About UOL

Board of Directors

Wee Cho Yaw

Chairman

First appointed as a Director: 23 April 1973
Last appointed as a Director: 23 April 2021

Dr Wee, aged 93, is the Chairman of UOL. A distinguished banker with more than 60 years’ experience and a veteran in the banking, insurance, real estate and hospitality industries, Dr Wee has received national and regional awards and industry accolades for his business achievements and support of education, community welfare and the business community.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2021):
48 years 8 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Executive Committee (Chairman)

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2021):

  • United Overseas Insurance Limited (Chairman)
  • Haw Par Corporation Limited (Chairman)
  • Singapore Land Group Limited (Chairman)

Major Appointments/Principal Commitments:

  • United Overseas Bank Limited (Chairman Emeritus and Honorary Adviser)
  • Pan Pacific Hotels Group Limited (Chairman)
  • Marina Centre Holdings Private Limited (Chairman)
  • Nanyang Technological University (Pro-Chancellor)
  • Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Honorary President)
  • Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (Honorary President)
  • Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan (Honorary President)
  • Wee Foundation (Chairman)
  • Chung Cheng High School (Chairman)

Past Directorships in listed companies and Principal Commitments held over the preceding five years:

  • Far Eastern Bank (till May 2018)
  • United Overseas Bank Limited (till April 2018)

Academic, Professional Qualification(s) & Achievement(s):

  • Chinese high school education
  • ASEAN Business Advisory Council Legacy Award for Singapore (2017)
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2014)
  • The Distinguished Service Order, Singapore National Day Award (2011)
  • The Asian Banker Lifetime Achievement Award (2009)
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters, National University of Singapore (2008)
  • Credit Suisse-Ernst & Young Lifetime Achievement Award (2006)
  • Businessman of the Year, Singapore Business Awards (2001 and 1990)

Wee Ee Lim

Deputy Chairman

First appointed as a Director: 9 May 2006
Last appointed as a Director: 25 April 2019

Mr Wee, aged 60, is the Deputy Chairman of UOL. He was appointed as Deputy Chairman on 12 August 2015 and has been a Board Member since 2006.

Mr Wee is also the President & Chief Executive Officer of Haw Par Corporation Limited (“HPC”), a mainboard-listed company with businesses in the healthcare, leisure, property and investment sectors. Mr Wee joined HPC in 1986. He was appointed to the board of HPC in 1994 and to his current role of President & Chief Executive Officer in 2003. Mr Wee has been closely involved in the management and growth of the HPC group for more than 30 years.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2021):
15 years 7 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Executive Committee (Deputy Chairman)
  • Nominating Committee (Member)
  • Remuneration Committee (Member)

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2021):

  • United Overseas Bank Limited
  • Haw Par Corporation Limited
  • Singapore Land Group Limited

Major Appointments/Principal Commitments:

  • Haw Par Corporation Limited (President and Chief Executive Officer)
  • Wee Foundation (Director)

Past Directorships in listed companies and Principal Commitments held over the preceding five years:

  • Nil

Academic, Professional Qualification(s) & Achievement(s):

  • Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Clark University, USA

Liam Wee Sin

Group Chief Executive

First appointed as a Director: 25 April 2019
Last appointed as a Director: –

Mr Liam, aged 63, has been the Group Chief Executive of UOL since 2019. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer. He is also a Board Member of several UOL subsidiaries. Before joining UOL in 1993, Mr Liam was in the public sector for eight years, overseeing architectural works and facilities management. He also worked with Jones Lang Wootton for project management and consultancy work.

An advocate of good design as well as green and sustainable architecture, Mr Liam is a member of the URA Architecture and Urban Design Excellence Committee. He had previously served as a member of the URA Design Advisory Committee, Preservation of Monuments Board and National Crime Prevention Council. In February 2021, Mr Liam was appointed second vice-president of the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (“REDAS”). Previously he was first vice-president of REDAS from 2017 to 2018. In April 2021, Mr Liam was appointed as a new member of the Future Economy Council (FEC) to co-chair the Urban Systems Sub-Committee.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2021):
2 years 8 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Executive Committee (Member)

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2021):

  • Singapore Land Group Limited

Major Appointments/ Principal Commitments:

  • UOL Group Limited (Group Chief Executive)
  • Director of various UOL subsidiaries

Past Directorships in Listed Companies and Principal Commitments held over the preceding five years:

  • Nil

Academic, Professional Qualification(s) & Achievement(s):

  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Singapore
  • REDAS Luminary Service Award (2021)

Poon Hon Thang Samuel

First appointed as a Director: 12 May 2016
Last appointed as a Director: 10 June 2020

Mr Poon, aged 72, has more than three decades of experience in the financial industry. From 1979 to 1988, Mr Poon served at Citibank N.A. (Singapore) where he was responsible for credit, marketing, remedial management and structured finance. From 1988 to 2006, before he retired as senior executive vice president from United Overseas Bank Limited (“UOB”), Mr Poon was responsible for consumer banking, corporate banking, commercial banking, corporate finance and international banking at UOB.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2021):
5 years 7 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Nominating Committee (Chairman)

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2021):

  • Enviro-Hub Holdings Ltd
  • Soilbuild Construction Group Ltd

Major Appointments/Principal Commitments:

  • Ping An Fund Management Company Limited (Director)

Past Directorships in listed companies and Principal Commitments held over the preceding five years:

  • Irodori Japanese Restaurant Pte Ltd (Director) (till June 2021)
  • Raffles Town Club Pte Ltd (till September 2019)

Academic, Professional Qualification(s) & Achievement(s):

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Nanyang University of Singapore

Wee Ee-chao

First appointed as a Director: 9 May 2006
Last appointed as a Director: 23 April 2021

Mr Wee, aged 67, was appointed chairman of the Singapore Tourism Board from January 2002 to December 2004. He was also the first vice-president of the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (“REDAS”) from 2005 to 2006 and continued to serve on the committee of REDAS from 2007 to 2010.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2021):
15 years 7 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Nil

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2021):

  • UOB-Kay Hian Holdings Limited
  • Haw Par Corporation Limited

Major Appointments/Principal Commitments:

  • UOB Kay Hian group of companies (Chairman and Managing Director)
  • Kheng Leong Company (Private) Limited (Director)
  • Wee Foundation (Director)

Past Directorships in listed companies and Principal Commitments held over the preceding five years:

  • Nil

Academic, Professional Qualification(s) & Achievement(s):

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, American University Washington D.C., USA

SIM HWEE CHER

First appointed as a Director: 25 April 2019
Last appointed as a Director: 23 April 2021

Mr Sim, aged 64, has over 30 years of audit experience and has been actively involved in managing audits of companies including real estate, construction and insurance industries. Mr Sim was vice chairman (operations), assurance leader and member of the leadership team at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Singapore (“PwC”) and executive committee member of PwC China, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong before his retirement in July 2018.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2021):
2 years 8 months 

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Audit, Risk Management and Sustainability Committee (Chairman)
  • Remuneration Committee (Member)

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2021):

  • Nil

Major Appointments/ Principal Commitments:

  • Mandai Park Holdings Pte Ltd (Director)
  • Duke-NUS Medical School: Centre for Aging Research & Education (Advisory Board Member)
  • The Esplanade Company Ltd (Director)
  • National Youth Achievement Award Association (Council Member)
  • Asia Capital Reinsurance Group Pte. Ltd. (Director)

Past Directorships in Listed Companies and Principal Commitments held over the preceding five years:

  • Asia Capital Reinsurance Malaysia Sdn Bhd (till October 2020)
  • NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative Limited (till June 2020)
  • National Council of Social Service (Honorary General Secretary and Council Member) (2010 – 2018)

Academic, Professional Qualification(s) & Achievement(s):

  • Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours), National University of Singapore
  • Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants Australia
  • Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom
  • Completed INSEAD International Directors Programme in 2018
  • Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (PBM) and Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (BBM)

LEE CHIN YONG FRANCIS

First appointed as a Director: 2 January 2020
Last appointed as a Director: 10 June 2020

Mr Lee, aged 67, joined United Overseas Bank Limited (“UOB”) in 1980 and has more than 40 years’ experience in the financial industry. He was the adviser to UOB Group Retail before retiring in April 2019. Mr Lee was the Country CEO of UOB (Malaysia) before he was appointed in 2003 as Head of International Division, UOB. Mr Lee was also concurrently the then Group Retail Head (Personal Financial Services and Business Banking). Mr Lee was also a non-executive director of UOB-Kay Hian Holdings Limited from 2006 to 2017 and a member of its audit committee.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2021):
2 years

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Executive Committee (Member)
  • Nominating Committee (Member)
  • Audit, Risk Management and Sustainability Committee (Member)

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2021):

  • Nil

Major Appointments/ Principal Commitments:

  • Kemaris group of companies (Director)
  • GXS Bank Pte Ltd (formerly known as A5-DB Operations (S) Pte Ltd) (Director)

Past Directorships in Listed Companies and Principal Commitments held over the preceding five years:

  • PT Bank UOB Indonesia (Commissioner) (till May 2019)
  • United Overseas Bank (China) Limited (till April 2019)
  • United Overseas Bank (Thai) Public Company Limited (till April 2019)
  • UOB-Kay Hian Holdings Limited (till June 2017)

Academic, Professional Qualification(s) & Achievement(s):

  • Malaysia Certificate of Education

LAU CHENG SOON

First appointed as a Director: 23 April 2021
Last appointed as a Director: –

Mr Lau, aged 66, has over 29 years of senior management roles in the Asia Pacific real estate investment business and has been actively involved in planning, developing, managing and marketing numerous real estate investment and development projects across major markets in the Asia Pacific region.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2021):
8 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Remuneration Committee (Chairman)
  • Executive Committee (Member)
  • Audit, Risk Management and Sustainability Committee (Member)

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2021):

  • Nil

Major Appointments/ Principal Commitments:

  • Pro-invest Australia Hospitality Fund I (Director)
  • Pro-invest Australia Hospitality Fund II (Director)
  • Pro-invest Asia Pacific Distressed Hospitality Fund III (Director)
  • Straits Real Estate Pte. Ltd. (Director)

Past Directorships in Listed Companies and Principal Commitments held over the preceding five years:

  • Invesco Real Estate, Asia Pacific (Managing Director) (till March 2021)

Academic, Professional Qualification(s) & Achievement(s):

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (Honors), Oregon State University
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Chicago – Booth School of Business

YIP WAI PING ANNABELLE

First appointed as a Director: 27 May 2022
Last appointed as a Director: –

Ms Yip, aged 58, is a corporate lawyer with over 30 years’ experience. She is a Senior Consultant of WongPartnership LLP and was the Joint Head of the Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice until March 2022. Apart from corporate governance and compliance, she is experienced in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial law, employment and business establishment. Ms Yip is also a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2021):
NA

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Nil

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2021):

  • Nil

Major Appointments/ Principal Commitments:

  • WongPartnership LLP (Senior Consultant)
  • Checkpoint Theatre Limited (Director)
  • AIA Financial Advisers Private Limited (Director)

Past Directorships in Listed Companies and Principal Commitments held over the preceding five years:

  • The Substation Limited (Director) (till August 2021)

Academic, Professional Qualification(s) & Achievement(s):

  • LL.B. (Hons.), National University of Singapore
  • LL.M. King’s College London, University of London
  • Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore