Board of Directors & Management

  Executive Directors Non-Executive Directors Independent Directors Audit Committee Remuneration Committee Nominating Committee
Mr Koh Boon Hwee          
Mr Lucas Chow          
Mdm Ng Siok Keow
(w.e.f 5 Mar 2014)
         
Mdm Tan Siok Hwee
(w.e.f 5 Mar 2014)
         
Mr Arthur Kiong          
Mr Heng Chiang Meng     Lead Independent Director Chairman Chairman
Mr Cheng Hong Kok     Chairman  
Mdm Ee Choo Lin Diana      
Ms Chua Kheng Yeng, Jennie
(w.e.f. 1 Jan 2014)
     

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. 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 (formerly known as MediaRing Ltd) 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 (formerly known as Tech Group Asia Ltd) since 2003, where he oversaw the operations of the company as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2005 to 2008 and where he now acts in a non-executive capacity as Chairman.

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 Lucas Chow Wing Keung
Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Mr Lucas Chow Wing Keung was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Company on 15 March 2012. He was re-designated as Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director on 12 July 2012. He has been a Director of the Company since 1 June 2008. He was last re-elected on 27 April 2012.

Mr Chow is currently also an Executive Director of Far East Organization, providing strategic counsel on new business growth and brand development across the organization’s diverse portfolio. He joined Far East Organization in June 2011. He serves on several high-level executive committees in Far East Organization including as Chairman of Far East Establishment Committee, Chairman of F&B Executive Committee, member of the Brand Executive Committee and member of Property Sales Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Far East Organization, Mr Chow was the Chief Executive Officer of MediaCorp, a leading media company in the region. Under his leadership, MediaCorp launched major initiatives in the digital space. Mr Chow was also the prime-mover of MediaCorp’s corporate social responsibility programme. Mr Chow started his career with Hewlett Packard (HP) and spent almost 20 years in HP holding several senior positions. He joined SingTel in 1998 and held the positions of CEO (SingTel Mobile), Executive Vice President (Consumer Business) and Executive Vice President (Corporate Business). He was instrumental in increasing SingTel’s broadband market share and driving regional expansion in the mobile business.

Mr Chow is an active leader in the business, media and telecommunications communities. He currently chairs the Singapore Health Promotion Board and also sits on various other boards of directors and advisory committees. He is a member of the National University of Singapore’s Board of Trustees and chairs NUS Entrepreneurship Committee.

Mr Chow graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Aston, Birmingham (United Kingdom).

Mdm Ng Siok Keow
Non-Executive Director (w.e.f 5 Mar 2014)

Mdm Ng Siok Keow was appointed as an Executive Director of the Company on 6 August 1987 and was re-designated as a Non-Executive Director on 5 March 2014. She was last re-elected as a Director of the Company on 29 April 2011. At the Company’s 46th Annual General Meeting, Mdm Ng will retire and be eligible for re-election pursuant to Article 96 of the Company’s Articles of Association. As she is directly associated with Far East Organisation Pte Ltd, which is a substantial shareholder of the Company, she is considered by the Nominating Committee of the Company to be non-independent.

Mdm Ng is an Executive Director of Far East Organization and a director of various unlisted companies in the Far East Organization Group. She also serves as a director of Jurong Health Services Pte Ltd, which is the holding company of the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in Singapore. She is a Patron of the Cairnhill Community Club and Bukit Timah Community Club, and was the Chairman of the Management Committee of Cairnhill Community Club from June 1994 to June 2007. She was also a director of Singapore Symphonia Company Ltd. She was a Director of the Singapore Dance Theatre from 1999 to 2003 and a Resource Panel Member of the Government Parliamentary Committee (National Development) from 2001 to 2002. Mdm Ng was awarded the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (PBM) in 1995, the Orchid Award by the Singapore Girl Guides Association in 1996 and the Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (BBM) in 2001.

Mdm Ng obtained her Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Chemistry from the University of Singapore.

Mdm Tan Siok Hwee
Non-Executive Director (w.e.f 5 Mar 2014)

Mdm Tan Siok Hwee was appointed as an Executive Director of the Company on 6 August 1987 and she was re-designated as a Non-Executive Director on 5 March 2014. Mdm Tan was last re-elected as a Director of the Company on 30 April 2013. As she is directly associated with Far East Organisation Pte Ltd, which is a substantial shareholder of the Company, she is considered by the Nominating Committee of the Company to be non-independent.

She is an Executive Director of Far East Organization and also serves as director of various non-listed companies in the Far East Organization Group.

Mdm Tan obtained her Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Singapore in 1973 and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has been a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (formerly known as Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore) since 1976.

Mr Arthur Kiong
Executive Director

Mr Kiong Kim Hock Arthur was appointed Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hospitality Business of the Company on 1 September 2012. He was last re-elected on 30 April 2013.

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 over 20 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 Cheng Hong Kok
Independent Director

Mr Cheng Hong Kok was appointed Non-Executive Director of the Company on 30 May 1996. He was last re-appointed as a Director of the Company on 30 April 2013. Mr Cheng, being over the age of 70 years, will be re-appointed as a Director of the Company pursuant to Section 153(6) of the Companies Act (Cap.50) at the Company’s 46th Annual General Meeting. 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 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 J. L. 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 on 30 April 2013. 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 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 on 27 April 2012. At the Company’s 46th Annual General Meeting, Mdm Ee will retire and be eligible for re-election pursuant to Article 96 of the Company’s Articles of Association. The Nominating Committee considers Mdm Ee to be an independent director.

Mdm Ee brings with her over 25 years of international experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. She was formerly President of Raffles Hotels & Resorts where she held responsibilities for the operating and financial performance of the group’s hotels worldwide and the brand’s global business development and growth strategy.

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

Ms Chua Kheng Yeng, Jennie
Independent Director (w.e.f 1 Jan 2014)

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 Committee and a Member of the Nominating Committee of the Company. At the Company’s 46th Annual General Meeting, Ms Chua will retire and be eligible for re-election pursuant to Article 101 of the Company’s Articles of Association. 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 three other entities listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange – CapitaMalls Asia Limited, GuocoLeisure Limited and GuocoLand Limited as well as one entity listed on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen stock exchange on 13 Mar 2014 – ISS A/S.

She is currently the Chairman of Alexandra Health System Pte Ltd, GLH Management Group Pte Ltd, Arts House Ltd and Sentosa Cove Council. 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 ISS World Services A/S (headquartered in Denmark), MOH Holdings Pte Ltd, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and Sentosa Development Corporation.

She is on the Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 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, Advisor to Community Chest and Director on CapitaLand’s Hope Foundation.

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.

Awards and accolades which she has received include three Singapore National Day Awards, the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award 2006, Women’s World Excellence Awards 2006, Travel Personality of the Year Award 2005, NTUC Medal of Commendation 2005, Bloomberg Business Week Magazine 25 Stars of Asia Award 2003, Asia Pacific (Hotel) 2002 Person of the Year, National Productivity Award 2002, Pacific Area Travel Writers Association Hall of Fame 2000, Hotelier of the Year 1999, Woman of the Year 1999, Champion of the Arts 1999, Independent Hotelier of the World 1997 and President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards 2012 (President’s Special Recognition Award).

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

Mr Ling Ang Kerng, Kelvin
Chief Financial Officer (w.e.f 1 Jan 2014)

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 is also a member of the Branding Executive Committee and Retail Business Group Executive Committee of Far East Organization (FEO).

Mr Ling was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the Retail Business Group at 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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