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Lee Seow Hiang

CEO, Changi Airport

Singapore's Changi Airport has achieved something unique in the world of aviation. It has managed to turn itself into a leisure and shopping destination, almost as popular as the ones it helps people fly to.

Under the leadership of Changi Airport Group CEO Lee Seow Hiang, a career aviation specialist, the airport has expanded in size and ambition. Last year, Changi was named the world’s best airport at the World Airport Awards. This was the seventh consecutive year the airport had won this accolade and capped off a year that had seen the company stretch the boundaries of what defines an airport.

In 2019 Changi’s operations went through a major transformation with the opening of Jewel Changi Airport, a nature-themed entertainment, and shopping complex. Jewel is home to the world’s largest indoor waterfall, an indoor garden, a 75-foot-high canopy bridge, a hotel, cinema, and 300 retail and dining outlets.

By October 2019, six months after its soft opening, it had received 50 million visitors, almost double its target.