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 21 NOV 2023  |  ISSUE 480

Dear Members and Friends

I was very sorry to miss last week’s Year End Reception due to a family bereavement. Had I attended, what follows is what I would have said in my opening remarks:-

Distinguished guests, Chamber members and colleagues. Good evening and thank you all for taking the time to attend this Year End Reception. You will recall this reception was originally designed to double as my farewell before I stepped down as Chief Executive at the end of this year. As you know, plans have changed and I will continue to be employed by the Chamber until 31 December 2024 while the search for my successor continues.

I have now served the Chamber for over 10 years and it continues to be the most enjoyable job I have had so far. I have learned so much from a broad and deep network of people like you in the private and public sectors and from academia. They and you have all helped me become more confident of my voice which I have used consistently in the last 10 years in fulfilment of the purpose of our wonderful Chamber which is to help businesses and Singapore.

I want to thank the Chamber’s 2013 Board of Directors chaired by Rolf Gerber for giving me the opportunity to serve and for supporting me as I learned the ropes. I also want to thank succeeding Boards of Directors for all their varied and various contributions.

The Chamber would not be a Chamber without members and, to all SICC members past and present, I want to say thank you for your input and support over the last decade. You are the reason my team and I exist.

Every good leader knows it is never about him or her. It is always about the team, the team and the team. I have been so fortunate in the colleagues I work with and I want you and them to know how important they are to me and how much I enjoy working with them. To every colleague I say thank you for all your contributions, dedication and, especially, for our optimal teamwork. You have made and make all the difference to my time in the Chamber. Together we have succeeded and will continue to succeed.

Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in saluting my exceptional team!

Thank you and enjoy the evening.”

Yours faithfully
Victor Mills
Chief Executive


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The Chamber and its Certification Services Department will be closed as follows in addition to the gazetted public holidays in December 2023:

7 December 2023 (Thursday) from 11.30am to 2.30pm for an annual staff lunch

Please take note of this date and advise all your relevant agents and colleagues to minimize inconvenience to you and to them.

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