SINGAPORE: Mr Ngien Hoon Ping will be appointed the new Chief Executive of the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to take over from outgoing chief Chew Men Leong, who is leaving to join the private sector, the Ministry of Transport on Monday (Sep 26). The appointment takes effect from Nov 12.
Mr Ngien is currently Deputy Secretary (Performance) in the Ministry of Finance. In a news release, the Transport Ministry said that Mr Ngien will be appointed as CE-designate of LTA from Oct 31 to Nov 11, concurrent to his present appointment.
Mr Ngien, 47, studied at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
He was subsequently awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship (Specialist Development) in 2002 to study at the National University of Singapore where he graduated with a Master of Science in Industrial and System Engineering.
Mr Ngien has held his appointment as Deputy Secretary (Performance) of the Ministry of Finance since Jul 1, 2013, where he helps oversee issues related to service delivery and transformation, digital government as well as public sector procurement.
Prior to this appointment, Mr Ngien served in the Singapore Armed Forces for 26 years and held various positions including Director of Joint Operations, Commander of the Combat Service Support Command (CSSCOM), Assistant Chief of General Staff (Logistics). During his stint as Commander CSSCOM, he was responsible for the planning and execution of army transport, maintenance engineering, supply, medical and ammunition support.
The Ministry of Transport also noted Mr Chew's "significant contributions" to LTA in his two years at its helm. Under the leadership of the outgoing CEO, LTA made headway with several key infrastructure projects to deliver "a people-centric land transport system", it noted. These included the opening of Downtown Line 2 in December 2015, the development of new rail projects such as the Thomson-East Coast Line and engineering studies for the Cross Island Line.
The Transport Ministry statement added that Mr Chew was "deeply committed" to improving the overall reliability and capacity of the public transport system, ensuring ongoing improvement work to the rail network as well as the successful roll-out of new trains.
The statement also noted that Mr Chew played a "key role" in facilitating the upcoming transition to the New Rail Financing Framework, which it said would put LTA in a better position to make "timely investments in capacity expansion, replacement and upgrading of operating assets".
Mr Chew was also "instrumental" in the roll-out of the bus contracting model, which paves the way for better service in Singapore's public bus industry, the statement said.