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Appointed as a Director and Executive Chairman of City Developments Limited (CDL) on 1 October 1969 and 1 January 1995 respectively, Mr Kwek was last re-elected as a Director on 25 April 2018. He also sits on the Board Committee (BC) and the Nominating Committee (NC) of CDL.
He is the non-executive Chairman of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc (M&C) which he founded, the Chairman and Managing Director of Hong Leong Finance Limited (HLF) and the Executive Chairman of Hong Leong Investment Holdings Pte. Ltd. (HLIH), the immediate and ultimate holding company of CDL. HLF and M&C are subsidiaries of HLIH and thus, are related companies under the Hong Leong Group of companies. In the preceding three-year period, Mr Kwek was the Chairman and Managing Director of City e-Solutions Limited (CES) until he stepped down in September 2016 after CES ceased to be a subsidiary of CDL. He was non-executive Chairman and Director of Hong Leong Asia Ltd. (HLA) until his retirement from the board in April 2017.
Mr Kwek holds a law degree, LL.B. (London) and is also a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He has extensive experience in the finance business, having grown from day one with the original Hong Leong Finance Limited which has since merged its finance business with Singapore Finance Limited (now known as HLF). He has vast experience in real estate business, hotels, as well as trading and manufacturing.
Mr Kwek’s other appointments include being a board member of the Singapore Hotel Association and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors. He was also conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Hospitality from Johnson & Wales University (Rhode Island, US) and an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University (UK).
Mr Kwek has received numerous accolades starting from 1997, when he was named “Businessman of the Year 1996” by Singapore Business Awards, organised by The Business Times and DHL. In 2012, he was jointly awarded the “Partners in the Office of the CEO” award in the Brendan Wood International – Securities Investors Association Singapore (SIAS) TopGun CEO Designation Award with the late Mr Kwek Leng Joo (former Deputy Chairman of CDL). This award is given to CEOs who are best in class rated by shareholders. In 2014, he received the inaugural Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS) Lifetime Achievement Award which honours a pioneering group of real estate leaders.
He received the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) SG50 Outstanding Chinese Business Pioneers Award in 2015. The award honours the Republic’s outstanding Chinese business pioneers and their exemplary contributions to nation-building. That same year, he was accorded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP). This accolade honours exceptional individuals who have distinguished themselves through accomplishments and contributions to the hotel industry.
In 2017, he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards organised by Enterprise Asia, a regional non-governmental organisation for entrepreneurship. The award was in recognition of his outstanding achievements, visionary leadership and steadfast dedication that led to the successful growth of the Hong Leong Group for over five decades. That same year, he clinched the inaugural Global Blue Ocean Shift Award, given at the Global Entrepreneurship Community Summit in Kuala Lumpur. Most recently, Mr Kwek was awarded the Singapore Tatler Diamond Award (Lifetime Achievement) 2018, in recognition of his exceptional leadership that led the Hong Leong Group to grow into a globally-diversified enterprise.
Appointed as a Director of CDL on 1 August 1987, Mr Kwek was last re-elected as a Director on 25 April 2018. He is a member of the BC of CDL.
Mr Kwek is the Executive Chairman of HLA. He is also an Executive Director of HLIH and Hong Leong Corporation Holdings Pte Ltd (HLCH), the non-executive Chairman of Tasek Corporation Berhad (TCB) and a non-executive Director of HLF, M&C and China Yuchai International Limited (CYI). HLA, HLF, M&C, TCB, CYI and HLCH are subsidiaries of HLIH and thus, are related companies under the Hong Leong Group of companies. Mr Kwek has many years of experience in trading, manufacturing, property investment and development, hotel operations, corporate finance and management.
Appointed as an Executive Director of CDL on 15 May 2019, Mr Kwek has been the Group Chief Executive Officer since 1 January 2018 and also concurrently holds the position of Executive Chairman of CDL China Limited. Mr Kwek currently sits on the Board Sustainability Committee (BSC).
He was previously the Deputy CEO and prior to that, concurrently the Chief Investment Officer of CDL and the CEO of CDL China Limited. He has been spearheading the Group’s expansion in China, Japan and Australia for almost a decade and in recent years has also broadened the Group’s presence in Singapore and the UK.
Under his leadership, the Group embarked on a Growth, Enhancement and Transformation (GET) strategy to expand its presence, enhance its existing portfolio, strengthen recurring income streams, develop a fund management business and enable significant transformation through strategic investments and innovation, all of which with the ultimate goal of maximising shareholder value.
Mr Kwek’s appointment as Executive Director adds further depth and diversity to the Board’s collective experience, skills and perspectives, all of which are important contributors towards robust and effective decision-making. Throughout his career, Mr Kwek has held various senior management roles including serving as the CEO of Hong Kong-listed City e-Solutions Limited and the Chief Operating Officer of Singapore-listed Thakral Corporation Ltd. He also worked at RECAP Investments Limited, a real estate private equity fund. He started his career in New York in venture capital and investment banking before eventually joining the US division of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc. He has experience in the areas of investments, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, hospitality and technology, and has worked in New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Marketing with a minor in Psychology.
Mr Kwek is currently a Council Member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI), and is also a member of the Council for Board Diversity, formerly known as the Diversity Action Committee initiated by the Singapore Exchange Limited, to promote greater gender diversity on the boards of listed companies. In April 2019, he was appointed as a board member of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), a statutory board that plays a key role in shaping the built environment in Singapore.
Appointed as a Director of CDL on 11 May 2009, Mr Yeo was last re-elected as a Director on 26 April 2019. He is also the Chairman of the NC and a member of the Remuneration Committee (RC) and the Board Sustainability Committee (BSC) of CDL.
Mr Yeo is Chairman of Economic Development Innovations Singapore Pte Ltd (EDIS) which provides strategic advice and undertakes the development and management of integrated industrial and urban areas with an emphasis on job creation and industrial cluster development.
Mr Yeo is an independent Director of Baiterek National Managing Holding and Kerry Logistics Network Limited and the Chairman of Accuron Technologies Limited, Hexagon Development Advisors Pte. Ltd. and MTIC Holdings Pte. Ltd.
Mr Yeo holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Industrial Engineering), an honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, an honorary Doctorate in Medicine from the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, a Master of Science (Systems Engineering) from the University of Singapore, a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University, USA, a Doctor of Science from Imperial College, London, an honorary Doctor of Letters from National University of Singapore and an honorary Doctor of Law from Monash University of Australia. He also received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from the Government of Japan (2007) and the Distinguished Service (Star) award from the Singapore Labour Movement, National Trade Union Congress (2008).
Appointed as a Director of CDL on 2 February 2012, Mr Tan was last re-elected as a Director on 26 April 2019. He also sits on the BSC of CDL.
Mr Tan is the Managing Director of Magni-Tech Industries Berhad, an investment holding company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Securities Malaysia Berhad, and Coronation Springs (M) Sdn. Bhd., a niche property development company. He has been named as one of the best CEOs of companies listed in nine sectors on Bursa Malaysia in 2016.
Mr Tan holds a diploma in Hotel Management, Switzerland and has more than 20 years of experience in various business sectors which include manufacturing, housing development, marketing, retailing and healthcare services.
Appointed as a Director of CDL on 7 May 2014, Ms Tan was last re-elected on 25 April 2017. She is also the Chairman of the BSC and a member of the BC, the ARC and the NC of CDL.
Ms Tan is also an Independent Director of Dutech Holdings Limited.
Ms Tan graduated with First Class Honours degree in Accountancy from Nanyang Technology University (NTU) and has more than 18 years of accounting and auditing experience, and previously served as an audit partner with KPMG LLP (“KPMG”) from 2003 to 2010. As an audit and advisory partner, she was closely involved in providing accounting and advisory services to clients in both the private and public sectors. Ms Tan also acted as the Reporting Accountant and auditor for several companies listed on the Singapore Exchange, but was not involved in any KPMG audit engagement with the CDL Group.
Since her retirement as a practicing accountant, Ms Tan, at the request of KPMG, served as principal advisor from 2010 to 2011 on matters related to the healthcare industry, and assisted the firm in establishing the AsPAC Healthcare network. Ms Tan was an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Nanyang Business School, NTU, till 2018. Besides academia, she has also been contributing actively to the non-profit sector and is a member of the Medifund Committee of Vanguard Healthcare. Ms Tan was formerly a member of the Audit Committee (non-board position) of Jurong Health Services Pte. Ltd.
Ms Tan is a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.
Appointed as a Director of CDL on 5 September 2016, Mr Koh was elected on 25 April 2017. He also sits on the BC, the ARC and the RC of CDL.
Mr Koh held the role of Vice Chairman and General Manager of Bank of America NT & SA Singapore Branch (BOA) from 2012 until his retirement in April 2016. In his last newly created role with BOA, he was responsible for grooming new senior local talent and assisted with the transition resulting from the merger of Bank of America (Singapore Branch) and Merrill Lynch Singapore. He was the principal officer liaising with the Regulators to ensure that all material weaknesses in the system were addressed and chaired the local branch management committee which comprised the heads of the various business lines and enterprise control and operational functions to discuss and resolve strategic issues.
Mr Koh’s experience included a broadened function involving oversight responsibilities for compliance (regulatory, anti-money laundering, fraud detection/escalation and remediation protocols including code of ethics and conduct), finance (audit, tax and financial reporting and disclosure processes), human resource and enterprise risk matters. During his 40 years in banking, which included his stints as Country Executive for Bank of America (prior to merger) from 2004 to 2008 and Country Executive of the merged BOA operations in Singapore from 2009 to 2011, he had dealt with different industries covering local/regional hardware, automotive and trading/ commodity/shipping and the manufacturing sectors. His responsibilities had also been expanded to cover the construction and real estate industries, and in this particular area, he helped the bank to set up broad guidelines on Real Estate and Construction Lending and was later seconded to Hong Kong for a period to manage the real estate and construction lending activities and protocols for Asia.
Mr Koh holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii.
Appointed as a Director of CDL on 22 June 2018, Ms Lim was elected as a Director on 26 April 2019. She is the Lead Independent Director and is also the Chairman of the ARC and the RC, and a member of the BC and the NC of CDL.
Ms Lim was an Independent Non-Executive Director of both M&C REIT Management Limited, the manager of CDL Hospitality Real Estate Investment Trust, and M&C Business Trust Management Limited, the trustee-manager of CDL Hospitality Business Trust from 2006 until she stepped down on 26 April 2017. During her tenure as a Director on the two boards, she was also the Lead Independent Director and chairman of the Audit and Risk Committees.
Ms Lim was admitted as a partner of KPMG in 1983. She started her career with KPMG, first in audit and subsequently specialised in taxation. Prior to her retirement from professional practice on 31 December 2001, she was the Head of KPMG’s Tax Practice and a member of KPMG’s International Tax Committee. She remained as an Advisor to KPMG until 31 January 2004.
Ms Lim is a retired fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom (ACCA). She was previously ACCA’s examiner for both the Taxation and Advanced Taxation papers, an adjunct professor with the Singapore Management University, a facilitator with the Tax Academy of Singapore and a board member of Raffles Institution. Presently, Ms Lim is the President of Viriya Community Services, a charitable organisation.
As at 15 May 2019