Board

The CapitaLand Board comprises 11 directors of whom 10 are non-executive directors. The Chairman is Mr Ng Kee Choe and the Deputy Chairman is Mr Peter Seah Lim Huat. 

The Board meets regularly, at least once every quarter, to deliberate strategy policies of the Group including significant acquisitions and disposals, approve the annual budget, review the performance of the Group's businesses and approve the release of the quarterly, half-yearly and full-year results. 

The Board members are:

Mr Ng Kee Choe

Mr Ng Kee Choe
Chairman

Mr Ng Kee Choe, an Independent Non-Executive Director, joined the CapitaLand Board on 16 April 2010 and was elected Chairman on 1 May 2012.. He is also a Chairman of CapitaLand’s Investment Committee, a Member of CapitaLand’s Executive Resource and Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee and Finance and Budget Committee.

Mr Ng is presently Chairman of Singapore Power Limited (until 30 June 2012), SP AusNet (listed on the SGX-ST and Australian Securities Exchange), NTUC Income Insurance Co-Operative Limited and Tanah Merah Country Club and President-Commissioner of PT Bank Danamon Indonesia Tbk (listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange). Mr Ng is a member of Temasek Advisory Panel and International Advisory Council of China Development Bank. In addition, he is also a Director of Singapore Exchange Limited and Singapore Airport Terminal Services Limited (both listed on the SGX-ST) and Fullerton Financial Holdings Pte Ltd.

Mr Ng was the Vice-Chairman of DBS Group Holdings Ltd ("DBS"). He retired from his executive position in July 2003 after 33 years of service with DBS. For his contributions to public service, Mr Ng was awarded the Public Service Star in 2001.

Mr Ng is a graduate of the University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree.

Mr Peter Seah Lim Huat

Mr Peter Seah Lim Huat
Deputy Chairman

Mr Peter Seah, an Independent Non-Executive Director, joined the CapitaLand Board on 18 December 2001 and was appointed as Deputy Chairman on 1 January 2009. Mr Seah was last re-elected as Director at CapitaLand's Annual General Meeting on 16 April 2010. He is also Chairman of CapitaLand's Finance and Budget Committee, Executive Resource and Compensation Committee and Nominating Committee.

Mr Seah is presently the Chairman of DBS Group Holdings Ltd and Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (both listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (“SGX-ST”)), LaSalle College of the Arts Limited and Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd. He is a Director of STATS ChipPAC Ltd, StarHub Ltd (both listed on the SGX-ST), Level 3 Communications Inc (listed on NASDAQ) and also sits on the Board of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd and Defence Science Technology Agency.

From 2001 to 2004, Mr Seah was President & CEO of Singapore Technologies Pte Ltd. Prior to the above appointment, Mr Seah was with Overseas Union Bank (OUB) from 1977 and became its President & CEO in 1991. Mr Seah retired as Vice Chairman and CEO from OUB on 30 September 2001. Mr Seah was also Chairman of SembCorp Industries Ltd and Singapore Computer Systems Limited (both listed on the SGX-ST), President Commissioner of PT Indosat Tbk (listed on the Stock Exchange of Indonesia), Deputy Chairman of Global Crossing Limited (listed on the New York Stock Exchange), Director of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd (listed on the SGX-ST), Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited (listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand), Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad (listed on Bursa Malaysia) and Bank of China Limited (listed on Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Exchanges).

Mr Seah is a graduate of the University of Singapore with an Honours Degree in Business Administration.

Mr Lim Ming Yan

Mr Lim Ming Yan
President & Group CEO

Mr Lim Ming Yan is President and Group Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand Limited. He is a Director on the Boards of CapitaLand Limited, and CapitaMalls Asia Limited, CapitaLand’s listed shopping mall subsidiary. He is also Deputy Chairman of CapitaMall Trust Management Limited, CapitaCommercial Trust Management Limited, CapitaRetail China Trust Management Limited and Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited.

Mr Lim is a Board Member of the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore, Director of Business China, an organisation that promotes bilingualism and biculturalism between Singapore and China, as well as Board Member of the Singapore Tourism Board.

Mr Lim was the Chief Operating Officer of CapitaLand from May 2011 to December 2012 and Chief Executive Officer of The Ascott Limited from July 2009 to February 2012. Prior to joining Ascott, Mr Lim was the Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand China Holdings Pte Ltd from November 2000 to June 2009, responsible for growing CapitaLand into a leading foreign real estate developer in China.

Mr Lim obtained first class honours in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in 1985. He attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2002.

Mr James Koh Cher Siang

Mr James Koh Cher Siang
Director

Mr James Koh, an Independent Non-Executive Director, joined the CapitaLand Board on 1 July 2005 and was last re-elected as Director at CapitaLand’s Annual General Meeting on 25 April 2011. He is Chairman of CapitaLand’s Risk Committee and Corporate Disclosure Committee; and a Member of CapitaLand’s Audit Committee.

Mr Koh is Chairman of CapitaMall Trust Management Limited (the manager of CapitaMall Trust listed on the SGX-ST) and Chairman of its Investment Committee and Corporate Disclosure Committee. He is also a Director of CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the CapitaLand Group’s philanthropic arm.

Mr Koh is presently Chairman of Housing & Development Board, Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation Limited, MechanoBiology Institute and Singapore Island Country Club. He sits on the Boards of UOL Group Limited and Pan Pacific Hotels Group Limited (both listed on the SGX-ST). He is also a Director of Singapore Cooperation Enterprise and Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities Limited.

From 1997 to 2005, Mr Koh served as CEO of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore. In that capacity, he was both Commissioner of Inland Revenue and Commissioner of Charities. Prior to these appointments, Mr Koh was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of National Development, Community Development and Education. Mr Koh has substantial experience in public administration having served in the Ministries of Finance, National Development, Community Development, Education and the Prime Minister’s Office. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 1983 and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2002.

Mr Koh was a Director of Singapore Airlines Limited (listed on the SGX-ST). Mr Koh is a graduate of Oxford University, UK with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. He also holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, USA.

Mrs Arfat Pannir Selvam

Mrs Arfat Pannir Selvam
Director

Mrs Arfat Selvam, an Independent Non-Executive Director, joined the CapitaLand Board on 2 January 2006 and was last re-elected as Director at CapitaLand’s Annual General Meeting on 25 April 2011. She is a Member of CapitaLand’s Audit Committee, Corporate Disclosure Committee and Nominating Committee.

Mrs Selvam is presently the Managing Director of Selvam LLC, a corporate finance law practice and its joint law venture, Duane Morris & Selvam LLP. With over 40 years in legal practice as a corporate finance lawyer, Mrs Selvam has been involved in some landmark Singapore M&A transactions.

Mrs Selvam was the President of the Law Society of Singapore in 2003. She was also a member of the Senate of the Academy of Law, the Board of Legal Education and the Board of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). She is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors. She is also a Director of CapitaMalls Asia Limited (listed on the SGX-ST and Hong Kong Stock Exchange) and Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd.

Mrs Selvam serves the community through her participation as President of the Muslim Financial Planning Association, member of the Executive Committee of Breast Cancer Foundation and member of the Board of Trustees of Rahmatan Lil’Alamin Foundation Ltd. She is also Chairman of the Law Society of Singapore Pro Bono, Managemefnt Committee.

Mrs Selvam is a graduate of the University of Singapore and was admitted to practise as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1969.

Professor Kenneth Stuart Courtis

Professor Kenneth Stuart Courtis
Director

Prof Kenneth Courtis, an Independent Non-Executive Director, joined the CapitaLand Board on 14 February 2007 and was last re-elected as Director at CapitaLand’s Annual General Meeting on 30 April 2012. He is a Member of CapitaLand’s Finance and Budget Committee and Investment Committee.

Prof Courtis is Founding Chairman of Next Capital Partners. He is presently a Director of Noble Group Limited (listed on the SGX-ST). He was formerly Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia; Managing Director, Chief Economist and Strategist of Deutsche Bank Group Asia and Director of CNOOC Ltd, Hong Kong.

Prof Courtis is one of the world’s leading investment bankers and analysts of Asian economies. He has led a number of large, international corporate transactions centered on Asia, and pioneered a number of investment banking specialities across the region. Widely sought after for his knowledge of how global market forces, financial and political developments and corporate strategy interact, Prof Courtis advises major clients throughout the Asia Pacific region as well as in Europe and North America.

Prof Courtis also works closely with central banks, ministries of finance, and heads of government throughout Asia, and has been called on several occasions to advise the President of the USA, and the heads of government of several countries in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East. He has lectured at Keio and Tokyo Universities, Japan’s two most prestigious educational institutions; l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris; and in universities in North America. He is a member of the boards, advisory councils, and trustee of a number of international firms, universities, and research institutes in Asia, Europe and North America.

Prof Courtis received his Bachelor degree from Glendon College in Toronto and a Master in International Relations from Sussex University in the UK. He received a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (the European Institute of Business Administration), and a Doctorate with honours and high distinction, from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris.

Mr John Powell Morschel

Mr John Powell Morschel
Director

Mr John Morschel, an Independent Non-Executive Director, joined the CapitaLand Board on 1 February 2010 and was last re-elected as Director at CapitaLand’s Annual General Meeting on 30 April 2012. He is also a Member of CapitaLand’s Nominating Committee and Investment Committee.

Mr Morschel is presently Chairman of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and New Zealand Stock Exchange) and a Director of Tenix Group Pty Ltd and Gifford Communications Pty Ltd.

Prior to his present appointment, he was an Executive Director and then Managing Director and CEO of Lend Lease Group LLC (listed on the Australian Securities Exchange).

Mr Morschel was Chairman of Comalco Ltd, CSR Limited, Leighton Holdings Limited and Rinker Group Limited. He was also a Director of Singapore Telecommunications Limited (listed on the SGX-ST), Westpac Banking Corporation (listed on the Australian Securities Exchange), Cable & Wireless Optus Ltd, Gifford Communications Ltd, Rio Tinto plc (listed on the London Stock Exchange) and Rio Tinto Limited (listed on the Australian Securities Exchange).

Mr Morschel holds a Diploma in Quantity Surveying from The University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Mr Simon Claude Israel

Mr Simon Claude Israel
Director

Mr Simon Claude Israel, a Independent Non-Executive Director, joined the CapitaLand Board on 1 July 2010. He is a Member of CapitaLand’s Investment Committee, Executive Resource and Compensation Committee and Nominating Committee.

Mr Israel is presently Chairman of Singapore Telecommunications Limited, Asia Pacific Breweries Limited (both listed on the SGX-ST), Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation and SingTel Innov8 Pte Ltd. He is also a Director of SingTel Innov8 Holdings Pte Ltd and a Member of the Governing Board of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Mr Israel retired as Executive Director of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, the Singapore-headquartered investment firm, on 1 July 2011. Prior to this, he was Chairman, Asia Pacific, of the Danone Group, and also worked across the Asia Pacific region in a 22-year career with Sara Lee Corporation. He stepped down as Chairman of the Singapore Tourism Board on 31 December 2010, and was a former Director of Fraser and Neave Limited and Neptune Orient Lines Limited (both listed on the SGX-ST).

Mr Israel holds a Diploma in Business Studies from The University of the South Pacific.

Ms Euleen Goh Yiu Kiang

Ms Euleen Goh Yiu Kiang
Director

Ms Euleen Goh, an Independent Non-Executive Director, joined the CapitaLand Board on 1 October 2011. She was last re-elected as Director at CapitaLand's Annual General Meeting on 30 April 2012. She is Chairman of CapitaLand’s Audit Committee and a Member of CapitaLand’s Risk Committee.

Ms Goh is presently Chairman of the Singapore International Foundation, Northlight School and Singapore Chinese Girls’ School. She is a Director of Singapore Airlines Limited, Singapore Exchange Limited, DBS Group Holdings Ltd (all listed on the SGX-ST), Aviva plc (listed on the London Stock Exchange) and DBS Bank Ltd. She is also member of the Management Advisory Board of NUS Business School, and Adviser to the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

She serves on the Board of her alma mater, Singapore Chinese Girls' School and is Chairman of the Board of Governors of NorthLight School.

Ms Goh had previously served as Chairman of International Enterprise Singapore, Accounting Standards Council and Financial Industry Competency Standards Committee and Deputy Chairman of CapitaLand Financial Limited. She was a Director of MediaCorp Pte Ltd and MOH Holdings Pte Ltd, and a Council Member of the Institute of Banking & Finance.

Ms Goh held various senior management positions in Standard Chartered Bank, retiring in March 2006 after some 21 years with the Bank. She was CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore from 2001 until March 2006.

Ms Goh was named as Her World Woman of the Year 2005. For her contributions to the Financial Services sector, she was awarded a Public Service Medal by the President of Singapore in the same year.

Ms Goh is a Chartered Accountant with professional qualifications in banking and taxation.

Tan Sri Amirsham A Aziz

Tan Sri Amirsham A Aziz
Director

Tan Sri Amirsham A Aziz, an Independent Non-Executive Director, joined the CapitaLand Board on 30 July 2012.

Tan Sri Amirsham is a Director of CapitaMalls Asia Limited (listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited and Hong Kong Stock Exchange). He is also a Director and a member of the Audit Committee of Lingui Developments Berhad (listed on the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad) and Samling Global Limited (listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange till 19 June 2012).

Tan Sri Amirsham retired as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Maybank on March 2008. Prior to this, he was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department to head the Economic Planning Unit and Department of Statistics, Malaysia. He stepped down from the Prime Minister Department on April 2009. Subsequently, he was appointed as Chairman of the National Economic Advisory Council on 1 June 2009, a position he held until 31 May 2011.

In 2008, Tan Sri Amirsham was awarded the Asian Bankers Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership in financial services, and he was inducted into the Global Hall of Fame by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals in 2009.

Tan Sri Amirsham holds an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Malaya.

Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen

Stephen Lee Ching Yen
Director

Mr Stephen Lee Ching Yen, an Independent Non-Executive Director, joined the CapitaLand Board on 1 January 2013. He is a Member of CapitaLand’s Executive Resource and Compensation Committee and Risk Committee.

Mr Lee is presently Chairman of Singapore Airlines Limited and SIA Engineering Company Limited. He is the Managing Director of Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank Ltd (Taiwan) and Great Malaysia Textile Investments Pte Ltd. Mr Lee has been the President of the Singapore National Employers Federation since 1988. He is as a Director of Singapore Labour Foundation, Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank Ltd (Hong Kong), COFCO Corporation (China), Chinese Development Assistance Council, National Wages Council, Kidney Dialysis Foundation, G2000 Apparel (S) Pte Ltd and Dr Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund. He is also an alternate Member of the Council of Presidential Advisers, Singapore.

In the last five years, Mr Lee was Chairman of Singapore Business Federation and Director of Baosteel Group Corporation (Shanghai) and Fraser & Neave Limited.

Mr Lee was a Nominated Member of Parliament from 1994-1997 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order Award in 2006 and the Public Service Star Award in 1998.

He graduated from Northwestern University, Illinois, USA in 1973 with a Masters of Business Administration.