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IDA names Aileen Chia as its new Director-General (Telecoms & Post)

Zafirah Salim | Dec. 9, 2015
In this new role, Chia will oversee the Policy and Competition Development Group, which is responsible for the creation of a competitive, internationally-connected and trusted environment for the development of the infocomm industry in Singapore.

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will be appointing Aileen Chia as its new Director-General (Telecoms & Post) with effect from January 1, 2016.

In this new role, Chia will oversee the Policy and Competition Development Group, which is responsible for the creation of a competitive, internationally-connected and trusted environment for the development of the infocomm industry in Singapore.

Chia, the Deputy Director-General (Telecoms & Post), will succeed Leong Keng Thai, who is currently serving in this role. Following this new appointment, Leong will continue as the Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) of IDA and the Chairman of Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC).

As the DCE of IDA, Leong continues to be a part of IDA's Executive Committee and Senior Leadership Team (SLT). He will also lead the International Division of IDA in all engagements with overseas Government and public agencies as well as at international forums, and advise the SLT on infocomm policy and regulatory related matters.

Leong has had 35 years of experience in the telecommunications and postal industry under his belt. He has played a key role in charting the significant milestones of the telecoms industry - including the full liberalisation of the telecoms and postal sectors, the introduction of a competition regulatory framework, and the conceptualisation and implementation of the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network.

On the other hand, Chia has been with IDA for over 25 years, and has assumed the Deputy Director-General portfolio for the last six years. She has been leading the policy and competition development functions of IDA, working closely together with Leong to enhance the vibrancy and competitiveness of the ICT sector in Singapore. 

Jacqueline Poh, IDA's Managing Director, said, "IDA looks forward to Keng Thai's continued mentorship while Aileen assumes an expanded portfolio as the Director-General (Telecoms & Post) of IDA.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank both Keng Thai and Aileen for their continued contributions to IDA, and for more sterling work in the future."

 

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