Singapore’s Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) has announced that Dr Christopher Chia is stepping down from his position as CEO of the Media Development Authority (MDA).

He will be replaced by Aubeck Kam who has been appointed as the MDA’s chief executive (designate) from October 18 and its CEO from November 1.

Kam’s previous postings include the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM). He spent the early part of his career with the Singapore Police Force and he is currently deputy secretary at the Ministry of Manpower.

Chia, who is moving on to the private sector, will continue in MICA as senior adviser, a post he was appointed to in July 2010, where he will help guide MICA’s efforts in developing the creative industries.

“The media sector in Singapore has grown under his leadership at MDA,” said MICA permanent secretary Chan Yeng Kit. “The MDA has expanded its remit taking on responsibility for the multi-agency Interactive Digital Media Research and Development Program Office.”