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NTUC LearningHub CEO Kwek Kok Kwong dies at age 53

SINGAPORE — The chief executive officer of NTUC LearningHub, Kwek Kok Kwong, died on Saturday (Nov 14) at age 53, nearly eight years into his job at the social enterprise.

NTUC LearningHub CEO Kwek Kok Kwong dies at age 53

Kwek Kok Kwong took over the reins of NTUC LearningHub, which provides training programmes for workers, in February 2013.

SINGAPORE — The chief executive officer of NTUC LearningHub, Kwek Kok Kwong, died on Saturday (Nov 14) at age 53, nearly eight years into his job at the social enterprise.

NTUC LearningHub announced his death in a Facebook post on Sunday evening, describing him as an “inspirational CEO who was unwavering in his dedication to serving the training needs of our workers and helping them in their lifelong learning journeys”.

“Our deepest condolences go out to his family and to all who were touched by his generosity, kindness and compassion. We will miss him dearly,” NTUC LearningHub said.

Kwek took over the reins of NTUC LearningHub, which provides training programmes for workers, in February 2013.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he served in the Singapore Armed Forces from 1990 to 2012, working at one time as the deputy director in the Ministry of Defence’s policy office.

He rose to the rank of Brigadier-General in the Air Force, serving as Commander Air Defence and Operations Command from 2008 to 2012.

From 2016, he was also the chairman of the Singapore National Co-operative Foundation.

He served as the deputy CEO of NTUC First Campus, a social enterprise that runs programmes for children, from 2012 to 2015.

A former Victoria Junior College student, he graduated from Cambridge University in the UK with a master’s degree in mathematics, majoring in statistics and quantum physics.

In 2002, he got another master’s degree in public administration, economics, finance and leadership from Harvard University’s Harvard Kennedy School.

The Straits Times reported that Kwek collapsed after a cycling session with a group of friends, and could not be resuscitated after being taken to the hospital.

Tributes poured in for Kwek on social media on Sunday.

Member of Parliament Heng Chee How, who is also the Senior Minister of State for Defence, wrote on Facebook that he was “deeply saddened” by Kwek’s demise. He was fondly known to those in NTUC and the labour movement as KK, Mr Heng said.

“His vision, dare and drive as CEO NTUC LearningHub are matched by his friendly nature, calm and patience for all. KK, you will be fondly remembered and missed by us all as a capable colleague, good friend and a servant leader,” Mr Heng added.

So far, more than 600 people have joined a Facebook group set up in remembrance of Kwek.

A user going by the name Timothy Tan said he remembers Kwek “very fondly”, as the latter spoke to him not only as his senior commander but as a “peer and well-meaning friend”.

“Many years have passed but I’ve remembered his words as a driving inspiration when times were tough. To date, I quote his words often and they bring me joy and hope,” Mr Tan added.

Another user, Joyce Neo, said that Kwek will be remembered as a “superb cross-country runner” in college and an avid marathoner.

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