Singapore's Michael Thio has been elected as the 15th International President General for the St Vincent de Paul Society, the first from outside Europe since its founding in 1883, said Syd Tutton, president of the Australian chapter.
"Michael Thio, a Singaporean, is a great friend of the Society in Autsralia," Mr Tutton is cited saying in a press release. "The Society's youth enjoyed his visit during World Youth Day and our National Council looks forward to his return this year."
Mr Thio was formerly the Managing Director of BT (British Telecom) South East Asia and now serves in the capacity as Senior Consultant. Mr Thio has been a member of the Society for over 40 years and held several positions in the Society including international vice-president and chair of the Territorial Technical Commission. Mr Thio will take office on the Feast of St Vincent de Paul, September 27.
"Dear fellow Vincentians, thank you for your confidence in electing me as the new President General," he reportedly said, on receiving 87 percent of the vote. "I will need your prayers and also your support to work together with me and the board of the Council General in continuing the work of our founders."
Michael Thio elected International President General (St Vincent de Paul Society)