MDA appoints Gabriel Lim as new CEO

MDA appoints Gabriel Lim as new CEO

SINGAPORE - Media Development Authority (MDA) has appointed Mr Gabriel Lim as the new Chief Executive Officer (Designate) with effect from Nov 17 and as CEO from Dec 8.

He succeeds Ms Koh Lin-Net, who was appointed CEO of MDA on Nov 1, 2012, and will take on another leadership posting next year, said the Ministry of Communications and Information in a statement today.

Mr Lim is the outgoing Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, a position he took up in September 2011.

The statement said that as PPS to the PM, Mr Lim assisted Mr Lee in discharging the responsibilities of his office, which included coordinating policy changes, managing inter-agency issues, and stragetic communicatinos.

Before his appointment as PPS, Mr Lim held various positions, including Director (Policy), Defence Policy Office at the Ministry of Defence, where he helped strengthen Singapore's defence relations with foreign countries and organise the 10th Shangri-La Dialogue.

Mr Lim also served in the Ministry of Health, Public Service Division and Civil Service Collge. In 2009, he also won the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to pursue a Master of Science in Management at Stanford University.

Under Ms Koh's leadership, MDA focused on strengthening consumer protection, including safeguards for Pay TV consumers, parental controls of the Internet, and launch of the Safer Internet Day.

She oversaw the launch of launch of nation-wide digital TV initiative and spearheaded the Digital TV Assistance Scheme to help needy households manage the switchover to digital TV.

"Ms Koh had strongly advocated MDA's engagement and consultation with stakeholders in industry, the public and employees. She oversaw a strategic review of MDA's media industry development plans, with a clear focus on uplifting the quality of and market for local content, and consultations on changes to the Public Entertainment and Meetings Act.

"Internally, she strengthened the organisational culture and put in place initiatives to enhance employee growth and engagement," the statement said.

The ministry thanked Ms Koh for her contributions and leadership.

klim@sph.com.sg

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