New heads for National Library Board, SkillsFuture

Changi Airport Group's current CEO Lee Seow Hiang (left) replaces Mr Chan Heng Kee as NLB chairman.
Changi Airport Group's current CEO Lee Seow Hiang (left) replaces Mr Chan Heng Kee as NLB chairman.
Mr Ng Cher Pong (left), founding CEO of SSG since 2016, will succeed Mrs Elaine Ng as CEO of NLB.
Mr Ng Cher Pong (left), founding CEO of SSG since 2016, will succeed Mrs Elaine Ng as CEO of NLB.

The National Library Board (NLB) will be getting a new chairman and chief executive. SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) will have a new CEO as well.

Changi Airport Group's current CEO Lee Seow Hiang, 49, will be NLB's new chairman from January, taking over from Mr Chan Heng Kee, 50, said the Ministry of Communications and Information yesterday.

The board's new CEO from December is Mr Ng Cher Pong, 47, taking over from Mrs Elaine Ng, 54.

Mr Ng is currently SSG's CEO and he will be replaced by Mr Ong Tze-Ch'in, 44, currently the co-ordinating divisional director of the higher education group in the Ministry of Education (MOE).

Mr Ong will also be appointed as MOE's deputy secretary for SkillsFuture from December, said MOE and SSG in a statement yesterday.

Mr Lee, NLB's future chairman, is credited for driving the development of Changi Jewel Airport and is, among his various roles, also deputy chairman of Changi Airports International.

From 1989 to 2005, Mr Lee held various appointments in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Ministry of Defence. His last appointment was deputy head of air operations in the headquarters of RSAF. Between 2005 and 2008, he was the principal private secretary to then Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

NLB's future CEO, Mr Ng, is currently also MOE's deputy secretary for SkillsFuture. He has been founding CEO of SSG since October 2016 and has played a role in the development and implementation of various SkillsFuture initiatives.

Mr Ng joined the administrative service of the civil service in 1996 and was appointed chief executive of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency in 2013. In 2016, he was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) for his civil service contributions.

 
 

SSG's incoming CEO, Mr Ong, previously held various leadership positions in the Singapore Armed Forces, including as director of military intelligence.

Ms Yong Ying-I, Ministry of Communications and Information's permanent secretary, thanked Mr Chan and Mrs Ng for their efforts as NLB's chairman and CEO respectively.

On Mr Chan, Ms Yong said he "has played a pivotal role" in overseeing NLB's development over the past four years. She credited him for transforming the network of public libraries into integrated touchpoints for lifelong learning.

Ms Yong said Mrs Ng was "instrumental in leading the transformation of the NLB that we see today".

In her eight years as CEO, Mrs Ng led the adoption of technology in the board's network of libraries, revitalised the physical spaces at next-generation public libraries and the national archives to become "welcoming community learning spaces", Ms Yong added.

As for NLB's incoming chairman and CEO, Ms Yong said Mr Lee's leadership in driving innovation and Mr Ng's commitment to lifelong learning for people will be valuable to the board.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2019, with the headline 'New heads for National Library Board, SkillsFuture'. Print Edition | Subscribe