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Mr Desmond Tan
Chief Executive Director
People's Association


Mr Tan leads the People’s Association (PA) in building and bridging communities to forge a united and resilient Singapore. 

Before joining PA, Mr Tan was the Chief of Staff (General Staff) of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).  He was awarded the SAF Merit Scholarship in 1991 and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) from the Victoria University of Manchester, United Kingdom in 1994.  He also holds a Master of Business Administration (Nanyang Fellows) conferred by the Nanyang Technological University in 2008.

Mr Tan has a distinguished military career, holding various key appointments in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and SAF. These include Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment, Commander of 3rd Singapore Infantry Brigade, Director of MINDEF Public Affairs, Chief Guards Officer and Director of Joint Operations.