National Arts Council Appoints New Chief Executive Officer




The National Arts Council (NAC) has appointed Mr Lee Suan Hiang as its new Chief Executive Officer with effect from 15 October 2003.  Mr Lee will concurrently assume the appointment as a Fellow at the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts to drive its Creative Industries Strategy Group.


Mr Lee is currently the Chief Executive, Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (SPRING Singapore).  Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board (PSB) (1996-2002), Chief Executive of the National Productivity Board (NPB) and the Singapore Institute of Standards and Industrial Research (SISIR) (1995-96).


He began his career in 1976 with the Economic Development Board (EDB), and rose to become its Deputy Managing Director (1993-1995).


Mr Lee’s achievements in EDB and SPRING Singapore, coupled with his extensive experience and network with the trade and various industries make him eminently suited to lead NAC into the new phase of development of the creative arts industry.


A Colombo Plan Scholar, Mr Lee holds a BA Hons in Industrial Design (Engineering) from Manchester Polytechnic (Manchester Metropolitan University), United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management, UK, a Fellow of the World Academy for Productivity Science and a Council Member of the ISO (International Standards Organisation).


Mr Lee was awarded the National Day Public Administration (Silver) Medal in 1992, the Public Administration (Gold) Medal in 1998, the World SME Association Award in 2001 and the JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation) Award in 2002.


His passion for the arts during his university days led him to bag the Second Prize in the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Competition, UK (1970) and his work was exhibited at Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition (1970, 1971 and 1972).