Tuesday, June 15, 2010

URA, HDB, NParks to get new CEOs

Keppel Integrated Engineering names deputy CEO and executive director

(SINGAPORE) Three statutory boards under the Ministry of National Development (MND) are set for a shuffle at the top.

Urban Redevelopment Authority, Housing & Development Board and National Parks Board will get new CEOs from Aug 1.

URA's CEO, Cheong Koon Hean, will relinquish her current post to become HDB's chief executive. HDB boss Tay Kim Poh will move over to MND, where he will be deputy secretary (development).

NParks' chief executive Ng Lang will assume the job of URA CEO. He will be replaced at NParks by Poon Hong Yuen, who is currently with Ministry of Finance, where he is director (economic programmes/inter- national relations).

The appointments were announced by MND yesterday.

Mrs Cheong will continue her concurrent appointment as deputy secretary (special duties) at MND, with the responsibility of oveseeing land reclamation issues.

At MND, Mr Tay will replace BG (NS) Tay Lim Heng, who has left the Ministry. Separately, Keppel Integrated Engineering (KIE) yesterday evening announced the appointment of BG (NS) Tay as its deputy CEO and executive director (sustainable development) from June 15. Prior to his posting at MND, he was chief executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

At KIE, he will report to deputy chairman and CEO Michael Chia. One of BG (NS) Tay's tasks at the company will be to synergise Keppel Group's environmental engineering and property development competencies to cater for the growing urban and increasingly affluent population in the region and beyond.

MND in its release said that Mr Tay Kim Poh, in his new capacity as deputy secretary (development) at the Ministry, will oversee MND's housing, and planning and research divisions, the Singapore-Tianjin Eco-city project office as well as the ministry's corporate functions. At HDB, Mr Tay spearheaded the Remaking Our Heartland plans to revitalise and rejuvenate Singapore's public housing estates.

His successor, Mrs Cheong, 53, is a Colombo Plan scholar and has been CEO of URA since 2004. The mother of two - who holds degrees in architecture and urban development planning - spearheaded the development of Marina Bay and championed the concept of place management for downtown areas such as Singapore River and Orchard Road.

She also led the development of new growth areas at Jurong Lake District, Kallang Riverside and Paya Lebar Central.

Her successor at URA, Mr Ng, 45, holds a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering. He served at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NTUC Income before joining National Healthcare Group as chief human resource officer in July 2002. He was appointed as CEO of NParks in January 2006.

He has played a key role in implementing major green infrastructural programmes to achieve the 'City in a Garden' vision, MND said.

These include the development of new parks and park connector network, streetscape greenery masterplan, skyrise greenery, the expansion of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the new Gardens by the Bay.

Source: Business Times, 15 Jun 2010

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