The Leading Infocomm and
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Mr Wilson Tan

Hall Of Fame, 2013

Wilson has been a creative leader who burst into the IT scene and was at the helm of many organisations and committees - starting in early 1990s when he chaired the Singapore Informatics event. Over the years, this event has evolved into COMDEX ASIA and became one of COMDEX's most successful exhibitions and conferences.

Over the past two decades, Wilson has made many contributions to the Singapore IT industry, including stints as President of Singapore Computer Society (SCS) and Chairman of Singapore Federation of Computer Industry (SFCI) - former SiTF. He was also a past Chairman of the National IT Standards Committee (ITSC) having served two terms as Chairman between 1998 and 2004.

Wilson's other involvements include memberships in government agencies such as the National Standards Council (NSC) and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). He was also a member of the Services Sub-committee of the Economic Review Committee (ERC 2002/3) where he chaired the ICT Working Group.

Wilson's ICT involvement also extended into the region as a Past President of the Asian-Oceanian Computer Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) which oversees the development and interest of more than 10,000 companies in 20 Asia Oceania countries.

Wilson had previously held senior management positions at several multinational ICT corporations and is a luminary in the ICT industry with more than 25 years of experience. He moved to the service industry as Group CEO of Singapore Post (SingPost) in 2007 - 2010 and currently serves as the CEO of CapitaMall Trust.

Wilson is always operating on full throttle - assimilating and implementing new ideas, identifying new moods and trends. He is a visionary leader who dares to dream and dares to do. His commitment to raise the stature of IT professionals and the industry itself is best reflected in his drive to promote closer collaboration with key stakeholders, encourage more self-reliant and independent actions by the local industry. He was probably best remembered by all of us for his inspiring leadership in InfoPier - Singapore's first Registry for Infocomm Professionals, launched in November 2011. For a good cause, he continues to provide guidance to InfoPier as Chairman of the InfoPier's Governing Council.

His keen interest in education sees him serving on the Board of the Republic Polytechnic and the International Academic Panel of Singapore Institute of Management (SIM). He has also sat on several advisory boards including that of the Institute of Systems Science (ISS), Singapore Polytechnic School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology and the School of Computer Engineering at Nanyang Technology University (NTU).

SPRING Singapore conferred on Wilson the 'Distinguished Award' in 2001 and 'Outstanding Award' in 2005 in recognition of his voluntary services and contributions to the Singapore National Standardisation Programme. He was also awarded the inaugural Special Recognition Award by the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts (MICA), Singapore. In 2005, the Singapore Computer Society bestowed on him the IT Leader of the Year recognition.

Besides his contributions to the ICT industry, Wilson has also been involved in community projects including serving on the Board of BizLink Singapore, a non-profit volunteer organisation that trains and places clients with various forms of disabilities in a sheltered workshop or in open employment. Since 2010, he also serves on the Board of Council for Third Age (C3A) - an organisation that plays a catalytic role in promoting active living among senior citizens.

Wilson was also involved in various community events, working alongside the residents at St. Luke's Hospital and the Health Workers at Tan Tock Seng Hospital during the SARS episode in 2003.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the National University of Singapore and a graduate diploma in Marketing Management from the Singapore Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (IMUK).

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