Dato’ Dr. Sohaimi Bin Shahadan
Dato’ Dr. Haji Sohaimi Bin Shahadan, Male, Malaysian, aged 49, was appointed as the Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Company on 8 August 2014. On 6 October 2016, Dato’ Sohaimi had been redesignated as Independent Non-Executive Chairman. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2000 and obtained a Master Degree in Business Administration from West Coast Institute of Technology & Management, Perth, Australia in 2002. He also holds a Master Degree in Corporate Communication from University Pertanian Malaysia in 2004. He has been awarded Honorary Ph.D. from Geomatika University College for Entrepreneur achivement and works for Malaysia in 2015.
Dato’ Dr. Haji Sohaimi is the Independent Non-Executive Chairman for Eka Noodles Berhad, a public listed company engaged in rice and vermicelli business from 2014 – 2017. He is also a Non-Independent Non- Executive Chairman of PDZ Holdings Berhad, a public listed company from 2014 – 2017.
From 1998 to 2010, he was the Director of Institute of Bumiputra Entrepreneurs and from 2013 to 2015 he was entrusted by the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW) to lead the investment entity for Majlis Amanah Rakyat, Pelaburan MARA Berhad from 2013 to 2015. He served as the Chairman of Kraftangan Malaysia from 2011 to 2014. He was also the Chairman of Kolej Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM) from 2010 until 2013.
While engaging in his business, Dato’ Dr. Haji Sohaimi is also passionate in entrepreneurship arena, he also served as the Chairman of Asean Young Entrepreneurs Secretariat (1998– 2000), the Chairman of PERDASAMA MUDA Malaysia before appointed as Vice President IV of PERDASAMA, the Committee Member of Selangor Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (DPMM)(2009 – 2010), the Patron of Consortium Cartoonist at Work (CaW), the Entrepreneurs Speaker for Institute Keusahawan Negara (INSKEN) and the Entrepreneur Speaker for Pusat Pembangunan Usahawan Malaysia (MEDEC).
Despite his busy schedule engaging in business and politics, Dato’ Dr. Haji Sohaimi also working closely with charity organization and founded an orphanage shelter, “Teratak Che Dah” in Kuang, Selangor. The orphanage house set to provide better education, protection and housing to the unfortunates. Dato’ Dr. Haji Sohaimi also founded Yayasan Jamin as Non Government Organisation aimed at social services regardless of religion, ethnicity and political affiliation. Yayasan Jamin has carried out hundreds of welfare activities by helping people in need around Malaysia.
Dato’ Lim Thiam Huat
Aged 54, Male, Malaysian, is our Managing Director. He was appointed to the Board on 17 December 2014. Dato’ Lim has vast experience in managing construction and development projects for more than 28 years. He had successfully completed projects like commercial high rise cum shopping complexes, industrial buildings, housing projects, hotel/resorts, hospital and luxurious apartments. In 2003, Dato Lim diversified his business focus to environmentally friendly business and entered into a partnership with a Chinese partner to research into using Empty Fruit Bunches (“EFB”) from palm oil waste to manufacture pulp and paper. In 2008, Dato’ Lim and his partner incorporated Green Patent Technologies Sdn Bhd to patent the technology in Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Thailand
This technology is called Pre Conditioning Refiner Chemical Recycled Bleached Mechanised Pulp (“PRC RBMP”). Dato’ Lim ‘s experience and involvement in PRC RBMP technology started from the incubation stage of the technology. PRC RBMP was specially researched and developed to solve the palm oil industry and paper industry problems without harming the ecological system. The design of PRC RBMP uniquely allows for the creation of multiple business ventures that are “green” in nature and groundbreaking. Dato’ Lim drives the business direction of the Group and sets the missions and objectives for the Group to achieve. Dato’ Lim was appointed as Economic Consultant to the Republic of Palau in Malaysia on 28 August 2015 and he was also appointed as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Palau to Malaysia on 5 November 2015.
Koo Thiam Yoong
Aged 65, Male, Malaysian, is our Executive Director. He was appointed to the Board of our Company on 28 April 2014. He obtained his LCC Higher Diploma in Accounting in 1973 and has about 40 years of working experience. Mr Koo started his career as an Audit Clerk with Robert Lim Kwong & Company (Now known as E & Y). Following that he worked for a subsidiary of United Motor Works Berhad as Accounts/Administration Officer. After a two year’s stint there, he joined a 100% Foreign owned Dutch Company named Anglo American Corporation Sdn Bhd as an Accountant/ Secretary. Mr Koo was promoted to Finance Director after 3 years. Through a management buy-out, Mr Koo and three of his colleagues jointly owned the Company. In 1990, he sold his shares in the Company to join TA Securities Bhd as a Business Development Manager. At the same time, he also acted as a Business Consultant for investment in China, particularly, Shanghai. Mr Koo has also involved in the investments of properties and foreign currencies. At present, Mr Koo is responsible for the overall operation and management of printing business.
Datuk Lawrence Yeo Chua Poh
Aged 54, Male, Malaysian, is our Executive Director. He was appointed to the Board on 10 March 2016. Datuk Lawrence holds Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) from the Monash University School of Laws, Melbourne, Australia and also Bachelor of Economics Degree (B.Ec.) from the Monash University School of Economics, Melbourne, Australia. Datuk Lawrence Yeo is a practicing lawyer, corporate advisor, and company secretary. He also appointed as a CEO to several companies such as Yeo & Co Advocates & Solicitors, Sara-Ed Trading Sdn Bhd, Set Construction Sdn Bhd and Amechanus Holdings Sdn Bhd. Datuk Lawrence Yeo is a member of Kelab Golf Sarawak (KGS) since 1999.
Datuk Lee Hwa Cheng
Aged 57, Male, Malaysian, is our Executive Director. He was appointed to the Board on 10 September 2015. Datuk Lee started his career with Sinma Jewellery Sdn Bhd (“Sinma”) in 1986 and grew it to become the largest costume jewellery retail chain in Malaysia with outlets spanning across the Asian region. During his tenure as a Chief Executive Officer of Sinma, Datuk Lee was appointed as a President of Malaysia Retailers Chain Association (“MRCA”). In recognition of his contribution and vast experience, Datuk Lee was made a Life Time Honorary President of MRCA. He exited the costume jewellery business in 2011 to venture into the construction and property developments industry. Datuk Lee entered into joint venture businesses with the China’s State owned Enterprise, China Engineering Group set up Zhonghe Huaxing Development (M) Sdn Bhd as the Executive Chairman.
Nor’Azamin Bin Salleh
Aged 52, Male, Malaysian is our Executive Director. He was appointed to the board on 19 July 2018. A chartered accountant and certified financial planner, Azamin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Australian National University and Master of Business Administration from OU Business School, United Kingdom. He has attended Executive Management Program by the reputable Wharton Business School and Tsinghua University. Azamin started his career with Hanafiah Raslan and Mohammad as Audit assistant. He has over 25 years of experience in the fund management and financial services industry and has held key positions in leading fund management companies namely Maybank Asset Management Group, Asian Islamic Investment Management (subsidiary of DBS Asset Management Pte Ltd) and Commerce Asset Fund Managers. Azamin is also the co-owner and advisor to WeInvest Robo Advisory Solution, Asia’s first digital wealth management solution provider. In addition to this, he is the chairman and co-founder of Ficus Venture Capital Sdn Bhd, a venture capital company registered with Securities Commissions.
Chew Yuit Yoo
Aged 59, Female, Malaysian, is our Senior Independent Non-Executive Director. She was appointed to the Board of our Company on 7 August 2007. She is a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. She brings with her over 20 years of finance, accounting and stockbroking experience. After obtaining her professional accounting qualification from ACCA in 1983, she was trained in several accounting firms, namely Keyse, Poulter Partners & Co, Lawrence Fink & Co, and Maloney Wilkins & Co in London for three years. She subsequently joined Bolton Finance Bhd as an Assistant Accountant after returning from London in 1985 and was holding the post of an Accountant before she left the company in 1990. Thereafter, she joined Prime Credit Leasing Sdn. Bhd (a subsidiary of Berjaya Group) in 1990 as an Accountant. She then left to join her present employer, Maybank Investment Bank Bhd (formerly known as Aseambankers Malaysia Berhad) as a Remisier in 1993. At present, she sits on the Board of Directors of several other private limited companies. Madam Chew is the Chairperson of the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee and also a member of Remuneration Committee.
Thiang Chew Lan
Aged 66, Female, Malaysian, she was appointed on 30 January 2009. She started her career as a Bank teller in Hock Hua Bank Berhad in 1971. She obtained her certificate in Book-Keeping (Intermediate) accredited by the London Chamber of Commerce (LCCI) and Pitman Examinations Institute London in Book-Keeping (Intermediate and Advanced) in 1970. She was promoted to head the department for General Ledger/Statistics in 1974 until 1979. There she moved on to head the department for Fixed Deposits and Remittances and was given authority to authenticate test-keys for 3 years. Between 1983-1991, she was transferred to take charge of the Savings/ Fixed Deposits, Current Account and Clearing. She was given the task Branch Audit from 1992 to 1993. When Hock Hua Bank merged with Public Bank in 2001, she had experiences in taking charged of the ATM/Safe Deposit Box as a Frontline officer. Over the years, she had accumulated more than 36 years of experience in Banking Industry until her retirement in September 2007. Madam Thiang is the Chairperson of Remuneration Committee and the member of the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee.
Assoc. Professor Dr Hidayah Ariffin, aged 37, Female is our Independent Non-Executive Director. She was appointed to the Board on 6 September 2018. Dr Hidayah obtained her Bachelor of Process and Food Engineering degree from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2004, followed by MSc in Bioprocess Engineering from UPM in 2006, and PhD in Environmental Engineering from Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan in 2009. She started her career as a tutor in UPM in 2006 and was later promoted to Senior Lecturer position in 2009. At present, Dr Hidayah is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (FBBS), UPM. She also holds a management position at the Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP), UPM as a Deputy Director; and also an Innovation Coordinator at FBBS. Her areas of specialization include biopolymer, bioprocess engineering, and environmental biotechnology. She is actively involved in research, particularly related to the utilization of oil palm biomass for value-added products. She has invented multiple research products with intellectual property (IP) protection and won several research awards. Her research findings have been published in numerous high impact journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings; with a total number of publications of more than 80 articles. Her current research interest is in the development, modification, and utilization of cellulosic material, particularly for nano cellulose, biopolymers and its derivatives. Assoc. Professor Dr Hidayah is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Aged 47, Male, Malaysian, is our Independent Non-Executive Director. He was appointed to the Board of our Company on 28 April 2014. He started his career as a teacher in Confucian Private Secondary School and part-time lecturer for College for the past 15 years. While he was working, he has successfully pursued a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration in the Year 1993, Master Degree in Business Administration in the Year 1998, and also successfully obtained a PhD in Business Administration in the Year 2011, accredited by the Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur. After long service in the education field, he started to focus and manage businesses in property investment and management in Malaysia. At present, he sits on the Board of Director of several other private limited companies that involve in different industries such as Trading, Food, and Beverage industries. In 2012, Dr. Koe was awarded DIMP which carries the title Dato’ with Sultan of Pahang. Dato’ Dr. Koe is a member of the Audit Committee, Nominating Commitee and also Remuneration Committee.