Director of two other entities listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange – GL Limited and GuocoLand Limited.

On the public/community service front, she is currently Chairman of Alexandra Health Pte Ltd, Alexandra Health System Pte Ltd, WoodlandsHealth Pte Ltd, Yishun Community Hospital Pte Ltd and Geriatric Education & Research Institute Limited. She is also the Deputy Chairman of Temasek Foundation CLG Limited.

She is Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the United Mexican States.

She is a Director of MOH Holdings Pte Ltd and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School.

She is a member of Singapore’s Pro-Enterprise Panel and a member of MOH Holdings Healthcare Infrastructure and Planning Committee.

She is a Justice of the Peace and an Adviser to the Community Chest.

She was formerly President and CEO of Raffles Holdings Ltd, Chairman of Raffles International Limited, President and CEO of The Ascott Group Limited, a Director of Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited, the Chief Corporate Officer of CapitaLand Limited, Chairman of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to The Slovak Republic. She was a Director of ISS A/S, a company listed on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen stock exchange and was the Chairman, Community Chest.

Awards and accolades: Singapore National Day Awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Award, Outstanding Contribution to Tourism, NTUC Medal of Commendation, amongst others.

Ms Chua graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

Kiong Kim Hock Arthur
Chief Executive Officer, Far East Hospitality

Mr Kiong Kim Hock Arthur was appointed Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hospitality Business of the Company on 1 September 2012. At the Company’s 47th Annual General Meeting, Mr Kiong retired by rotation pursuant to Article 96 of the Company’s Constitution and he did not seek re-election so as to devote more time to the hospitality business. Mr Kiong remains as the Chief Executive Officer of Far East Hospitality.

From 2008 to 2012, Mr Kiong was the Managing Director of Hotel Operation (Asia Pacific & China) and Senior Vice President of Group Marketing Services at Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts. He was the Director of Far East Hospitality Business Group from August 2005 to 2007. Mr Kiong was Vice-President of Marketing (Asia Pacific) for the Peninsula Group based in Hong Kong from 2002 to 2005, where he was responsible for the marketing functions in Head Office and sales performance of the hotels outside the USA.

Mr Kiong has 30 years of hotel industry experience having held operations, sales and marketing roles for various hotels in Asia and the USA including The Peninsula Hotels, The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, The Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt International, Westin Hotels and Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts.

Mr Ling Ang Kerng, Kelvin
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Ling Ang Kerng, Kelvin was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Company on 1 January 2014.  He is responsible for business ventures, strategic partnerships, and overall financial matters of Far East Orchard and its group of companies.

Mr Ling was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the Retail Business Group at Far East Organization (“FEO”). In other senior roles, Mr Ling had spearheaded the implementation of shared services including the consolidation of accounting functions across FEO’s hospitality portfolio, identifying and implementing business solutions to drive financial discipline and enhance the assets’ financial performance. He also launched the restaurant and franchised food arm of FEO, Kitchen Language, in 2008 to bring new food concepts and brands to Singapore.

Prior to joining FEO, Mr Ling spent over 20 years in finance and operations in professional and commercial business environments including The Oriental Singapore, Pontiac Marina, Coopers & Lybrand and various insurance companies. He was also involved in incubating services for start-ups at PwC Consultants Singapore.

Mr Ling is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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