Mr Chan has experience in both the government and corporate sectors. From 2002 to 2017 he was Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH). His other prior directorships include Singapore Power Limited and The Development Bank of Singapore Ltd. Before joining SPH, he had a career in government spanning 25 years. Some of his government appointments included Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Principal Private Secretary to Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew and Director of Manpower, Ministry of Defence. He has also served as Chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (Singapore) and was Chairman of the Corporate Governance Council that reviewed the Singapore Code of Corporate Governance in 2012. He is currently Chairman of the Land Transport Authority (Singapore), Chairman of the Singapore China Foundation and a member of the Public Service Commission (Singapore). He is also Deputy Chairman of Pavilion Energy Group of companies. He is a President's Scholar and was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Gold and Silver) and Meritorious Service Medal for his contributions to public service.