Ms Chew Gek Khim joined the Board on 21 January 2014 and was appointed Chairman on 17 April 2014. She has been the Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited since 24 April 2008, first as Non-Executive and Non-Independent Chairman and then as Executive Chairman since 1 November 2009.
Currently, Ms Chew is also Executive Chairman of Tecity Group, which she joined in 1987. She is Chairman of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad and sits on the board of ARA Asset Management Holdings Pte. Ltd. and Singapore Exchange Limited. In the preceding four years, Ms Chew also sat on the Board of CapitaLand Retail China Trust (formerly CapitaRetail China Trust), a SGX-ST listed trust of the CapitaLand Group.
Ms Chew is also Deputy Chairman of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation in Singapore and Chairman of the Tan Sri Tan Foundation in Malaysia. She is a member of the Securities Industry Council of Singapore and Board of Governors of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
Ms Chew graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1984 and is a lawyer by training. 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 Award in 2016.
Mr Lim Hwee Chiang, John joined the Board on 30 August 2004. Currently, Mr Lim is the Group Chief Executive Officer and Director of ARA Asset Management Holdings Pte. Ltd., the ultimate holding company of ARA Asset Management Limited and its subsidiaries. He is a Non- Executive Director of ARA Asset Management (Fortune) Limited, ARA Asset Management (Prosperity) Limited, ARA-CWT Trust Management (Cache) Limited, and Hui Xian Asset Management Limited. Mr Lim is also the Chairman of APM Property Management Pte. Ltd., Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Services Pte. Ltd. and the management council of The Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No. 2197 (Suntec City). In addition, Mr Lim is an Independent Director and Chairman of the remuneration committee of Singapore-listed Teckwah Industrial Corporation Limited, the Chairman of the property management committee of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Managing Director of Chinese Chamber Realty Private Limited and a Director of the Financial Board of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce. He is also Chairman of both the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (“APREA”) and the Consultative Committee to the Department of Real Estate, National University of Singapore. In the preceding three years, Mr Lim was also a Director of Am ARA REIT Managers Sdn. Bhd.
Mr Lim has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, and has received many notable corporate awards. These include the PERE Global Awards 2016 Industry Figure of the Year: Asia, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Singapore 2012, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Financial Services 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, is also 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.
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 AXA Insurance Singapore Pte Ltd and RHB Asset Management Group. He also holds independent directorships in several companies including Keppel Land Limited, RHB Investment Bank Berhad, RHB Securities Singapore Pte Ltd, SATS Ltd, The Esplanade Co Ltd, Pavilion Gas Pte Ltd and Pavilion Energy Trading & Supply Pte Ltd.
Mr Yap's past independent board memberships included those in SMRT Corporation Ltd and the National Research Foundation (Prime Minister's Office, Singapore).
He qualified as a UK Chartered Accountant in 1981, and is now a non-practising Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and a non practising Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
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 practice investing in mid-cap enterprises in Singapore, Australia and Indonesia specializing in designing and customizing alternative direct investment programmes for regional family office clients and managing the assets under these programmes.
Mr Chan started his private equity career in 1987 with one of the earliest US private equity firms in Asia. He then joined a division of ING Barings Asia Private Equity as Managing Director in 1996 and started its investment programme in Asia and setting up presence in Singapore, Indonesia, India, China, Taiwan and South Korea. He formed Crest Capital Asia in 2004 to take over when ING withdrew from the business. Mr Chan is responsible for the general management of the funds under management, conceptualizing and 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 both the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants as well as the Certified Public Accountants of Australia. In addition to being board member of Teckwah Industrial Corporation Ltd, he is also board member of Clarity, a not-for-profit organization which mission is to support people with mental conditions to help them regain self-confidence and re-discover their abilities.
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, and Senior Advisor, International Advisory Panel of Hyflux Ltd.
Mrs Yu-Foo was the 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 SecretaryGeneral 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.
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 Limited and is responsible for all the Group's business activities, which is the construction and development of industrial real estate.
Prior to joining OKH Group Limited, 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.
Mr Chow Wai Wai, John is a Non-Executive Director and the Chairman of the designated committee of the Manager. He joined the Board on 1 July 2007. Currently, Mr Chow is also the Managing Director of Winsor Industrial Corporation Limited, which has international operations, spanning countries in the US, Europe and Asia, and he holds directorships in the various subsidiaries and associated companies of the Winsor companies. He is an Executive Director of Hong Kong-listed Wing Tai Properties Limited and is also a Non-executive Director of Hong Kong-listed Dah Sing Financial Holdings Limited.
Mr Chow has more than 30 years of experience in property investment and management, textile and clothing businesses. He serves as an Honorary Chairman of the Hong Kong Garment Manufacturers Association.
Mr Chow received his Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of British Columbia.
Mr Chong Kee Hiong was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2019. He is a Director of One Raffles Quay Pte. Ltd., Harmony Convention Holding Limited and Park Mall Pte. Ltd. Mr Chong is also a Partners’ Representative of BFC Development LLP.
Mr Chong began his career in audit with KPMG Peat Marwick in 1990 and has over 25 years of work experience. His last position was Chief Executive Officer with OUE Hospitality REIT Management Pte Ltd from June 2013 to July 2018. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer with The Ascott Limited (“Ascott”) from February 2012 to May 2013, where he was responsible for determining the overall business, investment and operational strategies for Ascott, and Chief Executive Officer with Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited from 2005 to 2012. 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.