Corporate Information

Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors.

Mr Simon Claude Israel
Chairman, Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director

Date of appointment as chairman: 11 May 2016

Date of first appointment as a director: 11 May 2016

Date of last re-election as a director: 14 July 2016

Board committee(s) served on: 

Finance and Investment Committee (Chairman)

Compensation Committee (Member)

Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee (Member)

Mr Simon Israel, 64, is the Chairman of Singapore Telecommunications Limited as well as a Director of Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited and Stewardship Asia Centre CLG Limited. He is also a member of the Governing Board of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Westpac's Asia Advisory Board. Mr Israel is a former Chairman of Asia Pacific Breweries Limited and has previously served as a Director of CapitaLand Limited and Stewardship Asia Centre Pte Ltd.

Mr Israel was an Executive Director and President of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited before retiring on 1 July 2011. Prior to that, he was Chairman, Asia Pacific of the Danone Group. Mr Israel also held various positions in Sara Lee Corporation before becoming President (Household & Personal Care), Asia Pacific.

Mr Israel was conferred Knight in the Legion of Honour by the French government in 2007 and awarded the Public Service Medal at the Singapore National Day Awards 2011.

Mr Israel holds a Diploma in Business Studies from The University of the South Pacific.

 

Mr Paul William Coutts
Group Chief Executive Officer, Executive, Non-Independent Director

Date of first appointment as a director: 1 June 2017

Date of last re-election as a director: 20 July 2017

Board committee(s) served on:

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Mr Paul William Coutts, 61, was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) on 1 June 2017 to provide overall leadership to the transformation of the Group, integrate SingPost's eCommerce logistics platforms and build out a globally competitive business.

Prior to joining SingPost, Mr Coutts was the Chief Executive Officer of Toll Global Forwarding, one of the five divisions in the Toll Group, since February 2013 in a global role based in Singapore. He has more than 20 years of experience in C-suite positions at major global logistics and postal companies.

He has attended several executive programmes at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and London Business School.

 

 

Mr Chen Jun
Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director

Date of first appointment as a director: 31 July 2014

Date of last re-election as a director: 20 July 2017   

Board committee(s) served on:

Finance and Investment Committee (Member)

Mr Chen Jun, 44, is currently a vice president of Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

Mr Chen previously held directorship in Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited. Mr Chen has more than 18 years of experience in strategy management, strategic market development, and business and financial advisory services. He has been involved in the investments and acquisitions by Alibaba Group in many companies in different industries such as retail, logistics, travel, and software & solution. Prior to joining Alibaba Group, Mr Chen worked for SAP SE, a Fortune 500 high-tech software company.

Mr Chen holds a Bachelor degree in International Finance and Accounting from Shanghai University, and received an EMBA degree from INSEAD in France in 2005.

 

 

Mrs Fang Ai Lian
Non-Executive, Lead Independent Director

Date of first appointment as a director: 10 October 2016

Date of last re-election as a director: 20 July 2017

Board committee(s) served on:

Audit Committee (Chairperson)

Compensation Committee (Member)

Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee (Member)

Mrs Fang, 68, is a director of Banyan Tree Holdings Limited and Metro Holdings Limited and an advisor to Far East Organization Group. She is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Business Federation and MediShield Life Council. She is also a member of the Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Board of Trustees and Tote Board.

Mrs Fang was a director of Singapore Telecommunications Limited till July 2015 and a director of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited till April 2014. Mrs Fang also served as the Chairperson of Great Eastern Holdings Limited as well as Chairperson of its insurance subsidiaries until her retirement in April 2014. Prior to that, she was with Ernst & Young (“E&Y”) for 37 years where she last held the position of Chairperson of E&Y Singapore from 2002 until her retirement in March 2008.

Mrs Fang is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Singapore.

 

Ms Aliza Knox
Non-Executive, Independent Director

Date of first appointment as a director: 30 August 2013

Date of last re-election as a director: 14 July 2016

Board committee(s) served on:

Board Risk and Technology Committee (Member)

Ms Knox, 57, is a Non-Executive Director of Scentre Group.

In her previous role as Vice President, APAC for Twitter, Ms Knox led the sales teams and self-serve advertising business in APAC, launched and ran the Asia Headquarters and provided oversight for part of the LATAM operations. Prior to that, Ms Knox was the Managing Director, Online Sales Group of Google Asia Pacific and then its Managing Director, Commerce, where she was responsible for commerce and mobile wallet efforts across Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Google in 2007, Ms Knox was a Senior Vice President at Visa International overseeing its commercial solutions and global product platforms. Her previous roles include Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Company with responsibility for international wireless and global expansion, and Partner and Head of Financial Services at Boston Consulting Group in Sydney and Singapore.

Ms Knox previously held directorships at InvoCare Limited, and GfK SE.

Ms Knox holds a Bachelor of Arts (Applied Math and Economics, magna cum laude) from Brown University, USA and a Masters of Business Administration (Marketing, with honors) from New York University Graduate School of Administration, USA.

 

Ms Kong Sau Wai Elizabeth
Non-Executive, Independent Director

Date of first appointment as a director: 10 October 2016

Date of last re-election as a director: 20 July 2017

Board committee(s) served on:

Finance and Investment Committee (Member)

Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee (Member)

Ms Kong, 36, is currently a Counsel at Clifford Chance Pte. Ltd.

Prior to joining Clifford Chance Pte. Ltd., she was a director of Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, where she managed a wide range of corporate matters that include mergers and acquisitions, equity fund raising, corporate finance, and securities regulation. Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, Lawyer Monthly, and Acquisition International have noted and acknowledged Ms Kong’s impressive record of corporate transactions and she was named in 2014 by both Prestige Singapore and the Singapore Business Review as one of the most influential lawyers aged 40 and under.

Ms Kong is a trustee on the board of Cambridge Assessment Singapore and a fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. She was invited to be an honorary member of the Commercial Bar Association of London and also sat on the government-appointed working committee to review the future of legal services in Singapore. She writes regularly on corporate law issues for a number of legal journals.

Ms Kong holds a Double First in Law from Cambridge University.

 

Mr Steven Robert Leonard
Non-Executive, Independent Director

Date of first appointment as a director: 1 June 2017

Date of last re-election as a director: 20 July 2017

Board committee(s) served on:

Board Risk and Technology Committee (Chairman)

Mr Leonard, 55, is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experience and has played key roles in building several global technology companies in areas such as software, hardware and services.  Although born in the United States, he considers himself a citizen of the world, having lived and worked outside the US for most of his life.  Mr Leonard currently serves on the advisory boards of the National University of Singapore as well as the Nanyang Technological University.  Mr Leonard also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed commercial operator of communication spacecraft.

In his current role as the Founding Chief Executive Officer of SGInnovate – a private limited company wholly owned by the Singapore Government – he has been chartered to build an organisation that helps to start and scale ‘deep-tech’ companies.  Capitalising on the science and technology research for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, Mr Leonard’s team works with local and international partners, including universities, venture capitalists, and major corporations to help technical founders imagine, start and scale globally-relevant early-stage technology companies from Singapore.

 

Ms Lim Cheng Cheng
Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director

Date of first appointment as a director: 1 April 2017

Date of last re-election as a director: 20 July 2017

Board committee(s) served on:

Finance and Investment Committee (Member)

Ms Lim, 46, is currently the Group Chief Financial Officer of Singapore Telecommunications Limited. She assumed this role on 10 April 2015 and is responsible for the Singtel Group’s finance-related functions including tax, treasury and investor relations. She has over 23 years of experience in finance and mergers and acquisitions. She joined Singtel in 2012 as Vice President, Group Strategic Investment and was appointed Deputy Group Chief Financial Officer on 1 October 2014. Prior to that, she was Managing Director, Group Strategic Investments.

Before joining Singtel, Ms Lim was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at SMRT Corporation Ltd. She also worked at Singapore Power for 10 years in various corporate planning, investments and finance roles, the last of which was Head and Vice President (Financial Planning and Analysis). She started her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Ms Lim holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (formerly known as University of Chicago Graduate School of Business) and a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University. She is a Chartered Accountant (Singapore) of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

 

Mr Bob Tan Beng Hai
Non-Executive, Independent Director

Date of first appointment as a director: 10 October 2016

Date of last re-election as a director: 20 July 2017

Board committee(s) served on:

Compensation Committee (Chairman)

Audit Committee (Member)

Board Risk and Technology Committee (Member)

Mr Tan, 65, serves as a director on the boards of two other listed companies namely Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited where he is the Chairman of the board and Sembcorp Marine Ltd.

He is also the Chairman of Jurong Engineering Limited, Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd, Singex Holdings Pte Ltd and the Institute of Technical Education. In addition, he is a member of the boards of the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and serves as a member of the NTUC Club Management Council and the Board of Governors of Singapore Manufacturing Federation.

His past directorships in listed companies and major appointments include CapitaLand Mall Asia Limited, Asia Pacific Breweries Limited, SMRT Corporation Ltd and SMRT Trains Ltd.

Mr Tan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Singapore Institute of Directors.

 

Mr Zulkifli Bin Baharudin
Non-Executive, Independent Director

Date of first appointment as a director: 11 November 2009

Date of last re-election as a director: 14 July 2016

Board committee(s) served on:

Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee (Chairman)

Audit Committee (Member)

Compensation Committee (Member)

Mr Zulkifli, 58, is currently the Executive Chairman of Indo Trans Logistics Corporation. He is an Independent Director of Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited, GDS Holdings Limited and Asian Plantations Limited. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Management University.

Mr Zulkifli is Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan. He also served as Nominated Member of Parliament from October 1997 to September 2001 and was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2005 and Public Service Star Medal in 2011.

Mr Zulkifli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Estate Management from the National University of Singapore.