Former Minister Lee Boon Yang Set To Be Next SPH Chairman (ST)

BackSep 23, 2011

A FORMER Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts is to become the next non-executive chairman of media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).

SPH has appointed Dr Lee Boon Yang as a director on its board, with a view to making him non-executive chairman eventually, it said in a statement yesterday.

The appointment takes effect on Oct 1.

Dr Lee, 64, will also be appointed as a member of the executive committee, remuneration committee and nominating committee.

He will be put up for re-election at the SPH annual general meeting on Dec 1.

If re-elected, he will be appointed chairman of the board and chairman of the executive committee.

SPH's former chairman, Dr Tony Tan, resigned in July to contest in the Presidential Election. He was elected President last month. Dr Tan had served as SPH chairman since Dec 2005.

Dr Lee was the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts before he retired from government in March 2009.

In his 24 years in political office, he held various portfolios, including Minister for Defence, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Minister for Manpower.

Dr Lee is also non-executive chairman of Keppel Corporation, a position he has held since July 2009.

SPH's acting chairman, Dr Cham Tao Soon, 72, said: "On behalf of the SPH board, I would like to welcome Dr Lee on board. With his extensive experience in varied fields and keen insights into the media industry, Dr Lee will be able to help guide SPH to greater heights."

Dr Lee said he was grateful for the privilege and opportunity to serve on the SPH board. "SPH with its extensive range of multi-lingual media platforms is well placed to cater to the news and information needs of all Singaporeans.

"I look forward to working with the board, management and staff to provide better service to our readers, be it in print or digital media products."

Dr Lee studied veterinary science at the University of Queensland, Australia. Before he joined politics, he was a veterinarian and research and development officer in the Government's Primary Production Department.