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YBhg. Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid
Chairman, Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
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YBhg. Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid
Chairman, Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

YBhg. Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid, 56, a Malaysian, is the Chairman and Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad. He was appointed to the Board on 26 September 2017. A Chartered Accountant by training, he was the Group Managing Director of Malakoff Corporation Berhad from 1 May 2016 to 31 July 2017.  

Prior to this appointment, Datuk Wira Azhar was the President/Group Managing Director of Tradewinds Corporation Berhad before relinquishing the said position to be the Chairman of Tradewinds Corporation Berhad. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRTC) from 2011 to 2014. MRTC is a Government owned company and is the owner and developer of the MRT project infrastructure which began operations in Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley in 2017.  

Datuk Wira Azhar is also a shareholder and founder of CBS Maju Sdn Bhd, Fortune Allbest Sdn Bhd and Chelsea Capital Sdn Bhd, a private investment/advisory companies focusing on Oil & Gas, Power, Hospitality and Oil Palm sectors.  

Prior to 2010, Datuk Wira Azhar was with Sime Darby Berhad, a Malaysia conglomerate with interest in Oil Palm and Rubber Upstream and Downstream businesses, Property, Heavy Equipment, Automobile Assembly and Distribution, Engineering, Utilities and Healthcare. Prior to leaving the Sime Darby Group in September 2010, he was the Managing Director of Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd. In addition to this position, during the last few months of his tenure at Sime Darby, Datuk Wira Azhar was also the Acting President & Group Chief Executive, overseeing the entire Group's operations.  

Datuk Wira Azhar began his senior executive career in 1989 in United Kingdom, where he served British Telecom Plc as Internal Audit Manager. He returned to Malaysia in 1991 and joined Malaysian Cooperative Insurance Society as Head of Internal Audit and later as Head of Finance. In 1994, he joined Sime Darby Group serving Sime Tyres International Sdn Bhd as Financial Controller, Sime Conoco Sdn Bhd as Business Development Director and the Group's Engineering, Oil & Gas Division as Group General Manager.  

He then left Sime Darby Group and was Group Chief Executive of Pernas International Holdings Bhd, a Malaysian listed company, in November 2001 - a post he held until October 2002.  

In 2003, Datuk Wira Azhar returned to Sime Darby Group, as Business Development Director in Sime Plantations Sdn Bhd. The following year, he assumed the role of Managing Director of Tractors Malaysia Holdings Bhd. Concurrently, he was Sime Darby Group's Divisional Director for the Heavy Equipment Division for Asia Pacific, covering China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines.   

Datuk Wira Azhar then transferred to Sime Plantations Sdn Bhd as Managing Director, and concurrently held the post of Sime Darby Group's Divisional Director for Plantations & Food Division of Sime Darby Berhad. Following the merger of Sime Darby, Golden Hope Plantations and Kumpulan Guthrie in November 2007, Datuk Wira Azhar was appointed Managing Director of Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd, and EVP/Head of Sime Darby's Plantation & Agribusiness Division.  

Currently, Datuk Wira Azhar serves as an Independent Director of several public listed companies, namely Icon Offshore Berhad, Hume Industries Berhad and Hong Leong Bank Berhad. He is also a Board Member of the State Economic Development Corporation for the State of Perak Darul Ridzuan.  
Between 2007 and 2010, Datuk Wira Azhar also served as Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA), Board member of Malaysia Palm Oil Board and the Malaysian Palm Oil Council. 

Datuk Wira Azhar was awarded the "Darjah Paduka Tuanku Ja'afar" (DPTJ) by His Royal Highness, The Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, AlMarhum Tuanku Ja'afar lbni AlMarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman which carries the title "Dato" in 2007.  
In addition to this, he was awarded the "Darjah Cemerlang Seri Melaka" by His Excellency Governor of the State of Melaka, TYT Tun Khalil Yakcob, in 2013, which carries the title "Datuk Wira"  

YBhg. Dato' Zainal Haji Ismail
Independent Non-Executive Director
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YBhg. Dato' Zainal Haji Ismail
Independent Non-Executive Director

YBhg. Dato’ Zainal Haji Ismail, 72, a Malaysian, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad. He was appointed to the Board on 25 March 2011 and is also Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Committee Member for the Audit Committee and Committee Member for the Investment Committee.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and a Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Malaya.

He is a former Director of Training and Career Development of Lembaga Kemajuan Pahang Tenggaara (DARA), the first Director of Sarawak Development Department, General Manager of Yayasan Pahang and State Finance Officer for State of Pahang. Currently, he sits on the board of several private limited companies in Malaysia.

He attended all eight Board Meetings held during the financial year under review.

He has no conflict of interest with the Company and does not have any family relationship with any other director or major shareholder of the Company. He has not been convicted for any offences within the past ten years.

YBhg. Dato' Hajah Rosni Haji Zahari
Independent Non-Executive Director
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YBhg. Dato' Hajah Rosni Haji Zahari
Independent Non-Executive Director

YBhg. Dato’ Hajjah Rosni Haji Zahari, 55, a Malaysian, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad. She was appointed to the Board on 25 March 2011 and is also a Committee Member of the Audit Committee, Committee Member of the Board Governance & Risk Management Committee and Committee Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

She holds a Bachelor of Law from University of Technology MARA.

She began her legal career as an Advocate & Solicitor in the High Court of Malaysia in 1990 and also as Syariah Lawyer under the name of Messrs, Rosni, Francis Tan & Co. Currently she is the Chief of Pergerakan Wanita UMNO Maran (since 1992) and Pahang (since 2008), Executive Committee Member of Pergerakan Wanita UMNO Malaysia (since 2004), Information Chief for Pergerakan Wanita UMNO and Special Duties Officer (Parliament) to the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. She also sits on the board of several private limited companies in Malaysia.

She attended seven of the eight Board Meetings held during the financial year under review.

She has no conflict of interest with the Company and does not have any family relationship with any other director or major shareholder of the Company. She has not been convicted for any offences within the past ten years.

YBhg. Dato' Rosini Abdul Samad
Independent Non-Executive Director
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YBhg. Dato' Rosini Abdul Samad
Independent Non-Executive Director

YBhg. Dato' Rosini Abdul Samad, 61, a Malaysian, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad. She was appointed to the Board on 7 January 2015 and is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee and Committee Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

She holds a Master in Business Administration from University of Cardiff, United Kingdom, Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) (Hons.) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Malaya. Respectively, she is also the Honorary Fellow CPA Australia and a professional member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).

She has drawn decades of experience from immersion in the civil service sector. Formerly, the Deputy Accountant General (Corporate) in the Accountant General’s Department, (Malaysia), The Accountant General’s nominee on the Council of MIA, member of the Board of Directors of Percetakan Nasional Malaysia Berhad (2007 – 2014) and also served as Chairman of Audit Committee, Committee Member of the Nominating and Remuneration Committee, Tender Committee and Disciplinary Committee.

She attended six of the seven Board Meetings held during the financial year under review.

She has no conflict of interest with the Company and does not have any family relationship with any other director or major shareholder of the Company. She has not been convicted for any offences within the past ten years.

YBhg. Datuk Lim Thean Shiang
Independent Non-Executive Director
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YBhg. Datuk Lim Thean Shiang
Independent Non-Executive Director

YBhg. Datuk Lim Thean Shiang, 44, a Malaysian, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad. He was appointed to the Board on 23 August 2013 and is also Chairman of the Investment Committee and Chairman of Board Governance & Risk Management Committee.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Universiti Utara Malaysia and a Bachelor of Law from the University of London.

He is a former Director of Glotel Sdn. Bhd., Tripro Engineering Sdn. Bhd., Focus Indera Sdn. Bhd. Latimax Engineering Sdn. Bhd., El Medical Systems Sdn. Bhd., WWE Holdings Berhad, General Manager of Port Klang Authority and Executive Chairman of Port Klang Free Zone. At present, he is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Daya Materials Berhad.

He is currently a Director of Daya Materials Berhad and Pontian United Plantations Berhad.

He attended seven of the eight Board Meetings held during the financial year under review.

He has no conflict of interest with the Company and does not have any family relationship with any other director or major shareholder of the Company. He has not been convicted for any offences within the past ten years.

YBhg. Datuk Hanapi Suhada
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
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YBhg. Datuk Hanapi Suhada
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

YBhg. Datuk Hanapi Suhada, 58, a Malaysian, is a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad. He was appointed to the Board on 7 October 2015.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from University Kebangsaan Malaysia. He started his career with the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) as an Administrative Officer in June 1981.

He held various positions within FELDA until present from Socio Economy Officer to Regional General Manager in Mempaga, Kuantan and Johor Bahru. Currently, he is the Director-General of FELDA since April 2015.

He currently sits on the board of Encorp Berhad and Pantech Group Holdings Berhad.

He attended one of one Board Meeting held during the financial year under review.

He has no conflict of interest with the Company and does not have any family relationship with any other director or major shareholder of the Company. He has not been convicted for any offences within the past ten years.

YBhg. Dato' Zakaria Arshad
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
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YBhg. Dato' Zakaria Arshad
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

YBhg. Dato' Zakaria Arshad, 56, Malaysian is a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad. He was appointed to the Board on 1 April 2016.

He holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Economics) (Hons.) from Universiti Sains Malaysia and attended executive business courses from Harvard Business School and Pembroke College, Cambridge University.

Prior to being appointed as Group President and Chief Executive Officer of FGV, YBhg. Dato’ Zakaria was the Head of Palm Downstream, a position he has held since January 2014. He also held CEO positions in various subsidiaries within the FGV Group namely Felda Vegetable Oil Products Sdn Bhd (FVOP) and Delima Oil Products Sdn Bhd (DOP).

A son of a settler from FELDA Palong 1, Negeri Sembilan, YBhg. Dato’ Zakaria has served FELDA Group for the past 32 years since 1984 including Felda Vegetable Oil Products Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Cocoa Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, Felda Rubber Products Sdn Bhd and Felda Marketing Services Sdn Bhd.

A Fellow of the International Society of Nanoscience, Cambridge UK, YBhg. Dato’ Zakaria is also Vice Chairman of Palm Oil Refinery Association of Malaysia (PORAM) and sits on the Board of Trustee, Malaysia Palm Oil Council (MPOC).

He is a Group President and Chief Executive Officer of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad and sits on the Board of several companies within the Felda Global Ventures Group of Companies including Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad.

He has no conflict of interest with the Company and does not have any family relationship with any director or major shareholder of the Company. He has not been convicted for any offences within the past ten years.

YB Dato’ Mohammad Fakhruddin Haji Mohd Ariff
Independent Non-Executive Director
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YB Dato’ Mohammad Fakhruddin Haji Mohd Ariff
Independent Non-Executive Director

YB Dato’ Mohammad Fakhruddin Haji Mohd Ariff, 50, a Malaysian, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad. He was appointed to the Board on 21 November 2016.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, from the University of Miami, USA. He began his career as an Engineer, working for several private companies including SME Tools Sdn Bhd and MACES Sdn Bhd. He was also a former Director of Felda Engineering Services Sdn Bhd and former Chairman of the UMNO Electoral Bureau and Membership. Currently, he is the UMNO Committee Member for Pekan and a member of the Pahang State Assembly.

He attended one of eight Board Meeting held during the financial year under review. (FY2016)

He has no conflict of interest with the Company and does not have any family relationship with any other director or major shareholder of the Company. He has not been convicted for any offences within the past ten years.

Additional Information
  1. None of the Directors has any family relationship with and is not related to any director and/or major shareholder of MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad.
  2. None of the Directors has any conflict of interest with MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad or been convicted for offences within the past 10 years other than traffic offences, if any.
  3. The details of Directors’ attendance at Board Meetings held in the financial year ended 31 December 2016 are set out in the Corporate Governance Statement on page 80 of MSM 2016 Annual Report.

 

MSM Sugar Refinery (Johor) Sdn. Bhd. (MSM Johor), a subsidiary of MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad (MSM) operates MSM’s new sugar refinery based in Tanjung Langsat, Johor which is set to be the largest standalone sugar refinery in Malaysia. Erected on a 50.63 acre land plot, the integrated complex is under development for Phase 1 - to build and operate a 3,000 tonnes per day of refined sugar output (RSO) contributing of up to 1 million MT on the Group’s annual production capacity. This is set to be fully commissioned by mid year of 2018. Upon increase in demand, expansion of Phase 2 shall commence by 2025. The combined annual production capacity of Phase 1 and Phase 2 is capable for up to an astounding 2 million MT, strengthening MSM’s position as one of the leading refined sugar producer in the region. With an investment of approximately USD $259 million for the development of Phase 1, this magnifies the Group’s confidence to showcase its ability towards MSM’s 53 years of talented expertise and experience in sugar refining and skilled management. Upon completion and full commissioning of MSM Johor, the total group production capacity will increase of up to 3.25 million MT per annum. One of MSM Johor’s salient point enables capacity building which translates to competitive pricing on end products. This allows MSM to foray into neighbouring countries, further strengthen the Group’s domestic market share and transform Malaysia into a regional hub for high quality refined sugar. Significantly, MSM Johor is seen to be a key growth driver for MSM Group to realize its mission in becoming one of the top 10 global sugar player by 2020.