Board of Directors
Tan Sri Dato' (Dr) Francis Yeoh Sock Ping
Tan Sri Dato' (Dr) Francis Yeoh Sock Ping 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) Degree 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 became the Managing Director of YTL Corp Berhad Group in 1988, which under his stewardship, has grown from a single listed company into a global integrated infrastructure developer, encompassing multiple listed entities, i.e. YTL Corporation Berhad, YTL Power International Berhad, YTL Hospitality REIT, Malayan Cement Berhad (formerly known as Lafarge Malaysia Berhad) and Starhill Global REIT.
Tan Sri Francis was the Managing Director of YTL Power International Berhad and YTL Land & Development Berhad, all listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad until 29 June 2018 when he was redesignated as Executive Chairman of these companies. He is also the Executive Chairman of Malayan Cement Berhad (formerly known as Lafarge Malaysia Berhad), which is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. Tan Sri Francis is the Executive Chairman and Managing Director of YTL e-Solutions Berhad. He is also the Executive Chairman of YTL Cement Berhad and Pintar Projek Sdn Bhd, the manager of YTL Hospitality REIT. He is the Chairman of private utilities corporations, 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 of YTL Industries Berhad.
Tan Sri Francis is a Founder Member of the Malaysian Business Council and The Capital Markets Advisory Council, member of The Nature Conservancy Asia Pacific Council, and 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 is the first non-Italian board member of the historic Rome Opera House and helped fund its restoration to keep it from closing. Tan Sri Francis was made a board member of Global Child Forum by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf in May 2016.
Tan Sri Francis was ranked by both Fortune and Businessweek magazines as Asia’s 25 Most Powerful and Influential Business Personalities and one of Asia’s Top Executives by Asiamoney. He won the inaugural Ernst & Young’s Master Entrepreneur in Malaysia in 2002 and was named as 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 in 2019, received Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE). Tan Sri Francis 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. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Regulated Industries at the 7th World Chinese Economic Summit held in London in 2015. He was also awarded the prestigious Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Award at the 2016 Celebrity Fight Night in Arizona. In 2017, he was honoured with the Kuala Lumpur Mayor's Award for Outstanding Contribution at the Kuala Lumpur Mayor Tourism Awards. This was in recognition of his efforts in the transformation of Kuala Lumpur into one of the top shopping and tourist destinations in the world. He was named CEO of the Year at the Asian Power Awards in 2017. The Japanese Government bestowed upon him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, in 2018 and in the same year the Italian government conferred upon him the honour of Grande Officiale of the Order of the Star of Italy.
Mr Ho Sing
Mr Ho Sing joined the Board on 20 April 2010. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Manager. He works with the Chairman and the Board in formulating and executing strategies for Starhill Global REIT and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Starhill Global REIT.
He has over 26 years of leadership and management experience with multinational companies in engineering, medical, infrastructure, and real estate. These included senior positions in the Singapore Technologies Group, Dornier Medical, Sembcorp Industries and Guocoland Limited.
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 was appointed as an Executive Director of YTL Corp since 1984 and has been the Deputy Managing Director of YTL Corp until 29 June 2018 when he was redesignated as Managing Director. He graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Building and was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University in 2017. He attended the Advance Management Programme conducted by Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania in 1984. Dato' Yeoh is a Fellow of the Faculty of Building, United Kingdom, as well as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (UK).
Dato' Yeoh served as Deputy Managing Director of YTL Power International Berhad and Executive Director of YTL Land & Development Berhad, both listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad until 29 June 2018, when he was redesignated as Managing Director of YTL Land & Development Berhad and Executive Director of YTL Power International Berhad. He is also an Executive Director of Malayan Cement Berhad (formerly known as Lafarge Malaysia Berhad), which is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. Dato' Yeoh also sits on the boards of other public companies such as YTL Cement Berhad, YTL Industries Berhad and The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, and private utilities corporations, 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.
Mr Tan Bong Lin
Lead Independent Director
Mr Tan Bong Lin joined the Board on 1 January 2018 and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr Tan has 27 years of working experience with Wall Street investment banking and brokerage institutions. He served as the Managing Director of Citigroup Global Markets Singapore Pte Ltd from 1991 to 2007. He was also a Member of the Finance Committee of the Singapore Broadcasting Authority from 1997 to 2002.
Mr Tan is a Non-Executive Independent Director of APAC Realty Limited, and is the Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Director of RHT Health Trust Manager Pte Ltd, the manager of RHT Health Trust (which is listed on the Mainboard of SGX-ST).
Mr Tan holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Singapore in 1980.
Mr Ching Yew Chye
Mr Ching Yew Chye 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 Genting Plantations Berhad and United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad, and the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of AIA Berhad and AIA General Berhad. Mr Ching holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in computer science from the University of London, UK.
Mr Tan Woon Hum
Mr Tan Woon Hum joined the Board on 1 August 2017 and is a member of the Audit Committee. He is currently a partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP, a Singapore law firm, and has been with the firm since December 2003. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a LLB (Honours) Degree in 1995 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1996.
Mr Tan obtained his MBA (Finance) from the University of Leicester in 2000. He has been in private legal practice since 1996 and specialises in trust, asset and wealth management. He advises on the establishment of traditional and alternative funds including related licences and exemptions for fund management companies, as well as the establishment and listing of REITs. Mr Tan is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Ezion Holdings Limited and AP Oil International Limited, companies listed on the Mainboard of SGX-ST, and UTI International (Singapore) Private Limited, a licensed fund manager.