Board of Directors
DATUK JOHAR CHE MAT, Male, Malaysian, Independent Non-Executive Director since 1 October 2017 and was subsequently appointed as Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman effective 1 July 2019. Datuk Johar, who is the existing Chairman of Takaful Ikhlas Family Berhad and Takaful Ikhlas General Berhad since 30 November 2018 and 3 January 2019, respectively was also re-designated as Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman of these Boards effective 1 July 2019. Member of the Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Nomination Committee. He obtained a Bachelor of Economics degree from University of Malaya in 1975. He has thirty-four (34) years’ of experience in the banking industry. He began his career in 1975 as an Officer at the Prime Minister’s Department. In 1976, he joined Malayan Banking Berhad (“Maybank”) where he served in various divisions including in senior positions as the Manager/Senior Manager covering the transactional banking (operations), retail finance, retail marketing and private banking. From 1993 to 1995, he was appointed as the Regional Manager for Maybank branches in Selangor and Negeri Sembilan. In 1996, he was promoted as the General Manager, Commercial Banking Division and subsequently served as the Senior General Manager, Corporate Banking and Enterprise Banking Division in 2000. In 2002 he was promoted as the Senior Executive Vice President, Retail Financial Services and was thereafter appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the Maybank Group from 2006 till 2010. In 2012, he was designated as the Board representative of Amanah Raya Berhad. Also a Director of Rural Capital Berhad, MBSB Bank Berhad, DagangNeXchange Berhad and Motordata Research Consortium Sdn. Bhd. He was appointed as the new Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman / Director of Malaysian Reinsurance (Dubai) Ltd effective 5 January 2020.
GEORGE OOMMEN, Male, Malaysian, Independent Non-Executive since 1 January 2018. Chairman of Risk Management Committee of the Board and Member of Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee He is a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He is also a certified Accountant by the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants Malaysia and the Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants Malaysia.He has thirty-six (36) years’ of experience in the insurance industry. He began his career in 1981 when he joined American International Assurance Company Ltd as an Accountant. In 1999, he joined AIG Lippo Life Insurance Company, Indonesia as Vice President-Director. He then joined TATA AIG Life Insurance Company, India, in 2001, as Managing Director. George Oommen later joined ACE INA Holdings Inc, India as Country Head/CEO in 2001. In 2003, he joined ACE Life, Cairo, Egypt as Chairman/Managing Director. In 2005, he joined ACE India Representative Office, India as Country Head/CEO. In 2006, he joined Signtech International Sdn Bhd as Chief Executive Officer. He later joined Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), UAE in 2007 where he was appointed as the Executive Director, Business Development. In 2010, he joined MENA Dubai, UAE as CEO & General Representative, Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. Also a Chairman of Malaysian Re and Labuan Reinsurance (L) Ltd. Director of MNRB Holdings Berhad, Takaful Ikhlas Family Berhad,Takaful Ikhlas General Berhad and Malaysian Re (Dubai) Ltd.
KHALID SUFAT, Male, Malaysian, Independent Non-Executive Director since 1 October 2019. Chairman of Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee. Also a Member of Risk Management Committee of the Board and Nomination Committee. He is a fellow Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK), Member of Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He has considerable experience in the banking industry having held several senior positions, namely, Managing Director of Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad, General Manager, Consumer Banking of Malayan Banking Berhad and Executive Director of United Merchant Finance Berhad. He had previously managed three (3) listed companies as Executive Director of Tronoh Mines Malaysia Berhad, as Deputy Executive Chairman of Furqan Business Organisation Berhad and as Group Managing Director of Seacera Tiles Berhad. Also a Director of Employees Provident Fund, Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia) Berhad and Malaysian Reinsurance Berhad.
JUNAIDAH MOHD SAID, Female, Malaysian, Independent Non-Executive Director since 1 October 2019. Member of Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Risk Management Committee of the Board. She obtained Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) from Western Michigan University, United States in 1987. She began her career in 1991 as an Executive Officer at Bank Bumiputera Malaysia Berhad. She then joined Bank Negara Malaysia ("BNM") in 1988 as an Executive Officer in charge of supervising insurance companies, insurance brokers and loss adjusters and subsequently assumed functions relating to policy development work. She had played a significant role in the development of policies to enhance the Malaysian insurance industry. In 2003, she was promoted as Deputy Director whereby she assumed higher responsibilities in strategic policy development which included liaising with Government agencies to roll out national level initiatives which includes amongst others, the review of the fire and motor tariff and micro insurance framework. She had also represented BNM at various international forums as part of ASEAN cooperation initiatives.
ZAIDA KHALIDA SHAARI, Female, Malaysian, Independent Non-Executive Director since 1 October 2019. Chairman of Nomination Committee and Investment Committee. Also a Member of Remuneration Committee. She obtained LLB (Hons) from University of Warwick, United Kingdom in 1989 and was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law at Gray’s Inn, United Kingdom in 1990 and the Malaysian Bar in 1991. In 2009, she obtained a Master of Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom. She began her career in 1991 in legal practice with Messrs. Zain & Co. In 1997, she joined Permodalan Nasional Berhad ("PNB") as legal advisor to the corporate finance group and subsequently appointed as the Senior Compliance Officer & Head of Legal Department. She was also appointed as the joint Company Secretary of PNB. She joined Khazanah Nasional Berhad ("Khazanah") in January 2007 as a Senior Vice President of Investments, and was appointed as Director of Investments in April 2009. During her stint in Khazanah, she oversaw the real estate and education investments of Khazanah. She served Khazanah as an Executive Director of Investments until January 2019. Also a Director of UEM Sunrise Berhad, Cements Industries of Malaysia Berhad and LeapEd Services Sdn Bhd.