Singtel management shuffle: replaces group CTO, hires new international CEO

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Singtel has reshuffled its upper management with a new group CTO and new CEO for its international business as the operator continues its multi-year transformation to respond to the challenges of digital disruption.

“Given our global aspirations and a fast evolving business and technology landscape, we are reinforcing our leadership team as we prime our enterprise for our next phase of growth,” said  Singtel Group CEO Chua Sock Koong.

Current Singtel CEO International Mark Chong will be appointed Group CTO to lead technology strategy and innovations across the group. A Singtel veteran of over 20 years, Chong has held various key leadership positions, most notably EVP Networks in Singapore and COO of AIS in Thailand.

“Mark has made significant contributions as CEO International. Given his understanding of business and technology, we are looking to him to further extend our position in technology,” said Chua.

Chong replaces Tay Soo Meng, who is relinquishing his role as group CTO after almost 50 years of service with the telco. Having been instrumental in helping Singtel secure network leadership in Singapore and enhancing network coverage in Australia, Tay will take on an advisory role so that Singtel can continue to tap his experience and knowledge.

Stepping into Chong’s role as CEO International is Arthur Lang, who will be responsible for the growth of the group’s regional associates across India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Lang was most recently the Group CFO of CapitaLand.

“Arthur, with his international business and finance experience, is a strong addition to our management team, as we continue to drive transformation at Singtel and push the company to the next level,” Chua commented.

Both appointees, together with Samba Natarajan (CEO Group Digital Life), will join Singtel’s Management Committee which oversees strategic direction and execution for the group. All appointments will take effect on April 1, 2017.

Singtel Management Committee (with effect 1 April 2017)

1 Group CEO Chua Sock Koong
2 CEO Group Enterprise Bill Chang
3 CEO Consumer Australia Allen Lew
4 CEO Consumer Singapore Yuen Kuan Moon
5 CEO International Arthur Lang
6 CEO Group Digital Life Samba Natarajan
7 Group CCO Jeann Low
8 Group CFO Lim Cheng Cheng
9 Group CIO Wu Choy Peng
10 Group CHRO Aileen Tan
11 Group CTO Mark Chong


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