SMRT gets new chief spokesman as Margaret Teo takes over from Patrick Nathan

Ms Margaret Teo is currently the head of corporate and marketing communications at SMRT. PHOTO: SMRT

SINGAPORE - Ms Margaret Teo, the current head of corporate and marketing communications at SMRT, will take over Mr Patrick Nathan's chief spokesman role at transport operator SMRT Corp from next month.

Mr Nathan's resignation was announced to SMRT staff on Monday (Jan 29), slightly over a week after The Straits Times reported the development. He will leave the company in March.

Mr Nathan, 56, joined SMRT in 2011 as director of security and emergency planning, but took on the role of vice-president of corporate communications in 2013.

In an internal mail, the company said he was leaving to "pursue other interests".

In a statement to staff, Mr Nathan said: "I joined the company at a time of great change and was part of this incredible journey that saw significant upgrade and renewal programmes being undertaken to lift rail reliability.

"I am extremely proud to be part of a public transport company that provides a front-line, daily and essential service to Singaporeans."

He declined further comment when approached.

Ms Teo, whose LinkedIn profile says she has 20 years of tourism and hospitality experience in the Singapore Tourism Board, could not be reached for comment.

She holds a distinction in Master of Business (International Marketing) from the Curtin University of Technology in Australia and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the National University of Singapore.

In August 2014, she became SMRT's head of corporate marketing and communications.

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