SPH appoints Anthony Tan as new head of its Chinese Media group

Mr Tan, 41, who was Deputy Secretary (Policy) with the Ministry of Health, takes over from Mr Lim Jim Koon, 65, who will retire after 38 years with the media group. -- PHOTO: SPH
Mr Tan, 41, who was Deputy Secretary (Policy) with the Ministry of Health, takes over from Mr Lim Jim Koon, 65, who will retire after 38 years with the media group. -- PHOTO: SPH

SINGAPORE - Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) has appointed Mr Anthony Tan as Executive Vice President of its Chinese Media group (CM).

Mr Tan's appointment will take effect from Feb 1, SPH said in a statement on Friday.

Mr Tan, 41, who was Deputy Secretary (Policy) with the Ministry of Health, takes over from Mr Lim Jim Koon, 65, who will retire after 38 years with the media group.

Mr Tan will oversee CM, which publishes three Chinese newspapers (Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News), four student weeklies (zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior), ZbBz Newsgazine, bilingual daily My Paper (Chinese section), UFM100.3 radio as well as Focus Publishing which produces a range of magazines including U-Weekly.

In addition, he will also lead the editorial teams to strengthen and grow CM's digital products. CM also has a Cultural Industry Promotion department which promotes Chinese culture through community and arts events.

Mr Tan studied in Maris Stella High School and Victoria Junior College. He graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science degree (First Class Honours in Political Science) from the National University of Singapore in 1997, and a Master of Science degree in Management at Stanford University in the United States, in 2005.

Mr Tan has worked in many public sector organisations throughout his career, including Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance and Manpower and the People's Association. Mr Tan was also concurrently the Special Assistant to Mr Lee Kuan Yew from 2011 till Oct 2014. He has also been actively involved in statutory and private organisations like IDA International, Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism Ltd and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Said Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of SPH: "Anthony has close to 20 years of experience in the public sector. His varied experience and extensive knowledge put him in a good stead to drive the future development of our Chinese Media group and contribute to the company's success. I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Mr Lim Jim Koon for his many years of service and contributions to SPH."

On his SPH appointment, Mr Tan said: "I am honoured and excited to be joining SPH and heading Chinese Media group. The group has a dynamic team with a diverse suite of products, in particular, the flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao, with its rich history of more than 90 years, and new media products reaching out to younger readers. I hope to build on the strong foundation laid by my predecessors, and to continually innovate and enhance our Chinese media business and cultural outreach activities."