At the Global Keppelites Forum 2017, Mr Loh Chin Hua, CEO of Keppel Corporation and Chairman of Keppel Land, called on Keppelites to take heart in the company’s resilience and strong track record, and to heighten collaborative efforts to realise synergies across the Keppel Group as it continues its journey towards becoming a global company at the forefront of its chosen industries.
On 9 February 2017, over 2,600 Keppelites gathered in about 70 locations worldwide for the third annual Group-wide townhall, the Global Keppelites Forum.
With his address broadcast ’live’ from the Keppel Leadership Institute in Singapore, Mr Loh Chin Hua, CEO of Keppel Corporation and Chairman of Keppel Land, provided insights on the achievements of the Keppel Group and its various business units. He also reiterated the Group’s commitment to build on the strong foundations of its multi-business strategy, which continues to bolster its performance despite the challenging external environment.
Mr Loh said, “The challenges we face may be daunting, but we are not without our strong points. Keppel has many well-tested strengths like our resilience, Can Do! spirit, a history of successfully reinventing ourselves, and a robust balance sheet.
“Today, we can add on to these positives: we have a clear vision of who we are, and how our different businesses are engaged in the common objective of providing solutions for sustainable urbanisation.
“With the many advantages of OneKeppel, we will play a pivotal role in shaping the future.”
Emphasising this year’s ’OneKeppel’ theme, Mr Loh highlighted the importance of continuing to collaborate and hunt as a pack.
“There are many positive examples of collaboration within and between our business units. However, this is still a new muscle we are getting used to,” he said.
“Embrace change, be prepared to innovate, experiment and take risks. We must be nimble and seize opportunities. I am confident that we will, as OneKeppel, emerge stronger and ready for the future.” – Mr LOH CHIN HUA CEO of Keppel Corporation and Chairman of Keppel Land.
“We have to move beyond strong verticals to collaborating and unleashing our synergies. We must look at how we can play as an accomplished orchestra, and hunt better as a pack and capture new pools of profits. Only then will the market reward us with the earnings multiples we deserve as a top-performing multi-business group.”
PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
Beyond dealing with the immediate challenges and making progress towards the Group’s Vision 2020 target, Mr Loh highlighted the importance of imagining a FutureKeppel, and laying the foundations to ensure that the company’s future remains bright and exciting.
He shared that Keppel continues to actively grow the capabilities of its worldwide talent pool through training and development, and called on Keppelites to volunteer and play their part in shaping the company’s sustained success.
“We are at the cusp of transitioning from a proud and successful Singapore company to a sustainable global business. ’OneKeppel, Many Careers’ is not just a tagline. We hope to get more Keppelites to move across departments, business units and even the different markets we operate in. This is your opportunity to play a part in how the next chapters of Keppel are written,” he said.
He added, “Embrace change, be prepared to innovate, experiment and take risks. We must be nimble and seize opportunities. I am confident that we will, as OneKeppel, emerge stronger and ready for the future.”
During the Global Keppelites Forum question and answer segment, Mr Loh, Mr Chan Hon Chew, CFO of Keppel Corporation, and the various business unit CEOs fielded queries from Keppelites around the world.
Over 140 questions came fast and furious, courtesy of the ’live’ web portal Pigeonhole, with more than 3,550 votes cast for the different questions.
The question and answer segment was moderated by Mr Louis Lim, Director of Group Strategy & Development, Keppel Corporation.