tan-sri-samsudin-bin-osman datuk-dr-syed-muhamad datuk-ir-abdullah-sani-abd-karim datuk-seri-saw-choo-boon dato-ikmal-hilaz dato-md-agil dato-azmi-mohd-ali dato-dr-zaha-rina philip-tan-puay-koon anne-abraham dexter-dick-lau

tan-sri-samsudin-bin-osmanTan Sri Samsudin bin Osman

Chairman, Employees Provident Fund (EPF)
Tan Sri Samsudin bin Osman has been Chairman of the Board for 8 years, beginning 1 February 2007.

Prior to this, he served as President of Putrajaya Corporation, Chief Secretary to the Government, Director General of the Public Service Department, Secretary General of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Secretary General of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Federal Secretary of Sabah and Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport.

He is currently Chairman of BIMB Holdings Bhd., Kwasa Land Sdn. Bhd., the Board of Directors of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and a Director of Sime Darby Bhd. He is also Pro Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Chancellor of University College Bestari, Chairman of the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mahathir Science Award Foundation. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University, USA.

datuk-dr-syed-muhamadDatuk Dr. Syed Muhamad Syed Abdul Kadir

Chairman, CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad

Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree from the University of Malaya in 1971. He obtained a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachussets in 1977 and obtained a Ph.D (Business Management) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1986.

In 2005, he obtained a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Hons) degree from the University of Malaya and obtained a Certificate in Legal Practice in 2008. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in July 2009. In November 2009, he completed his LLM (Corporate Law) degree from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). In June 2011, he became a member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom and in May 2012 became the fellow of the Institute.

Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad is the Chairman of CIMB Islamic, CIMB Middle East BSC and CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd. He is also a Director of CIMB Group Sdn Bhd and CIMB Bank.

He started his career in 1973 as Senior Project Officer, School of Financial Management at the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) and held various positions before his final appointment as Deputy Director (Academic). In November 1988, he joined the Ministry of Education as Secretary of Higher Education and thereafter assumed the position of Deputy Secretary (Foreign and Domestic Borrowing, Debt Management) Finance Division, Federal Treasury. From 1993 to 1997, he joined the Board of Directors of Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines, first as Alternate Executive Director and later as Executive Director. Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad then joined the Ministry of Finance as Secretary, Tax Analysis Division and later became Deputy Secretary General (Operations). Prior to his retirement, Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad was Secretary General in the Ministry of Human Resource.

Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad is a Director of Bursa Malaysia Berhad, Euro Holdings Berhad, Solution Engineering Holdings Berhad, BSL Corporation Berhad, ACR ReTakaful Berhad (formerly known as ACR ReTakaful SEA Berhad) and Malakoff Corporation Berhad. He also holds directorships in several private companies.

datuk-ir-abdullah-sani-abd-karimDatuk Ir. Abdullah Sani Abd Karim

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, UEM Edgenta

Datuk Ir. Abdullah Sani holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Civil Engineering from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He is a registered Professional Engineer with Lembaga Jurutera Malaysia and is a Fellow member of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia. He is also a member of the Association of Consulting Engineers, Malaysia.

He began his career as a Civil Engineer with the Engineering Unit of the Urban Development Authority in 1976. He was later promoted to Assistant Director and headed the Engineering Unit from 1977 until 1982. He then continued his career as a Director of Kumarasivam Tan & Ariffin Sdn Bhd and the co-head of the Civil & Structural Department until 1987.

Datuk Ir. Abdullah Sani served as a General Manager (Property) at Island & Peninsular Berhad from 1987 to 1989. In September 1989, he initiated his own engineering company, A. Sani & Associates (proprietorship) which was then restructured to A. Sani & Associates Sdn Bhd (“ASA”). Since October 1990, he holds the position as Chairman/ Managing Director of ASA.

Datuk Ir. Abdullah Sani is also the Chairman of Faber Development Holdings Sdn Bhd.

datuk-seri-saw-choo-boonTan Sri Saw Choo Boon

Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Heineken Malaysia Berhad

Datuk Seri Saw Choo Boon, was appointed to the Board on 21 May 2012 and was elected Chairman of the Board on 22 November 2012. Datuk Seri Saw joined Shell in 1970 as a Refinery Technologist in Shell Refining Company (Federation of Malaya) Bhd (“Shell Malaysia”). He then served in various capacities in manufacturing, supply, trading and planning in Malaysia, Singapore and the Netherlands.

In 1996, Datuk Seri Saw was appointed Managing Director of Shell MDS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and in 1998 to 1999, he assumed the positions of Managing Director for Oil Products (Downstream) and Managing Director of Shell Malaysia.

In 1999, with the globalisation of Shell Oil Products business, he was appointed the Vice-President of the Commercial business in the Asia-Pacific region.

In 2005, he managed Shell’s global marine products business. On 18 May 2006, he became the Chairman of Shell Malaysia until his retirement on 30 June 2010, after 40 years of continuous service.

Presently, Datuk Seri Saw is an Independent Director of 3 other listed companies namely Shell Malaysia, RHB Capital Bhd and Digi.Com Bhd. He is also an Independent Director of RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

In addition, Datuk Seri Saw is a member of the Government’s Special Economic Committee, the co-Chairman of the Government’s Public-Private Sector Special Task Force on Facilitating Business (PEMUDAH), President of Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Council, a Director of the Socio-Economic Research Centre (SERC) Board of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Malaysia.

dato-ikmal-hilazDato’ Ikmal Hijaz bin Hashim

Independent Non-Executive Director, Scomi Engineering Bhd

Dato’ Ikmal Hijaz bin Hashim, a Malaysian, aged 62, was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 29 October 2013. Dato’ Ikmal is the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee (“ARMC”) and the Options Committee. He also performed the role of a Senior Independent Director.

Dato’ Ikmal graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from University Malaya. Dato’ Ikmal also obtained an Mphil. in Land Management from University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Dato’ Ikmal began his career by serving in the Administrative and Diplomatic Service of the Government from 1976 to 1991 in various capacities in the District Office, Regional Development Authorities and under various Ministries. Dato’ Ikmal then joined United Engineers (M) Berhad in 1991 as the General Manager of the Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing Project.

On 1 January 1993, he became the Chief Operating Officer of Projek Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan Berhad (“PLUS”) and was subsequently appointed as Managing Director from 1 January 1995 to 30 June 1999. He resigned as Managing Director of PLUS in 1999, and was appointed as the Managing Director of Prolink Development Sdn Bhd (“Prolink”).

Dato’ Ikmal was also appointed as President of the Property Division of the Renong Group while maintaining his position as Managing Director of Prolink. He then held the position of Managing Director at Renong Berhad from 2002 until October 2003.

Dato’ Ikmal subsequently was appointed as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Pos Malaysia Berhad and also as Group Managing Director of Pos Malaysia & Services Holdings Berhad (“PMSHB”). He served as the Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development (“IRDA”) from February 2007 until end of February 2009 and as Chairman of Faber Group Berhad from 1 March 2009 until 26 June 2014.

Dato’ Ikmal is currently a Director of EP Manufacturing Bhd, a public listed company.

dato-md-agilDato’ Md Agil bin Mohd Natt

Chairman, Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad (CGC)

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics (Hons) degree from Brunel University, London and a Master of Science in Finance degree from the CASS Business School, London. He also attended the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School in the Unit ed States of America.He started his career in Corporate Finance with Bumiputra Merchant Bankers Berhad in 1977 before serving as Senior General Manager (Finance) at Island & Peninsular Bhd in 1982. He was also the Regional Chief Representative of Kleinwort Benson Ltd before joining Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank). Dato’ Agil Natt served the Maybank Group in various capacities including as Senior General Manager, Corporate Banking, Chief Executive Officer of Aseambankers Malaysia Berhad (now known as Maybank Investment Bank Berhad) and Executive Director/Deputy President of Maybank.

From 2006 until his retirement in 2011, Dato’Agil Natt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), The Global University of Islamic Finance, set up by Bank Negara Malaysia.

He currently sits on the Boards of Cagamas Berhad, Sogo (KL) Department Store Sdn Bhd, Sogo (KL) Sdn Bhd, Themed Attractions Berhad, Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad and Manulife Insurance Berhad. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan Tun Abdul Razak.

dato-azmi-mohd-aliDato’ Azmi Mohd Ali

Independent Non-Executive Chairman, CLIQ Energy Berhad

Dato’ Azmi bin Mohd Ali, a Malaysian, aged 55, was appointed on 22 May 2012 as our Independent Non-Executive Chairman. He holds a Master of Law (LLM) degree in US & Global Business Law from Suffolk University, Boston, US in 2011 and Bachelor of Law (LL.B) (Honours) from University of Malaya in 1984.

Dato’ Azmi is a corporate lawyer with 30 years experience and extensive expertise in areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, privatisation, banking and finance, project finance, and energy, oil & gas. He is also experienced in dealing with cross-border transactions as he has represented various companies in cross border transactions involving United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, Austria, Switzerland and Australia, amongst others.

He started his legal career in 1984 with Petroliam Nasional Berhad (“PETRONAS”) and had spent approximately 6 1/2 years as an in-house counsel including in the E&P Division where he was involved in numerous projects such as Production Sharing Contracts (“PSC”), Gas Sales Agreements, joint development authorities and petrochemical projects, amongst others. He left PETRONAS as the Head of Gas/New Ventures, Upstream Legal Department in October 1990 to work as a lawyer in the boutique law firm of T. Tharu & Associates, which specialised in corporate and commercial law until May 1995. From May 1995 to August 2000, he was a partner of Hisham, Sobri and Kadir in the Department of Corporate, Commercial and Special Projects. Currently, he is the senior partner of Azmi & Associates, a corporate and commercial law firm with close to 70 lawyers based in Malaysia. He has been recognised by various industry publications such as Asia Law Leading Lawyers, Asia Pacific Legal 500, and Asian Legal Business for his achievements.

He presently sits on the boards of Sime Darby Berhad and Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director. He is also an Independent Non- Executive Director of Perbadanan Nasional Berhad and a Non- Executive Director of Pernec Corporation Berhad.

He is also a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, a director of South East Asia Leadership Academy, a non-profi organisation for the advancement of innovation and entrepreneurship based in Atlanta, US, and a member of the Board of Trustees for UTM Endowment Fund.

He currently serves an Adjunct Professor of Law to National University of Malaysia’s Law School.

dato-dr-zaha-rinaDato’ Dr Zaha Ri na Binti Zahari

Chairman/Independent non-executive director of Manulife Holdings Berhad

Dato’ Dr Zaha Rina received her BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance from Leeds UK, her MBA from Hull UK and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, focusing on capital markets research and specializing in derivatives, Hull UK. International Centre for Leadership in Finance (ICLIF) Global Leadership Progamme, Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School, July 2005.

Dato’ Dr Zaha Rina was the Consultant to Financial Technologies Middle East responsible for the set up of Bahrain Financial Exchange (BFX) which was launched in January 2009. Prior to this, Dato’ Dr Zaha Rina was with RBS Group in Singapore from August 2007 to May 2008.

Dato’ Dr Zaha Rina has more than 20 years experience in the financial, commodities and securities industry and the development of the Malaysian Capital Market which includes managing a futures broking company and was CEO of RHB Securities Sdn Bhd (from 2004 to 2006). She has previous Board appointments at the Commodity and Monetary Exchange of Malaysia (COMMEX) from 1993 to 1996, then as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Kuala Lumpur and Financial Futures Exchange (KLOFFE) in 2001.

Dato’ Dr Zaha Rina was instrumental in the merger of COMMEX and KLOFFE which ultimately led to the creation of Malaysian Derivatives Exchange (MDEX) and the subsequent appointment as COO of MDEX in June 2001. She was then appointed Head Exchanges, managing the operations of KLSE, MESDAQ, MDEX and Labuan International Financial Exchanges (LFX) in September 2003 prior to KLSE’s ( now known as Bursa Malaysia) demutualisation.

A regular speaker at many international conferences and forums, Dato’ Dr Zaha Rina has presented in the International Islamic Finance Forum held annually in Dubai in 2004 and 2005, Bahrain in 2007 and Malaysian Investors Forum 2006 and 2007. She has also spoke in the OECD conference 2005 in Japan on Capital Market Reform, World Federation of Exchanges conference 2005 in Beijing on Islamic Financial Services and Emerging Markets Forum 2006, in Jakarta. A keen promoter of Islamic products, Dato’ Dr Zaha Rina launched the Dow Jones RHB Islamic Index 2005 for Malaysia and published the Islamic Finance Encyclopedia 2009.

Dato’ Dr Zaha Rina sits on the Board of L’oreal Malaysia, Hong Leong Industries Berhad, Pacific & Orient Berhad and MyCreative Ventures Sdn Bhd.

philip-tan-puay-koonMr Philip Tan Puay Koon

Independent Non-Executive Director, S P Setia Berhad

Mr Philip Tan Puay Koon was formerly a Managing Director in Citigroup where he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Emerging Market (EM) Sales & Trading, Asia Pacific of Citibank NA from 2004 to 2006 and as Director of Risk Treasury, Asia Pacific from 2001 to 2004. Prior to his posting to the Regional Office in Singapore in 2001, he was the Financial Markets Head and Country Treasurer of Citibank Berhad and a Director of Citibank Malaysia (L) Limited.

He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of banking and finance, principally in the areas of Treasury and Risk Management. He was a member of the Management Committee and Asset-Liability Committee (ALCO) of Citibank Berhad. While serving in the Citibank Regional Treasury Office in Singapore, he helped establish and streamlined the strategy, regional structure, policies and processes of the Risk Treasury Business covering 13 countries.

Prior to 1995, Mr Philip Tan spent 14 years with the MUI Group in Malaysia where he served in various capacities as Chief Dealer of their Treasury Division in MUI Bank and as Assistant General Manager in MUI Finance and as General Manager and Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive of MUI Group of companies and as Joint Company Secretary of public-listed MUI Berhad.

His directorship in other public companies include Danajamin Nasional Berhad, MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Berhad, Cagamas Berhad and Citibank Berhad. Mr. Tan also serves as a member of the Corporate Debt Restructuring Committee, established by Bank Negara Malaysia.

anne-abrahamMs Anne Abraham

Independent Non-Executive Director, Media Prima Berhad
Member of the Risk Management Committee and Audit Committee

Lydia Anne Abraham, aged 58, a Malaysian, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Media Prima. She was appointed to the Board of Media Prima on 19 November 2013, and is a member of the Risk Management Committee and Audit Committee of Media Prima.

Anne holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Essex University, United Kingdom and a Higher National Diploma of Computer Studies from Plymouth Polytechnic, United Kingdom.

Within the Media Prima Group, she is the Chairman of Media Prima Digital Sdn Bhd. Anne has over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology industry, starting out as a technical Trainer in 1990, moving her way up to be the Managing Director for the Cisco Malaysian operations in 2008, a position she held for three years. Prior to that role, she was the Country Manager for the SAP Malaysian Operations for over two years. Holding leadership positions in two of the largest global technology corporations allowed her to be involved in strategic and significant technology discussions, recommendations and implementations across both government and corporate sectors in Malaysia. Her career track includes positions in Baan Asia Pacific, Oracle Malaysia and MCSB Systems Malaysia.

In the course of her corporate career, she has always been a strong advocate for women’s advancement into leadership positions. In August 2011 she decided to leave the corporate world to establish a consulting and training organisation committed to changing perceptions and mindsets on the significance of balanced gender leadership. Hence the establishment of LeadWomen Sdn Bhd in August 2011. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of LeadWomen, Anne plays a pivotal role in guiding the company’s vision and mission towards developing and advancing women into leadership positions across the corporate and government sectors in the ASEAN Region. Currently, she is working on a Malaysian government initiative to drive for at least 30% women representation in decision-making positions and boards of Malaysian public listed companies.

Other than as disclosed, she does not have any family relationship with any Directors and/or major shareholders of Media Prima. She has no personal interest in any business arrangements involving Media Prima. She has had no convictions for any offences within the past ten years.

dexter-dick-lauMr Lau Wei Dick @ Dexter Dick Lau

Non-Independent Executive Director, Kim Teck Cheong Consolidated Berhad

Dexter Lau is our Non-Independent Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 17 October 2014. In 2001, he obtained his Bachelor of Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom. The following year, he completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law, and was subsequently, called to the Bar of England and Wales as a member of Lincoln’s Inn of the United Kingdom in 2002. In 2004, he was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak. In 2005, he completed his Advance Economic and Political Studies at Peking University in Beijing, China. In the same year, with the view of acquiring greater leadership and managerial skills, as well as business knowledge, he completed the Building Organisational Capability for Strategic Implementation- Hong Kong Programme at Stephen M. Ross School of Business of University of Michigan, United States of America. In 2008, he obtained both Certification for Basic Practitioner and Certification for Master Practitioner of NeuroLinguistic Programming by National Federation of NeuroLinguistic Psychology, United States of America. In 2010, he also completed the Executive Development Programme at Kellogg School Management of University of Northwestern, United States of America.

He started his career as the General Manager of AMDA Marketing in 2003. He was also appointed as a director of AMDA Marketing and KTC Tawau in the same year. From 2006 to 2009, he served as the General Manager of AMDA Marketing, KTC Sdn Bhd and KTC Tawau. During his tenure as General Manager, he supervised the day-to-day operations and managed the marketing and sales of these three companies. In April 2009, he was promoted to Vice President of the Group and took on more responsiblities for the Group’s day-to-day management and strategic planning. In 2012, he established Creamos Malaysia, putting our Group on the map of the bakery industry in Malaysia. Since 2013, he has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Group, a role he holds to date.

During this tenure with the Group, he has been responsible for managing the day-to-day business operations and planning strategies for the future director of our Group.

He was selected to become a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation since 2010.

Currently, he is also a director and shareholder of several private limited companies.