3 Interesting Facts About the SMRT Chairman — Seah Moon Ming

Singapore Train
3 min readAug 7, 2020


Large companies have big goals and big missions. Having effective leaders can help an organisation achieve their dreams and serve customers better. The success of a company depends on its chairmanship. A chairman must have a trustworthy and transparent relationship with stakeholders and shareholders as well as a strategic view of everything to lead the company to new heights.

SMRT Corporation is a leading multi-modal public transport company in Singapore that provides train, bus, and taxi and private hire vehicle services. As a forward-thinking and dynamic company, the company works relentlessly to provide safe and reliable transportation services to commuters. The company has been able to maintain high standards of corporate governance under the guidance of its chairman — Mr. Seah Moon Ming.

Appointed as SMRT Corporation’s chairman in July 2017, Mr. Seah leads the Board of Directors and focuses on strategic matters. He plays a pivotal role in all matters concerning the operations, performance, and implementation of strategies for SMRT Trains Ltd., SMRT TEL Pte. Ltd., and SMRT Buses Ltd. These three interesting facts about Mr. Seah Moon Ming will help you understand more about his knowledge, leadership qualities, and contribution towards the success of SMRT.

1. Extensive Experience — Served 10 Corporations

Knowledge comes from experience. Mr. Seah has served 10 different organisations at the top levels. He worked as Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd. and Senior Managing Director-Special Projects at Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd. and Temasek Pte Ltd. He also served as Chairman of International Enterprise Singapore and even worked as President at ST Engineering Electronics Ltd. and General Manager at ST Electronics Pte Ltd.

2. Award Recipient — Shows His Excellence

He received the Public Service Star [BBM] from the President of the Republic of Singapore in 2014. He was recognized for his contributions to the fields of Electrical & Electronics Engineering with the IES/IEEE Joint Medal of Excellence Award in 2008 by the Institution of Engineers Singapore and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In 2007, he was awarded the 6th International Management Action Award by Chartered Management Institute. He was conferred the title of Honorary Citizen of Guiyang in 2008. He has been listed as a noteworthy executive in the electronics industry by Marquis Who’s Who.

3. SMRT is his Priority

When appointed as SMRT chairman, he stepped down as chief executive of Pavilion Energy (Temasek unit) in December 2017. After his appointment, he commented that he stepped down from his role at Pavilion because he wants to focus on his new SMRT role and devote more time towards the growth of the company. After this announcement by Mr. Seah, SMRT Corporation was ‘pleased’ and released a statement:

“SMRT is pleased that Mr. Seah Moon Ming, Chairman SMRT Corp, and SMRT Trains, had planned to prioritise more time as an active Chairman at SMRT when he took on the chairmanship of SMRT in mid-2017…”

This step taken by Mr. Seah Moon Ming shows that SMRT is his top priority and serving the nation comes first for him.

As the SMRT Chairman, Seah Moon Ming is working with the Board, management, and staff to deliver efficient multi-modal transport services to commuters in Singapore. With his courage, knowledge, and dedication, he is acting as a driving force for employees at SMRT Corporation and taking the company to greater heights.