Mr Michael Tay was appointed Group Managing Director on 1 April 2015, having been The Hour Glass’ Executive Director since 2005. He first joined the company in January 1999 as its Business Re-Engineering Manager. Mr Tay has developed extensive watch industry experience having headed multiple facets of The Hour Glass’ businesses from specialty watch manufacturing to wholesale channel distribution and greenfield retail development. He is a member of the governing Cultural Committee of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and is an advisory board member of Art Basel Cities. He also serves on the boards of the National Heritage Board and STPI, institutions engaged in the advancement of the heritage and visual arts sector in Singapore. Mr Tay is an advisory council member of Mercy Relief, an international humanitarian NGO. Mr Tay graduated from Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom with a First Class (Honours) in Business and International Management.