IDA CEO to step down; new deputy chairman and managing director appointed instead

The chief executive officer of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), Mr Ronnie Tay, will be stepping down next month, the industry regulator announced on Thursday. Mr Tay will return to the Administrative Service for another posting, a statement said.

Instead of finding a replacement chief executive, IDA has decided to appoint two individuals for the positions of deputy chairman and managing director.

The new deputy chairman will have executive leadership at IDA. This position has been appointed to Mr Steve Leonard, who was formerly president of IT giant EMC Asia Pacific and Japan for more than six years. He will focus on industry promotion and development. This will include infrastructure development and boosting the transformation of start-ups and local enterprises.

Assisting Mr Leonard will be Ms Jacqueline Poh, who will be appointed as Managing Director. The former divisional director at the Ministry of Manpower will take the lead on IDA's policy and regulatory functions, including telco regulation and information security. Both Mr Leonard and Ms Poh will officially assume their new appointments on June 10, when Mr Tay steps down.