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Singapore's ICT Authority Changes Leadership
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia
Source Date: Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Singapore
Created: May 14, 2013

Starting 10 June 2013, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will be welcoming Steven Leonard and Jacqueline Poh as new members of its executive leadership team.


Steven Leonard, an industry veteran with more than 28 years of international experience working in global technology firms, will have executive leadership responsibility for IDA as the new Deputy Chairman.


He will focus primarily on industry promotion and development. This includes strategic planning and development of manpower for the infocomm sector, infrastructure development, spearheading the transformation of innovative start-ups and local enterprises, and overseeing various national cross-sectoral programmes.


Meanwhile, Jacqueline Poh, former Divisional Director of the Workplace Policy and Strategy Division at Ministry of Manpower (MOM), will be taking the lead as IDA’s Managing Director. She will be leading IDA’s policy and regulatory functions, which include developing infocomm policy, telecoms regulation and information security, as well as guide the strategic Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) function.


On the new management appointments, IDA Chairman, Yong Ying-I said, “Infocomm technology is now pervasive, transforming how societies function, how government engages with citizens, and how business is done. The possibilities and the challenges have increased. The appointments of an executive Deputy Chairman and a Managing Director at IDA, who bring strong private sector and public sector experiences with them, will enable IDA to more strongly drive impactful transformation across a broad range of sectors and issues affecting our economy, society and government.”


The current IDA CEO, Mr Ronnie Tay, will return to the Administrative Service from 10 June 2013 for another posting.


Mr Tay has helmed IDA since November 2007 and under his leadership, Singapore has successfully deployed the Next Gen Nationwide Broadband Network to 95 per cent of homes as well as businesses, with more than 250,000 fibre broadband subscribers.


For the infocomm industry, the S$46 million Infocomm Industry Productivity Roadmap was launched in 2011 to push for productivity in the ICT sector, benefitting more than 70 companies and 6,700 infocomm professionals to date.


Similarly, through the Infocomm@SME programme, more than 5,000 SMEs have benefitted from the iSprint grant scheme to use infocomm to enhance business productivity. In addition, various sectoral transformation programmes for education, healthcare, finance, logistics and transport were implemented, and the eGov2015 masterplan was launched in 2011.
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