New CEO for Tote Board and director-general for Singapore Customs from Jan 1

New CEO for Tote Board and director-general for Singapore Customs from Jan 1
Fong Yong Kian (above), director-general of Singapore Customs, will become chief executive of the Singapore Totalisator Board from Jan 1, said the Ministry of Finance.

SINGAPORE - Mr Fong Yong Kian, director-general of Singapore Customs, will become chief executive of the Singapore Totalisator Board from Jan 1, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Thursday.


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Here is the full statement from the Ministry of Finance:

APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR SINGAPORE TOTALISATOR BOARD AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF SINGAPORE CUSTOMS

The Ministry of Finance has appointed Mr Fong Yong Kian as the Chief Executive of the Singapore Totalisator Board. The Minister for Finance has also appointed Mr Ho Chee Pong as Director-General of Singapore Customs. Both appointments will take effect from 1 January 2014.

Appointment of new Chief Executive, Tote Board

Mr Fong Yong Kian will succeed Mr Tan Soo Nan as the Chief Executive ("CE") of the Singapore Totalisator Board ("Tote Board"). Mr Fong is currently the Director-General of Singapore Customs.

Mr Tan Soo Nan will relinquish his appointment as CE, Tote Board with effect from 1 January 2014 upon completion of his current term. Mr Tan will continue to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Pools.

Under Mr Tan's strong leadership, Tote Board has significantly expanded its grant-making function to better serve the community. In the past seven years, the Board explored new social initiatives, including redefining grant-giving practices to focus on better social outcomes and efficiency. Tote Board also introduced new programmes targeted at increasing the capability and capacity of the not-for-profit sector.

This includes scholarships for senior management of non-profit organisations, executive programmes for middle managers in the social service sector, and knowledge-sharing of best practices for social services via a series of social capital lectures and case study work.

During his tenure, Tote Board has progressed in its organisational capacity, including the attainment of ISO 9001:2008 certification for its donation processes, realignment of the Board's Vision, Mission and Values, and a rebranding exercise.

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