SINGAPORE: Ms Jen Teo Pui Heng will be the Singapore Environment Council's (SEC) new executive director with effect from next Monday (Mar 27), the non-governmental organisation said in a media release on Wednesday.
Ms Teo's predecessor Edwin Seah was suspended from his position in October last year before he was terminated from the SEC a month later. "The reason SEC gave for my termination was that they found me a wrong fit for the organisation," Mr Seah told Channel NewsAsia.
Assistant executive director Gerard Christopher and director of communications Shirley Chua were also terminated from their positions a week after.
Ms Teo was formerly the senior vice-president of Great Eastern Insurance, where she headed a team focused on business transformation and improvement. She has previously worked for American Express with responsibilities across the Asia-Pacific region, SEC said.
Commenting on the appointment, chairman Isabella Loh said: “As the executive director of SEC, Jen will lead our drive to encourage green consumerism as well as our efforts to promote sustainability to communities, governments and industries."
Ms Teo said: “It is an exciting time to be leading SEC. Environmental issues are now at the centre of Singapore’s public policy debate, with moves to conserve water, reduce vehicle emissions and fight climate change through a carbon price.
“The need for SEC to be a strong advocate for the environment has never been more important," she added.