PROPERTY giant Far East Organization announced yesterday that executive director Leong Horn Kee would be leaving the company on June 30 after more than 15 years of service.Mr Leong, who served as Member of Parliament for 32 years until he retired in 2006, said that he was venturing out to work on his own ‘projects’.
‘I’m 56 years old now and I’ve had a good run in government service, GLCs, the financial sector and the private sector. It’s time to move on and I have some private business ventures in mind. Far East is in great shape and will continue to do well.’
A Colombo Plan scholar, Mr Leong started out in the Administrative Service at the Ministry of Trade in 1977. In 1984, he joined NatSteel, where he remained until 1989. Following that, he joined investment banking group NM Rothschild & Sons (S) Ltd for four years before moving on to Far East.
He was managing director of its Orchard Parade Holdings Ltd from 1993 to 2000, and managing director and CEO of Yeo Hiap Seng from mid-1999 to 2002. In recent years, he handled many of the group’s investment ventures and oversaw its internal audit operations.
‘He has been instrumental in completing our Novena Medical Centre agreement with Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and has assisted several departments in resolving various problems encountered with external agencies,’ Far East said in a statement yesterday.
Mr Leong, who has four children, is Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Mexico. He became a member of the Securities Industry Council in January.
Source: Business Times 4 Mar 08