URA appoints new chairman

Former head of civil service Peter Ho will take over as chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority on Sunday.

He will take over from Mr Alan Chan, who will step down on Saturday when his term ends.

Mr Ho is currently a senior advisor to the Centre for Strategic Futures and senior fellow at the Civil Service College.

He retired from the Administrative Service in 2010 after 34 years, including 15 years as a Permanent Secretary.

He joined the URA board on December 1, 2011.

In a joint statement, the National Development Ministry and URA paid tribute to Mr Chan, who’s been board chairman since April 2006.

Under his chairmanship, URA unveiled its Master Plan 2008, a strategic plan that focuses on sustaining economic growth and enhancing the quality of life in Singapore.

URA also facilitated the transformation of Marina Bay into a vibrant live-work-play district, with the completion of key developments such as the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort and the Marina Bay Financial Centre Phase I, as well as major infrastructures – the Common Services Tunnel, Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade.

Mr Chan was instrumental in the formulation of policies for the strategic management of URA’s financial resources as chairman of the URA Finance and Investment Committee.

He also provided substantial guidance to strengthen URA’s corporate governance.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 30 Mar 2012

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