Mr Sherman Kwek assumed his current role as CDL’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 1 January 2018, following his appointment as CEO-Designate on 11 August 2017. Since April 2016, he has also held the position of Executive Chairman of CDL China Limited.
Mr Kwek was Deputy CEO of CDL from April 2016 to August 2017, during which he led the investment team to source for new investment opportunities and drove the growth of the Group’s international portfolio. He also assisted in the management of the domestic operations in Singapore.
Prior to this, he had served as Chief Investment Officer of CDL and CEO of CDL China Limited, during which he established a presence for the Group in Japan and Australia, as well as spearheaded the expansion into China for the past 7 years, helping to obtain prime sites in Shanghai, Suzhou and Chongqing and investing in various innovative startups.
Before joining CDL, Mr Kwek has taken on various executive management roles in companies both within the Hong Leong Group and in multinational corporations. He has experience in the areas of investments, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and hospitality, and has worked in New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore.
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.
Mr Chia Ngiang Hong joined CDL in 1981 and has over 35 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 Second 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 President of the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) and also sits on the Advisory Panel in the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Academy. He chairs the Consultative Committee to the Department of Real Estate at National University of Singapore (NUS). He is a Board Member of the Institute of Real Estate Studies, NUS and serves as a member of the NUS SDE School Advisory Committee. He is a Certified Property Manager with the Institute of Real Estate Management (USA).
Ms Yiong Yim Ming was appointed CDL’s Chief Financial Officer in April 2016. An executive of the Company since 2007, she has extensive knowledge on CDL Group’s financial and operation matters, both domestically and overseas, covering the Group’s operations in property development, investment properties and hotels. She is also actively involved in the development of the CDL’s new funds management platform.
Ms Yiong has strong technical competencies, specialising in the real estate sector, harnessed through 12 years of audit experience. Prior to joining CDL, she served a 10-year stint in KPMG Singapore and a two-year engagement with Ernst & Young Singapore.
Ms Yiong holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Nanyang Technological University and is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Mr Kwek Eik Sheng joined CDL in 2009, covering Business Development for overseas projects before being appointed as Head of Corporate Development. He assumed his current role as Chief Strategy Officer in 2014 and was additionally appointed Head, Asset Management in April 2016. Prior to this, he was with the Hong Leong Group of companies in Singapore specialising in corporate finance roles 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.
Mr Mark Yip was appointed as CDL’s Chief Marketing Officer in 2014. He is responsible for the Marketing & Sales, and Leasing operations of residential, retail and commercial spaces. In April 2016, he was also appointed CEO of CDL China Limited to oversee the overall management of the Group’s investments and development projects in China, as well as develop and implement the Group’s real estate investment and business strategies for China.
Mr Yip has a wealth of experience in management, sales, marketing and operations from a diverse range of industries including property, retail sports and fashion, transport, and supply chain and logistics. Before joining CDL, he was with Far East Organization as Deputy Director, focusing on planning and operations. Other senior management positions he has held include CEO of Royal Sporting House, Malaysia and Director of PUMA, Executive Director of CircleFreight, Brunei/ Eagle Global Logistics Corporation and General Manager of ComfortDelGro Bus.
Mr Yip holds a Bachelor and Master’s of Business and was recipient of theLogistics Management Group Prize from RMIT in Melbourne. He completed the Senior Executive Programme at London Business School and Asia Pacific Advanced Management Programme from the National University of Singapore.
Ms Esther An joined CDL in 1995 to establish the Company’s Corporate Communications department and subsequently CDL’s Corporate Social Responsibility (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 Global Compact Network Singapore since 2005, she also sits on board the Corporate Advisory Board of World Green Building Council. A founding member of the Singapore Business Council for Sustainable Development, she is a signatory of the UN Caring for Climate initiative and a member of the Urban Land Institute Women’s Leadership Initiative Singapore Steering Committee. Her latest appointment includes the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative Investor Work Group.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Hong Kong and has extensive experience in communications, advertising and community engagement, as well as media and investor relations, in both the public and private sectors before joining CDL.
Mr Ivan Ng joined CDL as Chief Technology Officer in 2016, with overall responsibility for CDL’s Technology Strategy and Operations. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry with a track record in consulting, business and IT management.
Prior to joining CDL, Mr Ng has held senior leadership roles in technology multi-nationals such as HP, Dell and ServiceNow, where he led their IT solutions and services business. He was Chief Information Officer of Pactera (previously HiSoft International), a global IT Services Leader listed on NASDAQ, where he managed their IT, Quality and Security operations worldwide. He has gained a deep appreciation of the Asia Pacific market, having worked in Japan, China, Indonesia and Singapore.
He graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Computing and Information Systems.
Mr Steven Tan joined CDL as Chief Human Resource Officer in July 2016. He has more than 20 years of human resource experience across the real estate, financial services, energy and semi-conductor industries.
Prior to joining CDL, he was the Vice President of Human Resource in CapitaLand and OCBC Bank. He had been credited for driving and implementing the full Human Resource Information System (HRIS) suite and shared services business model resulting in improving productivity. He had also put in place the necessary manpower, compensation and benefits scheme, policies and procedures to support the company’s rapid expansion plans. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from National University of Singapore and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from University of Bradford, UK.
Mr Daniel T’ng joined CDL in 2012 to head the PFM 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 another in Project Management from the National University of Singapore. He has over 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. He is currently the Chairman of the Workplace Safety and Health Council’s Facilities Management Workgroup, and a member of the Workplace Safety and Health Council (Construction and Landscape) Committee.Back to top
Mr Ananda Arawwawela has a wealth of experience in hotel management spanning over 37 years in Singapore, Hong Kong, Fiji, China and the Middle East. 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 Starwood Hotels and Resorts 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.Back to top
Mr Galen Lee joined CDL as Head of Capital Markets in 2016. He brings with him extensive experience in debt and equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private capital raising and financing in the Asian real estate sector, covering key real estate investors including sovereign wealth funds, pension investors and private equity funds. Prior to joining CDL, he headed real estate investment banking in South East Asia at UBS, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He started coverage of the real estate sector at DBS, where he was involved in the origination, structuring and distribution of real estate investment trusts for key real estate sponsors in Asia. Mr Lee holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.Back to top
As of 1 January 2018