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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

AHMAD RUSLAN ZAHARI BIN DATO' DR. ZAKARIA
Chairman / Independent Non-Executive Director
(Member of Audit Committee, Risk Management Committee, Remuneration Committee, and Nomination Committee)
(Age 57, Malaysian, Male)

Encik Ahmad Ruslan Zahari Bin Dato’ Dr. Zakaria was appointed to the Board on 19 May 2014 as an Independent Non-Executive Director and was re-designated as Chairman on 28 August 2014.

Encik Ahmad Ruslan graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economic Studies (Accounting & Financial Analysis). He was trained as a Chartered Accountant at a firm in London after graduation. In 1986, he joined Merchants Business Growth Consulting, a pan European marketing consulting company, as its Group Financial Controller.

Encik Ahmad Ruslan left Europe in 1993 and joined what is now CIMB Investment Bank Berhad in the Corporate Finance Department. In 1997, he assisted in the formation of Commerce Asset Ventures, the venture capital arm of CIMB Group. In 2000, he joined Clear Channel Communications, Inc., the leading global media organisation listed on the New York Stock Exchange as ASEAN Regional Director/ Managing Director of Malaysian operations.

In 2005, Encik Ahmad Ruslan was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") of Terengganu Incorporated, the strategic investment holding company for the Terengganu state. In 2008, he joined, as CEO, Armstrong Marine & Offshore Sdn. Bhd., the official representative of Armstrong Corporation Holdings in Asia and the Pacific Rim, a company involved in offshore and shipping investments, oil trading, finance and project development. Since 2010, he is the CEO of Sungai Temau Mining (M) Sdn. Bhd., an iron ore mining company.

Encik Ahmad Ruslan currently sits on the board of Minetech Resources Berhad and several private limited companies.

The trainings and number of board meetings attended are set out on pages 16 and 19 of this Annual Report while his interests in the shares of the Company, if any, are listed on pages 114, 116 and 118 of this Annual Report.

Encik Ahmad Ruslan does not have family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company and does not have any conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years nor had any public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.



DATUK LIM CHAING CHEAH
Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director
(Aged 68, Malaysian, Male)


Datuk Lim Chaing Cheah was appointed to the Board on 4 April 2011 as an Executive Director and was subsequently re-designated as Chief Executive Officer.

His professional qualification includes a fellowship (FCA) in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ("ICAEW"), member of the British Institute of Management and the Corporate Finance Faculty of the ICAEW. He is also a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

Datuk Lim began his career at A.T. Chenhalls and Company in the United Kingdom where he articled for 4 years before joining B. Fish and Partners in the United Kingdom as an Audit Senior for 2 years. He then joined Standard Telephones and Cables PLC as a Financial Analyst and within 4 years quickly rose to the position of Financial Planning Manager. After garnering over 10 years of working experience in the United Kingdom, he returned to Malaysia where he worked in the automotive industry for 6 years under the employment of industry leaders such as Dunlop Malaysia Industries Berhad, Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad and Edaran Otomobil Nasional Berhad.

In 1987, he returned to his profession as a Partner in Lew and Company before taking up various directorships in public and private companies. He joined Perwaja Steel Sdn Bhd ("PSSB") as Director-Corporate from 1 June 1988 to 31 December 1994, joined Kanzen Berhad as Executive Director from 13 February 1995 to 31 July 1996. He subsequently joined Maju Holdings Sdn Bhd ("Maju Holdings") as Executive Director on 1 August 1996, and on 1 July 2002 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer ("COO") of Maju Holdings. On 06 September 2006 he was appointed to the Board of PSSB as Director and onto the Board of Perwaja Holdings Berhad ("PHB") in June 2008. He resigned from Maju Holdings as an Executive Director and COO on 14 May 2006, PSSB and PHB as Director in May 2014. Datuk Lim Chaing Cheah was appointed as Independent Non- Executive Director of Kinsteel Bhd for the period from October 2016 to March 2017.

Datuk Lim is currently the Group Managing Director of Asian Pottery (Penang) Sdn Bhd, Oriwina Sdn Bhd, Asian Pottery Home & Garden Sdn Bhd, and related companies of the Ceramic Group encompassing the ceramics businesses of Spring Gallery Bhd, of which he is the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director.

The trainings and number of board meetings attended are set out on pages 16 and 19 of this Annual Report while his interests in the shares of the Company, if any, are listed on pages 114, 116 and 118 of this Annual Report.

Datuk Lim does not have family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company and does not have any conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past five (5) years nor had any public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.



LIM MUN SHUNG (MELVIN)
Executive Director
(Aged 41, Malaysian, Male)

Mr. Lim Mun Shung (Melvin) was appointed to the Board on 26 May 2017 as an Executive Director.

Mr. Melvin is a Chartered Member of both the Royal Institute of British Architects and Architects Registration Board United Kingdom ("UK") since 2007. He received numerous Design Commendation Awards, including first place Sheppard Robson Design Award upon completing his Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part II in 2003.

Mr. Melvin graduated in Bachelor of Honours in Architecture from University of Greenwich, (RIBA Part I) in year 1999 where he received LEADA Award for Creative Design in use of Energy Conservation.

Mr. Melvin is the Founder and Design Director of Mun Shung & Partners Sdn Bhd, (formerly known as BWLIM International Sdn. Bhd.), the Malaysian trading partners of BW International (UK) and Barton Willmore, one (1) of UK’s leading independent Planning and Design consultancy firms with more than eighty (80) years of history. As the head of the Malaysian counterpart and a British Architect, Mr. Melvin has led and grown the company from a mere few staff into a diverse and robust team with more than 20 employees within a short few years since its establishment since 2012.

Mr. Melvin has served Barton Willmore as their senior design associate for seven years since 2005, with a wide range of involvement in high-end residential, mixed use and commercial projects on behalf of land owners, public listed companies, major developers, house builders and housing associations in both country and regional level.

Mr. Melvin started his career working with multi discipline building firms to design architect, working from smaller one-off residential designs to high-end commercial developments. With over and above twenty (20) years of experience in the architecture and corporate development sectors in the UK and South East Asia, he played an integral role in many iconic development projects, before expanding his extensive portfolios to Malaysia in 2012. Some noteworthy projects includes masterplanning strategic development for 128 acre Admiral City in Melaka, 500 acre Iconic Sabaidee masterplanning and architecture design in Vientiane, Laos and amongst other major developers and house builders in Malaysia.

The trainings and number of board meetings attended are set out on pages 16 and 19 of this Annual Report while his interests in the shares of the Company, if any, are listed on pages 114, 116 and 118 of this Annual Report.

Mr. Melvin does not hold any directorship in other public companies. He does not have family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company and does not have any conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past five (5) years nor had any public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.



TAN OOI JIN
Executive Director
(Aged 43, Malaysian, Male)

Mr. Tan Ooi Jin was appointed to the Board on 2 October 2017 as an Executive Director.

Mr. Tan is a lawyer by qualification and holds a Second Class Honours LLB Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom and during his years of practice, he had focused on the areas of Corporate & Securities and ICT. A former ASEAN scholar, he started his legal career in a medium-sized firm with an international affiliation focusing on Corporate, Securities and ICT.

Mr. Tan is currently also the Executive Chairman of SKH Consortium Berhad whereby he has led the company to diversify from a single industry player in the ICT arena into a stronger entity with a growing construction business. Previously, he was serving as Independent Non-Executive Chairman. He is also a member of the Remuneration Committee of SKH Consortium Berhad.

During his tenure as a practitioner, he has advised on various corporate and commercial transactions especially cross border and he has also advised the listing of various companies in Malaysia as well as overseas including London, Hong Kong and Singapore and is constantly consulted to assist public listed companies to recover and unlock their intrinsic value so as to enhance shareholders’ investments. He was involved in corporate exercises of various companies in the manufacturing sector and is familiar with the growth pattern of the industry and how to create or unlock value in this sector. His work involved complex and international transactions resulted him being recognised as a notable individual by an independent foreign legal publication in three (3) different practice areas.

Mr. Tan also advised the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia (TeAM) and its members including its council members on legal issues and strategy. He was also part of a group of industry leaders which incorporated the National Incubators Network Association (NINA). He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the 1Utopia Foundation which aims to generate donations whether in cash or in forms of ICT equipment and gadgets to orphanages, schools and underprivileged children.

Mr. Tan currently sits on the board of a private company involved in circuit manufacturing and whose ultimate holding company is listed on the NASDAQ. Mr. Tan had been publicly reprimanded by Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad on 20 June 2017 and fined RM50,000 for breaching regulations regarding Lay Hong Berhad’s response to unusual market activity on 2 November 2015 and 19 January 2016 where he sits as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

The trainings and number of board meetings attended are set out on pages 16 and 19 of this Annual Report while his interests in the shares of the Company, if any, are listed on pages 114, 116 and 118 of this Annual Report.

Mr. Tan does not have family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company and does not have any conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past five (5) years nor had any public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year other than the public reprimand imposed by Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad as disclosed above.



TAN OOI JIN
Executive Director
(Aged 43, Malaysian, Male)

Mr. Tan Ooi Jin was appointed to the Board on 2 October 2017 as an Executive Director.

Mr. Tan is a lawyer by qualification and holds a Second Class Honours LLB Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom and during his years of practice, he had focused on the areas of Corporate & Securities and ICT. A former ASEAN scholar, he started his legal career in a medium-sized firm with an international affiliation focusing on Corporate, Securities and ICT.

Mr. Tan is currently also the Executive Chairman of SKH Consortium Berhad whereby he has led the company to diversify from a single industry player in the ICT arena into a stronger entity with a growing construction business. Previously, he was serving as Independent Non-Executive Chairman. He is also a member of the Remuneration Committee of SKH Consortium Berhad.

During his tenure as a practitioner, he has advised on various corporate and commercial transactions especially cross border and he has also advised the listing of various companies in Malaysia as well as overseas including London, Hong Kong and Singapore and is constantly consulted to assist public listed companies to recover and unlock their intrinsic value so as to enhance shareholders’ investments. He was involved in corporate exercises of various companies in the manufacturing sector and is familiar with the growth pattern of the industry and how to create or unlock value in this sector. His work involved complex and international transactions resulted him being recognised as a notable individual by an independent foreign legal publication in three (3) different practice areas.

Mr. Tan also advised the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia (TeAM) and its members including its council members on legal issues and strategy. He was also part of a group of industry leaders which incorporated the National Incubators Network Association (NINA). He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the 1Utopia Foundation which aims to generate donations whether in cash or in forms of ICT equipment and gadgets to orphanages, schools and underprivileged children.

Mr. Tan currently sits on the board of a private company involved in circuit manufacturing and whose ultimate holding company is listed on the NASDAQ.

Mr. Tan had been publicly reprimanded by Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad on 20 June 2017 and fined RM50,000 for breaching regulations regarding Lay Hong Berhad’s response to unusual market activity on 2 November 2015 and 19 January 2016 where he sits as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

The trainings and number of board meetings attended are set out on pages 16 and 19 of this Annual Report while his interests in the shares of the Company, if any, are listed on pages 114, 116 and 118 of this Annual Report.

Mr. Tan does not have family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company and does not have any conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past five (5) years nor had any public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year other than the public reprimand imposed by Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad as disclosed above.



AMIRUL AZHAR BIN BAHAROM
Independent Non-Executive Director
(Member of Audit Committee and Risk Management Committee and Chairman of Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee)
(Aged 45, Malaysian, Male)

Encik Amirul Azhar Bin Baharom was appointed to the Board on 29 April 2014 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Encik Amirul holds a LLB Honours from the Staffordshire University, United Kingdom.

Encik Amirul began his career as a Research Analyst with Cazenove & Co. and had been in the financial services industry for a number of years where he was attached with the Securities Commission, BDO Capital Consultants Sdn. Bhd. and KAF Fund Management Sdn. Bhd. He had also served as the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Vastalux Energy Berhad. He had also being commissioned by the National Economic Advisory Council and a Member of a Lab for PEMANDU.

Encik Amirul currently is the Acting Group CEO of Avillion Behad and he is also the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of UMS-Neiken Berhad and sits on the board of Rohas Tecnic Group Berhad, Admiral Marina Berhad and several private limited companies.

The trainings and number of board meetings attended are set out on pages 16 and 19 of this Annual Report while his interests in the shares of the Company, if any, are listed on pages 114, 116 and 118 of this Annual Report.

Encik Amirul does not have family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company and does not have any conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past five (5) years nor had any public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.




LIM PENG TONG
Independent Non-Executive Director
(Chairman of Audit Committee and Risk Management Committee and member of Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee)
(Age 60, Malaysian, Male)

Mr. Lim Peng Tong was appointed to the Board on 18 January 2018 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Lim graduated as a Diploma holder in Banking and Financial Services in 1997 with Institute Bank-Bank Malaysia (IBBM) while pursuing his career in the banking industry. Lim also holds a certificate in the Certified Credit Professional (CCP) since 2002, which is a professional requirement for all credit personnel in the banking industry. He is an Associate member with IBBM which is now known as Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB).

With more than 38 years of extensive experience in the financial and banking industry, he is an established banker with vast knowledge and skills in the banking field especially in the aspects of commercial and corporate lendings activities involving marketing, credit processes, business development and relationship management in which he had hold supervisory and leadership roles for the last 34 years ever since he started his career as a clerk in 1979 with the bank. Lim has also served in various states in the country, from Melaka, Johor, Kuala Lumpur to the northern region of Penang, Kedah and Perlis.

Mr. Lim has retired from Maybank after serving loyally for 38 years with his last position as Regional Head of Business Banking of Northern Region (Penang, Kedah and Perlis) which he had held for the last 8 years since July 2010. His main roles and responsibilities were to oversee, manage and to grow the entire Business Banking sector of the Region which mostly involves financial lendings to SME and commercial customers and some listed corporations while more importantly, ensuring credit quality and managing the bank’s asset quality to mitigate risks and optimise profitability for the bank.

Mr. Lim is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Sterling Progress Berhad.

Mr. Lim does not have family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company and does not have any conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past five (5) years nor had any public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.



 
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