SINGAPORE - The Board of the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) announced on Wednesday (Mar 22) the appointment of Ms Jen Teo Pui Heng as its new executive director. Ms Teo will commence her duties on March 27.
Ms Teo formerly served as a senior vice-president at Great Eastern Insurance, and previously worked as a senior executive at American Express International with responsibilities spanning the Asia-Pacific.
SEC chairman Isabella Loh said of Ms Teo: "Her experience as a corporate leader will be invaluable in promoting SEC's environmental causes in Singapore and the region."
Ms Loh added that Ms Teo will lead SEC's drive to encourage green consumerism and to promote sustainability to communities, governments and industries.
The appointment comes in the wake of last November's sudden dismissal of three senior staff at SEC, including former executive director Edwin Seah.
The grounds for dismissal included an allegation that Mr Seah did not follow standard operating procedure during an SEC event.
It was reported in January that the three had met the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep), which promotes the adoption of good employment practices. Tafep did not respond to requests for comment by press time.
SEC's incoming executive director Ms Teo said she was honoured to join an organisation committed to protecting the natural environment for future generations.
"Environmental issues are now at the centre of Singapore's public policy debate, with moves to conserve water, reduce vehicle emissions and fight climate change through a carbon price," Ms Teo added.
"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."