The Board of Directors is entrusted with the responsibility for the overall management of GIL. It comprises the following Directors:
Mr Boon Swan Foo was appointed as Manager Nominated Director and Chairman on 25 November 2009 and subsequently became Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Company on 20 December 2011.
Mr Boon is the Executive Chairman of Singapore Consortium Investment Management Limited (SICIM). He serves on the boards of several overseas companies which are significant and major players in their respective markets, namely; China National Offshore Oil Corporation, a national oil company; China Huadian Corporation, a power generation company and Orica Limited, an Australian-based multinational corporation that is one of the world’s largest providers of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas and construction markets.
Mr Boon served as Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman of ST Engineering Ltd from October 1997 to May 2001, and was the Managing Director of Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) from January 2002 to January 2006. He also served concurrently as Executive Chairman of Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd, the commercial arm of A*STAR, from August 2001 to December 2009. For his stewardship of ST Engineering Ltd, Mr Boon was awarded one of Singapore’s most prestigious business awards, the Singapore Business Award for Outstanding CEO in 2000. Mr Boon was also Chairman of ST Asset Management Ltd. (“STAM”) from April 2010 to December 2011.
Mr Boon Swan Foo was the Chairman and independent non-executive Director of Perennial China Retail Trust Management Pte. Ltd (“PCRTMPL”) from November 2010 to March 2013. PCRTMPL was the Trustee-Manager of Perennial China Retail Trust, which was listed on the main board of the SGX-ST from June 2011 to February 2015. He was the director of Intouch Holdings Plc, a telecommunications and satellite holding company listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand from September 2007 to November 2016. Mr Boon served on the board of MIH Holdings Limited (South Africa), an investment holding and internet company from April 2011 to October 2013. Mr Boon also served on the board of Dongfeng Motor Corporation (China), an automobile manufacturer from July 2011 to January 2018.
Mr Boon served as the Senior Advisor to Temasek International Advisors Pte Ltd from January 2005 to April 2017. Mr Boon was an advisor to the Dean’s Council of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (U.S.A); Motorola Inc. Research Visionary Board (U.S.A); Commercialisation Advisory Board of Imperial College (U.K) and Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (Japan).
Mr Boon is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountant (UK)-ACCA. He holds an MBA from the National University of Singapore and has completed Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. Presently, he is a Professor of Practice of the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Mr Ronald Seah Lim Siang was appointed to the Board on 30 April 2010.
Mr Seah serves on the boards of Yanlord Land Group Ltd; Telechoice International Ltd and PGG Wrightson Limited, a company listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange. He is a director of M&C REIT Management Limited and M&C Business Trust Management Limited, and is also Chairman of Nucleus Connect Pte Ltd.
Over a 25 year period between 1980 and 2005, he had held various senior positions within the AIG Group in Singapore, initially as AIA Singapore’s Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer, where he was responsible for managing the investment portfolio of AIA Singapore, and later as AIG Global Investment Corporation (Singapore) Ltd’s Vice President of Direct Investments. Between 2001 and 2005, Mr Seah was also the Chairman of the board of AIG Global Investment Corporation (Singapore) Ltd.
From 1978 to 1980, Mr Seah managed the investment portfolio of Post Office Savings Bank as Deputy Head of the Investment and Credit Department. Prior to that, he worked at Singapore Nomura Merchant Bank as an Assistant Manager where he was responsible for the sale of bonds and securities and offshore (ACU) loan administration for the bank. Between 2002 and 2003, Mr Seah served on the panel of experts of the Commercial Affairs Department of Singapore.
Mr Seah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Second Class Honours (Upper)) in Economics from the then University of Singapore in 1975.
Mr Tan Kok Wee was appointed to the Board on 30 April 2010.
Mr Tan has served in senior executive positions for more than 30 years in fixed income, foreign exchange and derivative markets and last held the position of Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income and Currency (FIC) sales for Asia at Commerzbank AG. Prior to that, between 1994 and 2008, Mr Tan was Senior Managing Director and a member of the board of directors of Bear Stearns Singapore Pte Ltd, a global investment bank and securities trading and brokerage, where he was responsible for its Singapore’s operation. He was also a member of Bear Stearns Asia Management Committee which dealt with major business initiatives and administrative matters in Asia. From 1994 to 1998, Mr Tan headed the Securities Business Development Sub-Committee of the Singapore Foreign Exchange Market Committee. Prior to that, Mr Tan was with CS First Boston from 1982 to 1994 working in both the Singapore and Hong Kong offices.
Mr Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Singapore in 1979.
Mr Abdul Jabbar Bin Karam Din was appointed to the Board as an Independent Director on 7 January 2019.
Mr Jabbar is the Executive Committee Partner at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP. He heads the firm’s Corporate and Transactional Practice. He regularly advises public listed and unlisted companies on corporate governance, compliance and regulatory matters.
Mr Jabbar is a director of Chip Eng Seng Corporation Ltd which is listed on the SGX-ST. Mr Jabbar also serves on the board as company secretary to numerous private and public listed and unlisted companies as well as several registered foreign companies with Singapore branches. He assisted multinational companies in setting up their headquarters in Singapore.
Mr Jabbar graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the National University of Singapore.
Mr Tan Wee Peng Kelvin was appointed to the Board as an Independent Director on 15 March 2019.
Mr Tan is currently an Independent Director and Chair of Audit Committee of several SGX-listed companies, namely IREIT Global Group Pte. Ltd., Sabana Real Estate Investment Management Pte. Ltd., Unusual Ltd., and Viking Offshore and Marine Ltd.
Mr Tan is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the National University of Singapore Business School. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants of Singapore and also serves on its Council as Secretary.
Mr Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1987 and a Master of Business Administration from the same university in 1997. He also attended the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.