Bey Soo Khiang was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the RGE group of companies in March 2011. A former aviation executive and distinguished defence leader, he oversees various aspects of RGE’s business management and corporate functions across its key business groups.
Bey Soo Khiang
Chairman, APRIL Group
Bey Soo Khiang was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the RGE group of companies in March 2011. He provides counsel and close management on critical matters affecting longer-term business sustainability, such as in Human Capital, Social Capital, and Research & Development (R&D). Presently, he is also spearheading the Group’s transformation into a LEAN organisation that embraces continuous improvement. As the Chairman of APRIL Group, Bey Soo Khiang actively guides APRIL Group’s operations in Indonesia on matters relating to fiber plantations.
Before joining RGE, he spent 11 years in Singapore Airlines (SIA) holding positions in Technical/Operations areas as well as in Human Resources. His roles included Chairman of SIA Cargo Pte Ltd, Chairman of Silkair Pte Ltd, Chairman of Singapore Flying College, as well as at Virgin Atlantic Limited.
A former Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) overseas scholar, Bey made significant contributions as a Chief of Air Force in transforming the RSAF into a modern and advanced air force. He assumed the top post as Singapore’s Chief of Defence Force (CDF) from 1995-2000 and played an instrumental role in defence diplomacy by strengthening and expanding ties between the SAF and other armed forces around the world.
While serving as the CDF, he was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors for Singapore Technologies Engineering and Singapore Airlines Limited.
Bey Soo Khiang holds a Masters in Arts (Engineering) from University of Cambridge and a Masters in Public Administration from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.