SINGAPORE: Defence Permanent Secretary Chiang Chie Foo, 56, will retire from the Administrative Service on 1 September.
Mr Chan Yeng Kit, 48, who became Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) last year, will be re-designated Permanent Secretary (Defence) on the same date, said a Public Service Division (PSD) press release on Monday.
PSD said Mr Chiang's retirement comes after 32 years of distinguished service in the public sector.
It added that post retirement, Mr Chiang will continue to contribute to the public sector as chairman of the Central Provident Fund Board.
Mr Chiang joined the Administrative Service in 1981.
He held several key appointments in the public sector in the areas of security, education and defence, including being the director of the Internal Security Department (ISD) and Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to Mr Goh Chok Tong who was then the deputy prime minister.
Mr Chiang continued to be the Principal Private Secretary to Mr Goh when he became the prime minister.
Mr Chiang was appointed Second Permanent Secretary (Education) in 1997 and then Permanent Secretary (Education) from 1999 to 2004.
PSD said Mr Chiang improved the quality of education by investing in the career development and recognition for teachers as well as better infrastructure for schools.
He also restructured the National Institute of Education (NIE) and the junior college system.
When Mr Chiang was Permanent Secretary (Prime Minister's Office) from 2005 to 2011, he led several national committees and played an important role in developing population policies and engaging overseas Singaporeans.
Mr Chiang has been Permanent Secretary (Defence) since 2004 and has ensured that MINDEF and the SAF remain capable and operationally ready.
At MINDEF, he established an integrated approach to defence planning and spearheaded a strategic framework for the transformation to a Third Generation SAF.
He also guided changes in the uniformed schemes of service which placed MINDEF and the SAF in a strong position to continue to recruit and retain talent.
Mr Chiang has also made significant contributions towards strengthening bilateral defence ties with countries within the region and around the world.
Mr Chiang was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 1997 and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2007 for his significant contributions to the public service.
Mr Chan joined the Administrative Service in 1989.
He served in various capacities in the Public Service Division, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Education.
Mr Chan was on secondment to the NTUC from 1991 to 1993 and to the Suzhou Industrial Township Development from 1993 to 1994.
He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of InfoComm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore in 2005 and Permanent Secretary (Information, Communications and the Arts) in 2008. - CNA/ir
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