Former SM Supermalls chief operating officer Steven Tan leaps into greater responsibilities as the country's largest mall chain's newly-appointed president.

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Steven Tan as president of Shopping Centre Management Corporation (SCMC), a subsidiary of the Sy family-owned conglomerate. Effective last January 27, Tan filled in the shoes of Annie Garcia who helmed the company for the past 13 years.

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"His new position underscores the rapid and dynamic changes in the Filipino consumer behaviour," SM Prime Holdings, Inc. President Jeffrey Lim said. "Tan's focus on building meaningful shopping experiences consistently throughout his career prepares him for the next phase." He further continued that with Tan's new role in the company, he will continue the legacy of retail innovation and customer service towards enhancing every shopper's malling experience.

Tan successfully led the launch of the brand's premium malls including the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City in 2006, as well as SM Aura Premier in Taguig in 2013. With Tan on the lead, SM will further expand on this line of the brand.

Tan acquired his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Paris School of Management. He began his career in hospitality management in various hotel properties in Asia including Taipei, Taiwan, and Shanghai, China before returning to the Philippines to pursue his career in marketing and communications industry.