The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) has announced the winners of its 4th Singapore Chief Legal Officer Awards on 23 December via a “virtual gala” and interviews with all the top nominees and an overflowing virtual room of 250 audiences.
The awards were split into three categories for the top chief legal officer in different sectors: Singapore company/business category; multinational company category; and public/government entity category.
The awards were judged by a panel consisting of: Justice Chua Lee Ming (the Supreme Court of Singapore); Shai Ganu (managing director, global leader, executive compensation and governance at Willis Towers Watson); Loretta Yuen (group general counsel, group legal and regulatory compliance at OCBC Bank); Patrick Daniel (non-executive/independent director at Sembcorp Marine, and president of Singapore Press Club); and Jaspal Singh (senior adviser at Singapore Press Holdings [UK Business], and member of the governing council of Singapore Institute of Directors).
“The awards recognise the chief legal officer’s (CLO) leadership, as they should,” said Justice Chua, who is also the founding member of the SCCA. “It takes a good and effective CLO to train and guide the team of corporate counsel. After all, without a strong leader, they cannot perform at their best. One cannot also lead without a team, so the achievement of the CLO must reflect the contribution of the team.”
Mel Nirmala, the executive director of SCCA, hosted the gala. “I would like to congratulate to all top nominees, and when the SCCA will be able to meet again, we would definitely celebrate this moment,” she said.
In the category of Singapore company/business category, StarHub’s chief corporate officer, Veronica Lai, came up as the winner. Other candidates for this category were Singapore Exchange’s head of legal, compliance & corporate secretariat, Glenn Seah, and Fullerton Health’s senior vice president of global legal, Sarita Misir.
In the multinational company category, AccorHotels’ general counsel Asia-Pacific, Rhonda Hare, was the winner. Other candidates were BHP’s group general counsel, Lyndon Arnall, and Takeda’s head of legal Asia-Pacific, Berenice Lim.
Nanyang Technological University’s general counsel and chief legal officer, Gregory Chew, won the category of public entity/government. The other candidates were Sze Yao Tan, legal director at the Ministry of Health of Singapore, and Jessie Loong, the senior vice president legal & compliance of Changi Airport Group.
SCCA also presented a special honorary award to Jorge Fernández González, the Asia general counsel, transportation & energy and safety & industrial business groups, at 3M. The SCCA praised the company’s outstanding legal team performance and its contribution during the pandemic and covid-19 crisis.
Stanley Park, an executive committee member of the SCCA and the managing director and head of legal in Asia-Pacific at Scotiabank, who co-hosted the event, said that all the candidates deserved to be winners. “Each one of the candidates has so much to bring on the table, so much to teach, and so much to share,” he said.