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Singapore Polytechnic Changes Board Chairman After 12 Years

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Four of six new board members are SP alumni


30 March 2012, SingaporeA new Board of Governors (BOG) for Singapore Polytechnic (SP) will be appointed on 1 April 2012.  The outgoing Chairman, Mr Tan Kay Yong having dedicated 12 years of distinguished service, will retire on 31 March 2012. The incoming Chairman, Mr Bill Chang, Executive Vice President of Business Group, SingTel will helm the board. Six new members will also come on board on 1 April 2012.     

Mr Tan took over as Chairman on 1 October 2000 and is the first SP diploma alumnus to have served his Alma Mater in this capacity. During his tenure, Mr Tan steered the Polytechnic in nurturing students to be work-ready, world-ready and life-ready.  He took personal interest in the holistic development of the students, creating a student-centric campus and building technical capabilities.  He envisioned SP to leave global footprints through the export of niche training programmes and consultancy services and offering SP's brand of technology-based education globally through the establishment of Singapore Polytechnic International.  He is also well remembered for propelling SP in the frontiers of design, making Design Thinking a hallmark of SP graduates and establishing the SP Design School.

The incoming Chairman Mr Chang is also an alumnus of SP.  He has been serving as the Deputy Chairman of the Board since 1 April 2009. Mr Chang joined the Singapore Polytechnic Board in April 2003.  After graduating with the Diploma in Electrical Engineering from SP in 1986, Mr Chang went on to obtain a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours in Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering) from Monash University, Australia in 1990. 

Mr Chang is armed with many years of experience in the Info-Communication Technology (ICT) industry and is recognised for his strong leadership, corporate achievements, key contribution to the ICT industry and involvement in the community. He has been working with SingTel since 2005 as the Executive Vice President of Business Group. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Advanced Services Group, Asia Pacific Operations at Cisco Systems (USA). Mr Chang also served on the Board of Workforce Development Authority for six years until 2011. For his contributions to Singapore’s workforce development, Mr Chang was conferred the National Day Public Service Medal Award in 2007.

Mr Chang takes on the role as Chairman of SP BOG on 1 April 2012.  Six new members have been appointed to the Board. Four of whom are also graduates of SP. The four are Mr Chia Boon Kuah, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director (Property Sales Business Group) Far East Organization, Ms Chong Phit Lian, Chief Executive Officer Singbridge Holdings Pte Ltd, Mr Goh Teik Poh, President, South Asia Region, APL Co Pte Ltd, and Mr Allan Yeo Hwee Tiong, President (Singapore & Vietnam), Thomson Medical Pte Ltd. The other two new members who will be joining the Board are Ms Amanda Chen, Managing Director, Bank Morgan Stanley AG and AC Tan Chye Hee, Director, Police Intelligence Department, Singapore Police Force.


For further information, please contact:

Ms Jaime Goh
Tel: (65) 6870-6122
Mobile: (65) 9106-1969

Ms Teo Hung Noi
Tel: (65) 6772-1350
Mobile: (65) 9670-9088


About Singapore Polytechnic (

Established in 1954 to meet the manpower needs identified by the government, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. Its 10 academic schools offer 50 full-time diploma courses for its 15,500 students and courses are kept relevant through close links with industry and government bodies, as well as with various overseas institutions.

SP offers broad-based, multi-disciplinary and flexible curriculum dedicated to hands-on experience. It is committed to the development of its applied research and development capabilities to enhance the quality of teaching and commercialisation efforts. Through Design Thinking, SP offers a revolutionary approach to education, allowing its students to look at problems from different perspectives, and strike a dynamic balance between intuitive and analytical thinking to provide impactful solutions.

Among SP's 165,000 graduates are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multinational and public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals, many of whom are captains of industries, university professors and researchers, and leaders in government.

SP is the first polytechnic to be awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010 and the President's Social Service Award in 2011.

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Name & Designation



Outgoing Chairman
Mr Tan Kay Yong
Vice President
China & India Sourcing & Supply, RPS
GlaxoSmithKline PLC



New Chairman 
Mr Bill Chang
Executive Vice President of Business Group
SingTel (SP Alumnus)



Mr Tan Hang Cheong
Singapore Polytechnic



Dr Michael Edward Brown
Vice President
Singapore Operations
Lonza Biologics Tuas Pte Ltd



RADM Chan Weng Yip
Maritime Security Task Force
Ministry of Defence



Ms Amanda Chen
Managing Director
Bank Morgan Stanley AG



Mr Chia Boon Kuah
Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director
(Property Sales Business Group)
Far East Organization 
(SP Alumnus)



Ms Chong Phit Lian
Chief Executive Officer
Singbridge Holdings Pte Ltd
(SP Alumnus)



Prof Chou Siaw Kiang
Department of Mechanical Engineering
National University of Singapore



A/Prof Muhammad Faishal Bin Ibrahim
Associate Professor
Department of Real Estate
School of Design & Environment
National University of Singapore



Mr Goh Teik Poh
President, South Asia Region
APL Co Pte Ltd
(SP Alumnus)


Prof Pang Yang Hoong
Vice Provost (Undergraduate) &
Dean, School of Accountancy
Singapore Management University



Mr Sew Chee Jhuen
Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd



Mr Johnny Tan
Principal Partner
LT&T Architects



Mr Tan Chye Hee
Director, Police Intelligence Department
Singapore Police Force
Ministry of Home Affairs



Ms Tan Gee Keow
Director (Higher Education)
Ministry of Education



Mr Allan Yeo Hwee Tiong
President (Singapore & Vietnam)
Thomson Medical Pte Ltd
(SP Alumnus)



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