Mr Desmond Kuek is the President and Group Chief Executive Officer of SMRT Corporation Pte Ltd. SMRT 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 from 1982 to 2010, rising steadily through the ranks to the pinnacle leadership positions of Director Joint Intelligence in 2000, Chief of Army in 2003 and Chief of Defence Force in 2007. From 2010 to 2012, Mr Kuek held the appointment of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. He also previously served on the Boards of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd and its subsidiaries, Defence Science and Technology Agency, Housing and Development Board, Jurong Town Corporation and International Enterprise Singapore.
Mr Kuek 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 also on the Advisory Board of SAP Asia Pacific Japan and the College of Engineering at Nanyang Technological University. In addition, he is a member of the Trade & Connectivity Council for Skills, Innovation & Productivity Sub-Committee.