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NTUC Enterprise group CEO to leave his post after February 2017

SINGAPORE — Three years after he was appointed as the first group chief executive of NTUC Enterprise, Mr Tan Suee Chieh is leaving the organisation, which will be searching for a replacement in the coming months.

Mr Tan Suee Chieh. TODAY file photo

Mr Tan Suee Chieh. TODAY file photo

SINGAPORE — Three years after he was appointed as the first group chief executive of NTUC Enterprise, Mr Tan Suee Chieh is leaving the organisation, which will be searching for a replacement in the coming months.

NTUC Enterprise said Mr Tan, 57, who has been in the labour movement for the past 13 years, would continue to be involved through directorships at NTUC Social Enterprises, namely NTUC Foodfare and NTUC Link.

On his resignation, Mr Tan said that it was “a good time for NTUC Enterprise to have new leadership to take it forward in its next stage of its development”. He said the move would be good for “both the organisation and for me personally”, but did not elaborate. His last day of service is Feb 28 next year.

NTUC Enterprise was set up in July 2012 to support its dozen social enterprises — including FairPrice, Foodfare and Income — to meet working families’ growing needs for affordable products and services.

Prior to taking up his role as its group CEO in October 2013, Mr Tan was the CEO of NTUC Income from 2007 to 2013. He had joined NTUC Income as its director in 2003.

Mr Tan said: “It has been an incredible three years being the first group CEO at NTUC Enterprise. We have laid down important foundational work to ensure the long-term success of the NTUC Social Enterprises. We also created a multi-functional operating head office to plan and operationalise strategic decisions for the group.”

Mr Lim Boon Heng, chairman of NTUC Enterprise, said that Mr Tan contributed to laying a strong foundation for the group for the future. “Our social enterprises, comprising NTUC Fairprice, Foodfare, Income, Health, First Campus, LearningHub, Link, and Mercatus are now a cohesive group, with a clear long-term strategy to deepen our social impact, and to create and enhance value for the labour movement,” Mr Lim told TODAY.

Besides Mr Tan, another senior management member has also resigned from NTUC Enterprise after three years of service. Ms Lynette Ang, chief brand and communications officer will serve her last day on Dec 31.

She told TODAY that she made her decision to leave “sometime back” when she received a job offer from a hospitality group, and her resignation and Mr Tan’s are “not linked”.

Before her stint at NTUC Enterprise, Ms Ang was with NTUC Income as its senior vice president and head of strategic marketing and communications. She has more than 20 years’ experience in branding and marketing, having begun her career in multi-national corporations such as Coca-Cola and Unilever.

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