MENLO PARK, Calif. – The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation today announced the appointment of Koh Boon Hwee, a widely known business leader in Asia, to its board of directors.
“Boon Hwee brings the expertise of business strategy and a deep understanding of international issues to our board,” said Foundation President Paul Brest. “His perspective will be invaluable as the Foundation’s work grows increasingly global, from slowing global warming to improving the quality of education in the developing world.”
Mr. Koh, 56, has broad business experience in Asia in the fields of information technology, electronics and telecommunications. He currently is executive chairman and chief executive officer of Sunningdale Tech Ltd, a leading company in the engineering of precision plastics, and executive director of MediaRing Ltd., which provides Internet telephone service in Asia.
Earlier in his career, he spent fourteen years with the Hewlett-Packard Co., where he served as its first local managing director of operations in Singapore, and later, as the company’s Asia Pacific director of manufacturing and business development.
In addition to his business responsibilities, Koh serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University. He was awarded Singapore’s Public Service Star in 1991 and its Meritorious Service Medal in 1995. In 2003, the International Herald Tribune honored him as a visionary leader.
Koh holds a degree with honors in mechanical engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
About The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy and population, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. A full list of all the Hewlett Foundation’s grants can be found here.