Surbana Jurong has appointed Chaly Mah Chee Kheong as its new chairman, with effect from 1 January 2021. He succeeds Liew Mun Leong, the Group’s founding chairman, who retired in September 2020.
“I am deeply honoured and humbled to be entrusted with this responsibility,” said Mr Mah on his new appointment. “Five years after its formation, Surbana Jurong Group continues to fulfil its essential purpose of building cities and shaping lives. It has grown from strength to strength, expanding its influence and presence globally.
“For this, I would like to thank Mun Leong who, with the SJ leadership team, was the driving force behind Surbana Jurong’s growth strategy. I look forward to working with the board and management to leverage on this strong platform to advance the Group into a leading global player.”
Mr Mah is chairman of Singapore Tourism Board, the Singapore Accountancy Commission and NetLink NBN. He is a member of the board of trustees of SG Eco Fund, National University of Singapore (NUS) and chairman of the NUS Business School Accounting advisory board. He also serves on the boards of the Singapore Economic Development Board, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Flipkart Private Ltd and CapitaLand Limited.
“We see his experience and vision as critical to continuing the journey that Surbana Jurong started under Liew Mun Leong’s leadership,” commented Tan Gee Paw, a board director of Surbana Jurong. “Chaly’s leadership credentials and his desire to see Surbana Jurong continue its growth journey, delivering sustainable social and economic impact for our clients, appeal to us all.”
Mr Mah had served on the board of Singapore Land Authority from 2007 to 2014 and was its chairman between 2010 and 2014. He was also chairman of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce between 2015 and 2017, and an external member of the audit committee of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank from 2017 to 2020.
In 2016, Mr Mah retired as CEO of Deloitte Southeast Asia and chairman of Deloitte Singapore. He was with Deloitte for over 38 years, including five years in its Melbourne office, Australia. During his tenure, Mr Mah led teams serving multinational and local companies across a wide spectrum of industries, specialising in financial services, telecommunications & technology, real estate, private equity and manufacturing and advising companies in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Mr Mah was also CEO of Deloitte Asia Pacific and served as vice-chair of Deloitte’s global board of directors.
In addition, Mr Mah is the Singapore non-resident ambassador to Papua New Guinea. In 2014, he was awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) for his contributions to public service.
“On behalf of the leadership team and all colleagues, I warmly welcome Chaly and look forward to working with him to take Surbana Jurong to its next phase of growth,” said Wong Heang Fine, group CEO of Surbana Jurong. “In the face of unprecedented challenge, the over 16,000 colleagues in the Group have continued to deliver on our commitments to create value for all our stakeholders.
“Chaly’s deep experience and insights will benefit us greatly as we continue to grow our portfolio of specialty consulting skills and expand our capabilities for the built environment, anchored on sustainability and technology for the future.”