Kwek Leng Beng
A Managing Director of Hong Leong Finance Limited ("HLF" or the "Company") since 1 March 1979, Mr Kwek was appointed the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company since 28 November 1984 and was last re-appointed as a Director on 26 April 2018.
Mr Kwek is also the chairman of the Executive Committee and sits on the Board Risk Committee and Nominating Committee. He is the Executive Chairman of Hong Leong Investment Holdings Pte. Ltd. ("HLIH"), the immediate and ultimate holding company of HLF, and City Developments Limited ("CDL"), and non-executive Chairman of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc ("M&C"). CDL and M&C are subsidiaries of HLIH and thus, related companies under the Hong Leong Group of companies.
In the preceding 3-year period, Mr Kwek was the Chairman and Managing Director of City e-Solutions Limited ("CES") until he stepped down in September 2016 after CES ceased to be a subsidiary of CDL. He was non-executive Chairman and Director of Hong Leong Asia Ltd. ("HLA") until his retirement from the board in April 2017.
Mr Kwek holds a law degree, LL.B. (London) and is also a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He has extensive experience in the finance business, having grown from day one with the original Hong Leong Finance Limited which has since merged its finance business with Singapore Finance Limited (now known as HLF). He has vast experience in real estate, hotels as well as trading and manufacturing.
Mr Kwek’s other appointments include being a board member of the Singapore Hotel Association and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors ("SID"). He was also conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Hospitality from Johnson & Wales University (Rhode Island, US) and an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University (UK).
Mr Kwek has received numerous accolades starting from 1997, when he was named "Businessman of the Year 1996" by the Singapore Business Awards, organised by The Business Times and DHL. In 2012, he was jointly awarded the "Partners in the Office of the CEO" award in the Brendan Wood International - Securities Investors Association Singapore ("SIAS") TopGun CEO Designation Award with the late Mr Kwek Leng Joo (former Deputy Chairman of CDL). This award is given to CEOs who are best in class rated by shareholders. In 2014, he received the inaugural Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore ("REDAS") Lifetime Achievement Award which honours a pioneering group of real estate leaders.
He received the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry ("SCCCI") SG50 Outstanding Chinese Business Pioneers Award in 2015. The award honours the Republic’s outstanding Chinese business pioneers and their exemplary contributions to nation-building. That same year, he was accorded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific ("HICAP"). This accolade honours exceptional individuals who have distinguished themselves through accomplishments and contributions to the hotel industry.
In 2017, he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards organised by Enterprise Asia, a regional non-governmental organisation for entrepreneurship. The award was in recognition of his outstanding achievements, visionary leadership and steadfast dedication that led to the successful growth of the Hong Leong Group for over five decades. That same year, he clinched the inaugural Global Blue Ocean Shift Award, given at the Global Entrepreneurship Community Summit in Kuala Lumpur. Most recently, Mr Kwek was awarded the Singapore Tatler Diamond Award (Lifetime Achievement) 2018, in recognition of his exceptional leadership that led Hong Leong Group to grow into a globally diversified enterprise.