Former CapitaLand CEO Liew Mun Leong Joins NUS

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Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand Group, Mr Liew Mun Leong, has been appointed as Provost’s Chair Professor (Practice) in both the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School and the Faculty of Engineering

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Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand Group, Mr Liew Mun Leong, has been appointed as Provost’s Chair Professor (Practice) in both the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School and the Faculty of Engineering. The appointment is effective from 15 April 2013.

A business leader who has had more than 42 years' experience in the region's construction and real estate development industry, in both the public and private sectors, Mr Liew will teach undergraduate and postgraduate classes on management and leadership at NUS Business School on a part time and pro bono basis. He will also work with its faculty members on research and developing business case studies.

Besides teaching and research activities, Mr Liew will also provide leadership and strategic advice to staff at both the NUS Business School as well as the Faculty of Engineering.

In addition to these roles, Mr Liew will remain as a member of NUS Business School’s Management Advisory Board, and Chairman of Changi Airport Group Pte Ltd, Surbana International Consultants Holdings Pte Ltd and Pavilion Gas Pte Ltd.

Mr Liew Mun Leong has spent 22 years in the public service developing Singapore's Changi Airport, military airports and establishments, and heading two science and technology statutory boards. He was the Registrar of the Professional Engineers Board, granting engineers’ licenses to practise in Singapore and regulating engineering practices in Singapore. He has also served in international public institutions such as the Executive Board of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) for which he was later elected and served as its President for one term.

In the private sector, he has had more than 20 years of experience leading and directing public companies listed in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia. In 2000, he was appointed as the founding President and CEO of CapitaLand Limited, a public listed real estate company, which under his watch, has become the largest real estate group (by market capitalisation) in South East Asia, operating in over 20 countries with more than 12,000 staff. He currently also sits on the boards of Singapore Exchange, CapitaLand Hope Foundation (the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand), NUS Business School, Human Capital Leadership Institute, Centre for Liveable Cities, Chinese Development Assistance Council and the Singapore China Foundation.

"I am indeed honoured by this appointment by NUS. I strongly believe in the credo of "building people" and along this vein I will be happy to share some of my business experiences with business and engineering students at NUS," said Mr Liew.

Added Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School: “It is our honour to have Mun Leong as a practice-track professor and we are delighted to be working with him. He is one of Asia’s most prominent business leaders and has vast experience in this region. Through his various contributions, he has helped develop Singapore into a thriving international business centre. I am confident that he will have valuable business insights to share. As we strive towards being the leading business school in Asia, we will work with Mun Leong to turn his stellar practice into theory and knowledge, thus enriching our students’ educational experience in NUS Business School.”

“We are extremely happy and privileged to have Mun Leong on board as a Provost’s Chair Professor. He is one of our distinguished engineering alumni and I am sure his contributions and efforts to nurture future Engineer-Leaders will be invaluable to the Faculty,” also said Professor Chan Eng Soon, Dean and Keppel Chair Professor, NUS Faculty of Engineering.

Mr Liew was awarded the Public Administration Medal by the Singapore Government in 1979 for his illustrious career in the public service. He received the prestigious Meritorious Service Medal from the President of the Republic of Singapore at the Singapore National Day Awards in August 2011 for his chairmanship of the Changi Airport Group, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in public service and community work in Singapore.

In 2006, Mr Liew was named Outstanding CEO of the Year in the Singapore Business Awards.

In 2007, he was conferred the CEO of the Year award in The Business Times' Singapore Corporate Awards.

In 2008, Mr Liew was named Asia's Best Executive of 2008 (Singapore) by Asiamoney and Best CEO in Asia (Property) by Institutional Investor.

In May 2011, he was named Best CEO in Singapore by FinanceAsia.

Mr Liew graduated from the University of Singapore with a Civil Engineering degree and is a registered professional civil engineer.

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