19th January 2017
Ms Goh Swee Chen as New President of Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS)
Singapore, Singapore – GCNS is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Goh Swee Chen as their newly elected President. Ms Goh assumed responsibilities on 18 January 2017, and will be the fourth GCNS President, succeeding Mr Kwek Leng Joo who was pivotal in shaping the Corporate Social Responsibility movement in Singapore.
“GCNS plays an important role to champion and impact Corporate Sustainability efforts among businesses in Singapore. I am honored to be given the opportunity to contribute to an agenda that is so crucial in securing a healthy planet and also to play a part in furthering our national sustainability agenda,” said Ms Goh Swee Chen, President of GCNS.
“As sustainability takes centre stage among the business community both in Singapore and the world, I am glad that Swee Chen will be helming GCNS. She will be able to provide strong corporate leadership to help our businesses adopt to the new norm for businesses operating in our modern society,” said Mr S.S. Teo, Chairman of Singapore Business Federation.
"Swee Chen’s foresight and pragmatism will help the GCNS team balance business decisions against sustainability practices. I believe she will be able to strengthen Singapore’s corporate sustainability, including those areas that impact our workers,” said Mr Ang Hin Kee, Assistant Director-General, NTUC
“Shell has long recognised the importance of Sustainability in corporations. It is one of the first companies to support the UN Global Compact in 2000. As Vice President SNEF, Swee Chen will provide strong links between GCNS and employers to advance their sustainability agenda. I see this nexus between GCNS and SNEF as providing a platform for Swee Chen to support SNEF in achieving our vision of Responsible Employers for Sustainable Business,” said Dr Robert Yap, President of Singapore National Employers Federation.
Ms Goh has been Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore since October 2014, making her the first female country chair for Shell here. Concurrent to her country chair role, she is also Vice President, City Solutions, in the Shell New Energies business.
Ms Goh joined Shell in 2003 as Chief Information Officer. From 2004 to 2008, she was the Vice President, IT Infrastructure and Services for Shell International, where she led an organisation of more than 4,000 staff in 64 countries across the world. In this role she successfully concluded a multi-billion dollar IT Infrastructure outsourcing contract. This initiative was the first outsourcing deal of this scale in the oil and gas industry and a game-changer for the sector in terms of commercial structure and innovation. Ms Goh has also been Vice President, Lubricants Asia Pacific, a role she completed in December 2016.
In the past, Ms Goh has either chaired or sat on the boards of several Shell joint ventures in China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. She has now chosen to focus her contributions outside of Shell in Education and Sustainability. She holds board positions in Singapore University of Technology & Design, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and is a Council Member of SNEF. She is also a member of the Committee on the Future Economy of Singapore.
Before joining Shell, Ms Goh worked for a number of Fortune 40 corporations including IBM Australia as a Systems Engineer and 14 years with Procter & Gamble in various assignments in IT and Real Estate.
Ms Goh graduated with a B.Sc. from Victoria University and an MBA from Chicago Booth. She is married with three children.
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