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 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SICIM. He serves on the boards of China National Offshore Oil Corporation, a national oil company; and China Huadian, a power generation company, which are 100% Chinese state owned companies.
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. Mr Boon was also Chairman of STAM from April 2010 to December 2011. 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 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.
Mr Boon was the director of Intouch Holdings Plc, a telecommunications and satellite holding company listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand from 26 September 2007 to 17 November 2016. Mr Boon also served as the Senior Advisor to Temasek International Advisors Pte Ltd from January 2005 to 30 April 2017.
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 holds an Adjunct Professorship at the Nanyang Technological University. He is also a Professor of Practice of the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Mr Adrian Chan Pengee was appointed to the Board on 5 May 2009, and was appointed as the Lead Independent Director on 25 February 2016.
Mr Chan is Head of the Corporate Department and a Senior Partner at Lee & Lee. He serves on the board of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), the Executive Council of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises as its Honorary Secretary, the Council of Law Society of Singapore and the Corporate Governance and Regulations Committee of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Legal Service Commission.
Mr Chan is a director of Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee, the joint law venture between Lee & Lee and the international law firm, Hogan Lovells, and is an independent director on the boards of Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd; Ascendas Funds Management (S) Limited; Hong Fok Corporation Limited, AEM Holdings Ltd and Best World International Limited all of which are listed on the SGX-ST. He also serves on the board of Shared Services for Charities Limited, a registered charity, as well as Azalea Asset Management Pte Ltd, Astrea III Pte Ltd and Want Want Holdings Ltd.
Mr Chan is the Chairman of the Panel of the Institute of Corporate Law and chairs the Corporate Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore. He was appointed to the Audit Committee Guidance Committee, established by the MAS, ACRA and the SGX-ST.
Mr Chan graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1989.
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 Jason See Yong Kiat was appointed as Manager Nominated Director of the Company on 5 November 2013. He is the Managing Director (Fund Management) and a member of the Investment Committee of STAM, and also director of several other STAM-affiliated companies. He is concurrently a non-executive director of SICIM, and his appointment as Manager Nominated Director continues uninterrupted following the appointment of SICIM as the manager of the Company on 29 April 2016.
At STAM, Mr See heads a team of fund managers and research analysts responsible for identifying, evaluating and overseeing investments in public and private equities, convertible bonds and credits in Asia and other emerging markets.
From November 2010 to May 2013, Mr See held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of STAM and was responsible for the middle and back office operations, supervising and monitoring the day-to-day operations and ensuring that activities comply with the organisational requirements of the firm. Prior to his appointment as COO, he held the position of Chief Investment Officer, overseeing the investment portfolios managed by STAM and supervising a team of fund managers and research analysts.
Prior to joining STAM in 2002, Mr See spent 13 years in asset management with Overseas Union Bank Limited group. He began his career with Kankaku Merchant Bank where he was responsible for equity sales of Japanese securities to local and regional clients.
Mr See holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (2nd Class Upper Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore.
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.