Mr Teo joined the Group as Non-Executive Director in 1970 and in 1982 as Executive Director responsible for the development of Amara Hotel, marking the Group’s entry into the hotel industry. Currently he serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, as well as a member of the Nominating Committee.
Mr Teo has been instrumental in spearheading the direction and development of the Group. He plays a pivotal role in the Group’s diversification and expansion strategy, particularly in broadening Amara’s earnings base through penetration within the Asian region.
As the Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Teo is passionately involved in the Group’s corporate developments, including the transformation of Amara Singapore, as well as the Group’s entry into the resort hotel business, Amara Sanctuary Resort, Sentosa. Under his leadership, the Group’s recurring earnings have been further consolidated with the revamped and rebranded mall - 100 AM, located in the heart of the Tanjong Pagar district which was successfully opened in November 2012. Going forward, the Group’s future earnings stream will be diversified from new projects including Amara Bangkok - a new business hotel development in Bangkok CBD, which opened in 2015 and Amara Signature Shanghai, a mixed-use development which comprises a hotel, office building and retail centre, target to be completed in 2017. He is passionate and committed in building the Amara Brand as a home-grown Singapore brand competing alongside international hospitality players in its space.
Mr Teo brings with him a wealth of experience to the Group. His past experience includes working with PricewaterhouseCoopers, an international public accounting firm; with a large listed group involved in wholesaling, manufacturing and retailing; and rounding off with an international bank in Singapore.
Currently, Mr Teo serves as the President of the Singapore Hotel Association.
Mr Teo holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of London.
Susan Teo Geok Tin Executive Director/Company Secretary
Ms Teo has served as an Executive Director of the Company since 1995. In addition, she has held the position of Company Secretary since 1989. Ms Teo was last re-elected as Director of the Company in April 2016.
Ms Teo is overall responsible for the corporate affairs of the Group which includes finance, treasury, company secretarial matters, human resource and administration.
Ms Teo holds a Bachelor of Business (Distinction) degree from the Western Australian Institute of Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from La Trobe University. She is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Lawrence Mok Kwok Wah Non-Executive Director
Mr Mok has been a Director of the Company since May 1995. He is also a member of the Audit Committee as well as the Remuneration Committee.
Mr Mok has more than 35 years of experience in the IT and Engineering industries. His experience includes financial and management accounting, treasury management, corporate planning, change management, general business management, quality process management and customer service operations management.
Currently, Mr Mok is a consultant in business operations and risk management. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the University of Singapore and is a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia.
Foo Ko Hing Non-Executive Independent Director
Mr Foo joined Amara Holdings Limited’s Board in the second quarter of 2013 and was appointed as a member of Remuneration Committee in October 2013, and a member of Nominating Committee and the Chairman of the Audit Committee in April 2017.
He has over 16 years of experience in investment origination, structuring, monitoring and strategic growth assistance, with emphasis on the venture debt/ equity investment and capital markets. He has previously served on the boards of various companies in various sectors listed on the SGX.
After leaving Pricewaterhouse in 1986, he joined HSBC Group Singapore in the Trust and Fiduciary Business. He was later seconded to HSBC Bank Jersey C.I. in 1989 and was subsequently promoted to Executive Director, covering fiduciary activities, private banking, compliance and investment functions. He returned to Singapore in 1991, and resumed responsibilities with the HSBC Investment Bank Group for Private Banking and Trust Services as an Executive Director and Head of Business Development.
Mr Foo is a Singapore-based Co-Founder and Director of Cerealtech Pte Ltd, an advance manufacturing and food technology company specializing in enzyme application and micro ingredient development for the industrial baking and consumer sector. He currently sits on the Board of Gallant Venture Ltd, a company listed on the SGX Mainboard, and is a member of the audit, remuneration and nominating committees.
He holds an Honours Degree in Economics and Accounting from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
Chia Kwok Ping Non-Executive Independent Director
Mr. Chia was appointed to the Board of Amara Holdings Limited in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Mr. Chia brings with him over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and has held senior positions in various hospitality and property investment companies. He previously represented TCC Land Co., Ltd for all of its international property acquisitions and management via TCC Land International. The Thailand-based hospitality and property group has assets spanning across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, China, Japan and South-East Asia.
Mr. Chia has extensive hands-on experience in hospitality management, having taken on the roles of Resident Manager, General Manager, Owner Representative and Asset Manager during his career. He also sat on the Board of the Singapore Hotel Association from 2010 to 2014, and has been an Independent Director, Chairman of Nomination Committee and Member of Remuneration Committee of Heeton Holdings Limited, a company listed on the SGX Mainboard since 2012.
Mr. Chia holds a Bachelors of Business Administration (honors) degree from the National University of Singapore