Edgar Hardless was appointed CEO for Singtel Innov8, Singtel’s corporate venture fund, on 1 April 2012. Singtel Innov8 has an initial fund size of S$250M and it invests in technologies in the fields of network capabilities, next generation devices, digital content services, and customer service enhancers. Edgar has been involved with Innov8 from its inception in November 2010 as Managing Director (Investments). Prior to this, he was Vice President of Strategic Investments responsible for coordinating and executing all mergers & acquisition activities undertaken by Singtel.
He has been with Singtel for over 15 years, having joined the company’s International Group in June 2001 as a Director of International Finance and Operations. During his tenure, Edgar also set up and headed Singtel’s first ever Group Innovations unit which was tasked with identifying new technologies and innovations that had the potential to have an impact on the telco industry and Singtel Group.
Before Singtel, Edgar spent almost seven years with British Telecommunications (BT), the UK’s largest telecommunications service provider, working in a number of strategy and corporate finance roles across the BT Group both in the UK and Asia Pacific. Edgar is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Administration from the University of Bath in the UK.