Mediacorp has appointed current board director Niam Chiang Meng (pictured left) to succeed Ernest Wong (pictured right) as chairman, effective 21 April 2018. Wong will complete his two-year term on the board on 20 April.
Niam is in charge of Mediacorp's Public Service Broadcasting board committee and is a member of its executive committee and its nomination and remuneration committee. Besides serving on the Mediacorp board, Niam is also chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and board member of Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore. Prior to that, he was chairman of the then-Media Development Authority from 2011 to 2016.
During his time as chairman, Wong was tasked to prepare the company for a digital future.
He was president of United Overseas Bank Group from 1990 to 2000 before joining Mediacorp as its group CEO, a role he held for five years. According to the press statement, Wong's leadership saw Mediacorp put in place a stronger foundation to better position itself for the future.
“I look forward to working with the team and our partners in the ecosystem to ensure that Mediacorp delivers great content to our consumers and harnesses the opportunities created by digital disruption and new consumer trends. I am honoured and humbled to take over as chairman of Mediacorp," Niam said. He also thanked Wong for his "invaluable contributions and guidance" during his term as chairman.
“Mediacorp has benefited from [Niam's] vast experience, deep insights to the media industry and understanding of public service since he joined the board. It is timely that he steps up to helm the board now, as the company sharpens its focus on consumers and on increasing its relevance in a digital age," Wong said.
In 2017, Mediacorp appointed Tham Loke Kheng as CEO to lead the company's transformation journey. It also named Debra Soon chief customer officer last year, taking over from former deputy CEO and chief customer officer Chang Long Jong.