Desmond Kuek is President and Group CEO of SMRT Corporation Ltd. SMRT Corporation Ltd is Singapore’s premier multi-modal land transport provider, with core businesses in rail operations, maintenance and engineering as well as in bus, taxi and automotive services. Complementing these are integrated businesses in retail, media and marketing, as well as properties and retail management.
Prior to joining SMRT, Mr Kuek served in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) from 1982 to 2010, rising steadily through the ranks to the pinnacle leadership positions of Director of Joint Intelligence, Chief of Army and Chief of Defence Force. From 2010 to 2012, Mr Kuek held the appointment of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. He has also previously served on the Boards of Singapore Technologies Engineering and its subsidiaries, Defence Science and Technology Agency, Housing and Development Board, Jurong Town Corporation and International Enterprise Singapore.
Mr Kuek holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Arts (Engineering Science) from Oxford University and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. He is currently a member of the Civil Service College Board and chairs its Audit Committee. Mr Kuek is a member of the International Advisory Panel for the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He is on the Advisory Committee for the College of Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, and also on the Asia Pacific Japan Advisory Board for SAP Asia Pte. Ltd.