Alan Chan

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Alan Chan
Born Alan Chan Heng Loon
(1953-02-22) 22 February 1953 (age 64)
Citizenship Singapore
Education MBA from INSEAD
Alma mater INSEAD
Occupation CEO of Singapore Press Holdings
Children 2

Alan Chan Heng Loon (born February 22, 1953)[citation needed] is a Singaporean civil servant. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore-based media organisation Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).

Early life[edit]

Chan was born in 1950 to a "bilingual family" — both his parents were fluent in English and Chinese. He studied in Haig Boys School, Raffles Institution and National Junior College. He was awarded the President Scholarship and French Government Scholarship, and graduated with a Dip Ingenieur from Ecole Nationale de L'Aviation Civile in 1978. He subsequently went to INSEAD and obtained a MBA (with distinction) in 1983.


After studying in France and working in various Government Ministries, Chan successfully applied to be the Principal Private Secretary of Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew (as he then was).[1] Thereafter, Chan was appointed as Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Strict on making his subordinates speak Chinese properly, he imposed a ten-cent fine on whoever who used English terms in their Chinese conversations.[1] Chan also served as the Ministry of Defence's Director of Manpower. He rose to the position of Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and IT and the Ministry of Transport before retiring from the civil service to join Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). In total, his career as a government official spanned some 25 years. Becoming Group President of the Singapore-based media firm SPH in July 2002, it was in January 2003 that he became the company's Chief Executive Officer. He is also part of its Board of Directors.[2] Chan was listed as one of "100 Inspiring Rafflesians" and described as "a Rafflesian who has crossed many boundaries" by Guan Heng Tan in 2008.[3] Chan contributed an essay titled "My Tryst With Chinese" for Lee Kuan Yew's 2012 book, My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore's Bilingual Journey. He was selected by INSEAD in 2009 as one of the "50 Alumni who changed the world".[1]

Personal life[edit]

Chan is married with two children, a boy and a girl. Chan has three older siblings.[1] His brother Heng Wing was Ambassador to Thailand, and one of his sisters, Heng Chee was Ambassador to the United States.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Lee, Kuan Yew (2012). My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore's Bilingual Journey. Straits Times Press. pp. 349–352. ISBN 9789814342032. 
  2. ^ "Board Of Directors". Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Guan Heng Tan (2008). 100 Inspiring Rafflesians, 1823—2003. World Scientific. pp. 25–26. ISBN 978-981-277-891-8.