Singapore, April 9, 2008Wildlife Reserves Singapore, parent company of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo, has appointed active community advocate and former two-term Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP), Ms Claire Chiang as non-executive Chairman of Wildlife Reserves Singapore with effect from April 1, 2008.

“Claire is one of the few Singapore leaders that has made her mark in many sectors, ranging from public policy, corporate social responsibility, social service (including women and family issues as well as the disadvantaged), education to business.

“The WRS Board has great respect for Claire and we look forward to her bringing her ‘trade-mark’ passion and commitment to steer all our three parks to higher and wider international recognition,” said Dr Ngiam Tong Tau, WRS Board member who was also the acting Chairman during the interim period.

“Bob Kwan, WRS’ previous Executive Chairman, has left behind a legacy, which I shall build upon. As a corporate social responsibility advocate, I believe that every business has an impact on society through what it produces, how it employs and develops its people, and how it relates to its environment and community at large. Jurong BirdPark, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo are model organisations in this regard. I look forward to working with the WRS Board to further strengthen their iconic significance as well as widen their CSR policies and business practices to become global role models in the zoological world. I am equally keen to make our parks more pro-family by adopting various initiatives that make them the best-loved leisure attractions for families to play and bond, ” said Ms Chiang.

As Senior Vice President, Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd, she pioneered the Group’s retail businesses and has continued to oversee the opening of over 60 retail outlets in the world.