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City Developments Limited: The Company - Senior Management

Senior Management
 

Kwek Leng Beng

Executive Chairman


Appointed as Director and Executive Chairman of City Developments Limited (CDL) on 1 October 1969 and 1 January 1995 respectively, Mr Kwek was last re-appointed on 24 April 2013 pursuant to Section 153(6) of the Companies Act, Chapter 50 (Section 153(6)), he also sits on the Nominating Committee (NC).

Mr Kwek is the non-executive Chairman of Hong Leong Asia Ltd. (HLA) and Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc (M&C). He is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Hong Leong Finance Limited (HLF) and City e-Solutions Limited (CES) and also the Executive Chairman of Hong Leong Investment Holdings Pte. Ltd., the immediate and ultimate holding company of CDL.

Mr Kwek holds a law degree, LL.B (London) and is also a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He has extensive experience in the finance business, having grown from day one with the original Hong Leong Finance Limited which has since merged its finance business with Singapore Finance Limited (now known as HLF). He also has vast experience in the real estate business, the hotel industry as well as the trading and manufacturing business.

Mr Kwek’s other appointments include being a member of the East Asia Council of INSEAD since its inception in 2003 and a board member of Singapore Hotel Association. He was also conferred Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Hospitality from Johnson & Wales University (Rhode Island, US) and Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University (UK).

At the Securities Investors Association Singapore (SIAS) Investors’ Choice Awards in October 2012, Mr Kwek together with Mr Kwek Leng Joo, emerged joint winners as "Partners in the Office of the CEO" in the Brendan Wood International – SIAS TopGun CEO Designation Award. This Award is accorded to CEOs who are best in class rated by shareholders.

In February 2014, Mr Kwek was also presented the inaugural Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS) Lifetime Achievement Award which was introduced to honour a pioneering group of real estate industry leaders in Singapore.

 

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Kwek Leng Joo

Deputy Chairman


Appointed a Director of CDL on 8 February 1980, Mr Kwek assumed the position of Deputy Managing Director in 1987 and held the role of CDL’s Managing Director from January 1995 until his appointment as Deputy Chairman of CDL on 17 February 2014. Mr Kwek is also the chairman of the Corporate Social Responsibility & Corporate Governance (CSR & CG) Committee of CDL. He is an Executive Director of CES and a non-executive Director of HLF. In the preceding 3-year period, he was a non-executive Director of M&C until May 2011.

Mr Kwek holds a Diploma in Financial Management and has extensive experience in property development and investment.

Mr Kwek contributes actively to the business and civic communities through many public appointments. He served as the President of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) from 1993-1997 and 2001-2005 and is currently the Honorary President of SCCCI. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of National Youth Achievement Award Council, Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, member of the Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University’s Master of Tri-sector Collaboration Advisory Group. He is also a member of the Climate Change Network and Marina Bay Public Art Advisory Panel, as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Project Managers.

Mr Kwek has been a dedicated advocate of CSR for close to two decades, and his vision has established CDL’s reputation as a leading green building champion and a forerunner in CSR, raising the bar for Singapore’s real estate industry and driving change for the building sector. To raise the importance of CSR in the business community in Singapore, Mr Kwek was elected the President of Singapore Compact for CSR, which is the national CSR society and country focal point for the United Nations (UN) Global Compact in Singapore. Mr Kwek was also appointed as Justice of the Peace by the Prime Minister’s Office in May 2013.

Mr Kwek emerged joint winners together with Mr Kwek Leng Beng, as "Partners in the Office of the CEO" in the Brendan Wood International – SIAS TopGun CEO Designation Award given out at the SIAS Investors’ Choice Awards in October 2012.

 

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Grant L. Kelley

Chief Executive Officer


Mr Grant L. Kelley was appointed CDL’s Chief Executive Officer on 17 February 2014. He holds executive responsibilities for the business direction, overall development and management of the Group’s businesses, as well as the implementation of the business strategies and decisions of the Board in the operations of the Group.

Mr Kelley has 25 years of global experience in corporate strategy, private equity and real estate investment in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. He started out in 1989 at Booz Allen & Hamilton (now known as Booz & Co), advising CEOs of major listed companies in the financial services, resources and healthcare industries. Prior to joining CDL, he served as Head of Real Estate, Asia Pacific at Apollo Global Management, overseeing all property investments on behalf of Apollo’s real estate funds throughout the Asia Pacific region.

His previous appointments include Principal at Colony Capital from 2000 and later, CEO of Colony Capital Asia from 2004 to 2008, where he guided the firm’s strategic planning, acquisition and asset management activities in Asia. In 2005, he led one of Asia’s largest buyouts when Colony bought Raffles Holdings’ entire hotel portfolio including the historic Singapore icon, Raffles Hotel, for about S$1.72 billion. He was also a director of Sentosa Development Corporation from March 2007 to February 2011 and served as a director of Sentosa Leisure Holdings from May 2007 to March 2009.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Adelaide, a Master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

 

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Chia Ngiang Hong

Group General Manager


Mr Chia Ngiang Hong joined CDL in 1981 and has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry in Singapore and the region. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Estate Management (Honours) from the University of Singapore and a Masters in Business Administration with distinction from University of Hull, UK. Mr Chia is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Surveyors & Valuers (SISV) and the current First Vice President of Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS).

A much-respected contributor to the real estate industry of Singapore, Mr Chia is currently the First Vice President of the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) as well as a member of the Charity Council, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). He also sits on the Advisory Panel in the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Academy and is a Certified Property Manager with the Institute of Real Estate Management (USA).

 

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Goh Ann Nee

Chief Financial Officer


Ms Goh Ann Nee was appointed as CDL’s Chief Financial Officer in 2005. Prior to that, she was Vice President (Finance) at Millennium & Copthorne International Limited. A Chartered Accountant, Ms Goh graduated from the University of Glasgow and started her career with Coopers & Lybrand (now known as Pricewaterhouse Coopers) based in London.

She has worked in several multinational companies over the course of an illustrious career in international financial management. Ms Goh is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants. She has also been appointed as a Council member of the Accounting Standards Council and as Chairman of the Audit Committee and Board Member of the Singapore National Library Board.



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Sherman Kwek

Chief Investment Officer


Mr Sherman Kwek was appointed as CDL's Chief Investment Officer on 14 April 2014 to focus on growing the Group's overseas investment portfolio. He is also concurrently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CDL China Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CDL, and the CEO of City e-Solutions Limited, a Hong Kong listed subsidiary, positions he has held since August 2010 and November 2008 respectively.

Prior to this, Mr Kwek has taken on various executive management roles in companies both within the Hong Leong Group and in multinational corporations. He has over 15 years of international experience in the areas of investments, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and hospitality.

He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Marketing with a minor in Psychology. He has been serving as a Council Member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) since March 2013.

 

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Kwek Eik Sheng

Chief Strategy Officer


Mr Kwek Eik Sheng joined CDL in 2009. He was Head of Corporate Development before assuming his current role as Chief Strategy Officer on 14 April 2014. Prior to that, he was with the Hong Leong Group of companies in Singapore since 2006. He was appointed to the Board of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc in 2011 and holds the position of Non-Executive Director.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine and a MPhil in Finance from Judge Business School, Cambridge University.

 

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Tan Seng Chee
CITPM (Senior)

Chief Technology Officer


Mr Tan Seng Chee joined CDL in 2000. Trained as an engineer, he has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, working with many diverse applications and systems in both in-house IT departments and IT vendor environment. He graduated from the University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and a Master of Science (Industrial Engineering), and has a post graduate diploma in Computer Science from the British Computer Society. He has also served on the editorial advisory board of the MIS Asia magazine and the Raffles Institution IT advisory committee.

 

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Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer


Ms Esther An joined CDL in 1995 to establish the Company’s Corporate Communications department and subsequently CDL’s CSR portfolio. She has been instrumental in building up CDL’s leadership in sustainability. A forerunner in CSR and a member of the management committee of Singapore Compact for CSR since 2005, Ms An was listed as one of the Global Sustain Ability 100 leaders since 2011, an international listing of noteworthy achievers who are making an impact in sustainability on behalf of their organisations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Hong Kong and has over 20 years of experience in corporate and community communications, advertising as well as media and investor relations, in both the public and private sectors.

 

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Anthony Chia

Executive Vice President (Projects)


Mr Anthony Chia has been instrumental in key projects such as South Beach, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, Cube 8, One Shenton and other key residential and commercial projects. Graduating from Harvard, he has extensive experience in planning, architecture and construction, in both the public and private sectors, having headed departments in the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Housing and Development Board (HDB). He is active in various URA and BCA panels and is a former member of the Board of Architects Singapore. He was awarded the Ministry of National Development (MND) Medallion in 2012 and 2013 for his contributions. Following his service with the Singapore government, he relocated to Hong Kong, completing several large commercial and residential projects before returning home.

 

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Daniel T’ng

Executive Vice President, Property & Facilities Management (PFM)


Mr Daniel T’ng joined CDL in 2012 to head the Property and Facilities Management Division. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Estate Management (Honours) from Heriot-Watt University and two Master’s Degrees, one in Business Administration from the University of Adelaide (Australia) and the other in Project Management from the National University of Singapore. He has about 30 years of experience in the property and facilities management industry in Singapore and the region. He also has extensive experience in managing strata-titled developments, lease management, project consultancy and general management as well as business development.

 

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Ananda Arawwawela

Executive Vice President, Hotel Assets Management


Mr Ananda Arawwawela has a wealth of experience in hotel management spanning over 34 years in Singapore and the region. Prior to joining CDL in 2013, he was the Managing Director of The St. Regis Singapore and Area Managing Director for Singapore, responsible for Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ operations in Singapore. Other senior regional positions in the hospitality industry he has held include Managing Director of Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers and Area Managing Director of Hong Kong and Macau. Mr Arawwawela has also served as Chairman of the Hong Kong Hotels Association and Board Member of the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

 

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Organisation Chart


 
As at 14 April 2014