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Singapore gets new tourism chief
Singapore, May 8, 2012

Lionel Yeo


SINGAPORE will have a new tourism head honcho when Lionel Yeo takes over as the Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) chief executive from June 1.


Yeo will replace incumbent Aw Kah Peng, who step down on May 31 to pursue personal interests, after more than 20 years in the public sector.


Yeo is currently deputy secretary (Development) in the Public Service Division of the Prime Minister's Office, and CEO and dean of the Civil Service College.


Before that, he was a director in the Trade Division of the Ministry of Trade & Industry, and a director for taxation policy at the Ministry of Finance.


He had also previously worked on developing cultural and social policies at the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts and the Ministry of Community, Youth and Sports, respectively.


Meanwhile, asked about her next move, Aw said: "As far as my mum is concerned, my interests now concern taking her on a nice holiday (smiles), and as far as my husband is concerned, it now is about learning to cook better (laughs)."


She added: "It has been an amazing journey, working with the tourism industry and with STB.  Because it’s all about people with a passion who want to make a difference in helping to grow Singapore’s tourism sector, collaboratively."


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