Cheong Choong Kong
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Cheong Choong Kong, Dr (b. 9 June 1941, Malaysia - ), notable Chief Executive of Singapore Airlines (SIA). Under his leadership, SIA boasted a history of profitability and zero debt, even during the Asian economic crisis that crippled many of its competitors.
Cheong studied in Australia as a Colombo Plan scholar and holds a BSc degree from the University of Adelaide and a PhD in Mathematics from the Australian National University in Canberra.
Cheong was a mathematics lecturer at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and was an Associate Professor before he joined Singapore Airlines as a manager in 1974. He served in Personnel, Marketing, Planning and Information Technology before becoming Managing Director in 1984, and Deputy Chairman and CEO on 1 August 1996.
1984 : Chairman of Singapore Airport Terminal Services
1984: Chairman of SIA Engineering Company
1984 - 1995 : Chairman of Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, and after its corporatisation, as chairman of its successor, Singapore International Media.
1991 : Board Member of the Singapore International Foundation
1994 : Council Member of the Australia-Asia Institute
1995 : Vice-Chairman of the Singapore-US Business Council
1996 : Board Member of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies
1997 : Director of Singapore Press Holdings
1999 : Director of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd
1999 : Chairman of the ABACUS International Pte Ltd
2000 : Director of Air New Zealand
2000 : Chairman of NUS Council
1996 : Outstanding Chief Executive Award (Business Times/DHL)
1997 : Hall of Fame Award (airline category)
1998 : Asian Businessman of the Year Award (Fortune magazine)
1999 : Distinguished Alumni Award (University of Adelaide)
Wife: Yong Nguk Lan
Children: One son and one daughter
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Asian businessman of the year can't say no to fortune. (1999, January 22). The Business Times (Singapore), p. 3.
SIA makes Cheong Choong Kong CEO. (1996, July 16). The Business Times (Singapore), p. 17.
Person of the Year ASIA. Retrieved January 3, 2000, from www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m0VOU/2_298/59137123/print.jhtml
Cheong Choong Kong. (1996). In conversation (25.8.96). Episode 16 Cheong Choong Kong [videotape]. Singapore: Television Corporation of Singapore.
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