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 is currently Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the State of Israel.

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 Advance 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 Audit and Nominating Committees. He is also a Director of Pan United Corporation Ltd and Singapura Finance Ltd. He 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, Investment and Remuneration Committees.

He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the PrimePartners Corporate Finance Group and is a Director of Aseana Properties Ltd (listed on the London Stock Exchange Main List). Mr Ong has more than 20 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 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 and Advisor to the Far East Organization Group. She is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Business Federation and Medishield Life Council, and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

Mrs Fang was previously with Ernst & Young (“E&Y”) for 37 years where she last held the position of Chairman of E&Y Singapore until her retirement on 31 March 2008. She previously served as the Chairman of Charity Council. She is 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 Committee.

Mr Tan, a businessman, is also a Director of Parkson Retail Asia Limited and several private companies. Since 1978, he has been the Managing Director of watch distribution companies, Crystal Time (S) Pte Ltd and Crystal Time (M) Sdn Bhd.

Mr Tan holds a bachelor 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.

 

Lawrence Chiang Kok Sung
Group Chief Executive Officer, Director, Executive
 

Mr Lawrence Chiang was appointed as the Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Metro in June 2016. He is a member of the Investment Committee.

He has executive responsibilities over the operations of the Metro Group of companies and holds a key role in the Groupís investment strategy and business development. He has initiated and overseen the completion of the Groupís property development projects and joint ventures in China, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Japan, Malaysia and Australia. Whilst assuming overall responsibility for the Groupís property and retail divisions, he is also directly involved in the management of the Groupís property division.

Mr Chiang joined Metro in 1989 and has held positions as the Groupís Head, Corporate Affairs and Special Projects and Financial Controller. He was appointed the Group General Manager in April 2007 before being re-designated as the Group Chief Operating Officer in July 2013. He was appointed as the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer in February 2016. He has 42 years of working experience in industries involved in property development and management, retail and department stores, cruise, hotel, engineering and trading operations.

 



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
Director, Non-Executive and Independent
Tan Soo Khoon
Director, Non-Executive and Independent
Lawrence Chiang Kok Sung
Group Chief Executive Officer,
Director, Executive

Audit Committee

Fang Ai Lian
Chairman
Phua Bah Lee
Gerald Ong Chong Keng
Tan Soo Khoon

Nominating Committee

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

Remuneration Committee

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

Investment Committee

Lt-Gen (Retd) Winston Choo Wee Leong
Chairman
Gerald Ong Chong Keng
Tan Soo Khoon
Lawrence Chiang Kok Sung