SBS Transit announced that its current chief operating officer (COO) BG Cheng Siak Kian, 50, will assume the CEO position from 1 March next month.
Cheng was the former commander of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. He joined ComfortDelGro, the parent company of SBS Transit, in 2015. He was with SBS Transit for a year before being sent to ComfortDelGro Australia “where he learnt about the bus business”. He came back to Singapore last year to fill the COO position vacated by Gan Juay Kiat.
SBS Transit’s COO and CEO posts were previously held by Gan, with him being promoted to the latter position in 2010 after serving as the company’s COO since 2007.
However, following the exposé involving his alleged extramarital affairs in 2018, Gan, a past SAF and President Scholar, tendered his resignation citing “personal indiscretion”.
In Dec 2018, ST reported that Gan was allegedly involved in an extra-marital affair. “The Straits Times understands the incident involves an extra-marital relationship,” ST said.
Zaobao reported that he was allegedly involved with subordinate(s) (“传与下属发生婚外情,新捷运总裁颜睿杰辞职“, 29 Dec). Zaobao source came from private investigator Kokusai Security Pte Ltd, which posted a video and a picture of Gan’s “indiscretion” online.
Kokusai Security said Gan had “multiple affairs with subordinates/married women within a month”. It added that it had consent from their clients to have the video and photo posted online. Gan can be seen clearly in the video and photo but the faces of the women were masked off.
He was said to have engaged in affairs with different women during office hours as well as weekends, and also overseas.
It’s not known who appointed Kokusai Security to trail Gan to capture his escapades.
Despite Gan’s “indiscretion”, SBS Transit Chairman Lim Jit Poh still said that Gan was a good CEO. He told the media, “We have lost a good CEO, who has done much for land transport in Singapore.”
In any case, earlier this month, SBS Transit reported a profit of $81.3 million for last year, a 1.5 per cent rise over the previous year’s $80.1 million.