Kingston's Court of Benefactors honours Francis Yeoh
Tan Sri Francis Yeoh Sock Ping has been admitted to Kingston University's Court of Benefactors in recognition of his generous support for the University. Tan Sri Francis recently donated £500,000 which is supporting the YTL Chair in Innovation and Technology Management at the Faculty of Business and Law.
Tan Sri Francis graduated from Kingston in 1978 with a degree in Civil Engineering and in 1988 he was appointed managing director of YTL Corporation. Under his stewardship, YTL has grown from a single-listed entity into a global conglomerate that owns and manages regulated utilities and infrastructural assets, serving 12 million customers on three continents.
Ranked one of Asia's 25 Most Powerful and Influential Business Personalities by Fortune and Business Week, Tan Sri Francis has won many accolades, reflecting his considerable business experience and commitment to social responsibility.
Among these are an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering, conferred upon him by Kingston University in 2004; the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2006; a fellowship of the Institute of Civil Engineers in London in 2008, and the accolade of 'Primus Inter Pares' honouree of the Oslo Business for Peace Award in 2010 for actively advocating socially responsible business ethics and practices.
A devout Christian, Tan Sri Francis expressed his delight that he was able to share his good fortune with Kingston and that his gift would create knowledge of business management and innovation for future generations.