Desmond Kuek Bak Chye

President & Group Chief Executive Officer


Desmond Kuek is the President and Group Chief Executive Officer of SMRT Corporation Ltd and a Board Member of Shenzhen Zona Transportation Group Co Ltd.

Prior to joining SMRT, Mr Kuek served in the Singapore Armed Forces from 1982 to 2010, and held the pinnacle leadership positions of Chief of Army in 2003 and Chief of Defence Force in 2007. From 2010 to 2012, Mr Kuek held the appointment of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.

He previously served on the Boards of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd and its subsidiaries, Defence Science and Technology Agency, Housing and Development Board, Jurong Town Corporation and International Enterprise Singapore. 

He is currently a member of the Civil Service College Board and chairs its Audit Committee. Mr Kuek is also a member of the International Advisory Panel for the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He is also on the Advisory Board of SAP Asia Pacific Japan and the College of Engineering at Nanyang Technological University.

Mr Kuek holds a Master of Arts (Engineering Science) from Oxford University and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. He also attended the Advanced Management Programme at International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Switzerland.