Bey Soo Khiang

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Bey Soo Khiang
Born Singapore
Allegiance Singapore
Service/branch Singapore Armed Forces
Years of service 1973–2000
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held
Other work see #Post-military career
Bey Soo Khiang
Traditional Chinese 馬士強
Simplified Chinese 马士强

Bey Soo Khiang is a Singaporean business executive and former air force general. He was the third Chief of Defence Force (CDF) of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) from 1995–2000 and held the rank of Lieutenant-General. He was also the first CDF to be from the Air Force. Before he became the CDF, he served as the Chief of Air Force. After retiring from the SAF in 2000, Bey joined Singapore Airlines and held high executive positions in the company before leaving in 2011.


Bey was awarded the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship in 1974. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in engineering from the University of Cambridge. He also completed a Master of Public Administration degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.[1]

Military career[edit]

Bey enlisted in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1973 and served as the Chief of Air Force before assuming the post of Chief of Defence Force (CDF) on 1 July 1995, replacing Ng Jui Ping.[2][3][4] While serving as the Chief of Defence Force, he was also appointed as a member of the board of directors for Singapore Technologies Engineering and Singapore Airlines Limited.[1]

Bey retired from the SAF on 1 April 2000 and was succeeded by Lim Chuan Poh as the CDF.[2]

Post-military career[edit]

After leaving the SAF in 2000, Bey joined Singapore Airlines (SIA) as Executive Vice President Technical and was promoted to Senior EVP Technical & Human Resources two years later. During his time in SIA, he led the project to introduce the Airbus A380 into SIA and also served in the following positions: Chairman of SIA Cargo Pte Ltd; Chairman of Silkair Pte Ltd; Chairman of Singapore Flying College; Board Director of SIA Engineering Company; Virgin Atlantic Limited; Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited; Virgin Travel Group Limited. He is also an active board member in the Sentosa Development Corporation.[1] In early 2010, he assumed the post of Senior Executive Vice President for Marketing & Corporate Services. Bey left SIA on 28 February 2011.[4]

Bey was appointed as the Vice-Chairman of RGE Pte Ltd in March 2011.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Soo Khiang Bey". The Wharton Global Alumni Forum. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Changes to Chief of Defence Force and Chief of Army". MINDEF. 22 January 2000. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ng, Jui Ping". Reuters. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Bey Soo Khiang resigns from SIA". The Edge Singapore. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant-General Ng Jui Ping
3rd Chief of Defence Force of Singapore
1 July 1995 - 1 April 2000
Succeeded by
Major-General Lim Chuan Poh