Tan Swee Yiow
Keppel Land

Corporate Advisory Board Founding Member: Keppel Land


Keppel Land Limited is the property arm of the Keppel Group, one of Singapore's largest multinational groups with key businesses in offshore and marine, infrastructure and property.

With beginnings dating back to 1890, the company is one of Asia's premier property companies, recognised for its sterling portfolio of award-winning residential developments and investment-grade commercial properties as well as high standards of corporate governance and transparency. Keppel Land was placed fifth on the Business Times' Governance and Transparency Index out of 644 companies in 2013.

Keppel Land was ranked in 17th position on the prestigious Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World 2014 at the annual World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, placing it first among Asian and real estate companies worldwide. Keppel Land is also a component of both the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific and World Indices. It has retained its position in The Sustainability Yearbook, placing it among the top 15% of companies worldwide for sustainability leadership, for four consecutive years. The company was also recognised as Regional Sector Leader for Asia (Office category) in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark 2013.

Keppel Land has received other awards for sustainability, including Green Champion at the Singapore Compact CSR Awards 2013, Most Admired ASEAN Enterprise for CSR (Large-size Company) at the ASEAN Business Awards 2013, the Singapore Environmental Achievement Award- 2013 for the services category and the Singapore Sustainability Award 2013 for large enterprises.

The company is geographically diversified in Asia, with Singapore and China as its core markets, and Indonesia and Vietnam as its growth markets. It focuses on property development for sale and property fund management.

As Asia's premier residential developer with world-class iconic waterfront residences at Keppel Bay and Marina Bay in Singapore, as well as a pipeline of over 66,000 homes across Asia, Keppel Land is well-positioned to meet the demand for quality housing driven by home ownership aspirations. Keppel Land also contributes to the city's skyline with landmark developments such as Marina Bay Financial Centre, Ocean Financial Centre and One Raffles Quay.

The company is committed to grow its commercial portfolio in key Asian cities. Its portfolio of overseas commercial properties includes a completed retail mall Life Hub @ Jinqiao in Shanghai, China; Saigon Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as well as the International Financial Centre Jakarta in Indonesia. The company also plans to develop a retail-come-office complex to leverage on Park Avenue Central's prime location in Shanghai.

Keppel Land is one of the largest listed property companies by total assets on the Singapore Exchange. The Group's total assets amounted to about $13.8 billion as at 31 December 2013. It is a component of several stock indices including the FTSE ST Real Estate Index, FTSE ST China Top Index, FTSE All-World Index, FTSE Asia Pacific ex-Japan Index, FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate Index and EPRA/NAREIT Index.

The Company has two property fund management vehicles, Keppel REIT and Alpha Investment Partners (Alpha). The total assets under management by Keppel REIT and Alpha have grown to $17.7 billion as at 31 December 2013 when fully leveraged and invested.

In May 2013, Keppel Land launched its new tagline "Thinking Unboxed". The new tagline reflects the company's commitment to continually innovate and shape the future – the feature may not be revolutionary or dramatic, but makes a difference functionally and aesthetically to end users.

One example of innovation is the green wall at Ocean Financial Centre – standing at approximately 19 m high and 110 wide, the 2,125 sqm green wall is equivalent to eight tennis courts. It is formed with close to 57,000 pots of plants to make up the map of Singapore, Southeast Asia and the world. Beyond aesthetics, the wall reduces the temperature of the rear car park, filters out car emissions and provides visual relief against the concrete landscape of the CBD. Keppel Land's efforts towards driving innovation were recognised, with the company garnering the Channel News Asia Innovation Luminary Award 2014.

Keppel Land Group's representative on the WorldGBC Corporate Advisory Board is Mr Tan Swee Yiow. Mr Tan joined Keppel Land Group in 1990 and is currently its President (Singapore) overseeing the Group's investment and development operation in Singapore. He is concurrently Head of its hospitality management arm, Keppel Land Hospitality Management Pte Ltd.

Mr Tan is a director of a number of subsidiary and associated companies of the Group including Keppel Bay Pte Ltd, Keppel Land Hospitality Management Pte Ltd and Raffles Quay Asset Management Pte Ltd.

In addition, he is on the Board of the Singapore Green Building Council. He also serves on the Management Council of Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore, the Workplace Safety Health Council (Construction and Landscape Committee), and the Malaysia-Singapore Business Council.

Mr Tan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (First Class Honours) in Estate Management from the National University of Singapore, and a Master of Business Administration Degree in Accountancy from the Nanyang Technological University.