About Us

Board of Directors

CHEW GEK KHIM, PJG, 55

Executive Chairman
First appointed: 20 March 2008
Last re-elected: 30 April 2015

Ms Chew Gek Khim is a lawyer by training. She has been Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited since 24 April 2008, first as Non-Executive and Non-Independent Chairman and then as Executive Chairman since 1 November 2009.

Ms Chew is also Executive Chairman of Tecity Group, which she joined in 1987. She is Chairman of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad and ARA Trust Management (Suntec) Limited, and sits on the Board of ARA Asset Management Holdings Pte. Ltd. and Singapore Exchange Limited.

Ms Chew is also Deputy Chairman of Tan Chin Tuan Foundation in Singapore and Chairman of Tan Sri Tan Foundation in Malaysia. She is a Member of the Securities Industry Council of Singapore, the SSO Council and Board of Governors of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. She was the chairman of the National Environment Agency Board of Singapore from 2008 to 2015. Ms Chew was also previously a director of CapitaLand Retail China Trust (formerly CapitaRetail China Trust Management Limited) and a board member of the Singapore Totalisator Board.

Ms Chew graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1984. She was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite in 2010, the Singapore Businessman of the Year 2014 in 2015, and the Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day Awards in 2016.

CHEW GEK HIANG, 53

Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director
First appointed: 30 April 2008
Last re-elected: 30 April 2014

Ms Chew Gek Hiang, an accountant by training, has been with the Tecity Group, the parent company of The Straits Trading Company Limited, since 1991. As Executive Director and Head of Finance, she is actively involved in the investment activities of the Tecity Group and is responsible for its securities trading portfolio. She also oversees the human resource and administrative functions in the Tecity Group.

Currently serving on the advisory panel of the GST Review Board, Ms Chew is also a Council Member of Tan Chin Tuan Foundation in Singapore and Tan Sri Tan Foundation in Malaysia. She is also President of Noah's Ark CARES (Companion Animal Rescue and Education Society), a non-profit animal welfare charity which champions responsible pet ownership and active sterilisation and microchipping of stray dogs and cats in Singapore.

After her graduation from the National University of Singapore in 1986, Ms Chew worked with Ernst & Whinney in Singapore for a year. She then joined Ernst & Young (London) in 1987 to pursue chartered accountancy, and was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in October 1990.

GOH KAY YONG DAVID, 55

Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director
First appointed: 30 April 2008
Last re-elected: 30 April 2014

Mr Goh Kay Yong David is the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Strategist of the Tecity Group, the parent company of The Straits Trading Company Limited.

Mr Goh started his investment career as an Investment Analyst with Great Eastern Life in 1986, and taught at the Nanyang Technological University ("NTU"), Singapore in the Bachelor of Business Financial Analyst programme in 1991. After joining Tecity Group in 1997, he remained from 1997 to 2003, as Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance at NTU. Mr Goh also serves as Director of Stewardship Equity Pte Ltd, Commonwealth Capital Pte Ltd and NPE Print Communications Pte Ltd.

Mr Goh holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Economics from York University, Canada; a Master of Science in Management (System Dynamics, Finance and Strategy) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, and is a CFA Charter holder.

YAP CHEE KEONG, 56

Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director
First appointed: 7 May 2009
Last re-elected: 30 April 2015

Mr Yap Chee Keong is a Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director of The Straits Trading Company Limited.

Mr Yap is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Sembcorp Industries Ltd, Olam International Limited, MediaCorp Pte Ltd, Citibank Singapore Limited and Certis CISCO Security Pte Ltd. He is also a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of ARA Asset Management Limited and Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad.

Mr Yap was the chairman of CityNet Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd (the trustee manager of NetLink Trust), the lead independent director of Tiger Airways Holdings Limited and an independent non-executive director of InterOil Corporation, CapitaMalls Asia Limited and Hup Soon Global Limited. He was also a board member of the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority and a member of the Public Accountants Oversight Committee.

He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the National University of Singapore and is a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, CPA Australia and the Singapore Institute of Directors.

THAM KUI SENG, 59

Independent and Non-Executive Director
First appointed: 1 October 2009
Last re-elected: 30 April 2015

Mr Tham Kui Seng is an Independent and Non-Executive Director of The Straits Trading Company Limited.

Mr Tham is a Non-Executive Director of Global Logistic Properties Limited, Sembcorp Industries Ltd, Banyan Tree Holdings Limited and Avanda Investment Management Pte. Ltd. He is also a Member of the Board of Singapore Land Authority.

Mr Tham was the former chief corporate officer of CapitaLand Limited overseeing the corporate services functions of the real estate group from 2002 to 2008. He was previously a director of Raffles Medical Group Ltd and member of the board of The Housing and Development Board.

Mr Tham graduated from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Engineering Science.

TAN TIONG CHENG, 66

Independent and Non-Executive Director
First appointed: 1 July 2013
Last re-elected: 29 April 2016

Mr Tan Tiong Cheng was appointed as an Independent and Non-Executive Director of The Straits Trading Company Limited on 1 July 2013.

Mr Tan is currently the Advisor to Knight Frank Pte Ltd and President of Knight Frank Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. He was the Executive Chairman of Knight Frank Pte Ltd's Group of Companies until 31 March 2017. He has an extensive and in-depth knowledge of real estate for more than 40 years. He is an Independent and Non-Executive Director of UOL Group Limited and a Member of its Audit Committee. Mr Tan is also an Independent Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a Member of the Audit Committee of Heeton Holdings Limited.

A Colombo Plan Scholar, Mr Tan graduated top of his class with a Diploma in Urban Valuation from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. A Licensed Appraiser, he is also a Fellow Member of the Singapore Institute of Valuers and Surveyors, and the Association of Property and Facilities Management, an Associate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers and a Senior Member of The Property Institute of New Zealand. He served as a member of the Valuation Review Board until 30 April 2016.

GARY HILTON WEISS, 63

Independent and Non-Executive Director
First appointed: 1 June 2014
Last re-elected: 30 April 2015

Dr Gary Hilton Weiss was appointed as an Independent and Non-Executive Director of The Straits Trading Company Limited on 1 June 2014.

Dr Weiss is currently the Executive Director of Ariadne Australia Limited, a diversified investment company with investments in a variety of sectors, including insurance and financial services. The Chairman of Ridley Corporation Ltd and Estia Health Ltd, Dr Weiss is also a Non-Executive Director of Premier Investments Ltd, Pro-Pac Packaging Ltd, Tag Pacific Ltd and Thorney Opportunities Ltd.

Dr Weiss is also a Commissioner of the Australian Rugby League Commission.

He was the former chairman of Coats Plc, a former executive director of Whitlam, Turnbull & Co and Guinness Peat Group plc and sat on the board of Westfield Holdings Limited and a number of other public companies. Dr Weiss has also been involved in managing large businesses with operations in many regions including Europe, China and India and is familiar with investments across a wide range of industries, corporate finance and private equity type deals.

Dr Weiss holds an LLB (Hons) and LLM from Victoria University of Wellington and a Doctor of the Science of Law (JSD) from Cornell University. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

CHIA CHEE MING TIMOTHY, 67

Independent and Non-Executive Director
Lead Independent Director
First appointed: 27 February 2015
Last re-elected: 30 April 2015

Mr Chia Chee Ming, Timothy was appointed as an Independent and Non-Executive Director and Lead Independent Director of the Company on 27 February 2015.

Mr Chia is Chairman of Hup Soon Global Corporation Private Limited. He sits on the boards of several other private and public companies, including Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd, Fraser and Neave Limited, Singapore Power Limited, Vertex Venture Holdings Ltd, Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC, Ceylon Investment PLC and Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Management University, an Advisory Council Member of the ASEAN Business Club and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Asian Civilisations Museum.

Mr Chia graduated with a Bachelor of Science cum laude, majoring in Management from Farleigh Dickinson University in the United States of America.

TAN CHIAN KHONG, 61

Independent and Non-Executive Director
First appointed: 1 January 2018

Mr Tan Chian Khong was appointed as an Independent and Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 January 2018.

Mr Tan has approximately 35 years of experience in the audit industry. He joined Ernst & Young LLP (then known as Ernst & Whinney) in April 1981 and was a partner of the firm from July 1996 to June 2016. Currently an independent non-executive director of Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad, listed on Bursa Malaysia, Mr Tan is also an independent non-executive director and audit committee chairman of Xinghua Port Holdings Ltd. He is also a member of the board of the Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore.

Mr Tan holds a Bachelor of Accountancy by the National University of Singapore, a Master of Business Administration by the University of South Australia and a Master of International Environmental Management by the University of Adelaide. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a fellow of CPA Australia and a fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

CHUA TIAN CHU, 58

Independent and Non-Executive Director
First appointed: 1 January 2018

Mr Chua Tian Chu was appointed as an Independent and Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 January 2018.

Mr Chua was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Meritus Hotels & Resorts from 2012 to 2013. Prior to this, Mr Chua held the positions of Executive Vice President of International Sector and Greater China Region, as well as Head, Global Financial Institutions Group of United Overseas Bank Limited, and Managing Director and Head of Investment Finance of Citigroup Private Bank (Asia Pacific Region) as well as Head of Citigroup Corporate Banking in Singapore. He was also formerly the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Far East Orchard Limited (then known as Orchard Parade Holdings Limited).

Mr Chua holds a Master in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, a Master in Theological Studies (magna cum laude) from the Asia Theological Centre, and a Master in Divinity from the East Asia School of Theology. Mr Chua also has a Bachelor Degree of Civil Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School.