Boards of Directors soosen kheegiap george kianmin katherine

Board of Directors

An excerpt from BreadTalk Group Ltd Annual Report 2014 as published in April 2015.


George, founder of the Group, was appointed to the Board on 6 March 2003 and last re-elected on 22 April 2014. Having led and grown the Company from a homegrown brand to become a dynamic Asian F&B group, George continues to drive our strategic direction and development into the future.

George started his food and beverage business in Taiwan in 1982, successfully growing it into a chain of 21 Southeast Asian food outlets within a decade. Returning to Singapore in 1992, he then founded Topwin Singapore and subsequently Megabite China in 1996, establishing the food court businesses.

In 2000, he started the bakery business with BreadTalk® Pte Ltd and eventually brought it to list on the SGX in 2003. George is a Brand Champion who has positioned the company’s brand portfolio into innovative concepts now widely accepted in Asia and throughout the world. His keen interest in the arts, creative talent and acute sense of anticipating consumer demands have delighted consumers time and again with the Group’s line up of creative F&B concepts.

George holds a Doctorate in Business Administration (Honorary) from Wisconsin International University, USA. Among other awards, he won the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year 2006” (Emerging Entrepreneur Category), the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2002” organised by the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises and The Rotary Club of Singapore as well as the “Business Personality of the Year” Award 2013 accorded by Midas Touch Asia in conjunction with Channel News Asia.

Deputy Chairman

Katherine was appointed to the Board on 6 March 2003 and last re-elected on 23 April 2013. She oversees the Group’s research and development responsibility, pioneering new product ideas and brand concepts.

Responsible for concept creation, product development and enhancement of our various brands both locally and globally, Katherine also formulates product training and technical skill upgrade programmes to ensure proper transfer of knowledge and skills to our franchisees in line with our local operations so as to sustain product quality. In addition, Katherine spearheads product costing, which is an integral part of our product strategy.

Katherine has more than 20 years of experience in the F&B industry. She was previously the Finance Director of Topwin Singapore prior to which she was in charge of the Human Resource and Operations of more than 20 food and beverage outlets in Taiwan.

Lead Independent Director

Kian Min was appointed to the Board on 30 April 2003 and last re-elected on 25 April 2012. He is the Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee, and member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company.

He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1988 and to the Singapore Bar the following year. In his more than 20 years of legal practice, he focused on corporate and commercial law, such as, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and restructuring and corporate finance. In addition to practising as a consultant with Drew & Napier LLC, a leading Singapore law firm, he is a senior adviser of Alpha Advisory Pte. Ltd. (a corporate advisory firm) and founder of Kanesaka Sushi Private Limited, which owns and operates Japanese fine-dining restaurants in the region. He is also non-executive chairman of Hupsteel Ltd and serves as independent non-executive director of several other Singapore- listed companies.

Kian Min was awarded the President’s Scholarship and Police Force Scholarship in 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) external degree from the University of London and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in England. He was an elected Member of Parliament of Singapore from January 1997 to April 2011.

Independent Director

Khee Giap was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2010 and last re-elected on 22 April 2014. He is a member of the Audit Committee, Nominating Committee and Remuneration Committee. Khee Giap is currently Co-Director of Asia Competitiveness Institute and an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Chair of Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation. He holds directorships in a few listed companies in Singapore. Khee Giap graduated with a Ph.D from the University of East Anglia in 1987.

He has consulted extensively with various government ministries, statutory boards and government-linked companies of the Singapore government. Khee Giap has served as a member of the Resource Panel of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Transport and Government Parliamentary Committee for Finance and Trade since 2007.

Independent Director

Soo Sen was appointed to the Board on 14 August 2006 and last re-elected on 23 April 2013. He is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, as well as member of the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee of the Company.

Soo Sen was a Member of Parliament for Joo Chiat Constituency from 1997 to 2011. He was a Minister of State and had served in several ministries including the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Trade and Industry. Before entering politics, he was involved in the starting up of the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park as its founding Chief Executive Officer in 1994, laying the foundation and framework for infrastructure and utilities development for the industrial park. He holds a Masters in Management Science from the University of Stanford, USA.

After leaving public service in 2006, Soo Sen joined Keppel Corporation Ltd as Director, Chairman’s Office. In 2009, he joined Singbridge International Singapore Pte Ltd, a company fully owned by Temasek Holdings to undertake major international projects, as Executive Vice President. Soo Sen is now advising a few investment companies on their China Projects. He is also an Independent Director in a few listed companies and an adjunct professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.