Board of Directors
Tan Sri Dato' (Dr) Francis Yeoh Sock Ping
Tan Sri Dato' (Dr) Francis Yeoh joined the Board on 31 December 2008. Tan Sri Francis studied at Kingston University in the United Kingdom, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Civil Engineering and was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering in 2004. In July 2014, Tan Sri Francis was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Nottingham. He was appointed as an Executive Director of YTL Corp in 1984 and has been the Managing Director of YTL Group since 1988. Under his stewardship, YTL Corp has grown from a single listed entity into a force comprising five listed entities, i.e. YTL Corp, YTL Power International Berhad, YTL Land & Development Berhad, YTL e-Solutions Berhad and YTL Hospitality REIT.
Tan Sri Francis is presently the Managing Director of YTL Corp, YTL Power International Berhad and YTL Land & Development Berhad, all listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. Tan Sri Francis is also the Executive Chairman and Managing Director of YTL e-Solutions Berhad which is listed on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He sits on the board of several public companies such as YTL Cement Berhad and YTL Industries Berhad, and also serves as Chairman of private utilities companies including Wessex Water Limited and Wessex Water Services Limited in England and Wales, and YTL PowerSeraya Pte Limited in Singapore. Tan Sri Francis is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, and is a director and Chief Executive Officer of Pintar Projek Sdn Bhd, the manager of YTL Hospitality REIT. He also sits on the board of trustees of YTL Foundation and also serves on the board of directors of SUU Foundation, a humanitarian organization committed to improving healthcare and education in Myanmar.
Tan Sri Francis is a Founder Member of the Malaysian Business Council and The Capital Markets Advisory Council. He is also a member of The Nature Conservancy Asia Pacific Council, the Asia Business Council, Trustee of the Asia Society and Chairman for South East Asia of the International Friends of the Louvre. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of London Business School, Wharton School and INSEAD. He served as a member of Barclays Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2012. Tan Sri Francis was made board member of Global Child Forum by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf in May 2016.
Tan Sri Francis has been ranked by both Fortune and Businessweek magazines as Asia's 25 Most Powerful and Influential Business Personalities and as one of Asia's Top Executives by Asiamoney. He won the inaugural Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year in Malaysia in 2002 and was named Malaysia's CEO of the Year by CNBC Asia Pacific in 2005.
In 2006, Tan Sri Francis was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and received a prestigious professional accolade when made a fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers in London in 2008. He was the Primus Inter Pares Honouree of the 2010 Oslo Business for Peace Award, for his advocacy of socially responsible business ethics and practices. The Award was conferred by a panel of Nobel Laureates in Oslo, home of the Nobel Peace Prize. He also received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at CNBC's 9th Asia Business Leaders Awards 2010.
In 2015, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Regulated Industries at the 7th World Chinese Economic Summit (WCES), held in London and in 2016, he was honored with the prestigious Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Award at The Celebrity Fight Night in Arizona.
Mr Ho Sing
Mr Ho Sing joined the Board on 20 April 2010. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Manager. He assists the Chairman and the Board in formulating strategies for Starhill Global REIT and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Starhill Global REIT.
He has over 20 years of leadership and management experience with multi-national companies in engineering, medical, infrastructure, and real estate. These included senior positions in the Singapore Technologies Group, Dornier Medical, Sembcorp Industries and Guocoland Limited. He is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of Daiman Development Berhad, a company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.
Mr Ho holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, USA. He also completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University in 2002.
Dato' Yeoh Seok Kian
Dato' Yeoh Seok Kian joined the Board on 31 December 2008. He has been an Executive Director of YTL Corp since 1984. He is currently the Deputy Managing Director of YTL Corp and YTL Power International Berhad, and the Executive Director of YTL Land & Development Berhad, all listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.
Dato' Yeoh also serves on the board of several other public companies such as YTL Cement Berhad, YTL Industries Berhad and The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, and private utilities company, Wessex Water Limited in England and Wales and YTL PowerSeraya Pte Limited in Singapore. He is also an Executive Director of Pintar Projek Sdn Bhd, the manager of YTL Hospitality REIT.
Dato' Yeoh holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Building from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. He also attended the Advance Management Programme conducted by Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Building United Kingdom, as well as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (United Kingdom).
Mr Ching Yew Chye
Mr Ching joined the Board on 1 November 2016 and is a member of the Audit Committee. He is a seasoned management and information technology professional. In 1982, he joined Accenture PLC, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. 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-Asia, Geographic Council Chairman-Asia and Managing Partner for South Asia Region. He was a member of the Accenture Global Executive Committee from 2001 to 2004 and served on several committees/task forces to craft Accenture's global strategy.
He is currently an independent non-executive director of Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad, Genting Plantations Berhad and AIA Berhad.
Mr Ching holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from the University of London, UK.
Mr Michael Hwang
Dr Michael Hwang joined the Board on 1 January 2006 and is a member of the Audit Committee. He was formerly a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore from 1991 - 1992 and one of the first 12 Senior Counsel appointed in Singapore. Dr Hwang now practices as an independent barrister and international arbitrator and also serves as the Chief Justice of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts. Currently, Dr Hwang also sits on the board of various companies, including Singapore Dance Theatre Ltd, Linyi Investments Pte Ltd and Religare Health Trust Trustee Manager Pte Ltd, the trustee-manager of Religare Health Trust.
Dr Hwang was a partner of Allen & Gledhill LLP from 1972 to 1991, and again from 1993 to 2002. His past appointments include being Singapore's Non-Resident Ambassador to Switzerland (and presently accredited to Argentina), a Commissioner of the UN Compensation Commission, President of the Law Society of Singapore, Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and one of Singapore's official nominees to the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague. Dr Hwang advised the Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore for many years, including preparations for the establishment of REITs in Singapore. He has served on the boards of several publicly listed companies including The Straits Trading Company Ltd, Del Monte Pacific Limited, The Hour Glass Limited as well as PSA Corporation Ltd (and its predecessor the Port of Singapore Authority).
Dr Hwang holds undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees from the University of Oxford, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Sydney.
Mr Lim Kok Hoong
Mr. Lim joined the Board on 1 January 2017 and is a member of the Audit Committee. He has over 33 years of audit and financial consulting experience and was responsible for the audits of statutory boards and some of the largest multinational corporations in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. Mr. Lim served as a Senior Partner of Ernst & Young Singapore from 2002 to 2003. He started his career with Arthur Andersen in 1971 and served as the Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen Singapore from 1990 to 2002 and as Regional Managing Partner for the ASEAN region in Arthur Andersen from 2000 to 2002.
Mr. Lim is also Chairman of the Board and a member of the Audit Committee at Parkway Trust Management Limited (manager of Parkway Life REIT) and Sabana Real Estate Investment Management Pte Ltd (manager of Sabana Shari’ah Compliant REIT). He is also an Independent Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Genting Singapore PLC and Global Logistic Properties Ltd. Mr. Lim’s past appointments include directorships at Genting Integrated Resorts Operations Management Pte Ltd, Hoe Leong Corporation Ltd, Amtek Engineering Ltd. and Singapore Tourism Board.
Mr. Lim is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Mr. Lim graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia in 1971.