Board of Directors

CHEW GEK KHIM
CHEW GEK KHIM
Chairman and Non-Executive Director
LIM HWEE CHIANG, JOHN
LIM HWEE CHIANG, JOHN
Non-Executive Director
YAP CHEE MENG
YAP CHEE MENG
Lead Independent, Non-Executive Director
CHAN PEE TECK, PETER
CHAN PEE TECK, PETER
Independent Non-Executive Director
YU-FOO YEE SHOON
YU-FOO YEE SHOON
Independent Non-Executive Director
LOCK WAI HAN
LOCK WAI HAN
Independent Non-Executive Director
Jeffrey David Perlman
Jeffrey David Perlman
Non-Executive Director
CHONG KEE HIONG
CHONG KEE HIONG
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
CHEW GEK KHIM
Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Ms Chew Gek Khim joined the Board on 21 January 2014 and was appointed Chairman on 17 April 2014.

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 she 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.

LIM HWEE CHIANG, JOHN
Non-Executive Director

Mr Lim Hwee Chiang, John joined the Board on 30 August 2004. Mr Lim is the Chairman of JL Family Office. He is also the Senior Advisor and Non-Executive Director of ESR Cayman Limited and serves as a Non-executive Director of ARA Asset Management (Fortune) Limited, ARA Asset Management (Prosperity) Limited and Hui Xian Asset Management Limited.

In the preceding three years, Mr Lim was also a Director of ARA Trust Management (Cache) Limited and Independent Director of Teckwah Industrial Corporation Limited which was delisted from the Singapore Stock Exchange on 24 November 2020.

Mr Lim is Chairman of the Asia Pacific Real Assets Association (APREA) and the Consultative Committee to the Department of Real Estate, National University of Singapore. He is also a Patron of the Securities Investors Association of Singapore (SIAS) and a Council Member of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mr Lim co-founded ARA Asset Management in 2002 and was its Group CEO for 18 years and Deputy Chairman from February 2021 to January 2022.

Mr Lim has over 40 years of experience in the real estate industry and has received many notable corporate awards. These include the PERE Global Awards 2020 and 2016 Industry Figure of the Year: Asia, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of the Year Singapore 2012 and the Outstanding CEO of the Year 2011 at the Singapore Business Awards 2012. Mr Lim, along with the Board of Directors of ARA, was a recipient of the prestigious Best Managed Board (Gold) Award at the Singapore Corporate Awards 2012. In 2017, he was conferred the Public Service Medal (PBM) by the President of Singapore in recognition of his contributions to the community.

Mr Lim holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, as well as a Diploma in Business Administration, each from the National University of Singapore.

YAP CHEE MENG
Lead Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr Yap Chee Meng is the Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the audit committee and member of the designated committee of the Manager. He joined the Board on 22 April 2019.

Mr Yap was the Chief Operating Officer of KPMG International for Asia Pacific and a member of its Global Executive Team. Prior to his appointment as the regional Chief Operating Officer of KPMG International in 2010, he was a Senior Partner in KPMG Singapore, the Regional Head of Financial Services in Asia Pacific, and Country Head of Real Estates and Specialised REITs Group in Singapore.

In his career spanning 37 years of experience in the financial sector, Mr Yap has served in the committees of various professional and regulatory bodies including Singapore’s Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore.

Mr Yap is currently Non-Executive Chairman of the RHB Asset Management Group and Lead Independent Director of AXA Insurance Pte Ltd. He is also an independent director of RHB Investment Bank Berhad. He is a council member of the Charity Council of Singapore.

In the preceding three years, Mr Yap also held independent directorships in Keppel Land Limited, The Esplanade Co Ltd and SATS Ltd.

Mr Yap’s past independent board memberships included those in SMRT Corporation Ltd and the National Research Foundation of Singapore. He qualified as a UK Chartered Accountant in 1981, and is now a nonpractising Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and a non practising Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

CHAN PEE TECK, PETER
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Chan Pee Teck, Peter is an Independent Director and member of the audit committee. He joined the Board on 1 January 2017.

Mr Chan is the founder and Managing Partner of Crest Capital Asia, a regional private equity firm investing mainly in Singapore and Australia, specializing in customizing alternative direct investment programmes for clients and managing assets under these mandates.

Mr Chan was a board member of Techwah Industrial Corporation Limited which was delisted from the Singapore Stock Exchange on 24 November 2020.

Mr Chan started his private equity career in 1987 with one of the earliest US private equity firms in Asia. Then, he started a division of ING Barings Asia Private Equity as Managing Director in 1996 to set up ING’s private equity investment Asian offices in Singapore, Indonesia, India, China, Taiwan and South Korea. He acquired the business to set up Crest Capital Asia in 2004. Mr Chan is responsible for the strategic management of the funds, innovating new fund strategies as well as investor communication.

Mr Chan graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) Degree from the National University of Singapore and is a Fellow Member of the Certified Public Accountants of Australia. Mr Chan is also board member of Clarity Singapore Ltd, a not-for-profit organization which mission is to provide healing, training and support for people with mental and emotional conditions to regain self-confidence and re-discover their abilities and beauty in life.

YU-FOO YEE SHOON
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon is an Independent Director and member of the audit committee. She joined the Board on 1 January 2017. Mrs Yu-Foo is currently the Justice of the Peace, Chairman of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board, Ministry of Health and also an Independent Director of KOP Limited and Singapura Finance Ltd. She is also Advisor of Nuri Holdings (S) Pte Ltd, Senior Advisor of Elomart Pte Ltd and Honorary Advisor to the Singapore China Friendship Association - Women’s Alliance.

Mrs Yu-Foo was a Former Minister of State, retired after 27 years in politics. Before she became Minister of State, she was the first woman Mayor in Singapore and she started her career with National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and she was the Deputy Secretary-General of NTUC.

Mrs Yu-Foo graduated from Nanyang University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters Degree in Business from Nanyang Technology University. She was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Education by Wheelock College of Boston, United States in 2008.

LOCK WAI HAN
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Lock Wai Han is an Independent Director and member of the audit committee. He joined the Board on 1 August 2018. Currently, Mr Lock is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of OKH Global Ltd and is responsible for all the Group’s business activities, which is the construction and development of industrial real estate. Mr Lock is also an Independent Director of Chip Eng Seng Corporation Ltd and The Hour Glass Ltd.

Prior to joining OKH Global Ltd, Mr Lock was the Executive Director and Group CEO of Rowsley Ltd and before that 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.

Up until he joined CMA in March 2010, Mr Lock 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 in various statutory boards.

Mr Lock holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts (Engineering) from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a Master of Science (Management) from Leland Stanford Junior University, USA.

Jeffrey David Perlman
Non-Executive Director

Mr Jeffrey David Perlman, is a Non-Executive Director and he joined the Board on 15 April 2022. Mr Perlman is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of ESR Cayman Limited and Managing Director, Head of Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific Real Estate at Warburg Pincus LLC ("Warburg Pincus). Mr Perlman leads Warburg Pincus' investments in Southeast Asia in addition to focusing on real estate investments across the greater Asia-Pacific region.

Mr Perlman is also a member of Warburg Pincus' Executive Management Group. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, he worked in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse from July 2005 to August 2006. Mr Perlman is a director and member of the executive committee and the nomination and remuneration committee of ESR Funds Management (S) Limited ("ESR REIT Manager"), the manager of ESR-REIT, a real estate investment trust listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited, since January 2017. Mr Perlman was also a director of Vincom Retail Joint Stock Company, a company listed on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange in Vietnam, from July 2013 to September 2017, and was re-appointed and served as a director during the period from February 2018 to July 2019.

Mr Perlman received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (B.B.A.) from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan

CHONG KEE HIONG
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Mr Chong Kee Hiong was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director on 1 January 2019. He is also a Director of One Raffles Quay Pte. Ltd. and Harmony Convention Holding Limited. Mr Chong is a Partners’ Representative of BFC Development LLP.

Mr Chong has 30 years of financial and management experience. Prior to joining the Manager, Mr Chong was the Chief Executive Officer of OUE Hospitality REIT Management Pte Ltd from 2013 to 2018. He was Chief Executive Officer of The Ascott Limited (“Ascott”) from 2012 to 2013 and Chief Executive Officer of Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited from 2005 to 2012. Prior to that, Mr Chong was with Raffles Holdings Limited as their Chief Financial Officer. Mr Chong began his career in audit with KPMG Peat Marwick in 1990.

Mr Chong is currently president of the General Committee of Orchid Country Club and Aranda Country Club as well as Chairman and Non-Executive Director of NTUC Foodfare Catering Pte Ltd. Mr Chong is also an elected Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.

Mr Chong holds a Bachelor of Accountancy with National University of Singapore and completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2008. He is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and, Exco Member and Treasurer of the REIT Association of Singapore.