Thank you, David Lee! Tax partner | KPMG | SG

Thank you, David Lee! Tax partner, retired on 30 September

Thank you, David Lee! Tax partner

Thank you, David Lee! Tax partner

Thank you, David Lee! Tax partner

By Lindy Siew


Partner David Lee is known to Tax staff and partners as the 'friendly guru' they can turn to for help and 'enlightenment' at any time, no matter how busy he is.

The 58-year-old, who retired after an illustrious 33-year career, has a résumé packed with Singapore and regional tax experience. His first job was with KPMG in 1981. He left in 1984 and became the regional tax head for several multinational groups before rejoining KPMG in 1992. In KPMG, David's work spanned various compliance and advisory aspects of Singapore taxation. He handled a diverse portfolio of clients, spanning a broad spectrum of industries, from fund management to growth funds, insurance to manufacturing.

According to Partner Anna Low and Director Yeo Lay Lay, David's passion for tax is well-known. He readily shares with his team his professional insights, experiences and views on technical issues, even including his personally-prepared notes on issues such as the Goods & Services Tax (GST), before the firm's GST team was set up, and insurance taxation.

Anna said: "For those of us who have had the privilege of working with him, he guided us in thinking outside-the-box and to anticipate and solve problems. We cannot thank him enough for his valuable guidance and the opportunities that he has extended to those of us who have worked with him, including myself.

"He has enriched our professional and personal development. Many of us would not be where we are without his unrelenting support throughout the years."

Lay Lay thanked David for his invaluable guidance and support, her team and her were able to have a smooth working experience on certain engagements, even when they met with obstacles. She added that David is well-respected as a great mentor, a leader and a man of principles with a caring and generous heart.

Agreeing, Senior Manager Ong Chwee Fern said David is very approachable and never too busy to offer guidance and support. She added: "He treats everyone with respect and never fails to show his appreciation."

Besides work, David also be remembered for his deep love for singing, fishing, jogging and tennis. Partner Toh Boon Ngee said: "He was the one who introduced me to karaoke and helped me overcome the fear of singing in front of people."

Assistant Manager Cheryl Leong has something else to thank David for too. He was indirectly the 'matchmaker' who introduced her to her husband. She said that he seconded her to client AIA Singapore for eight months in 2012. She said: "The experience garnered was invaluable and through that secondment, I also met my husband!"

Even though David will be dearly missed by his fellow partners, staff and friends, they also said this should be the beginning of even more fulfilling days ahead for him as he embarks on his retirement. As Anna said: "I wish David all the best as he embarks on a new chapter in life. And happy singing and fishing!"

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