As CEO, he had mapped out long-term plan
Mr Edmund Kwok, 58, took over as chief executive of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) in November 2013.
He had served as the charity's chief operating officer for a year before succeeding Mrs Eunice Tay, who was retiring.
A month earlier, Mr Kwok said in an interview with The Straits Times that he was already ironing out a three-year and five-year blueprint for the charity.
He also said the NKF was ready to step up its fund-raising activities.
PREDECESSOR: Former chief executive of NKF Edmund Kwok and the CEO before him, Mrs Eunice Tay, who retired in November 2013. ST FILE PHOTO
"We need the money to help more kidney patients and open more dialysis centres, and our services are heavily subsidised as more than 90 per cent of our patients are needy," he said.
Under him, NKF also announced plans earlier this year to build its largest dialysis centre yet - a $12 million complex in Jurong with 24-hour dialysis. The facility, which is 10 times the size of regular centres, will be ready next year.
Mr Kwok, who is married with two grown-up children, was previously the vice-president of oncology at Parkway Healthcare and held positions at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the Institute of Mental Health, among others.
In 2006, he was part of the team that set up Parkway Cancer Centre - the largest cancer centre in the private sector - and its revenue doubled to $97 million in 2011 under his watch.
Some 30 years ago, Mr Kwok worked as a planner at transport operator SBS Transit after graduating with a diploma in management.
In 1990, he moved into the healthcare sector and later pursued a Master of Science in healthcare management at the University of Wales.