As founder and Chief Guru of HR Guru Private Limited, Tommy champions HR excellence, helping HR leaders and professionals enhance and advance their careers and helping companies manage and leverage their people effectively.
Before founding HRguru in 2013, Tommy’s spent nearly two decades helming global CHRO appointment at Raffles Holdings/Raffles International Limited; held various regional C-suites HR positions at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, SMRT Corporation Ltd as Senior Vice President of Corporate Services, and Guocoland Limited as General Manager of Group HR; and executive leadership and company director appointments at Raffles Knowledge and HospitalityBex Pte Ltd.
In 2014, Tommy was “recalled” for a year and a half to assist Tiger Airways leadership team in the restructuring and turning around of the low-cost carrier, and the subsequent transition and integration into the Singapore Airline Group.
Some of the companies that Tommy has provided HR advisory services to include Austco Communications Systems (Australia), Brintons Carpets (UK), Civica (SG), JERA (Japan) Rectifier Technologies (Malaysia), Selo Group (Indonesia), Shukaku Inc (Cambodia), SNTC among many others. In recent years, through HRguru® Academy, Tommy has worked with companies like Gammon Construction, International Beverage Holdings, LSBF, Sembcorp Industries, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sunray Woodcraft, Times Publishing Group and Watson’s Stores. In the area of Executive Compensation, companies that Tommy has served and consulted include Banyan Tree Holdings, Frasers Property, GSH Corporation and Parkway Trust Management Ltd.
Tommy is a Fellow of the Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI) since 2009 and an honoree of the prestigious MHC Asia Group Award for Outstanding Contribution to HR from HRM Asia, the highest accolade for HR professionals in Singapore, recognizing him as a stalwart of the HR community.
He received the HR Leadership Award during the 4th Asia Best Employer Brand Awards in 2013 and was conferred the Medal of Commendation Award from the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) during the May Day Awards 2007.
Under Tommy’s HR leadership, SMRT received a number of awards including the Best HR Team Award and Best HR Manager Award from HRM Asia for two consecutive years (2009 & 2010), and a variety of accolades (2006 – 2010) from the Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI).
During his tenure at Raffles International, the company was recognized in the Top 10 on Aon Hewitt’s Best Employers – Singapore list for seven years running and was named one of three Best Employers in Asia in 2007 by Hewitt Associates.
Tommy was previously an Employer Panel Member in the Singapore Industrial Arbitration Court, a member of the Industrial Relations Panel of the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and Chairman of SNEF Industrial Group ‘J’ (Hotel & Entertainment Group).
He is currently an appointed member to the Industry Advisory Board for SDH Institute, and an Advisor to Forte Hospitality Consulting.
Tommy’s influence has helped shape the HR landscape in Singapore, serving and chairing a number of HR policy councils and sharing fresh perspectives as a speaker at HR symposia. He is also the award-winning author of the book “Nothing Surprises Me – I work in HR (A Personal Journey)”.