Extracted from Annual Report 2015
Raja Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad bin Raja Tun Uda, Malaysian, aged 69, is the Chairman and Non-Independent Non- Executive Director of our Company.Raja Arshad is also the Chairman of Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (Ekuinas), Maxis Berhad, Yayasan Raja Muda Selangor and Yayasan Amir. He is presently a Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah), Yayasan DayaDiri and ACR Retakaful Berhad. He is also the Chancellor of University Selangor. He was formerly Executive Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Malaysia, Chairman of the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board and Danamodal Nasional Berhad. His previous international appointments include being a member of the PwC Global IFRS Board and the Standards Advisory Council of the International Accounting Standards Board. His previous public appointments include being a member of the Securities Commission, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, the Investment Panel of the Employees Provident Fund and the Board of Trustees of the National Art Gallery. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and served on its council for 24 years, including three years as its president.
Amir Hamzah Bin Azizan, aged 48, is the Managing Director (MD) and Non-Independent Executive Director of our Company.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management (majoring in Finance and Economics) from Syracuse University, New York. He has also attended the Stanford Executive Programme at Stanford University, United States of America and the Corporate Finance Evening Programme at the London Business School, United Kingdom.
He started his career within the Shell Group of Companies for 10 years, serving in various capacities, including as Head of Financial Services and Manager, Planning & Support at Sarawak Shell Berhad, Corporate Finance Executive at Shell Malaysia Limited, Marketing Credit Accountant at Shell Singapore Pte. Ltd., Internal Auditor at Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte. Ltd., and Senior Treasury Advisory at Shell International Ltd., London.
In the year 2000, he joined MISC Berhad as the Group's General Manager, Corporate Planning Services. Subsequently in 2004, he was the Regional Business Director (Europe, Americas, Africa and FSU) of MISC Berhad in London, United Kingdom before being appointed President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), AET Tanker Holdings Sdn. Bhd. on 1 April 2005. He was promoted to become the President/CEO of MISC Berhad on 1 January 2009 and served until 14 June 2010. He was subsequently made the MD/CEO of Petronas Dagangan Berhad from 15 June 2010 until 31 August 2012, when he became the Group MD/CEO of Petronas Lubricants International. At the same time, he was also the Vice President Downstream Marketing from 1 March 2011 until 1 July 2013, when he became the Vice President Lubricants for Petronas.
He became our MD on 1 March 2016.
Datuk Wira Azhar bin Abdul Hamid, Malaysian, aged 55, is a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of our Company. He is also the Chairman of Audit and Risk Management Committee. He is a qualified Accountant and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountant (UK). In addition to this, he is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He began his career as a Financial Internal Audit Manager at British Telecoms Plc. in London, UK and served from 1989 to 1991 where he was responsible for operational review audits at British Telecoms District Offices in South East England. He then joined the Malaysian Co-Operative Insurance Society Ltd. as the Head of Finance from 1992 to 1994. Subsequently in 1994, he joined the Sime Darby Group and held various financial and senior management position in manufacturing, oil & gas, industrial equipment and plantation businesses, before leaving Sime Darby in 2010. Datuk Wira Azhar's last position in the Sime Darby Group was in its Plantation Division as Executive Vice President. In January 2011, he was appointed as Independent Director of Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak and from September 2011 to December 2014, he was the CEO of Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn. Bhd. He was appointed as a director in Hong Leong Bank Berhad (Hong Leong Bank) on 15 May 2015 and a member of the audit committee of Hong Leong Bank on 20 October 2015. He is now the Group Managing Director of Tradewinds Corporation Berhad and also holds several directorships in other private limited companies.
Syed Yasir Arafat bin Syed Abd Kadir, Malaysian, aged 44, graduated from University of Essex, UK in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Accounting and Financial Management. He began his career in 1994 as an Executive in the Project Development Department of Aseambankers Malaysia Berhad (now known as Maybank Investment Bank). In 1996, he joined the Capital Markets Department of Commerce International Merchant Bankers Berhad (now known as CIMB Investment Bank Berhad) as an Executive until 1998. He subsequently joined Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad as an Executive from 1998 to 1999. He joined United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad as a Deputy Manager in the Investment Banking Division, Corporate Finance in 2000 and was involved in corporate advisory work until he left in 2001. He joined ING Corporate Advisory (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. in 2001 and served for nine years, starting as Vice President of Corporate Finance, specialising in areas of mergers and acquisitions, equity and equity-linked fund raising, debt fund raising and financial advisory for some of Malaysia's leading companies in banking, plantations, automotive, telecommunications and property, among others. His last position was Country Manager of ING Wholesale Banking, a position that he was promoted to in 2007, overseeing both ING Corporate Advisory (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and ING Bank N.V. Labuan Branch operations in Malaysia. He joined Ekuinas in 2009 as the Managing Partner, Investment, where he oversees the Investment Team and leads Ekuinas' portfolio investments in the oil and gas industry. He is a member of the Investment Committee and the Management Committee of Ekuinas. On 1 March 2016, he has assumed the role of the Executive Director and CEO of Ekuinas leading its management committee and is a member of its Investment Committee after the retirement of Dato' Abdul Rahman bin Ahmad.
Edwanee Cheah bin Abdullah, Malaysian, aged 65, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of our Company. He is also the Chairman of Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee. He obtained a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Singapore Polytechnic in 1973. In 1999, he obtained a Masters in Business and Administration (Technology) degree which was jointly awarded by Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia and the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia. He has over 40 years of international experience in the energy and oil and gas industry. He began his career with Shell Brunei LNG Sdn. Bhd. in 1973 as a trainee engineer and has since served various companies within the Shell group of companies (Shell Group) in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, South Korea, Netherlands, UK and USA for 32 years. During his tenure with the Shell Group, he had assumed various positions including Engineer, Site Representative Manager, Division Head and Global Consultant where he was responsible for, among others, engineering related matters, project management and internal consultancy. In 2006, he left Shell International Exploration and Production B.V., Netherlands. In 2007, he joined S 2 Click Sdn. Bhd., an oil and gas consultancy firm, as Director and Principal Consultant, where he provides consultancy services to various oil and gas companies.
Datuk Abdullah bin Ahmad, Malaysian, aged 68, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of our Company. He graduated from University Malaya in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts. He obtained his post-graduate Diploma in Management Science from National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) in 1974 and Certificate in Petroleum Management (Arthur D'Little) Boston, USA in 1985. He was formerly an Administrative & Diplomatic Service Officer. He started his career as a civil servant assigned to various divisions within the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs. His last posting was in Public Services Department. In 1979, he joined Petroleum Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) as the Head of Human Resource Planning and Recruitment. Whilst serving PETRONAS he was exposed to both upstream and downstream at operating unit level including Carigali- BP(a joint venture company between PETRONAS Carigali and British Petroleum Development Company, UK) for exploration and production of oil, offshore Kudat, followed by other postings to domestic marketing, area office, regional office, petrochemical plant and subsidiaries in various capacities including Board Member of PETRONAS property related subsidiaries.
Madeline Lee May Ming, Malaysian, aged 47, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of our Company. In 1991, she obtained her Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from Queens University Belfast, UK. She pursued her postgraduate studies at the same university and graduated with a Master of Laws in 1992. She became a member of Grays Inn, UK in 1993 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in the same year. She was subsequently called to the Singapore Bar in 1995 and also to the Malaysian Bar in 2001. She has been in legal practice for over 20 years. She embarked her career as a pupil Barrister in the Chambers of 4 Brick Court, London UK in 1993 until 1994. She continued her international legal practice in Singapore until 1996 and in Vietnam until 1999. She resumed her legal practice in Malaysia in 2000 with Messrs Raslan Loong and thereafter, Messrs Mazlan & Associates where she was made a Partner in 2006. In 2014, she left Mazlan and Associates and is now with Ilham Lee, as a founding partner.
Puan Farina Binti Farikhullah Khan, Malaysian, aged 44, graduated from University of New South Wales, Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting). She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Puan Farina Binti Farikhullah Khan ("Pn Farina") is currently a Board and Audit Committee member of Progress Energy Canada Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS with shale gas operations in Canada.
Pn Farina started her career in 1994 with Coopers & Lybrand, Australia, where she was involved in the area of Audit and Business Services.
In 1997 she returned to Malaysia to join PETRONAS in the Corporate Planning and Development Division where she started as an executive and in the ensuing years until 2005, she held various positions including Senior Manager (Strategy and Portfolio) in Group Strategic Planning of PETRONAS.
She subsequently assumed the position of the Chief Financial Officer of PETRONAS Carigali Group Sdn. Bhd. ("PCSB"), from 2006-2010. PCSB is one of the largest subsidiaries of PETRONAS with operations in over 20 countries.
She then served as the Chief Financial Officer at PETRONAS Exploration and Production Business, the largest arm of PETRONAS Business, from mid-2010 until 2013 where the business includes both PETRONAS Carigali Group of Companies as well as the Petroleum Management Unit of PETRONAS.
Prior to leaving PETRONAS Group at the end of 2015 to pursue her other interests, she was the Chief Financial Officer of PETRONAS Chemical Group Berhad ("PETRONAS Chemical") for 2 years. PETRONAS Chemical is the largest listed entity of PETRONAS and in the top 10 largest companies on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.
Datuk Abdullah Bin Karim, Malaysian, aged 64, graduated from University of Western Australia, Australia with a Bachelor of Sciences in Mechanical Engineering. He is also graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA with a Diploma in Gas Engineering.
Datuk Abdullah Karim (Datuk Abdullah) was the Vice President & Venture Director, LNG Projects-Domestic, Global LNG, Upstream from July 2012.
Datuk Abdullah joined PETRONAS in 1977 and has over 39 years experiences in the oil and gas industry, having served as Project Engineer (1981) and General Manager, Engineering Division (1991) in PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. responsible for petroleum engineering, drilling and facilities development in new oil and gas fields. He became the Executive Assistant to the President of PETRONAS in 1994, after which he was appointed Managing Director/CEO of OGP Technical Services Sdn. Bhd., a project management consultancy company from 1995 to 1999. In 1999, he assumed the position of Managing Director/CEO of Malaysia LNG Group of Companies, responsible for construction of MLNG 3 plant, marketing and operations of PETRONAS LNG Complex in Bintulu before his appointment as Vice President, Exploration & Production Business in 2004.
In March 2007, he assumed the position of Vice President PETRONAS and MD/CEO of PETRONAS Carigali, a wholly owned subsidiary of PETRONAS involved in the exploration, development and production in Malaysia as well as in 23 countries worldwide. In July 2010, Datuk Abdullah was appointed as the President, PETRONAS Carigali, and VP/CEO of PETRONAS Development & Production.