Mediacorp names industry veteran Tham Loke Kheng as new CEO

Mediacorp names industry veteran Tham Loke Kheng as new CEO
Ms Tham Loke Kheng will begin her duties as Mediacorp's new CEO on Sept 1. Photo: Mediacorp
Published: 2:56 PM, August 18, 2017
Updated: 12:33 AM, August 19, 2017

SINGAPORE – Broadcaster Mediacorp has named Ms Tham Loke Kheng as its new chief executive officer and board director.

Ms Tham, an industry veteran who has held leadership roles in media companies in Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong, will begin her duties from Sept 1.

Mediacorp chairman Ernest Wong said Ms Tham is a natural choice to lead Mediacorp as the company focuses its efforts on capturing audiences and advertising revenue in a disrupted media industry.

“Loke Kheng understands both Mediacorp and the Singapore audience and has gained extensive commercial experience in the region,” he said in a statement.

An industry veteran with extensive media experience, Ms Tham previously served as President of Taiwan Broadband Communications, and also as head of NOW TV, the largest pay TV operator in Hong Kong.

In 2015, Ms Tham was named Content Asia’s Asia Media Woman of the Year in 2015, in recognition of her contribution to the development of the Pay TV industry in Asia over the years.

Ms Tham called returning to Mediacorp – she worked for eight years at the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, as Mediacorp was then known – “a truly meaningful homecoming”.

“My passion for media was discovered on Caldecott Hill and I am truly excited to be able to lead Mediacorp into its next phase of development, as the company evolves from a free-to-air broadcaster to a diversified, digital-first media organisation,” she said.

Mr Wong added: “With a passion for media coupled with well-honed media skills, she is more than ready to lead Mediacorp in meeting the challenges ahead.”

Ms Tham’s predecessor, Mr Shaun Seow, will remain as executive director at Mediacorp until September 30, before joining Temasek.