Lawyers, General Counsels & Boards – The Next Level of Partnership

Jeffery Tan, Group General Counsel & Chief Sustainability Officer , Jardine Cycle & Carriage Limited

Global headhunting firm Korn Ferry describes today’s general counsels (GCs) as bringing more to the table than just their legal knowledge and expertise. The GC role requires the individuals to act increasingly as both legal and business advisors to the board and the senior leadership team, drawing upon their broader business knowledge and a wider (non-legal) skill set. In other words, having the legal pedigree of a deep knowledge of the law and regulations, negotiating skills, and specializations such as securities law - is very much a given.

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Management General November 2022 Vol.15, No. 61, Autumn 2022

Jeffery Tan


Jeffery is the Group General Counsel; Chief Sustainability Officer, Director, Group Corporate Affairs; and Group Company Secretary of Jardine Cycle & Carriage Ltd. He is responsible for legal, compliance, company secretarial, communications and public affairs at the Group level. Before joining Jardine Cycle & Carriage, he was the Group General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Board Secretary for UTAC Holdings Ltd. Prior to that, he has over 20 years of private practice and in-house legal experience with international law firms and multinational companies such as Allen & Gledhill, DLA Piper, Siemens and Motorola. He also served in a business capacity as President of Motorola Singapore for five years. Jeffery has an LLB (HONS) from the National University of Singapore. He is a senior Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore and a Solicitor of England & Wales. He has completed the Senior Executive Management Program, at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and the Driving Strategic Innovation Program at MIT Sloan School of Management. Jeffery serves on the board of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and is an Advisor to the Sustainability Panel of the Singapore Stock Exchange’s SGListco Association.

Management General November 2022 Vol.15, No. 61, Autumn 2022