Business & Economy Startups Singapore appoints new govtech agency chief executive

Singapore appoints new govtech agency chief executive

Kok Ping Soon will replace Jacqueline Poh as Chief Executive of GovTech starting May 1




- Advertisement -

Government Technology Agency (GovTech) of Singapore today announced the appointment of Kok Ping Soon as its new Chief Executive with effect from May 1, 2018.

Currently holding the position of Deputy Secretary (Development) in the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Kok will succeed Jacqueline Poh.

Under Poh’s stewardship, GovTech set up the Government Digital Services at Hive to develop citizen-centric digital products such as the OneService app,, and the National Trade Platform.

She also led GovTech to further strengthen the government’s cybersecurity posture and resiliency of key government ICT systems and infrastructure.

According to a press statement, her next appointment will be announced in due course.

- Advertisement -

“The Board of GovTech would like to thank Jacqueline for transforming GovTech into an organisation that is bold and prepared to take risks in getting things done. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, GovTech has been able to deliver innovative and imaginative solutions that have taken Singapore forward in its journey to becoming a technology-enabled society. Her leadership in moulding this culture will be a lasting legacy,” said Permanent-Secretary (Smart Nation and Digital Government) and Chairman of GovTech Ng Chee Khern.

Also Read: GovTech, NUS partner to train 2,000 public servants in data science annually

He also said that Kok will build on “the strong foundation” that Poh has laid.

“Ping Soon is a person who cares for people, and I expect he will continue to develop the most important capability in GovTech – the people and its culture – further strengthening and embedding the changes that Jacqueline initiated,” he added.

GovTech Chief Executive Kok Ping Soon. Image Credit: GovTech

As Deputy Secretary (Development) at MOM, Kok oversees national policies and programmes related to Workplace Safety and Health, Human Capital Development, and SGSecure for Workplaces, as well as initiatives on service excellence, digitalisation, people engagement, and future-ready capability building.

Prior to his appointment at MOM, he was Senior Director, National Security Co-ordination Centre within the National Security Co-ordination Secretariat in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

He has also held various positions in Ministry of Trade & Industry, Ministry of Manpower, Singapore Tourism Board, and Economic Development Board.

The Chief Executive is a graduate of the National University of Singapore where he majored in Economics.

He attended the Advanced Management Programme by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Stanford Executive Programme by the Stanford Graduate School of Business and was also awarded the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship to pursue a research project in China.

The post Singapore appoints new govtech agency chief executive appeared first on e27.

Source: e27Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to 

- Advertisement -

KF Seetoh on errant cyclists: “You need rules la, that’s common sense”

Singapore -- Recent reports of reckless cyclists on the road have prompted  street food guru KF Seetoh to come up with his own recipe for road safety. "Implement road safety for cyclist too, just like how (bike) riders (and) drivers are strictly...

Unpopular opinion: Libel damages should be increased for those who crowdfund, says Calvin Cheng

Singapore -- Courts should take into consideration that libel damages can be crowdfunded and the amounts should be increased accordingly, says Mr Calvin Cheng. In a Facebook post on Saturday (Apr 17), the former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) contended that courts...

Migrant worker helps visually impaired senior cross the street at AMK

Singapore—In today’s jaded world, it’s easy to find news that angers or upsets us, and therefore good news of people’s kind acts never fails to bring joy. One such recent act of kindness was shown by a migrant worker who took the...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to