Board of Directors


Lt-Gen (Retd) Winston Choo Wee Leong
Chairman, Non-Executive and Independent
 

Lt-Gen (Retd) Winston Choo Wee Leong was appointed Director of Metro Holdings Limited (“Metro”) in June 2007 and assumed the position of Chairman in July 2007.

He is also the Chairman of the Nominating and Investment Committees and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

He had a distinguished military career from 1959 to 1992 and was Singapore’s Chief of Defence Force from 1974 to 1992. He served as Singapore’s High Commissioner to Australia and concurrently Ambassador to Fiji from 1994 to 1997. He also served as Singapore’s Non-Resident High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea from 2000 to 2006. He also served as Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the State of Israel from 2006 to 2020.

Lt-Gen Choo is an experienced company director, having served on the Boards of several listed companies since 1993. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Foodfare Catering Pte Ltd, Newstar Investment Holdings Pte Ltd and Tridex Pte Ltd.

Lt-Gen Choo holds a Master of Arts in History from Duke University, USA and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard University, USA.




Phua Bah Lee
Director, Non-Executive and Independent
 

Mr Phua Bah Lee joined the Board of Metro in 1993. He is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nominating Committee. He is also a Director of Singapura Finance Ltd and also holds directorships in a number of private companies.

Mr Phua was the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Communications from 1968 to 1971 and Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Defence from 1972 to 1988. He was a Member of Parliament for the Tampines Constituency from 1968 to 1988. He graduated from the Nanyang University, Singapore, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.



Gerald Ong Chong Keng
Director, Non-Executive
 

Mr Gerald Ong Chong Keng was appointed a Director of Metro in June 2007. He is a member of the Audit, Nominating and Investment Committees.

He is currently the Deputy Chairman of the PrimePartners Corporate Finance Group and was the Chairman of Aseana Properties Ltd (listed on the London Stock Exchange Main List). Mr Ong has more than 25 years of corporate finance related experience. He has held senior positions at various financial institutions including NM Rothschilds & Sons (Singapore) Ltd, the DBS Bank Group, Tokyo-Mitsubishi International (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Hong Leong (Malaysia) Group. During his time with these institutions, Mr Ong’s duties encompassed the provision of a wide variety of Corporate Finance services from advisory, M&A activities and fund raising exercises incorporating various structures such as equity, debt, equity-linked and derivative-enhanced issues.

Mr Ong has been recognised as an IBF Distinguished Fellow and is a Council Member and Treasurer of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (‘SIIA’). He is an alumnus of the National University of Singapore, University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School.



Fang Ai Lian (Mrs)
Director, Non-Executive and Independent
 

Mrs Fang Ai Lian was appointed a Director of Metro in July 2008. She is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominating Committee.

She is an Independent Director of Banyan Tree Holdings Limited, Singapore Post Limited, Jubilant Pharma Limited and Cromwell EREIT Management Pte. Ltd. and Advisor to the Far East Organization Group. She is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Business Federation and Medishield Life Council. She is also a member of the SGX Listings Advisory Committee, SingHealth Fund Limited and Tote Board (Singapore Totalisator Board).

Mrs Fang was a member of Board of Trustees of Singapore University of Technology and Design until August 2019. She was the Chairman of Great Eastern Holdings Limited and its insurance subsidiaries as well as a Director of OCBC Bank until her retirement in April 2014. Prior to that, she was with Ernst & Young (“EY”) for 37 years where she last held the position of Chairman of EY Singapore until her retirement on 31 March 2008. She previously served as Chairman of the Charity Council. She was also a Justice of the Peace and was awarded the Public Service Star in 2009. Her past directorships include Singapore Telecommunications Limited and MediaCorp Pte Ltd.

Mrs Fang qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

 

Tan Soo Khoon
Director, Non-Executive and Independent
 

Mr Tan Soo Khoon was appointed a Director of Metro in December 2011. He is a member of the Audit and Investment Committees.

Mr Tan, a businessman, is also a director of several private companies. Since 1978, he has been the Chairman of watch distribution companies, Crystal Time (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Crystal Time (M) Sdn Bhd. His past directorship includes Parkson Retail Asia Limited.

Mr Tan holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with Honours from the National University of Singapore. Mr Tan was a Member of the Singapore Parliament from 1976 to 2006. He also served as Speaker of Parliament from 1989 to 2002. Since 2007, he has been Singapore’s non-resident Ambassador to the Czech Republic. He also serves as the Honorary Patron of the Down Syndrome Association (Singapore).

 

Deborah Lee Siew Yin
Director, Non-Executive and Independent
 

Ms Deborah Lee Siew Yin was appointed a Director of Metro in June 2018. She is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.

Ms Lee is presently an Independent Director of Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited, Ascott Business Trust Management Pte Ltd and Assurity Trusted Solutions Pte Ltd. She is also a board member of WTL Capital Pte Ltd and Integrated Health Information Systems Pte Ltd.

Ms Lee was previously Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (“SPH”) from 2007 to 2015. Prior to joining SPH, she was a consultant, specialising in corporate development work and mergers and acquisitions.

Before her consultancy work, Ms Lee was Senior Vice-President, Business Development at the Wuthelam Group, overseeing the establishment of the industrial electronics business, real estate business development and private equity investment for the Group in the region. Ms Lee started her career as an auditor with Pricewaterhouse and subsequently joined Hewlett Packard, holding various management positions over a period of 11 years.

Ms Lee holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) and a Master in Applied Finance from the National University of Singapore. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.

 

Yip Hoong Mun
Group Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director
 

Mr Yip Hoong Mun was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director with effect from 1 June 2019. He is a member of the Investment Committee.

As Group Chief Executive Officer, he plays a key role in the Group’s investment strategies and holds executive responsibility over the business performance of the Metro Group of companies. He oversees the Group’s property investment and development projects and joint ventures in Singapore, China, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and Australia. Prior to this, he was Metro’s Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer, a position he assumed since May 2018. Before this, Mr Yip served as Group Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Metro China.

Mr Yip has over 30 years of experience in executive and senior management roles in strategic planning, operations, hospitality, real estate investment and development. Mr Yip started his career with Indeco Engineers and later joined BP South East Asia. Prior to joining Metro, he spent over 20 years with the CapitaLand Group, and served different roles in various strategic business units. He was Managing Director of Ascott China in 2003 and then Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific and the Gulf Region of The Ascott Group in 2006. Subsequent to that, Mr Yip has been involved in property developments in the Gulf Region, Vietnam and Indonesia of the CapitaLand Group.

Mr Yip has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree with first class honours from the National University of Singapore and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford University, USA. He also completed a management course at Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

 



Board of Directors

Lt-Gen (Retd) Winston Choo Wee Leong
Chairman, Non-Executive and Independent
Phua Bah Lee
Director, Non-Executive and Independent
Gerald Ong Chong Keng
Director, Non-Executive
Fang Ai Lian (Mrs)
Director, Non-Executive and Independent
Tan Soo Khoon
Director, Non-Executive and Independent
Deborah Lee Siew Yin
Director, Non-Executive and Independent
Yip Hoong Mun
Group Chief Executive Officer,
Executive Director

Audit Committee

Fang Ai Lian (Mrs)
Chairman
Gerald Ong Chong Keng
Tan Soo Khoon
Deborah Lee Siew Yin

Nominating Committee

Lt-Gen (Retd) Winston Choo Wee Leong
Chairman
Phua Bah Lee
Gerald Ong Chong Keng
Fang Ai Lian (Mrs)

Remuneration Committee

Phua Bah Lee
Chairman
Lt-Gen (Retd) Winston Choo Wee Leong
Deborah Lee Siew Yin

Investment Committee

Lt-Gen (Retd) Winston Choo Wee Leong
Chairman
Gerald Ong Chong Keng
Tan Soo Khoon
Yip Hoong Mun