Chew Gek Khim, executive chairman of The Straits Trading Company, is a savvy investor and lifelong philanthropist


Chew Gek Khim is executive chairman of The Straits Trading Company (STC), part of the Tecity Group founded by her grandfather and former OCBC bank chairman Tan Chin Tuan. Tecity Group also has an investment arm, The Tecity Group Family Office, as well as a philanthropic division, The Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, with a mandate to help the poor, the widowed and the orphaned. Businesswoman and investor Chew is credited with turning the 134-year-old STC, which has its roots in tin smelting, into a streamlined, modern entity focused on hospitality and property.

Since she took on the chairmanship of STC, the firm has diversified into a modern company with interests in commodities, hospitality and real estate. STC has an 89.5 per cent stake in Straits Real Estate, an investment company with more than $1.7 billion in property assets in the Australian, Singaporean, Malaysian, Japanese, South Korean and Chinese markets. Chew is also chairman of the Malaysia Smelting Corporation and ARA Trust Management (Suntec), as well as sits on several boards.

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Chew has held leadership positions at more than 30 firms to date. 

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