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Albert Teo Hock Chuan
Chief Executive Officer
Albert Teo Hock Chuan

First appointed : 21 August 1970

Last re-elected : 25 April 2018

Mr Teo joined the Group as Non-Executive Director in 1970 and in 1982 he became an Executive Director and was 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. The Group’s earnings have been further diversified from projects including Amara Bangkok, a business hotel development in Bangkok CBD, which opened in 2015, and Amara Signature Shanghai which soft opened in February 2018 as well as 100 AM Shanghai which comprises an office building and retail centre, to be opened in the second half of 2019. He is passionate and committed in building the Amara Brand as a homegrown Singaporean 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 (currently known as PwC), 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 a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of London.

    Susan Teo Geok Tin
    Executive Director/Company Secretary
    Susan Teo Geok Tin

    First appointed : 26 May 1995

    Last re-elected : 29 April 2019

    Ms. Teo has held the position of Company Secretary since 14 September 1984.

    Her past experience includes working with an international public accounting firm in Singapore and Australia.

    In her current role, Ms. Teo has direct oversight of the function of the corporate affairs of the Group which includes treasury, finance, legal, company secretarial, 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 a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

      Lawrence Mok Kwok Wah
      Non-Executive Director
      Lawrence Mok Kwok Wah

      First appointed : 26 May 1995

      Last re-elected : 29 April 2019

      Mr Mok has been a Director of the Company since May 1995. He is a member of the Audit Committee as well as the Remuneration Committee.

      Mr Mok has more than 40 years of experience in the Information Technology and Engineering industries. His experience include financial and management accounting, treasury management, corporate planning, change management, quality and workplace safety and health process management, customer service operations management, and general business 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
        Foo Ko Hing

        First appointed : 17 June 2013

        Last re-elected : 28 April 2017

        Mr Foo joined Amara Holdings Limited’s Board in June 2013 and was appointed as a member of Remuneration Committee in October 2013, and the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of Nominating 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 numerous SGX-listed companies in various sectors.

        After leaving Pricewaterhouse (currently known as PwC) 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
          Chia Kwok Ping

          First appointed : 2 November 2015

          Last re-elected : 25 April 2018

          Mr Chia was appointed to the Board of Amara Holdings Limited in November 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 (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore.

            Tan Tiong Cheng
            Non-Executive Independent Director
            Tan Tiong Cheng

            First appointed : 21 June 2018

            Last re-elected : 29 April 2019

            Mr Tan was appointed to the Board of Amara Holdings Limited in June 2018.

            Mr Tan is currently the Senior Advisor to Knight Frank Pte Ltd and Knight Frank Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. He was the Advisor to Knight Frank Pte Ltd and President of Knight Frank Asia Pacific Pte Ltd until 31 March 2019, and was the Executive Chairman of Knight Frank Pte Ltd's Group of Companies until 31 March 2017. Over the last four decades, he has amassed an extensive and in-depth knowledge of real estate. Mr Tan sits on the Boards of The Straits Trading Company Limited, UOL Group Limited and Heeton Holdings Limited as an Independent and Non-Executive Director. He is a member of the Remuneration Committee with The Straits Trading Company Limited and a member of the Audit Committee with UOL Group Limited. He is also the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee of Heeton Holdings Limited.  

            A Colombo Plan Scholar, Mr Tan graduated top of his class with a Diploma in Urban Valuation from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. A Licensed Appraiser, he is also a Fellow Member of the Singapore Institute of Valuers and Surveyors, and the Association of Property and Facilities Management; an Associate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers; and a Senior Member of The Property Institute of New Zealand. He served as a member of the Valuation Review Board until 30 April 2016.