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Born: 1956 - Singapore

Chua Sock Koong is the CEO of Singtel, the major telecom provider in Singapore.

Early days

Chua Sock Koong studied at Raffles Girls School and Raffles Institution in Singapore. She graduated in the Bachelor of Accounting with honors and as first of her class at the University of Singapore in 1979.

With experience as a financial analyst, Chua Sock Koong joined SingTel in 1989 as Treasurer. In 1999 she was appointed as Chier Executive Officer (CFO). He subsequently held the position of CFO of the Group and CEO, International from February 2006 to October 2006, before being promoted to CEO of the Deputy Group.

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Career

In April 2007, Sock Koong was appointed CEO of the SingTel Group. Since then, he is responsible for the company's Group Consumer, Group Digital Life, and Group Enterprise, the three key businesses of the company. Chua is one of the most powerful businesswomen in Asia, but they used to confuse her with a secretary. She is one of the few female CEOs of a public company in the world.

Currently, Singtel is the largest telecommunications provider in Singapore. The company connects 468 million customers, approximately 6.5% of the world's population and oversees the company's national, Australian, and international businesses. SingTel invested about $ 1 billion in fixed and mobile networks. Under the pressure of free services, Koong has asked regulators to charge their rivals such as WhatsApp and Skype for the use of their systems.

Singtel has undergone a significant digital transformation by strengthening its information communications and new digital business units. With almost $ 13 billion in revenue and more than 25,000 employees, the company says it delivered a record net profit of S $ 5.45 billion ($ 4 billion) in the fiscal year 2018, an increase of 42% over the previous fiscal year.

Chua Sock Koong became the first woman in Singapore to be named a member of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA) in January 2019. Chua was nominated and appointed as an alternate member of the council by President Halimah Yacob.

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Chua Sock Koong became the first woman in Singapore to be named a member of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA) in January 2019. Chua was nominated and appointed as an alternate member of the council by President Halimah Yacob. 

Since April 2007, Chua is also part of the directories of Bharti Airtel, Bharti Telecom, the Defense Science and Technology Agency, Cap Vista and other subsidiaries of Singtel. He is also a member of the Indonesia-Singapore Business Council, the Public Service Commission, the Research, Innovation and Business Council and the Board of Trustees of the Singapore University of Administration.