Tacking to the Top

NgSerMiangBIGSilver medalist in sailing at the South East Asian (SEA) Games. Founder and Managing Director of TIBS Holdings. Nominated member of the Singapore Parliament. Chairman of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee.

These are but some of the hats worn by NUS Business School graduate Mr Ng Ser Miang (BBA Hons 1971).

Currently the patron of the Singapore Sailing Federation as well as the Vice-President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, Mr Ng is also an Executive Member of the International Olympic Council (IOC) since July 2005.

Being a staunch supporter of sports, Mr Ng has been instrumental in developing the sporting scene in Singapore.

“Sports is one of the greatest influences in my life,” shares Mr Ng. “It has put discipline and perseverance into my life.”

In the business arena, Mr Ng is well established as the Founder and Managing Director of TIBS Holding (before selling it to SMRT Corporation). In recounting how he drove the success of the transport company from scratch, he shared that he had used what he learnt from the school. “We followed the principle of doing something very well, delivering quality and offering the best to the commuters”.

Presently, Mr Ng chairs the Board of Directors of NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Limited, the largest supermarket chain in Singapore.

The Eminent Business Alumni Award winner sheds some light on his business philosophy.

“Successful business leadership requires a high degree of skill and professionalism, taking appropriate risks and educated decisions in rapid economic conditions,” says Mr Ng. “But one must remember that a company’s most important resource in any business or industry is people.”

When asked what CEO’s should keep in mind, Mr Ng advises to “provide people with the right incentive and develop them well; take responsibility for decisions and provide leadership; as well as to know when to take the right sort of risks.”

A sportsman, a diplomat, and an entrepreneur, Mr Ng has acquired a long list of accolades throughout his career, contributing to the society and organizations dear to his heart.

He attributes his holding of many portfolios to passion and interest. “The jobs I am doing are all very varied and interesting. This keeps me motivated.”

He also shares how he finds time to manage his passion, work commitments, and family. “If you believe in what you want to do, you will find the time to do it,” says Mr Ng. “It’s not how much time you have, but how wisely you use your time.”

When asked what drives him, the Eminent Business Alumni Award winner humbly shares his motto. “Work very hard. Know what you want. And never stop learning.”

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