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New appointments at SPH Magazines

SINGAPORE, 5 September 2003 - SPH Magazines Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), is pleased to announce three key appointments to complement its expansion in Singapore and the regional publishing market.

With immediate effect,

Ms Caroline Ngui is GROUP EDITOR

Mr Lee Kok Chew is CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Ms Alice Rappa is REGIONAL ADVERTISEMENT SALES DIRECTOR

Ms Caroline Ngui, 45, will now head the editorial and creative departments of the company. Ms Ngui is responsible for steering editorial and creative directions of all publications under the stable, conceptualisation and development of new products and facilitating inbound and outbound content licensing projects.

Mr Lee Kok Chew, 34, has been responsible for planning and business development of the company, including custom publishing, new titles and overseas expansion projects. With the new appointment, he also oversees advertisement sales, circulation promotions and publishing services departments, in addition to his present duties.

Ms Alice Rappa, 49, who has been heading the sales department since 2000, will be given regional duties. She is responsible for ad sales of all consumer magazines and contract publications under SPH Magazines. Her team is also the media representative for Citta Bella (for Lianhe Publishing) and You-Weekly (for Focus Publishing). Ms Rappa also oversees the special projects unit and works closely with the sales teams of overseas partners.

In the past few months, SPH Magazines has been active in the regional publishing scene, making inroads into Malaysia and Thailand, with joint ventures. SPH Magazines expects to further increase its portfolio of publications in the near future.

Managing Director David Tay, who announced the new appointments yesterday, said: "The new appointments are part of the company’s growth strategies. This experienced team, with proven track record, will strengthen our capability in delivering new products, market development and regional expansion and bring SPH Magazines to new heights."

Brief Biodata

Ms Caroline Ngui started as a reporter in The Straits Times in 1980. She covered fashion, beauty, the arts, and features. Ms Ngui was later promoted to Assistant to the Editor, fully in charge of the Sunday Plus section of The Sunday Times. In 1990, Ms Ngui joined SPH Magazines (previously known as Times Periodicals) as features editor of Her World. Since then she has been Deputy Editor and was promoted to Editor of Her World in 1999. She is also the consulting editor for SilverKris.


Mr Lee Kok Chew began his career with SPH with the Marketing Division in 1993 and was transferred to the Finance Division in 1996. Over the last 7 years, he has been exposed to various operations in Finance, including Budgeting, Credit Control, Corporate Finance, Financial Planning, Treasury and Investment and Investors Relations. He joined SPH Magazines in February 2003 as the Head of Planning & Business Development. Mr Lee has a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Mathematics and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the National University of Singapore.

Ms Alice Rappa joined SPH Magazines (formerly Times Periodicals) in 1972 in administration division and was transferred to sales department in 1982. Ms Rappa was promoted to Ad Sales Director in 2001. Under her supervision, the sales team has grown from strength to strength, exceeding annual budget and setting new records every year.


For more information, please contact:

Ms Cherie Ng
Advertising & Promotions Manager
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd
DID: (65) 6319 6318
Mobile: (65) 9746 0372
Email: ngsyc@sph.com.sg


About SPH Magazines
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd (SMPL) is the leading magazine publisher in Singapore with all its titles maintaining No. 1 readership in their respective sectors in the Nielsen Media Index 2002.

  • Her World: Singapore’s No. 1 women’s magazine with 137,000 readership.
  • Home & Decor: Style leader in home interior sector with 37,000 readership.
  • Young Parents: The best-read parenting magazine for those with kids between 0 – 9 years old. Readership is 32,000.
  • Her World Brides: A definitive wedding guide published quarterly

SPH Magazines also specialises in custom publishing - producing two of the highest circulating publications in Singapore.

  • SilverKris: 75,000 cps monthly English edition and 45,000 cps bi-monthly Japanese edition for Singapore International Airlines
  • NSMan: 150,000 cps, bi-monthly for SAFRA National Service Association
  • ResQ: 120,000 cps, bi-monthly for Civil Defence Association for National Servicemen

SPH Magazines is the exclusive marketing representative of two leading Chinese publications.

Citta Bella: No.1 Chinese women’s magazine in Singapore