Stephen Lee steps down as SNEF head

26 YEARS AT HELM: Mr Lee was elected SNEF president in July 1988.


    Jul 31, 2014

    Stephen Lee steps down as SNEF head

    STEPHEN Lee is stepping down as president of the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) on Aug 31, after 26 years at the helm.

    He will be succeeded by Robert Yap, the current chairman and chief executive of home-grown logistics company YCH Group, on Sept 1. Dr Yap is one of four vice-presidents at SNEF.

    Mr Lee was first elected president of the former National Employers Council back in 1977. The council and the then Singapore Employers Federation were amalgamated in 1980 to form SNEF, with Mr Lee elected as one of the federation's vice-presidents at that time.

    Mr Lee was elected as SNEF president in July 1988. In a statement yesterday, SNEF noted how he has played a key role in strengthening the employers' partnership with the Government and the labour movement.

    During his tenure as SNEF president, Mr Lee has worked with six different ministers for labour and manpower, and three presidents and secretaries-general of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

    "When I became involved in the work of the National Employers Council in 1977 at 30 years old, I could not have imagined that I would stay in this area of work for 37 years," said Mr Lee.

    "It has been a very rewarding and rich experience for me. I have been through 40 National Wages Council sittings and many more tripartite committee meetings covering nearly every workplace challenge that employers have faced over the last 37 years.

    "I am indeed thankful for the support of the council and members as well as the trust of the Government and the labour movement," he added.