BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHEW GEK KHIMBOARD MEMBER
CHUA TIAN CHUBOARD MEMBER
LAU CHENG-SOONBOARD MEMBER
THAM KUI SENGBOARD MEMBER
DESMOND TANGBOARD MEMBER
Ms Chew Gek Khim is a lawyer by training. She has been Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited since 24 April 2008. Ms Chew is also Executive Chairman of the Tecity Group and Executive Director of Tecity Asset Management Pte. Ltd.. She is Chairman of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad and ARA Trust Management (Suntec) Limited, and sits on the Boards of ARA Asset Management Holdings Pte. Ltd. and Singapore Exchange Limited. She is also Deputy Chairman of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation. She sits on the Board of Governors of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and NUS Board of Trustees.
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 in 2015, and the Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day Awards in 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 of Business Administration and 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 sits on the board of United Overseas Land and is an Independent Advisory Board Member of the Pro-invest Group’s Funds I/II/III.
Mr Lau has held senior management roles in the Asia Pacific real estate investment business for over 29 years. Mr Lau Cheng Soon was the Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Invesco Real Estate and had overall responsibility for the management of the Asia Pacific real estate business. He was the Chairman of the Asia Pacific Executive Committee; a member of the Global Executive Committee and Chairman of the Asia Pacific Investment Committee. 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.
Mr Tham has held executive positions in various industries, including more than 10 years in real estate. His last executive position was as Chief Corporate Officer of CapitaLand, where he oversaw the corporate services functions of the real estate group, from 2002 to 2008. He also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand Residential from 2000 to 2005.
Since 2009, Mr Tham has served as advisor and non-executive director for a number of listed and private companies, and the boards of statutory boards. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of several companies including Avanda Investment Management, Sembcorp Industries, Sembcorp Properties and Straits Real Estate Pte. Ltd. He serves also as a co-opted member on the Executive Committee of Airport Development – Changi Airport Group.
Mr Tham’s previous board appointment includes a non-executive directorship at Straits Trading Company.
Mr Tham holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Natural Science – Engineering Science from the University of Oxford.
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.