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New leadership gears up at PSA International

PSA International announces the retirement of its Group CEO, Mr Tan Chong Meng, on 1 March 2024, marking an end to a transformative 12-year leadership. Mr Ong Kim Pong, presently Regional CEO of Southeast Asia, will succeed him



PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA), a globally esteemed port operator and supply chain partner, has unveiled that its Group CEO, Mr Tan Chong Meng, is slated to retire on 1 March 2024.

His successor will be Mr Ong Kim Pong, currently fulfilling the role of Regional CEO of Southeast Asia at PSA International. Mr Ong will PSA Internationalalso be welcomed onto the PSA International Board.

Under Mr Tan’s vibrant leadership spanning 12 years, PSA transformed into a comprehensive global supply chain orchestrator, broadening its reach from 17 to 43 countries and diversifying its services to a wider clientele.

A standout moment during his tenure was the 2022 launch of the first phase of Tuas Port, a technological marvel in Singapore’s maritime history, embodying the innovative spirit that defined his period at PSA.

Mr Tan shared, “It has been a great honour to lead PSA and witness its metamorphosis into the global supply chain player that it is today.”

Reflecting on the team’s support and PSA’s growth and transformation under his helm, Mr Tan believes that leadership renewal at this juncture is timely. He expressed warm thanks and conveyed his expectation of witnessing further achievements under the new leadership.

“Chong Meng has led PSA from strength to strength,” commended Mr Peter Voser, Group Chairman of PSA International, acknowledging the outgoing CEO’s “exemplary leadership, vision, and dedication.”

The industry veteran, Mr Tan, leaves behind a solid legacy and a company strategically positioned to leverage new opportunities and sail through the complex currents of global logistics and supply chains.

A New Helm at the Global Port Operator

In March 2024, Mr Ong will assume leadership, bringing with him nearly three decades of experience in global operations across PSA, in his current role as the Regional CEO of Southeast Asia.

Mr Voser noted that “Kim Pong has a deep understanding of PSA’s business and is well-placed to steer the organisation’s continued transformation journey and growth,” thereby assuring a smooth transition.

Mr Ong, expressing humility and honour for the trust placed in him by the Board, committed to expanding the core business in ports and logistics and fortifying relationships with stakeholders. He aims to persistently drive PSA’s transformation into a supply chain leader and global catalyst of sustainable trade, building upon Mr Tan’s foundational contributions.

Mr Ong’s journey has been closely interwoven with PSA’s international growth, from participating in critical mergers, like the formation of Hesse-Noord Natie N.V. (HNN) in Belgium, to significantly aiding the expansion of PSA’s global port network and advancing its sustainability and digitalization initiatives.

Filling the Big Shoes

Concurrently, Mr Nelson Quek will be appointed as the new Regional CEO of Southeast Asia, bringing to the role decades of valuable experience in PSA, being a trailblazer in port automation, and piloting innovative technologies.

Mr Quek, having started his PSA journey in 1993 as a mechanical engineer, played a crucial role in expanding Pasir Panjang Phases 3 and 4 and has persistently advocated technological transformation within the company.

Expressing gratitude for the trust and opportunity bestowed upon him, Mr Quek is optimistic that under the guidance of the Board and Mr Ong, he will propel growth “from strength to strength in the region and beyond.”

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Can he consider to make good, perhaps, reverse the broken promiz of ex Pee-M Goh Chok Tong to list PSA on the SGX to allow citizens, to share in the wealth of SG Inc along similar to them listing of Singtel?