Tan Chin Leong Dennis

Senior Director, Financial Services
Manulife (Singapore) Pte Ltd

IBF Fellow (2019)

Financial Planning

"Success is more easily attained when one works with a focused mind and a compassionate heart, guided always by an affable attitude, benevolent beliefs and conscientious commitments."


​Maj (Ret) Dennis Tan BBM is a Senior Director Financial Services at Manulife Singapore.  A seasoned and well-recognised industry practitioner of almost 42 years, he has vast in-depth knowledge and practical experience in organisational and financial planning, specialising in corporate business and private client advisory role.  Dennis holds a MBA in Strategic Wealth Management, is a Chartered Wealth Manager and a Fellow of the American Academy of Financial Management.

Dennis' forte lies in his natural leadership style. He was a prominent senior engineer commander and was hand-picked as one of the first three reservist officers to serve as Honorary Aide-de-camp to the President of the Republic Singapore.  Over the years, his strong leadership, compassionate and charitable attributes have seen him achieving many top awards, accolades and honours at both company and industry levels. Of special mention are; the resounding acknowledgment by his industry peers when he was accorded the "Commendation Award for Practitioner of the Year 2000" and "Manulife's Global Award for Stars of Excellence (Community) in 2014". 

Dennis' personal conviction: "The Greatest Sin of a Leader is Silence; when the Need for Leadership is Present", often led him to be in the forefront of many industry undertakings, making him one of the most recognised and respected leaders.  A popular industry Trainer, Coach and Speaker, Dennis has the rare distinction of being the only active practitioner who had served as President of the two national bodies representing the life practitioners, the Life Underwriters' Association (1993/94) and General Agents & Managers' Association (2003/04).  His views and advice are often sought and he continues to play an active role as a member of the Board of Advisors and Board of Governors in these two bodies.  Currently, and since 2012, he is also one of the key members of the IFPAS STAR Team that serves as the voice of the industry and works closely with the authority and regulatory bodies to promulgate best practices and enhance professional standards.

A strong advocate of the "Total-Person' concept, Dennis is also an active and prominent member of society.  In addition to his heavy industry involvements, Dennis also devoted much time towards Nation and Community building. He serves actively and held numerous key senior appointments including chairmanships in many community and service organisations in the Grassroots, Societies and Service Clubs. Dennis is also a Deputy Registrar of Marriage and Licensed Solemniser since 2008 and has solemnised almost 600 couples.