THE chief executive officer of Greenpac (S), Susan Chong, has been appointed the first female president of the Enterprise 50 Association (E50A).
Ms Chong takes over from outgoing E50A president Andy Lim, who is stepping down ahead of the expiry of his second four-year term in 2017. Mr Lim is chairman of Viking Offshore & Marine.
Says Mr Lim: "I am stepping down one year ahead of the end of my second term to facilitate the leadership transition to Susan. With her leadership qualities and outstanding track record of entrepreneurship, I am confident that she will inspire like-minded entrepreneurs who are willing to contribute to social change."
As president, Ms Chong said her focus will be to develop the capabilities of business leaders and to encourage members to collaborate more on overseas opportunities, especially amid the current economic uncertainty.
"I would like to encourage business leaders, especially women, to show leadership in roles such as startup mentorship," she said. Ms Chong spearheaded Greenpac's transformation from a one-woman startup in 2002 to an international award-winning, multi-million dollar enterprise whose clients include several global corporations. Greenpac is in the business of designing, developing, and re-engineering environmentally-friendly packaging solutions.
Ms Chong will lead the Association's 16-person management committee, which was established in 1999 for past winners of the annual E50 Awards. To date, the association has 236 members who are past winners of the award.
Launched in 1995, the E50 Award seeks to identify, support, recognise and reward local privately-owned companies across all sectors. The award has since been established as the definitive list of Singapore's 50 most enterprising organisations and as a prestigious networking platform.