SEC gets new exec director

Ms Jen Teo Pui Heng will start her duties next Monday. Her predecessor, Mr Edwin Seah, lost his job in November.
Ms Jen Teo Pui Heng will start her duties next Monday. Her predecessor, Mr Edwin Seah, lost his job in November.

The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) announced yesterday the appointment of Ms Jen Teo Pui Heng as its new executive director.

Ms Teo, 55, will start her duties next Monday. She was a senior vice-president at Great Eastern Insurance, and a senior executive at American Express International covering the Asia-Pacific region.

SEC chairman Isabella Loh said: "Her experience as a corporate leader will be invaluable in promoting SEC's environmental causes in Singapore and the region."

Ms Teo said she is honoured to join the organisation. "The need for SEC to be a strong advocate for the environment has never been more important.

"SEC has a vital role to play bringing the community, industry and government together to solve the environmental challenges facing Singapore and the region."

Her appointment follows the sudden termination of the services of three senior staff, including then executive director Edwin Seah, last November. The grounds included an allegation that he did not follow standard operating procedure during an event.

In December, the three had met the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep), which promotes good employment practices.

Tafep said yesterday it had not found the terminations to be related to any "discriminatory factors".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2017, with the headline 'SEC gets new exec director'. Print Edition | Subscribe