A True Leader and Public Service Veteran

CapitaLand Group President and CEO, Mr Liew Mun Leong, is conferred the prestigious Meritorious Service Medal in Singapore's National Day Awards

Issue: Sep 2011

Mr Liew Mun Leong (first from left) is awarded Meritorious Service Medal in this year's National Day Awards
For his significant contributions and strong leadership as Chairman of Changi Airport Group, Mr Liew Mun Leong (first from left) is conferred the Meritorious Service Medal in this year's Singapore National Day Awards. He is seen here with renowned Chinese sculptor, Mr Han Meilin (second from left), and then Minister Mentor, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

President and CEO of CapitaLand Group, Mr Liew Mun Leong, is respected locally and internationally for his strong corporate leadership. He was named Fortune Magazine's 25 Asia's Most Powerful Business People and Financial Asia's Best CEO in Singapore this year. His other corporate awards include the Asia's Best Executive of 2008 (Singapore) by Asiamoney and Outstanding CEO of the Year in 2006 and 2007 by The Business Times.

His long, distinguished contribution to public service also did not go unnoticed.He was awarded the Public Administration Medal by the Singapore Government in 1979 for his illustrious career in the public service. This year, Mr Liew was conferred the prestigious Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) in Singapore's National Day Awards for his contribution to Changi Airport Group (CAG) as Chairman. MSM is the second highest accolade of the National Day Awards, which are given out annually to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions in public service or community work in Singapore. There were only five MSMs that were given out in this year's National Day Awards.

Instituted in 1962, MSM is accorded to an individual that has performed within Singapore, service of conspicuous merit characterised by resource and devotion to duty, including long service marked by exceptional ability, merit and exemplary conduct.

Designated as CAG's Chairman, Mr Liew has been at the helm since July 2009, when the entity that ran Changi Airport was corporatized out of Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Previously, he was also the Chairman of CAAS from 2005 to June 2009.

As CAG's chairman, Mr Liew's mandate was to uphold Changi Airport's international lead and ensure that the Group responds to changes nimbly. Under his skillful watch, Changi Airport incentivised top-performing airlines, ground handlers and freight forwarders, to grow its business by rewarding them. The international airport also recovered faster than the global economy following the 2008-2009 recession, which affected air travel worldwide. In addition, some 42 million travellers walked through Changi's gates in 2010, surpassing the earlier record of 37.7 million set in 2008.

In the first six months of this year, Changi Airport attracted 22.4 million passengers. This is 10.7 per cent more passengers compared to same period last year. It seems like 2011 is going to be another successful year for CAG with new destinations and more frequent flights.

Mr Liew was involved in several of Singapore's public-sector projects. During his tenure, he oversaw the development of the Budget Terminal, the new Terminal 3 alongside the upgrading of Terminal 2.

"I am honoured to be conferred the Meritorious Service Medal and I share it with my team at Changi Airport. It is a testament to how well we have built on the three pillars of being Paranoid of what can go wrong, and Persevering to reach Perfection. These are also underlying guiding principles for us at CapitaLand, whether we are building a residential project, an office building, a shopping mall or a serviced apartment," said Mr Liew, who has over 40 years of experience in construction and real estate in Singapore and overseas.

Guided by these 3Ps, Mr Liew's strong leadership has indeed laid the foundation for high growth, not only in Singapore's air transport and tourism industry but also for the CapitaLand Group.

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