ABOUT US

ABOUTUS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • CHEW GEK KHIM
    BOARD MEMBER
  • TAN TIONG CHENG
    BOARD MEMBER
  • CHUA TIAN CHU
    BOARD MEMBER
  • LAU CHENG-SOON
    BOARD MEMBER
  • DESMOND TANG
    BOARD MEMBER

Ms Chew Gek Khim is a lawyer by training. She has been Executive Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited since 24 April 2008.

Ms Chew is also Executive Chairman of the Tecity Group. In addition, she is Chairman of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad and ARA Trust Management (Suntec) Limited, and
sits on the Board of Singapore Exchange Limited. She is also Deputy Chairman of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation.

She is a Member of the Board of Governors of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NUS Board of Trustees and the Governing Board of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Ms Chew graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1984. She was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in 2010, the Singapore Businessman of the Year 2014 at the Singapore Business Awards in 2015, and the Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day Awards in 2016. Ms Chew was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by the Nanyang Technology University in 2021.

Mr Tan Tiong Cheng was the Senior Advisor of Knight Frank Pte Ltd until his retirement on 31 March 2020. Prior to that, he was President of Knight Frank Asia Pacific Pte Ltd until 31 March 2019 and was the Executive Chairman of Knight Frank Pte Ltd’s Group of Companies until 31 March 2017. Over the last four decades, he has amassed an extensive and in-depth knowledge of real estate. As an Independent and Non-Executive Director of UOL Group Limited, Mr Tan is also the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of UOL Group Limited.

Mr Tan is the Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a Member of the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee of Heeton Holdings Limited. He is also a Non-Executive Independent Director of Amara Holdings Limited, the Chairman of its Remuneration Committee and a Member of its Audit and Risk Committee.

A Colombo Plan Scholar, Mr Tan graduated top of his class with a Diploma in Urban Valuation from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. A Licensed Appraiser, he is also a Fellow Member of the Singapore Institute of Valuers and Surveyors and the Association of Property and Facilities Management, an Associate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers and a Senior Member of The Property Institute of New Zealand. He served as a Member of the Valuation Review Board until 30 April 2016.

Mr Chua Tian Chu was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Meritus Hotels & Resorts from 2012 to 2013. Prior to this, Mr Chua held the positions of Executive Vice President of International Sector and Greater China Region, as well as Head, Global Financial Institutions Group of United Overseas Bank Limited, and Managing Director and Head of Investment Finance of Citigroup Private Bank (Asia Pacific region) as well as Head of Citigroup Corporate Banking in Singapore. He was also formerly the Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of Far East Orchard Limited (then known as Orchard Parade Holdings Limited).

Mr Chua holds a Master in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, a Master in Theological Studies (magna cum laude) from the Asia Theological Center and a Master of Divinity from the East Asia School of Theology. Mr Chua also has a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School.

Mr Lau Cheng-Soon is the Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Invesco Real Estate and has overall responsibility for the management of the Asia Pacific real estate business.

Mr Lau has held senior management roles in the Asia Pacific real estate investment business for over 29 years. Prior to joining Invesco, he was a managing director and board member of Ayala International, a member of the Ayala Group. He was previously an executive director and board member of Tuan Sing Holdings Ltd. (listed on the main board of the Singapore Stock Exchange). He has directed numerous real estate investment and development projects across all major markets in the Asia Pacific region. He began his career as an engineer with Shell and was also a management consultant with Booz Allen and Hamilton in both the US and Asia.

Mr Lau earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) degree from Oregon State University. He is the Chairman of the Asia Pacific Executive Committee and the Asia Pacific Investment Committee and a member of the Global Executive Committee of Invesco Real Estate.

Mr Desmond Tang has been CEO of Straits Real Estate Pte. Ltd.(“Straits Real Estate”) since February 2014. He drives the business growth and investment strategies of Straits Real Estate.

Mr Tang has more than 30 years of experience in real estate investment and management. Prior to joining Straits Real Estate, he was Managing Director and Co-Head at Alpha Investment Partners and Managing Director at GrowthPath Capital Private Limited which he co-founded.

Mr Tang holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Real Estate from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.