Mr Gwee, the Group Chief Executive of UOL, will retire on 31 January 2019. He will remain a Director on the Board. Mr Gwee joined UOL in 1973. He was first appointed to the Board on 20 May 1987 and last re-appointed as Director at UOL’s Annual General Meeting held on 28 April 2016. Mr Gwee serves as an Executive and Non-Independent Director, and is a Member of the Executive Committee. He is a Director of various UOL subsidiaries and a director of United Industrial Corporation Limited.
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.
Mr Gwee holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the University of Singapore. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (United Kingdom), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (United Kingdom), and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Mr Liam was appointed as the Group Chief Executive on 2 January 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 and green 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 January 2017, Mr Liam was appointed as first vice-president of the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore.
Mr Liam holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS). He attended the Stanford-NUS Executive Programme in 2000. In 2015, Mr Liam was awarded the Singapore Real Estate Personality of the Year award by South East Asia Property Awards for his commitment to Singapore’s real estate sector.
Mr Nessmann was appointed Chief Executive Officer (Hotels), PPHG in March 2017. He is responsible for PPHG’s day-to-day operations and its existing hotel management business, as well as business development and expansion of the Group’s management business. Mr Nessmann has 30 years of luxury hospitality experience gained from working in various countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, the Middle East and Europe.
Prior to joining PPHG, Mr Nessmann was with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, where as Chief Operations Officer, he was instrumental in developing and positioning its Hotel Jen brand.
Mr Foo graduated from the University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree. He is a fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia, and an associate of both the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.