Singapore Environment Council executive director resigns

SEC said it accepted Jen Teo’s resignation “to further her personal interests” after more than six years as executive director.

Jen Teo
Jen Teo is moving on after more than six years as executive director of Singapore Environment Council. She joined from Great Eastern insurance in 2017. Image: SEC

The executive director of Singapore non-profit Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is leaving the organisation after six and a half years in the top job.

Jen Teo joined SEC in 2017 from Great Eastern, where she headed up the insurance firm’s business transformation efforts. Her last day as SEC’s executive director is 30 June 2023.

SEC said in a press statement that the organisation accepted Teo’s resignation “to further her personal interests” and thanked her for her contribution.

“Under her leadership, she has been instrumental in helping SEC navigate the ever-evolving sustainability landscape. Her valuable insights, especially with her financial sector background, brought fresh views and ideas in helping SEC champion sustainable business practices for Singapore,” the statement read.

During Teo’s tenure, SEC provided advice to companies on improving their sustainability credentials, including on how to reduce packaging waste. The organisation has published numerous studies, including research that highlighted the climate benefits of refillable packaging, and runs a series of sustainability certification schemes.

Teo had then joined the organisation after the sudden exits of three staff including former executive director Edwin Seah.

Deputy executive director Goh Wee Hong will handle Teo’s duties during the search for a successor from 1 July.

Teo’s next move was unclear at the time of publication.

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