Trafigura Group names Tan Chin Hwee CEO of Asia-Pacific

SINGAPORE - Global commodities player Trafigura Group has appointed Mr Tan Chin Hwee as its chief executive officer for Asia-Pacific, making him the first Singaporean and Asian to be named in such a senior position in the firm.

Mr Tan brings two decades of experience in management and financial roles, most recently as the founder of the Asian operations of Apollo Global Management LLC, a global alternative investor with over US$185 billion (S$265.4 billion) in assets under management.

Before Apollo, Mr Tan was a managing director at Amaranth Advisors LLC, an American multi-strategy hedge fund responsible for identifying and evaluating public and private investment opportunities across the capital structure across Asia.

Mr Tan sits on various boards, including those of Singapore Press Holdings, Keppel Real Estate Investment Trust, Lien Aid and the KKH Health Endowment Fund.

Most recently, he was appointed to the board of trustees for Nanyang Technological University, concurrent to his appointment to the Monetary Authority of Singapore's Finance Centre Advisory Panel.

"Much as I had wanted to slow the tempo following an eventful career in investment management, the opportunity to be an integral part of a team who holds a pivotal position in a dynamic sector both in Singapore and globally was compelling," Mr Tan said in a statement on Monday.

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