Robert Totten SchmittChief Executive Officer
Mr Schmitt is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of United Hampshire US REIT Management Pte. Ltd, the Manager of United Hampshire US REIT. As CEO, he works with the Board to determine the strategy for United Hampshire US REIT. In addition, Mr Schmitt is responsible for planning the future strategic development of United Hampshire US REIT, the overall day-to-day management and operations, and works closely with the investment, asset management, financial and legal and compliance personnel in meeting the strategic, investment and operational objectives of United Hampshire US REIT.
Prior to being appointed as CEO, Mr Schmitt was a Principal and Fund Manager of The Hampshire Companies and oversaw a portfolio of retail and industrial properties with an aggregate asset value in excess of US$1 billion.
Before his affiliation with Hampshire in 1995, Mr Schmitt was an Asset Manager with Legg Mason Real Estate Advisors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1995. At Legg Mason, he was responsible for managing a portfolio of real estate investments for pension fund clients including equities, joint ventures and mortgages. Prior to Legg Mason, Mr Schmitt was a Project Engineer for service station development with the Amerada Hess Corporation.
Mr Schmitt holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA in Finance from Boston University. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of Homeless Solutions, Inc., a not for profit organization providing shelter, housing and counselling for the homeless throughout Morris County, NJ. Mr Schmitt is a member of the National Association of Industrial Properties (NAIOP), NJ Chapter and a LEED Associate as certified by the US Green Building Council and holds a CSM designation from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Gerard Yuen Wei Yi Chief Financial Officer
Mr Yuen is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of United Hampshire US REIT Management Pte. Ltd. As CFO, Mr Yuen works with the CEO and other members of the management team to formulate strategic plans for United Hampshire US REIT. He is responsible for applying the appropriate capital management strategy, overseeing tax and treasury matters, as well as finance and accounting matters, and be involved in the implementation of United Hampshire US REIT’s short and medium-term business plans, fund management activities and financial condition.
Mr Yuen has more than 19 years of experience in investment banking, finance and the public sector. Previously, he was with Nomura Singapore Limited from 2011 to 2019 where he was Managing Director, Head of Singapore Coverage, Asia ex-Japan Investment Banking Division.
Prior to Nomura Singapore Limited, Mr Yuen was with Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch from 2004 to 2011 where he held a variety of positions within the Global Banking and Global Markets Division before being appointed Head of Global Capital Markets, Singapore. Mr Yuen is highly experienced in the origination and execution of investment banking and global markets transactions. From 2000 to 2004, Mr Yuen was with the Ministry of Finance, Singapore where he was with the Resource Management Unit and subsequently the Investment division where he was appointed Head (Investment).
Mr Yuen graduated with First Class Honours, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, and a Master of Science, Economics for Development from St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.
Yap Soh ChengFinance Director
Ms Yap is the Finance Director of United Hampshire US REIT Management Pte. Ltd.
As the Finance Director, Ms Yap is responsible for the finances of United Hampshire US REIT, including focusing, monitoring and reporting on the financial performance of United Hampshire US REIT. She is also responsible for the preparation of the statutory accounts, co-ordination with external auditors, managing tax affairs and treasury matters, and preparation of performance reports for management, investors and regulators. Ms Yap will also develop and maintain appropriate policies, procedures and processes for finance and other operational areas to ensure appropriate internal controls are in place.
Ms Yap has more than 15 years of experience in a wide spectrum of financial and accounting function as well as auditing function. Prior to joining United Hampshire REIT Management Pte. Ltd., she was the Financial Controller of CashShield Pte Ltd. From 2017 to 2018, Ms Yap was the Financial Controller in Leader Energy Pte Ltd., and between 2016 to 2017, she was the Finance Director in Heptagon Micro Optics Pte Ltd. Prior to this, she spent approximately nine years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Singapore, from 2007 to 2016, where she was a Senior Manager in the Real Estate and Hospitality sector. Ms Yap started her career as an Audit Associate with Chio Lim & Associates LLP in 2003, then Ernst & Young LLP, Singapore in 2005.
Ms Yap graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Commerce (Financial Accounting) and a Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting) from Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Malaysia. She is a Chartered Accountant (Singapore) and is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and affiliate member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Leng Tong YanVice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Development
Ms Leng is responsible for facilitating two-way communication with the Unitholders and investment community, as well as ensuring information are communicated in a clear and timely manner.
Ms Leng has over 13 years of experience in investor relations, accounting, audit and assurance and internal audit. Prior to this, she was the Senior Manager, Investor Relations of Elite Commercial REIT Management Pte. Ltd., the manager of Elite Commercial REIT, where she heads the investor relations function and her key responsibilities included management of investor communication and building and maintaining relations with the investment community. Prior to joining Elite Commercial REIT Management Pte. Ltd., she was the Investor Relations Manager of Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited, the manager of Ascott Residence Trust, and CapitaLand Retail China Trust Management Limited, the manager of CapitaLand Retail China Trust, from May 2013 to June 2018. From September 2006 to April 2013, Ms Leng held various audit and assurance, accounting and internal audit roles with CapitaLand Malls Asia Limited, CNA Group Ltd and KPMG LLP.
Ms Leng holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and is a Charted Accountant (Singapore).