SMRT's Desmond Kuek stepping down, expected to be replaced by former chief of defence force Neo Kian Hong

SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek (left) is stepping down after more than five years at the helm, say sources. His successor is expected to be former chief of defence force Neo Kian Hong.
SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek (left) is stepping down after more than five years at the helm, say sources. His successor is expected to be former chief of defence force Neo Kian Hong.PHOTOS: ST FILE, PUBLIC SERVICE DIVISION
SMRT chief executive Desmond Kuek took over the helm of the rail operator in October 2012.
SMRT chief executive Desmond Kuek took over the helm of the rail operator in October 2012.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - SMRT chief executive Desmond Kuek is stepping down after 5½ years at the helm, and his successor is expected to be former chief of defence force Neo Kian Hong, according to reliable sources.

Mr Neo, 54, is currently permanent secretary for defence development. He had succeeded Mr Kuek, 55, as Chief of Defence Force in 2010.

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