Lim Kim Choon

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Lim Kim Choon
Born Singapore
Allegiance Singapore
Service/branch Singapore Armed Forces
Years of service 1976–2006
Rank Major-General
Commands held
  • Head, Air Intelligence Department
  • Head, Air Operations Department
  • Commander, Tengah Air Base
  • Chief of Staff, Air Staff (1998–2001)
  • Chief of Air Force (2001–2006)
Other work see #Post-military career
Lim Kim Choon
Chinese 林金春

Lim Kim Choon is a Singaporean civil servant and former air force general. He was the Chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force from 2001–2006 and held the rank of Major-General. After retiring from active military service in 2006, Lim served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore from 2007–2009.


Lim was awarded the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Overseas Scholarship in 1977 and graduated from Loughborough University with a Bachelor of Science (Second Upper Class Honours). He also holds a Master of Science in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He attended the Air Command and Staff Course in the United States. He attended the six-week Advanced Management Program in Harvard Business School in 2009.[1][2]

Military career

Lim enlisted in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1976 and served in the Air Force as a F-16 pilot. Throughout his military career, he held various appointments, including: Head, Air Intelligence Department; Head, Air Operations Department; Commander, Tengah Air Base; Chief of Staff, Air Staff (1998–2001). He was appointed as the Chief of Air Force on 1 April 2001. During his tenure as Chief, the Air Force acquired many new systems, such as the F-15SG, AH-64 Apache and SH-60 Seahawk. Lim also directed the Air Force's involvement in humanitarian assistance operations, including: Operation Flying Eagle in Aceh, Indonesia in 2005; Singapore's response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. in 2005.[1][2]

Lim retired from the SAF on 24 March 2006 and was succeeded by Ng Chee Khern as the Chief of Air Force.[3]

Post-military career

Lim joined the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore as its Senior Deputy Director-General from May 2006 to July 2007 before serving as Director-General and Chief Executive Officer from July 2007 to 2009. Lim was appointed as a Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director of Stratech Systems on 19 May 2011. He is also a member of the boards of various governmental organisations, including: Changi Airports International; Singapore Technologies Aerospace; Singapore Aerospace Manufacturing; Ascott Group.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c Leong, Sook Ching (19 May 2011). "Appointment Of Director And Re-composition Of Board And Board Committees". Stratech Systems. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Lim Kim Choon's profile on Stratech Systems company overview". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  3. ^ "New Air Force Chief Takes Over". MINDEF. 3 March 2006. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
Military offices
Preceded by
Major-General Raymund Ng Teck Heng
Chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force
1 April 2001 - 24 March 2006
Succeeded by
Brigadier-General Ng Chee Khern
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