Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Manager is committed to ensuring that the highest standards of corporate governance are practiced throughout the Manager and the Trust, as a fundamental part of its responsibility to protect and enhance Unitholders' value and the financial performance of the Trust.
The Manager has general powers of management of the assets of the Trust. The Manager's main responsibility is to manage the Trust's assets and liabilities for the benefit of Unitholders and it will ensure that the business of the Trust is carried on and conducted in a proper and efficient manner, and will conduct all transactions with or for the Trust at arm's length.
Board Of Directors Of The Manager
The Board is responsible for the overall corporate governance of the Manager including establishing goals for the management of the Trust and monitoring of the achievement of these goals. The Board is also responsible for the strategic business direction and risk management of the Trust.
Mr Wang was appointed as a Director on 7 August 2009 and reprised the role as Chairman of the Manager on 16 January 2014. He was previously the Chairman from 7 August 2009 to 19 April 2012 and has returned to the role following rotation between the Manager's joint venture partners, AIMS Financial Group and AMP Capital.
Mr Wang is the founding Executive Chairman of AIMS Financial Group and an active participant in both the Australian and Chinese financial services industries. Established in 1991, AIMS Financial Group is a diversified financial services and investment group, active in the areas of lending, securitisation, investment banking, funds management, property investment, stock exchange ownership and stock broking. Mr Wang is also the Deputy Chairman of Sydney Stock Exchange Limited (formerly known as Asia Pacific Stock Exchange Limited). Mr Wang is also the Executive Chairman of AIMS Fund Management Limited, the responsible entity for AIMS Property Securities Fund, a diversified real estate securities fund, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and the Singapore Stock Exchange.
Mr Wang is the President of the AustChina Finance & Investment Council. As the President of AustChina Finance & Investment Council, Mr Wang has been laying the foundation for the financial bridge between Australia and China for many years, closely following the development of the Chinese financial sector, at the same time building a professional team. Mr Wang is also a patron of the Taronga Foundation which is affiliated with the Taronga Zoo based in Sydney, Australia which operates wildlife conservation programs.
Mr Tan was appointed as a Director on 1 December 2006 and the Chairman of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee on 19 February 2010.
Mr Tan holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the National University of Singapore. He is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom. Mr Tan started his career at Price Waterhouse Singapore (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) and was Finance Director of Parkway Holdings Limited from 1988 until his retirement in 2005.
Mr Tan has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of IGB Corporations Berhad, listed on Bursa Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, since 2003. In addition, he holds several other directorships in companies in the fields of building construction, investment holdings and water management.
Mr Ip was appointed as a Director on 31 March 2010 and the Chairman of the Nominating and Remuneration Committee
Mr Ip is a Chartered Accountant by training and has over 33 years of experience in finance, accounting and general management. From 2000 to 2009, he held the position of the President and Group Chief Executive Officer of The Straits Trading Company Limited ("STC"), the main activities of which are in real estate, mining and hospitality. Prior to joining STC in 1983, he was with Ernst & Whinney (now known as Ernst & Young LLP).
Mr Ip is currently the Group Managing Director of United Engineers Limited. Mr Ip is also an Independent Director of Great Eastern Holdings Limited and is a director of its subsidiaries, including The Great Eastern Life Assurance Company Limited, The Overseas Assurance Corporation Limited, Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad, Overseas Assurance Corporation (Malaysia) Berhad and Great Eastern Takaful Bhd. In addition, he also serves as a member of the Building and Construction Authority Board and the Securities Industry Council.
Mr Ip holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Mr Lai was appointed as a Director on 26 February 2010.
Mr Lai began his career as an attorney in New York and in Singapore and has a wealth of experience of over 28 years in law, investment banking, real estate and private equity. He is currently a Managing Director and Co-Managing Partner of Southern Capital Group and was previously a Managing Director and Senior Country Officer at JP Morgan, Malaysia as well as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Ascott Group Limited. He also held the position of Managing Director at The Carlyle Group Asia and Managing Director at Citigroup, Singapore.
Mr Lai currently holds directorships in several other companies such as Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited and Greatearth Pte Ltd and is also a council member of Design Singapore Council and the Securities Industry Council.
He holds an LL.B from The London School of Economics and Political Science, where he graduated with First Class Honors, and an LL.M from Harvard Law School.
Mr McGrath was appointed as a Director on 26 February 2010.
Mr McGrath held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Manager from 12 January 2009 until 31 December 2013. He remains on the Board of the Manager in the capacity of a Non-Executive Non-Independent Director. Mr McGrath is currently the fund manager of the AMP Capital Wholesale Office Fund, an A$3.7 billion prime commercial office fund with assets located in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Wellington.
Prior to joining AMP Capital and the Manager, Mr McGrath was the Chief Executive Officer of Allco Commercial REIT (now known as Frasers Commercial Trust) and Managing Director of Allco (Singapore) Limited. Mr McGrath moved to Singapore in 2005 to establish Allco (Singapore) Limited's real estate funds management business and was responsible for growing assets under management in excess of S$2.0 billion. Prior to that, he spent over five years with Allco Finance Group in Australia in a range of senior executive roles in its property funds management and structured finance divisions. Mr McGrath has over 16 years of experience in real estate investment and fund management.
Mr McGrath was a lawyer at a leading Australian law firm, Blake Dawson (now known as Ashurst) before joining Allco Finance Group. He holds a LL.B and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Techonology, Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance & Investment from Securities Institute of Australia.
Mr Koh joined the Manager in December 2008 and was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Manager on 1 January 2014. He was subsequently appointed as a Director on 29 January 2014. Prior to this appointment, Mr Koh was the Head of Real Estate for the Manager since October 2011 and its Senior Investment Manager before that.
As the Chief Executive Officer of the Manager, Mr Koh is responsible for the overall planning, management and operation of the Trust. He works closely with the Board of Directors to determine business strategies for the strategic development of the Trust.
Mr Koh has over 20 years of experience in investment, corporate finance and asset management, of which more than 12 years are in direct real estate, covering investments, developments, asset management and real estate private equity in the Asia Pacific region.
Mr Koh holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering and a Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan