Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
RADM (NS) Ronnie Tay
Chief Executive Officer
Rear Admiral (NS) RONNIE TAY was enlisted into the Singapore Armed Forces in December 1981, and was awarded the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship in 1982 to pursue undergraduate studies at Oxford University where he graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Engineering Science.
RADM (NS) Tay's early years in the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) were largely spent onboard the Missile Gun Boats. He assumed his first command, that of the Coastal Patrol Craft RSS Swift Warlord, in 1988, after which he was posted to RSN headquarters as a staff officer in the Naval Operations Department from 1989-1990. Subsequently, he attended the Singapore Command and Staff Course in 1991, upon completion of which he was appointed the Commanding Officer of the Missile Gun Boat RSS Sea Lion, in 1992.
RADM (NS) Tay was appointed Head of Naval Intelligence Department in 1994. In 1996, he was awarded a SAF post-graduate scholarship, under which he obtained a Master of Science in Management degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States of America.
Upon his return from his studies, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the 188 Squadron of missile corvettes in 1997 and concurrently Commander 1st Flotilla the following year.
RADM (NS) Tay was appointed Fleet Commander in March 1999. After relinquishing command of the Fleet in December 2000, he assumed the appointment of Head of Naval Operations Department. He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (One Star) in July 2001 and subsequently appointed to the concurrent appointment of Chief of Staff - Naval Staff in July 2001.
In April 2003, RADM (NS) Tay assumed the appointment of the Chief of Navy. He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (Two-Star) in July 2004, and was awarded the Public Administration Medal(Gold)(Military) in 2005. He relinquished the appointment of Chief of Navy in August 2007, completing a 25-year career in the Singapore Armed Forces. After attending the Advanced Management Programme at Insead, France, he returned to the Administrative Service in November 2007.
RADM (NS) Tay was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore in November 2007. At IDA, RADM (NS) Tay oversees the development of a vibrant and competitive infocomm industry in Singapore, contributing to the long-term economic growth in Singapore through innovative infocomm technology development, deployment and usage, which in turn serves to enhance the global competitiveness of Singapore.