Dr Henry Tay Yun Chwan

Executive Chairman

Dr Henry Tay was appointed Executive Chairman of The Hour Glass Limited in October 1987, having served as an Executive Director since 11 August 1979.

Dr Tay graduated with a MBBS (Honours) from Monash University, Melbourne and prior to co-founding The Hour Glass in 1979, was both a Medical Practitioner as well as partner in Lee Chay & Co., one of Singapore’s earliest watch retail companies.

From 1986 to 2001, Dr Tay was Executive Chairman of a group of companies whose businesses were in the distribution and retail of Burberry in the Asia Pacific region.

Dr Tay is an Independent Director and Chairman of the audit committee of UOB Kay Hian Holdings Limited. He also holds directorships in several private companies focused on investments, real estate development, food and beverage and entertainment businesses.

Dr Tay served as a Committee Member of the Community Chest from 1992 and was appointed Vice Chairman from 1994 to 2004. An active fundraiser for various charitable organisations, Dr Tay has received many public service awards including the Friends of MCDS (Ministry of Community Development and Sports) Award in 2002 and the President’s Social Service Award in August 2005.

Dr Tay was the Founder President of the Hong Kong – Singapore Business Association from 1994 to 2000 and is presently its Honorary President. He has also served as a board member of the Singapore Tourism Board, and Patron of the Singapore Kennel Club.

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Dr Kenny Chan Swee Kheng

Group Managing Director

Dr Kenny Chan became a member of the Board of The Hour Glass Limited on 1 April 2004. He joined as the Group Chief Operating Officer in 2002 and was appointed as Managing Director of the Company on 1 April 2004. In June 2009, he was re-designated to Group Managing Director of The Hour Glass Limited.

A graduate of Monash University with a MBBS (Honours), Dr Chan has over 20 years of experience in the luxury goods industry. Prior to his joining The Hour Glass, he was the Managing Director of Burberry Singapore and Burberry Australia, companies that formed part of a group that was the exclusive distributor and agent of Burberry, covering a territory that stretched from Korea to New Zealand.

Dr Chan also served as a Council Member for the Singapore Retailers Association from 2000 to 2002.

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Mr Michael Tay Wee Jin

Group Managing Director

Michael Tay was appointed Group Managing Director on 1 April 2015, having been The Hour Glass’ Executive Director since 2005. He first joined the company in January 1999 as its Business Re-Engineering Manager.

Mr Tay has developed extensive watch industry experience having headed multiple facets of The Hour Glass’ businesses from specialty watch manufacturing to greenfield channel distribution and retail development. He is a member of the governing Cultural Committee of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and a member of the jury for the Grand Prix d’Horologerie de Geneve. Mr Tay also serves on the boards of the National Heritage Board and STPI, institutions engaged in the advancement of the heritage and visual arts sector in Singapore. He is also Chairman of Mercy Relief, an international humanitarian NGO.

Mr Tay graduated from Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom with a First Class (Honours) in Business and International Management.

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Dato’ Dr Jannie Chan Siew Lee

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Dato’ Dr Jannie Chan was appointed to the Board of The Hour Glass Limited and served as its Managing Director since co-founding it on 11 August 1979, up till 31 March 2004. She was appointed Executive Vice Chairman on 1 April 2004 and had continued to play an active role in the development of the Company till her retirement on 31 March 2016. She remains on The Hour Glass’ Board of Directors as a Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director and a member of our Nominating Committee.

In recognition of her outstanding professional achievements, Dato’ Dr Chan was the recipient of the 2004 Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award, an institution from which she obtained both a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology (Honours) and a Masters of Science degree in Pharmacology. She was conferred the Darjah Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (DSAP) which carries the title Dato’ in 2003.

Dato’ Dr Chan is the President of the Singapore Retailers Associations, Chairman of The Retail Academy of Singapore and Chairman of the Retail Industry Skills and Training Council. She serves as the President of the Asean Business Forum, Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Women Leaders Network, the first female Executive Board Member of the Commonwealth Business Council and Founder President of the International Women’s Forum in Singapore.

She is also the Founder and current President of the Women’s Business Connection. She was appointed a member of the Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (“UNESCAP”) in 2004. UNESCAP’s mandate is to foster cooperation between its members in order to promote economic and social development in the Asia Pacific region. Having previously served on the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the United Nations Office for Project Services (“UNOPS”), she was named as one of the 50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World in 1997. In 2009, Dato’ Dr Chan was the first woman to receive Enterprise Asia’s APEA Woman Entrepreneur of The Year Award. She received the Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award in 2011 from the Singapore Tourism Board, and was conferred the World Chinese Economic Forum Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

A tireless worker for charitable causes and the Arts, she has raised significant sums for the Community Chest of Singapore, the Autism Resource Centre, the Canossian School for the Hearing Impaired, the Ong Teng Cheong Music Fund and the Timor-Leste Foundation.

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Mr Robert Tan Kah Boh

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Robert Tan was appointed to the Board of The Hour Glass Limited on 18 November 1999 as an independent Director. Mr Tan is the Chairman of the Company’s Remuneration Committee and a member of its Nominating Committee.

Mr Tan was with an international public accounting firm for 28 years serving as a senior partner before his retirement. Mr Tan is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and was a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Mr Philip Eng Heng Nee

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Philip Eng joined the Board of The Hour Glass Limited on 1 October 2009 as an independent Director. Mr Eng is the Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee and a member of its Remuneration Committee.

He is the Non-Executive Chairman of mDR Limited and Frasers Centrepoint Asset Management Ltd. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Frasers Centrepoint Limited. In addition, he is Singapore’s High Commissioner to Canada. Prior to this, Mr Eng spent 23 years with the Jardine Cycle & Carriage Group before retiring in February 2005 as Group Managing Director.

Mr Eng graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

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Mr Kuah Boon Wee

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Kuah was appointed to the Board of The Hour Glass Limited on 1 April 2011 as an independent Director and serves as a Chairman of the Company’s Nominating Committee and a member of its Audit Committee.

Mr Kuah is the Group Chief Executive Officer of MTQ Corporation Limited. He had served as CEO for South East Asia and Singapore Terminals as well as Chief Financial Officer of PSA International Pte Ltd and ST Engineering Ltd. Mr Kuah is a qualified chartered accountant from the ICAEW and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Imperial College of Science and Technology.

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Mr Pascal Demierre Guy Chung Wei

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Demierre joined the Board of The Hour Glass Limited on 1 April 2011 as an independent Director and serves as a member of the Company’s Nominating and Remuneration Committees.

Mr Demierre is the Executive Director of Halcyon Agri Corporation Limited. He also sits on the Board of Council Members at the Alliance Francaise de Singapour. Mr Demierre graduated from King’s College, London with Upper Second Class (Honours) in Law and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Law from the National University of Singapore.

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Ms Saw Phaik Hwa

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms Saw joined the Board of The Hour Glass Limited on 1 September 2012 as an independent Director and serves as a member of the Company’s Audit Committee.

Ms Saw is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Auric Pacific Group Limited. She serves as a Director in Food Junction Holdings Ltd and The Esplanade Co. Ltd, and a Board Member of Singapore Management University and Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Charity Fund. She is also the First Vice Chairman of Singapore Wushu Dragon and Lion Dance Federation and President of the Singapore Jian Chuan Tai Chi Chuan Physical Culture Association. She was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of SMRT Corporation Limited. Prior to that, she was President for DFS South East Asia.

Ms Saw Phaik Hwa graduated with an Honours degree in Biochemistry from the University of Singapore and attended an Advanced Management Programme at the University of Hawaii.

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