A new chief executive will take the helm at the National Environment Agency from next month.

Mr Ronnie Tay is CEO-designate from June 10. He will take over from current chief executive Andrew Tan, 46, who has led the agency for four years, since January 2009.

Mr Tan will attend an advanced management programme prior to his next posting.

Forty-nine-year-old Mr Tay has been chief executive of the Infocomm Development Authority since 2007.

Before that, he spent 25 years with the Singapore Armed Forces, where he held various command appointments, including Chief of Navy from April 2003 to August 2007.

Under Mr Tan, the agency made several key regulatory and policy changes. These include:

  • A revamp of hawker centre policies such as rental rules to keep food affordable;
  • Improving standards and productivity in the cleaning industry;
  • And a road map to achieving higher air quality targets by 2020, in line with World Health Organisation standards.

It also formed a Department of Public Cleanliness last year to oversee all public cleaning efforts.

In addition, it set up a centre for climate research this year to boost Singapore's capabilities in this area.