Sinda to get new chief from July 1

Mr Anbarasu Rajendran, 46, will be promoted to acting CEO of Sinda from July 1, replacing Mr Kumaran Barathan (far left), 61.
Mr Anbarasu Rajendran, 46, will be promoted to acting CEO of Sinda from July 1, replacing Mr Kumaran Barathan (far left), 61.PHOTO: SINDA

Deputy CEO to take over as acting chief exec; outgoing head to helm Indian trade chamber

The deputy chief executive officer of the Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda) will be promoted to acting CEO from July 1.

Mr Anbarasu Rajendran will replace Mr Kumaran Barathan, who will become CEO of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) on the same day. The announcement was made yesterday at the Sinda HQ in Beatty Road.

Mr Anbarasu, 46, is an education officer with the Ministry of Education and currently on secondment to Sinda, a self-help group established in 1991 which aims to lift the socio-economic status of the Indian community in Singapore.

On behalf of Sinda's board of trustees, Deputy Prime Minister and Sinda chairman Tharman Shanmugaratnam expressed their appreciation of Mr Barathan's services.

Mr Barathan, 61, will embark on a second stint at the SICCI, having previously served as its CEO from July 2013 to June 2014.

Mr Tharman said: "Barathan has led the organisation very well as CEO and personified the ethos of community service that Sinda represents. We are deeply grateful for his contributions."

Sinda president Indranee Rajah, who is Minister (Prime Minister's Office), also paid tribute to the outgoing CEO, saying: "Barathan has contributed significantly to Sinda during his tenure as CEO. He introduced many new programmes and initiatives and has done much to strengthen Sinda's partnership with the Indian community. Today, Sinda is a much stronger organisation due to his efforts."

She added: "We shall miss him at Sinda but are heartened that he will still be working for and with the Indian community at SICCI. "

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline 'Sinda to get new chief from July 1'. Print Edition | Subscribe