Mrs Celine Tang
Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director
As the “Singapore Real Estate Personality of the Year for 2018” conferred by PropertyGuru, Mrs Tang is a veteran in the real estate industry. She ran SingHaiyi Group Pte Ltd as its Managing Director before retiring in March 2023. Guided by her vision and leadership, these companies developed some of the bestselling residential projects in Singapore, as well as numerous iconic landmarks that shaped the stunning city skylines of Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and the United Stated. In addition to real estate, Mrs Tang possesses rich experience spanning pharmaceutical and commodities trading. She is a director of TauRx Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a Singapore firm dedicated to the discovery of treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and a leader in Alzheimer’s disease research. Mrs Tang also controls New Port Duty Free Pte Ltd, the leading bonded provision supplier and ship chandler in Singapore. She also serves as the Non-executive Chairman of OKH Global Ltd.
Possessing a strong belief in giving back to the society, Mrs Tang has been actively sponsoring and donating to the local community, education, sports and healthcare. The Tang family owns Aloha Sea Sports Center located in East Coast Park, all the profits are donated to the development of sailing in Singapore. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Tang family contributed to a fund which was specially set up to alleviate the cashflow issues of the local SMEs. Mrs Tang had served in the School Advisory Committee of West Spring Secondary School and Juying Secondary School for over a decade, offering her views in school improvements and sponsoring their activities and scholarships.
Mrs Tang graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature from China People’s University for Police Officers (now known as People’s Public Security University of China). She was the Assistant Judicial Officer of Shantou Longhu District Court in China before venturing into business.
Mr Chia Lee Meng Raymond PBM
Executive Director and
Group Chief Executive Officer
Mr Chia Lee Meng Raymond has helmed the role of Group Chief Executive Officer since February 2016. On 5 May 2016, he was appointed as Executive Chairman of the Company. With effect from 11 October 2018, he was re-designated from Executive Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer to Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer.
He is responsible for the Group’s overall operations, strategic planning and investment decisions. Starting out as a project manager back in 1994, Mr Chia rose through the ranks and was appointed as director of the Company in 1999. He served as Managing Director of the property development division in July 2006, before being appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in June 2007 and Executive Deputy Chairman in January 2013. Outside the Group, Mr Chia was Chairman of Seacare Properties Pte Ltd from October 2003 to October 2019, and Director of Seacare Holdings Pte Ltd from September 2006 to September 2019.
Mr Chia is currently President of The Singapore Scout Association and Board Member of Ren Ci Hospital. He is also a patron of the Nee Soon South Citizens’ Consultative Committee and a patron of Joo Chiat Community Club Management Committee.
Mr Chia was awarded The Public Service Stars BBM in 2022 for public service rendered to the nation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Curtin University, Australia and a Master’s degree in Finance from RMIT University, Australia.
Mr Tan Tee How
Mr Tan Tee How joined the Board on 2 February 2018 as Executive Director. Prior to this, Mr Tan had served 34 years in the Singapore Administrative Service, holding various key appointments, including Principal Private Secretary to then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong (1997 to 2000) and founding CEO of National Healthcare Group (2000 to 2004). He was Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Development (2004 to 2011) and of the Ministry of Home Affairs (2011 to 2014). He was also Commissioner and CEO of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (2014 to 2018). Mr Tan is currently Chairman of the Casino Regulatory Authority, Deputy Chairman of the National Healthcare Group, Independent Director of Hong Leong Finance Ltd and a member of the Panel of Experts, Singapore Cooperation Enterprise. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) degree from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University. He attended the Wharton Business School Advanced Management Programme in 2002.
Mr Yam Ah Mee
Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director
Mr Yam Ah Mee was appointed Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director of the Company on 12 December 2019. Mr Yam holds various director roles in Sembcorp units and is also a director of CES_SDC Pte. Ltd., the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary which carries out infrastructure and civil engineering projects. Previously, he held senior public sector responsibilities, including as the Chief of Staff, RSAF; Deputy Secretary, Public Service Division, PMO; CEO/Dean of Civil Service College; Deputy Secretary, Air & Sea of Ministry of Transport; CEO of Land Transport Authority; and CEO of People’s Association. Mr Yam was also the Returning Officer for Singapore’s general elections held in 2011.
Mr Yam holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First-Class Honours) from University of New South Wales, Australia, a Master of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, United States of America. He also attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme from Harvard University, United States of America and is a Fellow member of the Society of Project Managers Singapore.
Mr Yam was awarded the NUS Eminent Business Alumni Award 2012, Public Administration Medal (Gold) 2008, Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Military) 1992, Lucius N Littauer Fellow Award (Harvard) 1991, Andover Prize Award at RAF, United Kingdom, 1986 and The Queen’s Medal at Royal Military College, Duntroon, Australia, 1980.
Mr Abdul Jabbar Bin Karam Din
Lead Independent Director
Mr Abdul Jabbar joined the Board on 2 February 2018 as an Independent Director, and was appointed as Lead Independent Director in April 2021. He chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. An Executive Committee Partner with Rajah and Tann Singapore LLP, Mr Jabbar heads the firm’s Corporate and Transactional Practice. He has more than 25 years’ extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, employment, banking and finance, general commercial and private client work, both local and international.
Mr Jabbar also advises companies on corporate governance, compliance and regulatory matters. He serves as company secretary on the boards of numerous private and public listed and unlisted companies as well as registered foreign companies with Singapore branches. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree.
Mr Lock Wai Han
Mr Lock Wai Han was appointed Independent Director of the Company on 11 October 2018. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, the Nominating Committee and the Investment Committee. He is currently Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of SGX-listed company, OKH Global Ltd. From 1 November 2013 to 31 December 2015, Mr Lock was Executive Director and Group CEO of Rowsley Ltd. Between June 2011 and August 2013, he was based in Beijing as the China CEO of CapitaMalls Asia (“CMA”), where he had oversight of a retail mall portfolio that included Raffles City projects and CMA mixed developments. Before joining CMA in March 2010, he had served in the Singapore public sector for more than 20 years during which he held various leadership roles, including Commissioner of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Director of the Criminal Investigations Department, and Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communications & the Arts, as well as directorships on various statutory boards.
Mr Lock holds Bachelor and Master of Arts (Engineering) degrees from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and a Master of Science (Management) degree from Leland Stanford Junior University, the United States.
Professor Low Teck Seng
Prof Low Teck Seng was appointed Independent Director of the Company on 12 December 2019. He chairs the Investment Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. He is currently the CEO of the National Research Foundation, Singapore. He also serves as an independent director with ExcelPoint Technology Ltd, and is a professor at the National University of Singapore. Prof Low holds a Bachelor of Science (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) (First Class Honours) and a PhD from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Engineers; Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers, United Kingdom.
Dr Neo Boon Siong
Dr Neo Boon Siong was appointed Independent Director of the Company on 12 December 2019. He chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the Nominating Committee. He was the CANON Endowed Chair Professor of Business and twice served as Dean of the Nanyang Business School at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr Neo is currently a Director of St Luke’s Eldercare. He was previously the Chairman of the board of directors of k1 Ventures Ltd and served as Director of Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Ltd, OCBC Bank, Great Eastern Holdings Ltd, OUE Hospitality Trust Ltd among several other companies. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) from National University of Singapore, Master of Business Administration and PhD from University of Pittsburgh, United States.
Professor Yaacob Bin Ibrahim
Prof Yaacob was appointed Independent Director of the Company on 20 February 2020. He chairs the Nominating Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.
Prof Yaacob is currently a Professor of Engineering at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) where he is also Advisor to the President of SIT and Director of the Community Leadership and Social Innovation Center.
Prior to his current position, Prof Yaacob served as a Minister in the Ministries of Communications and Information (2011 – 2018), Environment and Water Resources (2004 – 2011) and Community Development and Sports (2002 – 2004). Throughout the 16 years as a Minister, he was also Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs. He started his political career as a Member of Parliament in Jalan Besar GRC on 2 January 1997. He held several political appointments before becoming a minister in 2002. He has since stepped down as a Member of Parliament in July 2020.
Prof Yaacob graduated from the University of Singapore with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1980. He worked as a structural engineer with a multinational engineering consulting firm from 1980 to 1984. He pursued his Ph.D at Stanford University from 1984 and graduated in 1989. He spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University. He joined the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a faculty member in 1990 where he became a tenured member. He took a leave of absence from NUS from July 1998 till his resignation from NUS in August 2018.
He is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees’ Union, a Board Member of Surbana Jurong and SP Group and an independent director for the Oceanus Group. He is also advising some start-ups and is currently chairman of the investment fund Rekanext.