14 University Students Selected for CEOx1Day 2018-2019

Connecting leaders of today with leaders of tomorrow! Odgers Berndtson launches the 2nd edition of CEOx1Day in Singapore – matching top university talent with top executives in Asia

Singapore, 4 January, 2019 - The CEOx1Day (CEO for a Day) programme is a global initiative, the first and only one of its kind, designed to uncover promising future leaders and to match them with today’s top leaders. The programme enables these young talents to learn about and experience the responsibilities and complexities required to lead some of the world’s leading businesses and organisations. At the same time, CEOs, through their interaction with and mentorship of the selected students, can better understand what drives the next generation of leaders.

This year’s programme attracted 160 undergraduate student applicants for 14 finalist places, a more than two-fold increase from the 69 applicants with 7 finalists in its inaugural year of 2017-2018 edition. The participating tertiary institutions were the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), with Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) being the most recent participating university this year.

Mr Andie Rees, Managing Partner, Odgers Berndtson Southeast Asia said, “Singapore was chosen as the first country in this region to roll out the programme due to its diversity, dynamism and openness. We believe that the landscape of leaders in Singapore has changed tremendously and the CEOx1Day will enable organisations to remain at the top of their game in terms of attracting high calibre candidates from local tertiary institutions to be groomed as future leaders.”


The 14 pairs of participating CEOs and finalists for CEOx1Day 2018-2019 include: 


Singapore Management University

Double degree in Business Management (Finance) & Economics

Matched with: John Davison, CEO at Zuellig Pharma



Singapore University of Technology and Design | Singapore Management University

Business Management (SMU) | Engineering (SUTD)

Matched with: Ai Hua Ong, Company Group Chairman APAC at Janssen



National University of Singapore

Political Science and Government

Matched with: Maya Hari, MD APAC at Twitter



Singapore University of Technology and Design | Singapore Management University

Engineering Systems and Design (SUTD) | Business Management (SMU)

Matched with: Loke Kheng Tham, CEO at Mediacorp



Nanyang Technological University


Matched with: Yen Yen Tan, President APAC at Vodafone



National University of Singapore

Mechanical Engineering

Matched with: Martin Hayes, President at Bosch Southeast Asia



Nanyang Technological University

Double degree in Accountancy and Business

Matched with: Adam Reynolds, CEO APAC at Saxo Group



Nanyang Technological University

Communication Studies

Matched with: Mark Heap, CEO APAC at MediaCom



Nanyang Technological University

Business (Strategy & Management) and Computer Science

Matched with: Tian Chong Ng, President APJ at HP



Singapore Management University

Double degree in Business Management (Operations) and Social Sciences (Politics, Law and Economics)

Matched with: Yoong Kang Zee, CEO at Health Promotion Board



National University of Singapore

Electrical Engineering

Matched with: Tim Schmid, Company Group Chairman APAC at Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices



Singapore University of Technology and Design

Engineering Systems and Design

Matched with: Walter De Oude, CEO at Singapore Life



National University of Singapore

Chemical Engineering

Matched with: Wouter Van Wersch, President & CEO APAC at General Electric



Nanyang Technological University

Mechanical Engineering and Technology Management

Matched with: Hari Krishnan, CEO at PropertyGuru


Added Mr Rees, “While still in its fledgling state in Singapore, compared to other offices in the world, we see great promise in growing this programme further, to attract more tertiary institutions and organisations to participate in this initiative. The success of the programme in Singapore is attested to by the fact that we have doubled the number of applicants we have received from undergraduates from participating tertiary institutions since the launch just last year. We have also grown the number of participating CEOs from seven to 14 this year, with three repeat participating companies.”


About Odgers Berndtson

For over 50 years, Odgers Berndtson has helped some of the world’s biggest and best organisations find the senior talent to drive their agendas.

We deliver executive search, assessment and development to businesses and organisations varying in size, structure and maturity. We do that across over 50 sectors, whether commercial, public or not-for-profit and draw on the experience of more than 250 Partners and their teams in 29 countries.