MTCC bids farewell to Mr. Chew Lye Teng, the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the MTCC who retires on 31 December 2012.
Prior to his appointment as the CEO of MTCC in 1999, Mr. Chew served the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) for 25 years from 1974 to 1998 in various capacities, including as Director of the Technical Services Division and subsequently as Director of the enlarged Development Division under which Technical Services was placed. Mr Chew holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree and Diploma in Education from the University of Malaya as well as a Masters degree in Business Administration from the International Management Centres Multinational, Buckingham, United Kingdom.
As the founding CEO, Mr Chew has been instrumental in leading MTCC through its most difficult initial years in the development and operation of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) and in raising the profile of MTCC and the MTCS to their current status of having achieved international recognition and market acceptance. It was through Mr Chew’s untiring efforts, dedication and hard work that contributed significantly to the endorsement of the MTCS by the PEFC Council in May 2009, elevating the MTCS to a higher level of recognition and acceptance.
For many of us who work with him and know him personally, Mr Chew is a person who is very professional in his approach to work and dedicated in carrying out his duties as the CEO. There is no doubt that he has left an indelible impression on all of us at MTCC, and we in the MTCC will miss him when he retires after having served MTCC so faithfully over the last 14 years.
The MTCC management and staff would like to wish Mr. Chew a happy retirement and all the very best in his future undertakings.