Telecom Career: IDA appoints telecom chief

Staff writer
11 Dec 2015

Singapore’s IDA appoints Aileen Chia as director-general for telecom and post

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has appointed Aileen Chia as its new director-general (Telecoms & Post) with effect from January 1, 2016.

In this new role, Chia will oversee the Policy and Competition Development Group, which is responsible for the creation of a competitive, internationally-connected and trusted environment for the development of the infocomm industry in Singapore.

Chia will succeed Leong Keng Thai, who is currently serving in this role. Following this new appointment, Leong will continue as the deputy chief executive (DCE) of IDA and the chairman of Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC).

As the DCE of IDA, Leong continues to be a part of IDA's executive committee and senior leadership team (SLT). He will also lead the International Division of IDA in all engagements with overseas Government and public agencies as well as at international forums, and advise the SLT on infocomm policy and regulatory related matters.

Leong has had 35 years of experience in the telecommunications and postal industry under his belt. He has played a key role in charting the significant milestones of the telecoms industry - including the full liberalization of the telecoms and postal sectors, the introduction of a competition regulatory framework, and the conceptualization and implementation of the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network.

Chia has been with IDA for over 25 years, and has assumed the deputy director-general portfolio for the last six years. She has been leading the policy and competition development functions of IDA, working closely together with Leong to enhance the vibrancy and competitiveness of the ICT sector in Singapore.

Sompan Charumalinda elected as new chairman at CASBAA

CASBAA has announced the election of Sompan Charumalinda as chairman of the broadcast industry association’s board of directors.

A pioneer in Thailand’s pay-TV industry, Charumalinda is currently executive vice chairman at True Visions Group, Thailand’s leading pay-TV operator. He has over 20 years of experience in guiding the industry through rapidly changing markets, regulatory regimes and technological developments.

For the past ten years Charumalinda has served as a member of CASBAA’s board of directors, actively promoting CASBAA’s members’ interests both in Thailand and across the region.

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