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Biography: George YEO

Former Foreign Minister, Singapore and Vice Chairman of Kerry Group Limited



George Yeo joined Kerry Group on 1 January 2012 as Vice Chairman. From September 1988 to May 2011, he served 23 years in Government, and was Minister for Information and the Arts, Health, Trade & Industry, Foreign Affairs till his defeat in the May 2011 General Election.

George Yeo studied Engineering at Cambridge University on a President’s Scholarship, graduating with a Double First in 1976, and became a Signals Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces.  After graduating from the Singapore Command and Staff College in 1979, he was posted to the Republic of Singapore Air Force.  He graduated with an MBA (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard Business School in1985.  He was appointed Chief-of-Staff of the Air Staff (1985-1986) and Director of Joint Operations and Planning in the Defence Ministry (1986-1988), attaining the rank of Brigadier-General. 

George Yeo chairs the International Advisory Panel of the Nalanda University Governing Board.  He is a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, the Nicolas Berggruen Institute’s 21st Century Council, the Asia-Pacific Advisory Board of Harvard Business School and the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School. 

He is Patron of LASALLE College of the Arts and Advisor to the Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

 


George Yeo