Board of Directors

Douglas Foo (Chairman)

As Founder and Chairman of Sakae Holdings Ltd., Mr Douglas Foo has led the growth and development of the Group, which has since established outlets across Singapore, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Chile. He continues to spearhead the overall strategic direction and management of the Group’s global strategic plans, and its philanthropic initiatives.

Mr Foo is recipient of numerous illustrious accolades and awards, which are testament of his outstanding management and entrepreneurial efforts. For his achievements, Mr Foo was awarded JCS Top Outstanding Young Person Award 2002, Rotary-ASME Entrepreneur of the Year 2002, Singapore Youth Award 2003, the prestigious ASEAN Youth Award 2004, International Management Action Award 2007, Singapore Youth Award (Medal of Commendation) 2008, WSQ Champion Award 2010, ASEAN-China Young Entrepreneur Award 2011, the Public Service Star Award 2013 from His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Singapore for his tireless efforts in his philanthropic and voluntary contributions to society.

In 2015, he was crowned the Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 by Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability (ACES). This revered honor is bestowed upon an illustrious entrepreneur who has shown an extraordinary ability to communicate their vision to stakeholders and leads the company towards the status of a mega brand. The recipient of this award displays strong entrepreneurial passion, flair, perseverance, and stands out as a grand example of a remarkable entrepreneur. Mr Foo was also recently awarded the NTUC Friend of Labour Award in 2016.

In September 2013, Mr Foo was selected to attend the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship in the USA which provides professionals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, with an intensive and individually designed programme that inspires to achieve consequential outcomes across sectors and borders. Through his fellowship, he has broadened his perspective on global branding, charity and foundation establishment sustainability issues and business expansion funding. He will seek to apply this invaluable knowledge to strengthen our Group as we forge ahead.  

Mr Foo serves as director on numerous boards for Corporate, Governmental and Non-profit organizations, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.

Lilian Foo (Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director)

Ms. Lilian Foo was appointed as our  Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 March 2014, and has been our  Executive Director since 2 May 2002. With over a decade of F&B experience , Ms Foo helps to drive Strategic Planning,  Overall Management, and spearheads Business Development, as well as the Management of Overseas Strategic Development and Store Expansion. With her combined background in F&B, IT and Operations, Ms Foo aims to continue propelling the business towards Sakae's vision of becoming a Global Brand. Ms. Foo  holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Leicester University in the United Kingdom. She also earned herself a Bachelor Degree in Science (Information Systems & Computer Science) from the National University of Singapore, and is a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing in the United Kingdom.

Loh Chee Peng
(Independent Director)

Mr Loh Chee Peng was appointed as an Independent Director on 28 January 2019. Mr Loh holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (2nd Class Upper Honours) and a Master of Science (Financial Engineering), both from the National University of Singapore. He started his career in Keppel Bank Ltd as a Management Trainee and moved on to Industrial Commercial Bank (part of the UOB Group) as a Relationship Manager in the Corporate Banking Department. From 2000 to 2005, Mr Loh was with SPRING Singapore. He was the Head in the Incentive Management Department and helped to strategise, implement and oversee the government’s financial assistance initiatives to assist SMEs in their growth. Mr Loh was with Standard Chartered Bank for a short stint as a Product Specialist for SME government assistance schemes. From 2006 to date, he is with United Overseas Bank Ltd. He has undertaken many different roles and responsibilities in Global Business Development Department, Credit Analyst Department and Product Sales Department. Currently, he is an Executive Director in the Commercial Banking Division of the Bank.

Ngoh York Chao Nicholas
(Independent Director)

A lawyer by training, Nicholas is the Principal Legal Counsel at the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF), its Director of Membership and Industry Groups, and, Director of Corporate and Council Affairs.  Prior to joining the SMF, Nicholas was formerly with the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Singapore Legal Service Commission for about 10 years.  During his time with the Commission, Nicholas was appointed a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel, and was also attached to MOM and ACRA, primarily dealing with matters such as law reform, criminal prosecution, public awareness training and disciplinary proceedings against Public Accountants.  Additionally, Nicholas was part of the secretariat of the Corporate Governance Council which successfully implemented substantial changes to the Code of Corporate Governance in 2018. He was also on the editorial team of the inaugural series of Corporate Governance Guidebooks produced by the Singapore Institute of Directors. 

David Pang Kam Wei

(Independent Director)

Mr David Pang Kam Wei was appointed as an Independent Director on 6 July 2020. Mr Pang is currently the Vice President, Human Resources & Chief of Staff at Shiseido Travel Retail, a global organization within Shiseido Group responsible for the duty free beauty business worldwide, with operations spanning airports, downtown stores, airlines and border shops.

As senior advisor to the President & CEO and a member of the Executive Committee, Mr Pang leads the integration of strategic priorities across the business, including corporate development, performance management, organization and talent.  He is also responsible for the human resources function, enterprise risk management and legal capability.

Prior to his role at Shiseido Travel Retail in 2018, Mr Pang dedicated 10 years as a senior management consultant in global consulting companies Accenture, Mercer and Korn Ferry, advising C-level executives for Fortune 500 companies operating in beauty, financial services, energy and technology sectors.

Mr Pang started his career as a Military Officer in the Singapore Government in 2001, where he spent 7 years on various leadership roles including Company Commander, Head of Recruitment, and Business Lead for talent acquisition and employer branding as part of HR transformation. 

As a thought leader in the private sector, he has been featured by Channel NewsAsia for commentaries on “attracting millennial talent” and “learning agility”, and South China Morning Post on “What Industry 4.0 means to Singapore and why its workers must upskill and lose their sense of entitlement”.

Mr Pang graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a degree in Applied Economics and attended the Senior Leadership Program at IESE Business School sponsored by Shiseido.


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