Senior civil servant Joseph Leong will be appointed Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) starting from 1 March, announced the Public Service Division (PSD) in a press release on Monday (28 January).
Mr Leong, 48, who is a President's Scholarship and Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) Overseas Scholarship recipient, is director at the security and intelligence division of the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).
The PSD added that Mr Leong will also be appointed concurrently as second Permanent Secretary (Communications and Information) from 1 April.
Mr Leong joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1990 and he was a recipient of the President's and SAF (overseas) scholarship.
He was appointed to the Administrative Service in 1995. Mr Leong rose to the rank of Rear-Admiral and held key appointments such as Fleet Commander, director of military intelligence as well as Chief of Command during his military career of 24 years.