Directors

CHAN THYE SENG

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Chan joined the Board in March 1995. He had 13 years experience as a practicing lawyer, after having been called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1980 and the Malaysian Bar in 1982. He graduated from University College Cardiff with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree. He was previously on the Board of the Kuala Lumpur Commodities Exchange and Malaysian Futures Clearing Corporation Sdn. Bhd.

He is also a non-executive director of Pacific & Orient Insurance Co. Berhad and another public listed company.

En. Mohammad Nizar bin Idris

Encik Mohammad Nizar bin idris (“Encik Nizar”) joined the Board in June 2009.

He graduated with a bachelor of laws (Hons) degree from the University of Singapore. He was called to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor. He is an AMP graduate from Harvard University.

He had extensive legal experience. He started his career with the Government of Malaysia as a Deputy Public prosecutor and subsequently as a Senior Federal Counsel advising the Government of Malaysia on fiscal and tax matters. He also represented the Government on a number of landmark cases.

He subsequently joined the Royal Butch Shell Group. He worked for Shell in Malaysia. The Hague, Netherlands and twice at the corporate headquarters of Shell in London, England. In his last posting in London, he was the Head of the Legal Division responsible for joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions of Shell worldwide. He retired from Shell as the Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of the Shell Companies in Malaysia.

On his retirement, Encik Nizar served on the Boards of several companies including RHB Bank, RHB Capital, and RHB Sakura Merchant Bankers. He was also a Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhard.

He was a Trustee of the Shell Malaysia Retirement Benefit Fund and The Shell Malaysia Provident Fund. He was the Chairman of the Board of trustees and a Director of MIER. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Art Gallery. He was the President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club, Malaysia.

Encik Nizar currently sits on the Board of Directors of Eversendai Corporation Berhard, MCIS Insurance Berhard and also on several private limited companies.

Mr. Prasheem Seebran

Mr. Prasheem Seebran (“Mr. Prasheem”) joined the Board on 25 April 2016.

Mr. Prasheem has recently been appointed as the Regional Executive of Sanlam Emerging Market’s South East Asian operations. His role involves overlooking SEM’s investments in the region that currently comprises a life insurance company and general insurance company in Malaysia. He is also involved in expansion in the region, actively looking for partners that meet SEM’s criteria. He completed his Bachelor os Science degree with Honors at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 2001 and is a qualified Actuary and Fellow of both the South African and Malaysian Actuarial Societies. he has over fifteen years experience in Capital and Risk Management, General Insurance Pricing, Reserving, product Development and Reinsurance Structuring and Optimization.

Mr. Prasheen has been involved in Management and Strategy at a Group level for the majority of his career with his current focus areas being Capital optimization and Business strategy. before joining SEM, Mr. Prsheem acted as the Chief Actuary for a large South African general Insurance company and prior to that was part of the senior management team of one of the world’s largest cell captive insurance companies. He currently sits on the Board of both companies in Malaysia as a Non-Executive Director and is a member of the SEM Executive Committee.

DATO’ DR.ZAHA RINA ZAHARI

Independent Director, member of the Audit Committee, the Nominating Committee and the Remuneration Committee

Dato’ Dr. Zaha Rina Zahari joined the Board in May 2012. She received her BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance from Leeds UK, and Doctorate in Business Administration from Hull UK focusing on capital markets research and specialising in derivatives.

She was a Consultant to Financial Technologies Middle East based in Bahrain for the set up of Bahrain Financial Exchange (BFX) launched in January 2009. Prior to this, she was with Royal Bank of Scotland Group in Singapore from August 2007 to May 2008. She has more than 20 years of 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 the Chief Executive Officer 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 of Kuala Lumpur Options and Financial Futures Exchange in 2001, which merged to become MDEX in June 2001.

She was then appointed Head of Exchanges, managing the operations of KLSE, MESDAQ, MDEX and Labuan International Financial Exchanges in September 2003 prior to KLSE’s (now known as Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad) demutualisation. She is also a regular speaker at many international conferences and forums.

She was a director of Zurich Insurance Malaysia Berhad prior to being appointed Chairman of Manulife Holdings Berhad in December 2013. She sits on the Board of Hong Leong Industries Berhad and Tanah Makmur Berhad besides holding directorships in several private limited companies. She is also the chairman of the audit committee and risk management committee of Pacific & Orient Insurance Co. Berhad.

She is a vice-president of Persatuan Chopin Malaysia and divemaster with National Association of Underwater Instructors. She was a Member of Global Board of Advisers for XBRL until 2009 and was also on the Board of Trustee for Malaysian AIDS Foundation until May 2010.

Madam Sum Leng Kuang

Madam Sum Leng Kuang (“Madam Sum”) joined the Board on 26 June 2015.

Madam Sum graduated from the University of Canterbury, New Zeland with a bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance. She is also a Certified Financial Planner.

Fondly known as madam Sum to most, she had worked loyally in Great Eastern Group for 31 years until 2013. Madam Sum has over 30 years of experience in fund management, particularly in fixed income funds, credit and market risk management. As Head of Fixed Income Investment in Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad, she was responsible for the management of approximately RM40.0 billion fixed income funds as well as the credit risk management of the credit investments portfolios.

With proven track records, Madam Sum has demonstrated prudent investment philosophy and ensured best investment practices.

Puan Norazian binti Ahmad Tajuddin

Puan Norazian binti Ahmad Tajuddin (“Puan Norazian”) joined the Board on 1 April 2015.

Puan Norazian holds a Master in Business Administration (majoring in Finance) from Edith Cowan University, Australia and BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Puan Norazian has working experience of more that 25 years in the financial industry, with the last 15 years in senior management, encompassing areas in treasury operations, business and banking operations, risk management and support services. Strong and varied experience in dealing with foreign exchange, international banking, investments, sales, customer and corporate relations, IT and asset and liability management. She began her career at The Treasury Department in Bank Bumiputra (M) Bhd, has worked at EON Bank Group, KAF Discount Bhd, Daimier Chrysler (M) Sdn Bhd and was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at her last post at Bank Simpanan Nasional (“BSN”). She was also BSN’s Board nominee at Prudential BSN Takaful Bhd.

MICHAEL YEE KIM SHING

Independent Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee, member of the Nominating Committee and the Remuneration Committee

Mr. Yee joined the Board in February 1995. He received his tertiary education at the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore. He was a practising accountant for more than 26 years, retiring as a senior partner in Ernst & Whinney (now known as Ernst & Young).

He is non-independent non-executive director of Pacific & Orient Insurance Co. Berhad. He also sits on the board and audit committee of several public listed company.