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Ms. Chew Gek Khim was appointed to the Board of the Company as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 18 March 2016. She assumed the role as Chairman of the Company with effect from 11 May 2016.
She has been Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited since 24 April 2008, first as Non-Executive and Non-Independent Chairman and then as Executive Chairman since 1 November 2009. She is also Executive Chairman of Tecity Group, which she joined in 1987.
She is a Non-Executive Chairman of ARA Trust Management (Suntec) Limited and sits on the Board of Singapore Exchange Limited. Ms. Chew is Deputy Executive Chairman of Tan Chin Tuan Foundation in Singapore. She is a Member of Board of Governors of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NUS Board of Trustees and the Governing Board of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
Ms. Chew was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite in 2010, the Singapore Businessman of the Year 2014 at the Singapore Business Awards in 2015, and the Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day Award in 2016. Ms. Chew was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by the Nanyang Technology University in 2021.
Mr. John Mathew A/L Mathai was appointed to the Board of the Company as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 23 March 2016. He was appointed as a member of the Nominating & Remuneration Committee of the Company on 4 April 2016.
He is an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and has been in legal practice since February 1987. He is presently a partner of Messrs. Christopher & Lee Ong, Kuala Lumpur and heads the Dispute Resolution Practice of the firm. He is also a Notary Public.
Mr. Chia Chee Ming, Timothy was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 19 May 2016. He has been re-designated as Senior Independent Director of the Company with effect from 24 February 2017. He was appointed as the Chairman of the Nominating & Remuneration Committee of the Company on 20 May 2016.
Mr. Chia is Chairman of Hup Soon Global Corporation Private Limited, United Motor Works (Siam) Co. Ltd., Gracefield Holdings Limited and Innoven Capital Pte. Ltd.. He also sits on the boards of several other public and private companies, including The Straits Trading Company Limited as their Lead Independent Director, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, Singapore Power Limited, Vertex Venture Holdings Ltd and Seviora Holdings Pte. Ltd.. He is a Member of the Advisory Council and Co-Chair (Singapore) of the ASEAN Business Club, a Member, Corporate Governance Advisory Committee of Monetary Authority of Singapore and a Member, Investment Committee of National Heritage Board of Singapore.
Mr. Chia was the former Chairman – Asia for Coutts & Co Ltd., the private banking arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. From 1986 to 2004, he was a director of PAMA Group where he was responsible for private equity investments and served as President from 1995 to 2004. He was previously a director of SP PowerAssets Limited, PowerGas Limited, InnoTek Limited, QuantuMDx Group Limited, Banyan Tree Holdings Limited, Fraser and Neave Limited and a senior advisor to EQT Funds Management Ltd.
Mr. Yap Seng Chong was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 31 December 2021. He was also appointed as the Chairman of the Audit & Risk Management Committee of the Company on the same date.
Mr. Yap had spent his entire career with one of the big four accounting firms for 35 years, two of which were with the London office providing various types of assurance and business advisory services. He had previously held positions in that accounting firm as Head of Assurance Practice, Professional Practice Director and ASEAN Regional and Country Independence Leader before his retirement.
Mr. Yap was also a member of the Interpretation Committee of the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board. He had previously served as Malaysian Institute of Accountants (“MIA”) Council member, Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of MIA, Member of the Accounting and Auditing Standards Board of MIA, Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of MIA and Member of the Public Practice Committee of MIA.
Mr. Yap is an Independent Non-Executive Director of United Plantations Berhad.
Datuk Kamaruddin Bin Taib was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 16 November 2018. He was appointed as a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee of the Company on 14 February 2022.
Datuk Kamaruddin has significant experience in investment banking, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions. His career started in 1980 with a leading merchant bank in Malaysia. Subsequently, he served as a director of several private companies, companies listed on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad and companies listed on the Stock Exchange of India as well as listed on Nasdaq (U.S.A.).
He is a Director of Great Eastern General Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad, Fraser & Neave Holdings Berhad, RAM Holdings Berhad, Boost Holdings Sdn. Bhd. and FIDE FORUM (Financial Institutions Directors Education FORUM).
Datuk Kamaruddin has stepped down as the Independent Non-Executive Chairman and Director of HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad on 31 December 2021 and subsequently on 1 January 2022 was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad. He has become the Independent and Non-Executive Chairman of HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad with effect from 1 April 2022.
Dato’ Dr. (Ir.) Patrick Yong Mian Thong was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the Company on 7 October 2016. Subsequently, he was appointed to the Board of the Company as a Non-Independent Executive Director on 1 June 2018 and redesignated as Group CEO on 1 January 2019. He leads in the strategic development, policies and business operations of MSC.
Dato’ Dr. (Ir.) Patrick Yong started his career as an engineer with the National Electricity Board of Malaysia (“LLN”) in 1976, fulfilling his scholarship contractual obligations. In 1989, he left LLN to pursue his career as a consultant in the field of electrical engineering.
Dato’ Dr. (Ir.) Patrick Yong founded Sulfarid Technologies in 2004 and was its Managing Director. The company was later acquired by the Hup Soon Global Corporation Group in November 2007 and renamed Borid Technologies. He joined Tai Kwang Yokohama Industries Bhd as CEO from 2007 – 2010 and was appointed as Group CEO of Yokohama Industries involving SLI battery manufacturing and secondary lead smelting from 2010 to 2015.
Throughout his line of work, Dato’ Dr. (Ir.) Patrick Yong established his proficiency in electrical engineering and pursued research specialising in the field of efficiency in energy conversion and storage leading to a PhD in Electrical Engineering.
Dato’ Roslina Binti Zainal was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 2 August 2021. She was appointed as a member of the Nominating & Remuneration Committee and Chairman of the Environmental, Social & Governance Committee of the Company on 14 February 2022.
Dato’ Roslina brings with her a wealth of experience in the energy sector in the areas of Utility Economics, Regulation, Energy Procurement, Planning and Strategy. She was the lead negotiator for her previous company, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (“TNB”), the national electricity utility of Malaysia, for the Power Purchase Agreements with the Independent Power Producers (IPPs), negotiating with the Government on tariffs under the Incentive Based Regulations (IBR), negotiating gas framework and gas supply agreements.
Dato’ Roslina sat on many committees chaired by various Ministers on Energy, Gas and Tariff. She was a member of the National Gas Committee chaired by Dato’ Seri Idris Jala to address issues pertaining to gas constraint for the power sector. Dato’ Roslina was also a member of the National Committee on Planning Development of Electricity Tariffs chaired by the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water. She has also worked together with Government agencies such as Energy Commission, Ministry of Energy and the Economic Planning Unit of the PMs Department on issues pertaining to energy.
Dato’ Roslina has worked in the Distribution, Transmission and Generation Planning functions in TNB. She also represented TNB at International Investor conferences and attended one-on-one dialogues with investors on regulations affecting the power sector. She has presented papers at international conferences and sat on panel discussions as a leading expert on energy and regulation. She acquired a wealth of business and management skills through her involvement as a top management in TNB. She was previously appointed on the Boards of Sapura Energy Berhad, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), TNB Fuel Services Sdn Bhd and Prai Power Sdn Bhd. She currently sits on the board of TNB.
Datuk Lim Hong Tat was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 28 January 2022. He was appointed as a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee and Environmental, Social & Governance Committee of the Company on 14 February 2022.
Datuk Lim joined Malayan Banking Berhad upon graduation from University of Malaya in 1981. Datuk Lim has more than 35 years of experience covering all aspects of banking, having managed branches, regional banking, credit card and international banking operations including holding senior management positions as Director/President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Maybank Philippines Incorporated, Head of International Banking, Head of Consumer Banking and Head of Community Financial Services, Malaysia.
Prior to serving on boards, Datuk Lim was the Group Head, Community Financial Services (CFS) and CEO of Malayan Banking Berhad, Singapore from 1 January 2014 until middle of 2018 and was responsible for driving and implementing the Banks community banking strategy across all geographies.
Datuk Lim was also a Member of the Visa Client Council for Asia Pacific, Member of the Board of the European Financial Management Association, Associate Member of International Academy of Retail Banking, Council Member of Association of Banks in Singapore and a Director of Maybank Philippines Inc., Maybank Kim Eng Holdings Ltd., Maybank Kim Eng Securities Pte. Ltd., Etiqa Insurance Pte. Ltd. and Mutiara Mortgage & Credit Sdn. Bhd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ministry of Housing Sarawak.
Currently, Datuk Lim is serving on the Board of Commissioners of PT Bank Maybank Indonesia and on the Board of Maybank Philippines Inc., and is also a Senior Advisor for Areca Capital Sdn. Bhd. (Asset Management) and Creador (Private Equity).