KL Teh

Chief Information Officer for Singapore, Group Information Technology
The Great Eastern Life Assurance Co Ltd

IBF Fellow (2014)

Technology & Operations

"Technology professionals must learn the business, understand application of technology and not view technology by itself in a vacuum."

Biography

K L Teh is currently the Singapore Chief Information Officer of Great Eastern Life Assurance Company Ltd. Great Eastern Life is the leading life insurance company in Singapore and Malaysia.

Just before taking on his current job, he was Head of IT of CIMB Aviva Assurance Berhad, a joint venture between Aviva and CIMB in Malaysia. He has many years of experience as IT Head in a number of industries including payments and healthcare. Besides having held CIO and CTO positions in a number of companies, he was previously on the board of a number of technology start-ups.

Besides end user organizations, K L has many years of experience in vendor companies, including 11 years in IBM, where he started his career. He subsequently took on the role of COO in a IT services company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. As executive director, he was also on the board of a joint venture company with DBS, which developed and operated an online direct debit payment services supported by a number of banks.

K L built his experience in the payment industry beginning with technical product management and chip card products regional implementation in Asia Pacific countries. In addition, he had experience implementing card settlement systems at country levels in his 5 years in Visa International, based in Singapore.