Board of Directors

Board of Directors

As at 25 August 2021, the Board of Directors are:

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Raymond Ferguson

Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman

Ray is the Chairman of the Board of Singlife with Aviva.

Ray is a renowned international banker, business leader and adviser. He was with Standard Chartered Bank for more than 28 years and served as CEO Singapore from 2009 until 2014 and Regional CEO (Southeast Asia) from 2007 to 2012. He was also CEO Americas, CEO United Arab Emirates, CEO Indonesia and CEO Taiwan.

Ray was awarded the Distinguished Fellow by the Institute of Banking and Finance, Singapore and is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. He is also an Associate of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland and is a full member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Ray was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director to the Board of SPH REIT Management Pte Ltd in December 2021. He holds a MBA from Henley Management College.

Pearlyn Phau

Executive Director and Group CEO

Pearlyn is an Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of Singlife with Aviva.

Prior to her current appointment, she was the Group Head of Consumer Products, Marketing and Ecosystem Partnerships at DBS group with an exceptional track record of executing key strategies and business transformation initiatives across regional retail and wealth franchises. These include being a key driver of emerging digital banking strategies and DBS’ principal bancassurance partnerships.

Pearlyn sits on the advisory board of the Singapore Management University Lee Kong Chian School of Business. She holds a BA in Economics and Statistics from the National University of Singapore.

Walter de Oude

Founder Director
Non-Independent and Non-Executive

Walter is a Founder Director of Singlife with Aviva.  This is a Non-Independent and Non-Executive role.

Prior to establishing Singlife in 2014, Walter was CEO at HSBC Insurance Singapore from 2010 to 2014. He previously served as the company’s deputy CEO and chief actuary.

He was also a board member of HSBC Asset Management Singapore.

Walter holds a Bachelor’s in Economic Science from University of Witwatersrand. He is also a fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries, Edinburgh. 

Dr Teh Kok Peng

Independent Non-Executive Director

Kok Peng is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Singlife with Aviva.

He also holds other esteemed positions, including as a Non-Executive Director of Sembcorp Industries, Senior Advisor to China International Capital Corporation and Chairman of Azalea Asset Management.

His previous appointments included as Chairman of GIC’s China Business Group and Chairman of Ascendas. He was also President of GIC Special Investments, Deputy Managing Director of GIC and Deputy Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Kok Peng holds a First Class Honours degree in Economics from La Trobe University, Australia and a PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

Dato’ Dr Nirmala Menon

Independent Non-Executive Director

Nirmala is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Singlife with Aviva.

She is also currently an Independent Director of Bank Negara Malaysia, Sime Darby Berhad and Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad.

She was previously on the Board of Khazanah and AXA Affin General Insurance Berhad. Prior to that, she was CEO of ING Malaysia Berhad, and thereafter Head of South Asia at ING Asia Pacific Ltd. and Head of Designated Markets and Health Asia at Metlife Asia.

Nirmala holds a Degree in Medicine from the University of Mysore, India.

Maya Hari

Independent Non-Executive Director

Maya is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Singlife with Aviva.

She is a seasoned C-suite executive with over two decades of experience and is currently the Vice President and Managing Director of Twitter Asia Pacific. She previously held leadership roles at Google, Samsung, Microsoft and Cisco in the United States and in the Asia Pacific.

She is also an Independent Non-Executive Director at Open Learning, a publicly listed edutech company in Australia. She serves as the President of TiE Singapore, fostering the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the region.

Maya holds an MBA from INSEAD and a MSc in Engineering from Utah State University.

Shirish Apte

Independent Non-Executive Director

Shirish is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Singlife with Aviva.

Shirish was with Citigroup for 31 years in various assignments including co-CEO for Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as for Asia Pacific. He retired from Citi in 2014 as Chairman, Asia Pacific Banking.

He is a Director at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Integrated Hospitals and Healthcare, Clifford Capital, Pierfront Mezzanine Capital, Keppel Infrastructure Holdings, and Fullerton India Credit Corp.

Shirish holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Calcutta University, an MBA from London Business School, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales.

Yap Chee Keong

Independent Non-Executive Director

Chee Keong is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Singlife with Aviva.

Chee Keong is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Olam International, Sembcorp Industries, Shangri-La Asia, Ensign Infosecurity, Mediacorp and Pacific International Lines.

He was the Executive Director of The Straits Trading Company Limited and the Chief Financial Officer of the Singapore Power Group and had worked in various senior management roles in multinational and listed companies. He was also previously a board member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and a member of the Public Accountants Oversight Committee. He was also a member of the work group comprising ACRA, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Singapore Exchange (SGX) to review the guidebook for audit committees in Singapore and a member of the review panel comprising the MAS, SGX, ACRA and Singapore Institute of Directors to develop a guide for board risk committees in Singapore.

Chee Keong holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the National University of Singapore and is a fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia.

Dominic Picone

Non-Executive Director

Dominic is a Non-Executive Director of Singlife with Aviva.

Dominic is a Partner and Managing Director at TPG, based in Singapore. He has lived and worked in Asia since joining the firm in 2005. His involvement with current and past TPG portfolio companies includes Apollo Towers, Myanmar Distillery Company, PropertyGuru, 8990 (Deca Homes), BFI Finance, Masan Group, Fairmont Raffles Hotels, Bank BTPN and CIMB.

Prior to TPG, Dominic worked in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse First Boston in Melbourne.

Dominic holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne.

David Gelber

Non-Executive Director

David is a Non-Executive Director of Singlife with Aviva.

David is a Non-Executive director of IPGL, previously the largest shareholder in Singapore Life. He serves on the boards of several IPGL portfolio companies covering a wide range of sectors. He recently stepped down as chairman of Walker Crips PLC and remains a member of their board.

After a 20-year career in banking with Citibank, Chemical Bank and HSBC in senior trading roles, he joined ICAP PLC in 1994 and served as Chief Operating Officer until 2007. He has previously served on several public boards and is currently a Non-Executive Director at Amedeo Air Four Plus Limited. He is a founding partner of Castellain Capital LLP.

David holds a BSc degree in Statistics and Law from the University of Jerusalem and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of London.

Kenji Yoneda

Non-Executive Director

Kenji is a Non-Executive Director of Singlife with Aviva.

Kenji has extensive experience in life insurance with over 30 years in Sumitomo Life across a depth of business units and regions. He is a qualified lawyer in New York and served as Chief Representative of Sumitomo Life’s United Kingdom and Vietnam offices.

He currently serves as General Manager of Sumitomo Life’s International Business Department and Director of Bao Viet Holdings.

Randy Lianggara

Non-Executive Director

Randy is a Non-Executive Director of Singlife with Aviva.

Randy joined Aviva in June 2016 and currently serves as Regional CEO – Strategic Investments, Asia. Prior to joining Aviva, Randy served as AXA’s Country CEO in Indonesia for 10 years, managing Life Insurance, General Insurance and Asset Management.

Within his capacity in Aviva, Randy holds directorship in Aviva Cofco Insurance (China), Aviva (India), Chairman in Aviva (Vietnam), as well as Aviva Asia Management (Singapore).

Randy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and an MBA from Golden Gate University. He is also a Certified Financial Planner, Certified Life Underwriter, Certified Wealth Manager, Certified Professional in Life and Health Insurance, and a ChFC Charter Holder.