About UOL

Board of Directors

Wee Cho Yaw

Chairman

Dr Wee, 89, the Chairman of UOL, was first appointed to the Board on 23 April 1973 and last re-appointed as Director at UOL’s Annual General Meeting on 28 April 2016. A banker with more than 60 years’ experience and a veteran in the banking, insurance, real estate and hospitality industries, Dr Wee was conferred the Legacy Award for Singapore at the ASEAN Business Awards 2017 in recognition of his business achievements in the region. For his outstanding contributions to the economic, education, social and community development fields in Singapore, Dr Wee received the Distinguished Service Order, Singapore’s highest National Day Award from the President of Singapore in 2011.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2017):
44 years 8 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

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

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2017):

  • United Overseas Bank Limited (Chairman Emeritus and Adviser)
  • United Overseas Insurance Limited (Chairman)
  • Haw Par Corporation Limited (Chairman)
  • United Industrial Corporation Limited (Chairman)

Major Appointments/Principal Commitments:

  • 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 held over the preceding three years:

  • Nil

Academic & Professional Qualification(s) & Achievements:

  • Chinese high school education
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters, National University of Singapore
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • The Asian Banker Lifetime Achievement Award (2009)
  • Credit Suisse-Ernst & Young Lifetime Achievement Award (2006)
  • Businessman of the Year, Singapore Business Awards (1990 and 2001)

Wee Ee Lim

Deputy Chairman
Mr Wee, 56, the Deputy Chairman of UOL, was appointed as Deputy Chairman on 12 August 2015. He was first appointed to the Board on 9 May 2006 and was last re-elected as Director at UOL’s Annual General Meeting held on 26 April 2017.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2017):
11 years 7 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Executive Committee (Deputy Chairman)
  • Audit and Risk Committee (Member)

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2017):

  • Haw Par Corporation Limited
  • United Industrial Corporation Limited

Major Appointments/Principal Commitments:

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

Past Directorships in listed companies held over the preceding three years:

  • Hua Han Health Industry Holdings Limited (formerly known as Hua Han Bio-Pharmaceutical Holdings Limited, listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange) (till July 2015)

Academic & Professional Qualification(s):

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

Gwee Lian Kheng

Group Chief Executive
Mr Gwee, 77, the Group Chief Executive of UOL, was first appointed to the Board on 20 May 1987 and was last re-appointed as Director at UOL’s Annual General Meeting held on 28 April 2016. He has been with UOL since 1973. Mr Gwee received the Asia Pacific Hotelier of the Year award in 2003 and the Hotel Legends Hall of Fame Award at the 11th Australian New Zealand Pacific Hotel Industry Conference in 2011. He was awarded the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (PBM) Public Service Medal and the Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (BBM) Public Service Star by the President of Singapore in 1994 and 2002 respectively.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2017):
30 years 7 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Executive Committee (Member)

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2017):

  • United Industrial Corporation Limited

Major Appointments/Principal Commitments:

  • UOL (Group Chief Executive)
  • Various UOL subsidiaries

Past Directorships in listed companies held over the preceding three years:

  • Nil

Academic & Professional Qualification(s):

  • Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours), University of Singapore
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (United Kingdom)
  • Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (United Kingdom)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants

Low Weng Keong

Mr Low, 65, was first appointed to the Board on 23 November 2005 and was last re-elected as Director at UOL’s Annual General Meeting held on 26 April 2017. He was formerly the country managing partner of Ernst & Young, Singapore, and a past global chairman and president of CPA Australia.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2017):
12 years 1 month

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Audit and Risk Committee (Chairman)
  • Nominating Committee (Chairman)
  • Executive Committee (Member)
  • Remuneration Committee (Member)

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2017):

  • Riverstone Holdings Limited
  • iX Biopharma Limited (listed on Catalist)

Major Appointments/Principal Commitments:

  • Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals Limited
  • Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants Limited
  • NTUC Education and Training Fund (Member of Board of Trustees)

Past Directorships in listed companies held over the preceding three years:

  • Bracell Limited (formerly known as Sateri Holdings Limited, listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange) (till November 2016)

Academic & Professional Qualification(s):

  • Fellow and Life member of CPA Australia
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
  • Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants
  • Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (United Kingdom)
  • Accredited Tax Advisor of the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals

Wee Sin Tho

Mr Wee, 69, was first appointed to the Board on 13 May 2011 and was last re-elected as Director at UOL’s Annual General Meeting held on 26 April 2017. He has extensive experience in the financial services industry where he held various senior positions during his past career. Early in his career, he was involved with corporate strategy, portfolio management policy and economic research with United Overseas Bank Limited. Mr Wee later served as chief executive officer of HLG Capital Bhd, managing director of United Industrial Corporation Limited, president of Vickers Capital Limited and chief executive officer of Vickers Ballas Holdings Limited. Until 30 September 2017, Mr Wee was a senior adviser, Office of President, National University of Singapore.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2017):
6 years 7 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Remuneration Committee (Member)

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2017):

  • Nil

Major Appointments/Principal Commitments:

  • National Gallery Singapore
  • Farrer Way Pte LTd
  • Leap Philanthropy Ltd

Past Directorships in listed companies held over the preceding three years:

  • Keppel Telecommunications & Transportations Ltd (till April 2016)

Academic & Professional Qualification(s):

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours), University of Singapore

Tan Tiong Cheng

Mr Tan, 67, was first appointed to the Board on 29 May 2013 and was last re-elected as Director at UOL’s Annual General Meeting on 28 April 2016. Over the last four decades, he has amassed an extensive and in-depth knowledge of real estate, both in the public and private sectors. Until 30 April 2016, Mr Tan was a member of the Valuation Review Board. Mr Tan stepped down as chairman of Knight Frank Pte Ltd on 31 March 2017. Upon his retirement, Mr Tan assumed the role of president – Knight Frank Asia Pacific and was also appointed as an adviser to Knight Frank Singapore.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2017):
4 years 7 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Audit and Risk Committee (Member)

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2017):

  • Heeton Holdings Limited
  • The Straits Trading Company Limited

Major Appointments/Principal Commitments:

  • Knight Frank Pte Ltd (Adviser)
  • Knight Frank Asia Pacific (President)

Past Directorships in listed companies held over the preceding three years:

  • Nil

Academic & Professional Qualification(s):

  • Diploma in Urban Valuation, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers
  • Fellow of the Association of Property and Facility Managers
  • Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers

Wee Ee-chao

Mr Wee, 63, was first appointed to the Board on 9 May 2006 and was last re-elected as Director at UOL’s Annual General Meeting held on 22 April 2015. Mr Wee 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 2017):
11 years 7 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Nil

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2017):

  • 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
  • Wee Foundation

Past Directorships in listed companies held over the preceding three years:

  • UOB Kay Hian Securities (Thailand) Public Co Limited (listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand) (till July 2016)

Academic & Professional Qualification(s):

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

Pongsak Hoontrakul

Dr Hoontrakul, 57, was first appointed to the Board on 21 May 2008 and was last re-elected as Director at UOL’s Annual General Meeting held on 28 April 2016. Dr Hoontrakul was the recipient of the Best Research Paper Award for ASEAN Scholars at the annual Asia Pacific Finance Association in 2001. Dr Hoontrakul was the adviser to the Senate Committee for Fiscal, Banking and Financial Institutions, Parliamentary Committee for Economic Affairs and Parliamentary Committee for Justice and Human Rights, in Thailand. Until April 2008, he served as an independent director of United Overseas Bank (Thai) Public Company Limited. He was also a senior research fellow at Sasin of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand until May 2013.

Length of service as a Director (as at 31 December 2017):
9 years 7 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Nominating Committee (Member)

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2017):

  • Nil

Major Appointments/Principal Commitments:

  • Hoontrakul Holding Corporation Co. Ltd. (Chairman)
  • Vimanmek Noi Co. Ltd. (Chairman)
  • Four Kings Private Ltd. (Chairman)
  • International Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada (Member)
  • Advisory Panel for the International Association of Deposit Insurance, Switzerland (Member)

Past Directorships in listed companies held over the preceding three years:

  • Nil

Academic & Professional Qualification(s):

  • Doctoral degree (Business Administration in Finance), Thammasat University
  • Master in Business Administration from Sasin of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Bachelor of Science degree (Industrial and System Engineering), San Jose State University, USA
  • Fellow of the Thai Institute of Directors Association

Poon Hon Thang Samuel

Mr Poon, 68, was appointed to the Board on 12 May 2016 and was last re-elected as Director at UOL’s Annual General Meeting held on 26 April 2017. He 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, when 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 2017):
1 year 7 months

Board Committee(s) served on:

  • Nil

Present Directorships in other listed companies (as at 31 December 2017):

  • Enviro-Hub Holdings Ltd
  • Soilbuild Construction Group Ltd

Major Appointments/Principal Commitments:

  • Irodori Japanese Restaurant Pte Ltd
  • Ping An UOB Fund Management Company Limited

Past Directorships in listed companies held over the preceding three years:

  • J.P. Nelson Holdings Ltd (listed on Taiwan Gretai Securities Market) (till June 2016)

Academic & Professional Qualification(s):

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