Mr Tan was appointed Executive Director on 1 June 2009 and last re-elected on 25 June 2020. Concurrently, he has been the Group’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) since 1 January 2014. As CEO, he is in charge of leading the development and execution of our long-term strategy, and responsible for all day-to-day management decisions.
Mr Tan joined our Group in 2007 as an assistant to the CEO and Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of Corporate Services before taking on the position of COO of our Group in 2011. Mr Tan spearheaded the growth of our Group’s operations in the region such as the expansion of our swine and dairy business segments, and had oversight of the management functions across our Group’s businesses. Mr Tan is also involved in the management of our Group’s financial liabilities and has assisted our Group in diversifying our financial relationships to include regional and international banking organisations.
Mr Tan started his career as a statistician at the Department of Statistics, Singapore in 1985 and went on to become a research economist with Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry in 1986. He joined the Prudential group in 1988 as an investment analyst based in Hong Kong and the USA.
From 1991 to 2003, Mr Tan was employed by the PAMA Group Inc.’s group of companies (“PAMA Group”), becoming a partner of PAMA BVI in 2001. He was involved in setting up several equity funds of the PAMA Group and handling the funds’ investment portfolio in South East Asia. He was also an Investment Committee member of PAMA BVI from 1997 to 2003. In 2003, Mr Tan joined Delifrance Asia Ltd as its CEO, and in 2005, he joined Li & Fung Group in 2005 as its Project Director and COO.
Mr Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1983. He was also registered as a Chartered Financial Analyst with The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, USA in 1992.