Former veteran public servant Niam Chiang Meng has been appointed as chairman of Mediacorp, the media company said in a statement on Friday (19 January).
Niam, who was in public service for 33 years before his retirement in 2016, will assume his new role with effect from 21 April 2018. The 59-year-old will replace outgoing chairman Ernest Wong, 72, who was previously Group CEO of Mediacorp. Wong will end his two-year term with the Mediacorp board on 20 April 2018
Niam is currently Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and a board member of Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore. He was previously chairman of the then-Media Development Authority from 2011 to 2016. He also held key positions in the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, and the National Population and Talent Division, Prime Minister’s Office.
Prior to his new appointment, Niam became a director of the Mediacorp board in November 2016.
Niam said, “I’ve worked with Mediacorp in various capacities over the years and it never ceases to amaze me how talented, passionate and dedicated its people are. I look forward to working with the team and our partners in the ecosystem to ensure that Mediacorp delivers great content to our consumers and harnesses the opportunities created by digital disruption and new consumer trends.”
Of his successor, Wong said, “Mediacorp has benefitted from his vast experience, deep insights to the media industry and understanding of public service since he joined the board…. It’s now timely for a younger Chairman to take over.”