Lee Hsien Yang to step down as CAAS chairman

Lee Hsien Yang, the younger son of the late Lee Kuan Yew, at his office in late 2017. PHOTO: Nicholas Yong/Yahoo News Singapore

After nine years in the role, Lee Hsien Yang is stepping down as chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), said the Ministry of Transport (MOT) in a news release on Thursday (21 June).

From 1 July, deputy chairman Edmund Cheng Wai Wing will succeed Lee. Cheng is currently Singapore Art Museum chairman, and is also the deputy chairman of Wing Tai Holdings and the chairman of Mapletree Investments.

Cheng’s previous appointments include serving as the chair of SATS, the Singapore Tourism Board and the National Arts Council.

MOT played tribute to Lee’s contributions to CAAS, saying that he played an “instrumental role”  in the development of Singapore as an aviation hub.

 “The Ministry of Transport would like to put on record its appreciation to Mr Lee Hsien Yang for his many years of dedicated and distinguished service to the CAAS,” said MOT.

When contacted by Yahoo News Singapore, Lee, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, declined to comment on his reasons for leaving the role.

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