Former top civil servant Goh Chye Boon tipped to head RWS

A former senior civil servant, who was instrumental in bringing the integrated resorts and Formula One racing to Singapore, has been appointed a senior executive at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

Mr Goh Chye Boon, 43, is slated to take over as chief executive officer of RWS, according to sources. Current CEO Tan Hee Teck, 57, is expected to move to another post in the Genting Group, which owns RWS.

A former member of the elite Administrative Service, Mr Goh brings with him extensive experience dealing with tourism-related issues.

He chaired the Government's Integrated Resort Working Group in 2007. He also oversaw the rolling out of the first Formula One night race in 2008, when he was deputy secretary for special projects in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

RWS declined to comment on Mr Goh's prospective appointment as CEO but said in a statement yesterday that he joined the company on Jan 28 this year as executive vice-president of resort operations.

He oversees operational non-gaming functions.

The statement also pointed out that Mr Goh had "held various positions in the private and public sector", citing in particular his stints at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) and the Tianjin Eco-City joint venture.

In 2011, Mr Goh was made head of GIC's China Business Partnership unit, which seeks to synergise and integrate GIC's investments in China. From 2008 to 2010, he was CEO of the Singapore-China Tianjin Eco-City joint venture.

He was also a member of the Economic Development Board for seven years. He stepped down last year.

Mr Goh graduated from the London School of Economics with first-class honours in econometrics. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

elgintoh@sph.com.sg

Update: On Tuesday, Resorts World Sentosa said current CEO Tan Hee Teck is not slated to move to another post in the Genting Group, nor has RWS appointed any CEO-designate successor.