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, 63, is the Chairman of Singapore Telecommunications Limited as well as a Director of CapitaLand Limited, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited and Stewardship Asia Centre Pte Ltd. 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.

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 Bill Chang York Chye
Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director

Date of first appointment as a director: 15 November 2010

Date of last re-election as a director: 8 July 2015

Board committee(s) served on:

Board Risk and Technology Committee (Member)

Finance and Investment Committee (Member)

Mr Chang, 49, is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Group Enterprise in Singapore Telecommunications Limited.

Mr Chang is the Chairman of the Singapore Polytechnic Board of Governors. He served on the Board of Workforce Development Agency (WDA) for six years until 2011, where he was the Chairman of the Incentives and Grants Committee of the WDA Board. He received the National Day Public Service Medal Award for his contributions to the Singapore's workforce development in 2007.

Mr Chang holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from Monash University.

 

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: 8 July 2015   

Board committee(s) served on:

Finance and Investment Committee (Member)

Mr Chen Jun, 43, is currently a vice president of Alibaba Group Holding 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, Independent Director

Date of first appointment as a director: 10 October 2016

Date of last re-election as a director: -

Board committee served on:

Compensation Committee (Chairperson)

Audit Committee (Member)

Mrs Fang, 67, is a director of Banyan Tree Holdings Limited and Metro Holdings Limited and an advisor to Far East Organization Group. She is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Business Federation and a member of the Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Board of Trustees.

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 chairman of Great Eastern Holdings Limited as well as chairman 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 chairman 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, 56, currently runs Online Sales, Asia Pacific at Twitter, Inc, Singapore, and is a Non-Executive Director of GfK SE, Germany and Scentre Group. She is also an adviser to several organisations and a government committee in Singapore.

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 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: -

Board committee served on:

Finance and Investment Committee (Member)

Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee (Member)

Ms Kong, 35, is a director of Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, where she manages 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 has been invited to be an honorary member of the Commercial Bar Association of London and also sits on high-level committees, including the government-appointed Working Committee to review the Singapore Legal Services Sector. She writes regularly on corporate law issues for a number of legal journals.

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

 

Professor Low Teck Seng
Non-Executive, Independent Director

Date of first appointment as a director: 8 October 2010

Date of last re-election as a director: 8 July 2015

Board committee(s) served on:

Board Risk and Technology Committee (Chairman)

Professor Low, 61, is an Independent Director at Excelpoint Technology Ltd.

Professor Low is currently the Chief Executive Officer of National Research Foundation and a tenured Professor at both the Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore.

Professor Low was conferred the Order of the Legion of Honour with the grade of Knight (Chevalier) by the French Government in Paris on 17 March 2016.

Professor Low holds a Bachelor of Science (First Class, 1978) and a PhD (1982) from Southampton University, United Kingdom.

 

Mr Soo Nam Chow
Non-Executive, Lead Independent Director

Date of first appointment as a director: 20 December 2013

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

Board committee(s) served on:

Audit Committee (Chairman)

Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee (Member)

Mr Soo, 63, is currently a non-executive independent director of Mapletree Industrial Trust Management Ltd where he serves as chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Mr Soo has worked in the auditing and accounting industry in Singapore for over 35 years and retired from practice in 2009. He was the partner in charge of Risk Management and was a member of the Management Committee of KPMG in Singapore. His other leadership roles included heading the Japanese Practice and Securities Industry Group, as well as a member of the Accounting and Audit Practice Committees.

Mr Soo obtained his professional qualification as a Certified Accountant from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1983 and is a non-practicing member 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: -

Board committee served on:

Audit Committee (Member)

Board Risk and Technology Committee (Member)

Mr Tan, 64, serves as a director on the boards of two other listed companies namely Ascott Residence Trust Management Ltd 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 SMRT Corporation Ltd, SMRT Trains Ltd, 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 and Asia Pacific Breweries Limited.

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, 57, is currently the Executive Chairman of Indo Trans Logistics Corporation. He is an Independent Director of Ascott Residence Trust Management 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.