From September 1988 to May 2011, he served 23 years in the Singapore Government, and was Minister for Information and the Arts, Minister for Health, Minister for Trade & Industry and Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mr Yeo was with Kerry Group in Hong Kong from 2012 to 2021. He was Chairman and Executive Director of Kerry Logistics Network from 2012 to 2019.
Mr Yeo studied Engineering at Cambridge University on a President’s Scholarship, graduating with a Double First in 1976, and became a Signals Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces. After graduating from the Singapore Command and Staff College in 1979, he was posted to the Republic of Singapore Air Force. He graduated with an MBA (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard Business School in 1985. He was appointed Chief-of-Staff of the Air Staff (1985-1986) and Director of Joint Operations and Planning in the Defence Ministry (1985-1988), attaining the rank of Brigadier-General. He is Patron of LASALLE College of the Arts and the Eurasian Association, and Advisor to the Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. Mr Yeo was the Conference Chairman of the Singapore Summit from 2012 to 2016.
British Embassy in Paris. Ambassador Quayle underwent a secondment to Price Waterhouse Management Consultants and was then appointed as Head of the Foreign Office’s department for Export Promotion. He returned to Asia as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Indonesia (1996-1999). He was appointed International Director of UK Trade and Investment in 1999 where he was responsible for the British government’s strategy to assist exporters and as well as the deployment of some 400 staff in London and 2,000 commercial officers in British embassies overseas.
His first ambassadorial appointment was to Romania where he served as British Ambassador from 2002-06. During his tenure, Romania joined NATO and successfully completed preparations to become a member of the EU. After a secondment to VT Group, he returned to Asia in 2007 to take up his appointment as British Ambassador to Thailand (2007-2010) where he was heavily involved in promoting an expansion of trade and investment links between the UK and Thailand.