I had blogged about this last year (click here). High-flyer Woon Tai Ho joined the National Gallery of Singapore from a much larger organization (managing director at Mediacorp). My quip then was how much money he’d have been enticed with to make the gallery an attractive career option.
It has just been announced that Woon is leaving the Gallery (click here). Like most high-level resignations, both parties made bland statements that don’t tell why he is leaving. Money? Ego? Whatever lah….
But consider this. The opening of the gallery at the end of 2015 is going to be the icing on the SG50 cake. They have thrown everything at it (including lots of money to get Woon on board) so that it does not fall flat. But for someone so senior to be leaving so close to the opening, I venture a guess that something is not right with the dynamics of the staff. As it is, I have already heard that the ‘contents’ people in the gallery are working at their own pace, while the ‘operations’ people are frantic that deadlines have come-and-gone. And with ‘contents’ people calling the shots in the Gallery, you can imagine how demoralizing it must be for the ops guys. Well, 10 months is a long time; let’s wait and see how this unfolds.