MIRZAN BIN MAHATHIR, Chairman

Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir was appointed to the Board as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 29 October 2014. He was re-designated as Non-Executive Non-Independent Chairman on 18 March 2016.

Presently, he is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Capital Sdn Bhd, and also holds directorships with various private and public companies including Petron Corporation, listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Mr Mirzan has over 20 years of experience in the investment and financial services industry, helping to take Konsortium Logistik Berhad public on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange in 1996.

Mr Mirzan graduated from Brighton Polytechnic, United Kingdom with a Bachelor in Computer Science and has a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA. 

CHAN LAI THONG (JOHN), CEO

Mr Chan Lai Thong was appointed as Independent Director of the Company on 28 September 2009, and was appointed Executive Chairman on 17 August 2012. He was subsequently re-designated as Chief Executive Officer on 18 March 2016.

Mr Chan started his career at Keppel FELS in 1980 and was involved in business development in various parts of the world. As Group General Manager, he was instrumental in developing Keppel’s business in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He joined the Al Bawardi Group in United Arab Emirates in 1985 as its vice-president and was responsible for streamlining its operations and spearheading its business development efforts. In 2004, Mr Chan ventured into China and was involved in property development.

Mr Chan graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in 1980 and has post-graduate diplomas in Administrative Management and Marketing Management. 

LAWRENCE KWAN, Lead Independent Director

Mr Lawrence Kwan was appointed to the Board as Independent Director on 14 September 2016 and as Lead Independent Director on 18 November 2016.

Mr Kwan has more than 40 years of experience in financial services and professional corporate secretarial services. He currently serves as an Independent Director of Karin Holdings Technology Ltd and the Company Secretary for Marco Polo Marine Ltd.

Between 2008 and 2014, he was a Board Member and Audit Committee Member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA).

Mr Kwan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, United Kingdom. He is a Council Member and former Chairman of the Singapore Association of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (SAICSA), now known as the Chartered Secretaries Institute of Singapore (CSIS).

Mr Kwan graduated from the University of East London with a Master of Business Administration. He is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a full member of the Singapore Institute of Directors

MAHTANI BHAGWANDAS, Director

Mr Mahtani Bhagwandas was appointed to the Board as an Independent Director on 14 September 2012, and is the Chairman of the Remuneration and Board Risk Committees.

He is a lawyer by profession and commenced practice as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore since 1993. Currently, he is a Senior Partner with LegalStandard LLP, a law firm in Singapore that specializes in commercial practice including commercial litigation work, and an Independent Director of SGX-listed GRP Ltd and Alliance Mineral Assets Limited. He was formerly an Independent Director of Next-Generation Satellite Communications Ltd, Singapore, Mr Bhagwandas also holds several directorships in privately-held companies.

Mr Bhagwandas graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree in 1992. 

AHMAD SUBRI BIN ABDULLAH, Director

Mr Ahmad Subri Bin Abdullah was appointed to the Board as an Independent Director on 10 January 2013, and is the Chairman of the Nominating Committee.

He is presently the Chairman of Crave Capital Sdn. Bhd. and Director and Advisor of Emerio (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., an NTT Group Company. He is also an Independent Director of ECS ICT Bhd., a company listed on the main board of Bursa Saham Malaysia.

Mr Subri has over 30 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry, with more than 18 years as Chief Executive Officer of various companies including Trust International Insurance, MCIS Insurance, Mayban Life Assurance and Malaysia National Insurance Bhd. Mr Subri qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (United Kingdom) and is a Fellow of the Malaysian Insurance Institute.

LING YEW KONG, Director

Mr Ling Yew Kong was appointed to the Board as an Independent Director on 14 September 2016.

Mr Ling is currently the Executive Chairman of Singapore-based Firstlink Investments Corporation Limited and Anwell Technologies Limited. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of China Sky Chemical Fibre Co. Ltd.

A private equity investor specialising in mergers and acquisitions, Mr Ling has more than 20 years of extensive experience in accounting and finance, securities brokerage operations, treasury management, infrastructure project management, corporate restructuring and corporate management.  

Mr Ling graduated from Murdoch University, Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in accounting. He is a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.

MARK EDWARD PAWLEY, Director

Mr Mark Edward Pawley was appointed to the Board as an Independent Director on 14 September 2016.

Mr Pawley is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Oxley Capital Group, specializing in the management of real estate and merchant banking investments across the Asia-Pacific region.
Between 2002 and 2007, he was Chief Operating Officer and Head of Asian Real Estate Gaming and Lodging and Financial Sponsor coverage groups at Credit Suisse for the Asia-Pacific region. At Credit Suisse, he was responsible for the internal administration of investment banking and structured product marketing businesses throughout the region.

Mr Pawley graduated from Essex University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

JAMES KHO CHUNG WAH, Director

Mr James Kho Chung Wah was appointed to the Board an as Independent Director on 14 September 2016, and is the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Mr Kho is the co-founder and the current Managing Director of Willan Capital Pte. Ltd. He has over 15 years of experience in investment banking and corporate finance, with senior positions in international banks and major local securities houses. He is currently an Independent Director of other companies listed in Singapore and previously served as Executive Director of Pacific Star (Greater China) Pte Ltd.

Mr Kho started his career in equity markets with the Issuer Regulation Department of the SGX-ST in 2000, where he was involved in the review of listing applications and ensuring continuing compliance of listed companies.

Mr Kho graduated from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business (Second Upper Honours), majoring in financial analysis with a minor in applied economics. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.