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SBS Transit Chief Executive Gan Juay Kiat has tendered his resignation to take responsibility for a personal indiscretion.

29 Dec 2018 | Local News : Singapore

SBS Transit Chief Executive Gan Juay Kiat has tendered his resignation to take responsibility for a 'personal indiscretion'.

Mr. Gan has been with SBS Transit for 11 years and has helped place the company as an efficient multi-modal operator
Mr. Gan, 61, who has been with the ComfortDelGro-owned transport group for 11 years - first as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director, then CEO since 2010 - will serve out his notice before leaving. The Straits Times understands the incident involves an extra-marital relationship.

SBS Transit, which confirmed the resignation in a Singapore Exchange filing on Friday (28 December), will appoint a new CEO in due course. Mr. Gan, married with grown-up children, has helped place SBS Transit as an efficient multi-modal operator. 

Its 15-year old North-East Line clocked 1.54 million train-km between delays in the first nine months of the year - double what the North-South Line managed, and emerging as Singapore's most reliable rail line.

SBS Transit Chairman Lim Jit Poh said, "Juay Kiat tendered his resignation to me this morning and expressed deep regret over his actions. He has accepted full responsibility for his lapses in conduct, and the board has accepted his resignation."

Mr. Lim added that Mr. Gan has done much for land transport in Singapore. Professor Lim Seh Chun, an SBS Transit Director, said, "I'm very surprised by his resignation. I work closely with him. We're going to lose a good CEO."

Mr. Gan had disposed a total of 42,300 shares in December before the announcement of his resignation
Mr. Gan met staff on Friday to inform them of his resignation. However, those contacted by ST declined to comment. Mr. Gan disposed of 27,300 SBS Transit shares on 12 December, and 15,000 more on 26 December.

Before joining the transport operator, Mr. Gan held senior positions in Ascott Group, CapitaLand, Times Publishing, and General Electric. He started his career in the Singapore Armed Forces, where he held several senior command and staff appointments, rising to the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

In 2016, he was awarded the Medal of Commendation by the National Trades Union Congress for his contributions to the promotion of harmonious labour-management relations. Mr. Gan, who was a President's Scholar and an SAF (U.K.) Scholar, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Engineering Tripos) from the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Commenting on the case, Mr. David Leong, Managing Director of human resource firm PeopleWorldwide Consulting, said, "In other countries, such indiscretions are tolerated... In Singapore, we expect our public or corporate leaders to be whiter than white. It is our social norm."

In its statement to the Singapore Exchange, SBS Transit said Mr. Gan will leave on 27 March, 2019. It added that he holds 30,000 company shares and 150,000 share options.
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