Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Dr Wee Cho Yaw
Chairman Emeritus and Adviser
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Wee was appointed to the Board on 23 March 1994 and last re-appointed as Director on 13 April 2016. He was conferred the title of Chairman Emeritus and Adviser in 2013 after stepping down as Chairman.

A non-independent and non-executive director, Dr Wee is a member of the Remuneration and Nominating Committees.

A banker with more than 60 years’ experience, Dr Wee is a veteran in the banking, insurance, real estate and hospitality industries. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Overseas Bank Limited of Singapore and is currently its Chairman Emeritus and Adviser. He also chairs United Overseas Bank (Thai) Public Company, and is the President Commissioner of PT Bank UOB Indonesia and Supervisor of United Overseas Bank (China). His other board chairmanships include United Overseas Insurance, Haw Par Corporation, UOL Group, Pan Pacific Hotels Group, United Industrial Corporation, Marina Centre Holdings, Wee Foundation and Chung Cheng High School.

Dr Wee is the Honorary President of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations and Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan.

Dr Wee received Chinese high school education.  He had served on numerous school management committees, and the Councils of the Nanyang University and National University of Singapore.  Since 2004, he has been the Pro-Chancellor of the Nanyang Technological University.  He was conferred Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Letters by the National University of Singapore (2008) and Nanyang Technological University (2014).

He received many accolades for his business achievements and support of education, community welfare and the business community. Among the awards conferred on him are the Distinguished Service Order, Singapore’s highest National Day Award (2011), the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Legacy Award for Singapore (2017), the Asian Banker Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), the Credit Suisse-Ernst & Young Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), and Businessman of the Year, Singapore Business Awards (2001 and 1990).

Ong Yew Huat
Board Chairman
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Ong was appointed to the Board on 2 January 2013. An independent and non-executive director, he was appointed Chairman on 12 April 2013 and last re-appointed as Board Chairman on 1 January 2016. He was appointed a member of the Audit, Risk Management, Nominating and Remuneration Committees on 2 October 2017.

Mr Ong is an independent director of United Overseas Bank Limited of Singapore. He is also a director of Singapore Power, Singapore Mediation Centre and Ascendas-Singbridge. Mr Ong is Chairman of the National Heritage Board of Singapore, Singapore Tyler Print Institute and Tax Academy of Singapore. He retired in December 2012 as the Executive Chairman of Ernst & Young Singapore after 33 years with the firm.

A known supporter of the arts, Mr Ong was awarded the Public Service Star in 2017 for his contribution to arts and heritage in Singapore.

Mr Ong holds a Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore.

Wee Ee Cheong
Deputy Chairman
Non-Independent Executive Director

Mr Wee was appointed to the Board on 23 March 1994 and last re-appointed as Director on 19 December 2017. Mr Wee is a member of the Nominating Committee.

A career banker with more than 35 years of banking experience in the UOB Group, Mr Wee joined United Overseas Bank Limited of Singapore ("UOB Singapore") in 1979 and has been a director of UOB Singapore since 1990.  He is currently the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UOB Singapore.

He also holds directorships in United Overseas Insurance and United Overseas Bank (Thai) Public Company. He is Chairman of United Overseas Bank (China) and Deputy President Commissioner of PT Bank UOB Indonesia.

Active in industry development, Mr Wee is a council member of The Association of Banks in Singapore, The Institute of Banking & Finance and the Indonesia-Singapore Business Council. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Singapore-China Foundation, Visa APCEMEA Senior Client Council and an honorary council member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He was previously deputy chairman of the Housing & Development Board and a director of the Port of Singapore Authority, UOL Group, Pan Pacific Hotels Group and United International Securities.

In 2013, he was awarded the Singapore Public Service Star by the Singapore Government for his contributions to the financial industry.

A keen art enthusiast, Mr Wee is the Patron of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. He is also a director of the Wee Foundation.

Mr Wee holds a Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) and a Master of Arts (Applied Economics) from American University, Washington, DC.

Dato’ Jeffrey Ng Tiong Lip
Independent Non-Executive Director

Dato' Jeffrey Ng was appointed to the Board on 16 June 2014 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and also a member of the Risk Management and Nominating Committees.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, Melbourne. Currently, he is a member of Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Fellow member of the Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand. He is also a Fellow member of the Malaysian Institute of Directors. In 2003, he was accorded the 'Entrepreneur of the Year' by Malaysia Australia Business Council.

Dato’ Jeffrey Ng is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Non-Independent Executive Director of Sunway REIT Management Sdn Bhd (manager of Sunway REIT which is listed on Bursa Malaysia). He is also Chairman of Sunway Lagoon Club Berhad, Chairman of the Real Estate Housing Developers Association (REHDA) Institute, Chairman of the Malaysian REIT Managers Association (MRMA), a Director of Urban Hallmark Properties Sdn Bhd and Swissglade Sdn Bhd.

Prior to joining Sunway REIT Management Sdn Bhd, he was the Executive Director of Sunway City Berhad (now known as Sunway Berhad).   He was the former Managing Director of AP Land Berhad.

Dato' Jeffrey Ng has also held various positions in non-governmental associations, among which he is the Patron & Past President of the REHDA.  He was awarded REHDA Personality of 2015 for his contribution to the real estate industry.  He was also re-appointed by the Ministry of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing as a panel member of the Appeal Board under the Federal Territory (Planning Act 1982).

Fatimah Binti Merican
Independent Non-Executive Director

Puan Fatimah was appointed to the Board on 3 November 2014 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. She is the Chairperson of the Nominating and Remuneration Committees. She is also a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committees. She has been elected as the Chairperson of the meeting at the Risk Management Committee meetings held on 24 October 2017 and 23 January 2018.

Puan Fatimah also sits in IJM Plantations Berhad as Independent Director since 1 November 2017.

She holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Studies from University of Westminster (formerly known as Polytechnic of Central London). Currently, she is a Certified NLP Coach from The American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. She is a member of Merdeka Award Education and Community Category Nomination Committee. Puan Fatimah continues as a mentor in the TalentCorp / ICAEW Women in Leadership Malaysia programme, as well as a group coach in the same programme. She chaired the Human Capital Council, Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2012 to 2014.

With over 35 years in a Fortune 500 company, she has vast experience in management and information technology, having worked locally, regionally and globally. She started her career in Esso Malaysia Berhad from 1977, and thereafter worked for ExxonMobil group of companies (after the merger between Exxon and Mobil) in managing global teams to support all of ExxonMobil's downstream and chemical IT applications. From 2008 to 2014, she was responsible for finance related activities of ExxonMobil's subsidiaries in Malaysia. 

During her working career, she was the Vice President and Director of ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc. She also sat in the Management Committee as a member. She was also the Alternate Chairperson for the Audit and Controls Committee, Chairperson of Board of Trustees for ExxonMobil Education and Scholarship Fund and a sponsor for Malaysian Women’s Interest Network and the ExxonMobil Employee Volunteers Programme in Malaysia.

Puan Fatimah was also the former Executive Director of Esso Malaysia Berhad, a company listed on the Bursa Malaysia. In addition to being a member of the Board, she was also the Alternate Chairperson for the Nominating and Remuneration Committees.

Ching Yew Chye
Independent Non-Executive Director

Ching Yew Chye was appointed to the Board on 1 June 2018 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.  He is a member of the Risk Management, Audit, Remuneration and Nominating Committees.

Currently, he is an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of AIA Bhd since May 2017. He was appointed to the Board of AIA Bhd as Independent Non-Executive Director in November 2015. He is a member of the Risk Management and Audit Committees in AIA Bhd. Mr. Ching is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad, Genting Plantations Berhad and YTL Starhill Global REIT Management Limited. In Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad, he is a member of the Nominating & Remuneration Committee and a member of Audit Committee. He is also a member of Audit Committee in both Genting Plantations Berhad and YTL Starhill Global REIT Management Limited.  

Mr. Ching holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from the University of London, UK. In 1982, he joined Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  From 1997 until his retirement in 2007, he assumed various regional senior management roles in Accenture, including Managing Partner of the Financial Services Industry Group in Asia, Geographic Council Chairman for Asia, Managing Partner for the South Asia Region and Managing Partner for the Government Industry practice in China. He retired from Accenture as Senior Partner in May 2007 after a successful career spanning of more than 25 years of service.

Wong Kim Choong
Non-Independent Executive Director

Mr Wong was appointed as Director and CEO of UOB (Malaysia) on 1 October 2012. Currently, he is the Chairman of UOB Asset Management (Malaysia) Berhad. He is also a director of UOB Cayman I Limited, United Investments Pte Ltd and Asia Alpha Fund. He was elected Fellow Chartered Banker by Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers in 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Mr Wong has 34 years of banking experience. He started his career with United Overseas Bank Limited of Singapore ("UOB Singapore") in 1983, where he served for over 14 years. During his tenure with UOB Singapore, Mr Wong held various management and senior positions in Consumer Banking, Corporate Banking and Commercial Banking. He was transferred to UOB (Malaysia) in 1997 where he was appointed as Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking and subsequently as Deputy CEO in 2003. In 2004, he was appointed as Director and Country CEO of United Overseas Bank (Thai) Public Company Limited, a position he held until his appointment as Director and CEO of UOB (Malaysia) in October 2012.

Audit Committee

  • Dato’ Ng Tiong Lip, Jeffrey (Chairman)
  • Fatimah Binti Merican
  • Ching Yew Chye

Risk Management Committee

  • Fatimah Binti Merican
  • Dato’ Ng Tiong Lip, Jeffrey
  • Ching Yew Chye

Remuneration Committee

  • Fatimah Binti Merican (Chairperson)
  • Dr Wee Cho Yaw
  • Ching Yew Chye

Nominating Committee

  • Fatimah Binti Merican (Chairperson)
  • Dr Wee Cho Yaw
  • Wee Ee Cheong
  • Dato’ Ng Tiong Lip, Jeffrey
  • Ching Yew Chye