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Governance

PROFILE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

TAN SRI DATO' SERI (DR) YEOH TIONG LAY    (Demised on 18 October 2017)

Malaysian, male, aged 87, was appointed to the Board on 21 October 1996 and has been the Executive Chairman since 31 October 1996. His contributions are well recognised with the conferment of the title of Doctor of Engineering by Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and his appointment as Honorary Life President of the Master Builders Association of Malaysia in 1988. He is the co-founder and the first Chairman of the ASEAN Constructors' Federation. On 26 October 2002, Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay was conferred the Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy (Business Administration) by Universiti Malaysia Sabah. He was installed as Pro-Chancellor for Universiti Malaysia Sabah on 1 July 2005. He is the past President and Lifetime member of the International Federation of Asian and Western Pacific Contractors Association. On 19 January 2008, Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay was conferred the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards the economic cooperation and friendship between Japan and Malaysia, including his efforts as an executive member and Vice President of the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association. On 20 August 2009, Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay was accorded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2009 (APEA 2009) in recognition of his outstanding entrepreneurial achievements and contribution towards the development of the nation. He is also the Honorary Chairman of Tung Shin Hospital and is on the Board of Governors for several schools. Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay is also the Executive Chairman of YTL Corporation Berhad, a company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He is also a board member of other public companies such as YTL Cement Berhad and YTL Industries Berhad, and a private utilities corporation, Wessex Water Limited in England and Wales. He also sits on the board of trustees of YTL Foundation.


TAN SRI DATO' (DR) FRANCIS YEOH SOCK PING

Malaysian, male, aged 63, was appointed to the Board on 18 October 1996 as an Executive Director and has been the Managing Director of the Company since then. Tan Sri Francis studied at Kingston University in the United Kingdom, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Civil Engineering and was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering in 2004. In July 2014, Tan Sri Francis was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from University of Nottingham. He became the Managing Director of YTL Corporation Berhad Group in 1988 which, under his stewardship, has grown from a single listed company into a global integrated infrastructure developer, encompassing multiple listed entities ie. YTL Corporation Berhad, YTL Power International Berhad, YTL Land & Development Berhad, YTL Hospitality REIT and Starhill Global REIT.

He is presently the Managing Director of YTL Corporation Berhad and YTL Land & Development Berhad which are listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He is the Executive Chairman and Managing Director of YTL e-Solutions Berhad. He is also the Executive Chairman of YTL Starhill Global REIT Management Limited, the manager of Starhill Global REIT, a vehicle listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST). Tan Sri Francis sits on the boards of several public companies such as YTL Industries Berhad and YTL Cement Berhad. He is the Chairman of private utilities corporations, Wessex Water Services Limited in England and Wales, and YTL PowerSeraya Pte Limited in Singapore. Tan Sri Francis is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and is a director and Chief Executive Officer of Pintar Projek Sdn Bhd, the manager of YTL Hospitality REIT. He also sits on the board of trustees of YTL Foundation. He also serves on the board of directors of Suu Foundation, a humanitarian organisation committed to improving healthcare and education in Myanmar.

He is a Founder Member of the Malaysian Business Council and The Capital Markets Advisory Council, member of The Nature Conservancy Asia Pacific Council and the Asia Business Council, Trustee of the Asia Society and Chairman for South East Asia of the International Friends of Louvre. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of London Business School, Wharton School and INSEAD. He is the first non-Italian board member of the historic Rome Opera House and helped fund its restoration to keep it from closing. He served as a member of the Barclays Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2012. Tan Sri Francis was made a board member of Global Child Forum by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf in May 2016.

He was ranked by both Fortune and Businessweek magazines as Asia's 25 Most Powerful and Influential Business Personalities and one of Asia's Top Executives by Asiamoney. He won the inaugural Ernst & Young's Master Entrepreneur in Malaysia in 2002 and was named as Malaysia's CEO of the Year by CNBC Asia Pacific in 2005.

In 2006, he was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and received a prestigious professional accolade when made a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers in London in 2008. He was the Primus Inter Pares Honouree of the 2010 Oslo Business for Peace Award, for his advocacy of socially responsible business ethics and practices. The Award was conferred by a panel of Nobel Laureates in Oslo, home of the Nobel Peace Prize. He also received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at CNBC's 9th Asia Business Leaders Awards 2010. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Regulated Industries at the 7th World Chinese Economic Summit held in London in 2015. He was also awarded the prestigious Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Award at the 2016 Celebrity Fight Night in Arizona. In 2017, he was honoured with the Kuala Lumpur Mayor's Award for Outstanding Contribution at the Kuala Lumpur Mayor Tourism Awards. This was in recognition of his efforts in the transformation of Kuala Lumpur into one of the top shopping and tourist destinations in the world.


DATO' YEOH SEOK KIAN

Malaysian, male, aged 60, was appointed to the Board on 21 October 1996 as an Executive Director. He is currently the Deputy Managing Director of the Company. He graduated from Heriot- Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Building and was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University in 2017. He attended the Advance Management Programme conducted by Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania in 1984. Dato' Yeoh is a Fellow of the Faculty of Building, United Kingdom as well as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (UK). He serves as Deputy Managing Director of YTL Corporation Berhad and Executive Director of YTL Land & Development Berhad, both listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. Dato' Yeoh also sits on the boards of other public companies such as YTL Cement Berhad, YTL Industries Berhad and The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, and private utilities corporations, Wessex Water Limited in England and Wales, YTL PowerSeraya Pte Limited in Singapore, as well as YTL Starhill Global REIT Management Limited, the manager of Starhill Global REIT, a vehicle listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST). He is also an Executive Director of Pintar Projek Sdn Bhd, the manager of YTL Hospitality REIT.


TAN SRI DATO' LAU YIN PIN @ LAU YEN BENG

Malaysian, male, aged 68, was appointed to the Board on 18 February 1997 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominating Committee. He obtained a Diploma in Commerce with distinction from Tunku Abdul Rahman College in 1974.

Tan Sri Dato' Lau has been a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants since 1979. He was made a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom in 1981 and became a graduate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, United Kingdom, in 1987.

He was appointed to the board of the former Lembaga Letrik Negara on 1 October 1988 and served on the board of Tenaga Nasional Berhad, the successor to Lembaga Letrik Negara until 15 September 2010. Tan Sri Dato' Lau had also served as director of MCT Berhad, Nanyang Press Holdings Berhad, Media Chinese International Limited (a corporation listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited), and Chairman of Star Publication (Malaysia) Berhad. He is currently a board member of Ahmad Zaki Resources Berhad which is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. Tan Sri Dato' Lau also sits on the Board of Trustees of TARC Education Foundation.


TAN SRI DATUK DR. ARIS BIN OSMAN @ OTHMAN

Malaysian, male, aged 73, was appointed to the Board on 12 June 2006 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He is also the Chairman of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Aris holds a PhD in Development Economics and a MA in Political Economy from Boston University, a MA in Development Economics from Williams College, Massachusetts, U.S.A., and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Analytical Economics from University of Malaya.

Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Aris had served in various positions in the Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department from 1966 to 1986. He was seconded to Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad (now known as CIMB Bank Berhad), Kuala Lumpur as Chief General Manager (Corporate Planning, Financial Subsidiaries, Treasury, Human Resources) from 1986 to 1989. From 1989 to 1999, Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Aris was with the Ministry of Finance during which he served as Executive Director (South-East Asia Group) of the World Bank, Washington D.C. from 1991 to 1994 and Secretary General to the Treasury from 1998 to mid-1999. This was followed by an illustrious career in banking where he held the positions of Executive Chairman and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Bank Pembangunan dan Infrastruktur Malaysia Berhad. He was the Chairman of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad until his retirement in June 2012. He retired from his positions as director of AMMB Holdings Berhad and AmInvestment Bank Berhad in August 2015. He is currently a member of the board of trustees of YTL Foundation.


DATO' YUSLI BIN MOHAMED YUSOFF

Malaysian, male, aged 58, was appointed to the Board on 4 October 2011 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Dato' Yusli is also a member of the Nominating Committee.

Dato' Yusli graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Essex, England and qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England & Wales. He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and is also an honorary member of the Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia.

Dato' Yusli began his career in the field of accounting and auditing in England where he held the position of audit senior and trainee accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell, London (1981-1986) and Chief Accountant with Hugin Sweda PLC, London (1986-1990). He then held various key positions in a number of public listed and private companies in Malaysia including senior financial and general management roles within Renong Group before leaving as Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director of Renong Berhad in 1995. He was Group Managing Director of Shapadu Corporation (1995-1996) and Chief General Manager of Sime Merchant Bankers Berhad (1996-1998) and served concurrently as Executive Vice Chairman of Intria Berhad and Managing Director of Metacorp Berhad (1998-1999) before venturing into stockbroking as the Chief Executive Director of CIMB Securities Sdn Bhd (2000-2004). He was the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of Bursa Malaysia Berhad (February 2004 to March 2011). He sat as a board member of the Capital Market Development Fund (2004-2011) and was chairman of the Association of Stockbroking Companies Malaysia (2003- 2004). He also served as exco member of the Financial Reporting Foundation of Malaysia (2004-2011).

Dato' Yusli currently sits on the Board of Directors of Mudajaya Group Berhad, Mulpha International Berhad, AirAsia X Berhad, Westports Holdings Berhad, Australaysia Resources & Minerals Bhd, and Infiniti Trustee Berhad. He is the President of the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance.


DATO' YEOH SOO MIN

Malaysian, female, aged 61, was appointed to the Board on 2 June 1997 as an Executive Director. She graduated with a Bachelor of Art (Hons) Degree in Accounting. She did her Articleship at Leigh Carr and Partners, London and gained vast experience in accounting and management. She was responsible for the setting up of the Travel and Accounting Division of the YTL Group in December 1990. Dato' Yeoh Soo Min is currently responsible for the accounting and finance systems for the YTL Group. She is an Associate Fellow member of the Malaysian Institute of Management. She was the past President of the Women in Travel Industry. She is currently a Fellow of the Governors of International Students House, London and is a Trustee of Yayasan Tuanku Fauziah, IJN Foundation, and Women's Leadership Endowment Fund. She also holds directorships in YTL Corporation Berhad, a company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad and YTL Industries Berhad.


DATO' YEOH SEOK HONG

Malaysian, male, aged 58, was appointed to the Board on 18 October 1996 as an Executive Director. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Civil & Structural Engineering Degree from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom in 1982. He is a member of the Faculty of Building, United Kingdom. In 2010, he was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Aston University in the United Kingdom. Dato' Yeoh Seok Hong has vast experience in the construction industry, being the Executive Director responsible for the YTL Group construction division. He was the project director responsible for the development and the construction of the two Independent Power Producer power stations owned by YTL Power Generation Sdn Bhd. His other achievements include the construction of the Express Rail Link between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station. He is also responsible for developing the power and utility businesses of the YTL Power International Berhad Group and the building of the fourth generation (4G) Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) network by YTL Communications Sdn Bhd. He serves as an Executive Director of YTL Corporation Berhad and YTL Land & Development Berhad, both listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. Dato' Yeoh Seok Hong also sits on the boards of other public companies such as YTL Cement Berhad and YTL Industries Berhad, and private utilities corporations, Wessex Water Limited and Wessex Water Services Limited in England and Wales, and YTL PowerSeraya Pte Limited in Singapore. He also sits on the board of trustees of YTL Foundation.


DATO' SRI MICHAEL YEOH SOCK SIONG

Malaysian, male, aged 57, was appointed to the Board on 21 October 1996 as an Executive Director. He graduated from University of Bradford, United Kingdom in 1983 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Civil & Structural Engineering Degree. Dato' Sri Michael Yeoh is primarily responsible for YTL Group Manufacturing Division which activities involve cement manufacturing and other building material industries. He serves as an Executive Director of YTL Corporation Berhad and YTL Land & Development Berhad, both listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He also sits on the boards of other public companies such as YTL e-Solutions Berhad, YTL Cement Berhad, YTL Industries Berhad, and a private utilities corporation, YTL PowerSeraya Pte Limited in Singapore.


DATO' YEOH SOO KENG

Malaysian, female, aged 54, was appointed to the Board on 2 June 1997 as an Executive Director. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Leeds University, United Kingdom in 1985. She started her career as the project director for the construction of the British High Commissioner's residence, Kuala Lumpur; the Design & Build of the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and the Selangor Medical Centre in Shah Alam. She was also in charge of a few turnkey projects such as the construction and completion of Yeoh Tiong Lay Plaza, Pahang Cement plant in Pahang and Slag Cement plants in Selangor and Johor. She heads the sales and marketing of the mobile internet of YTL Communications Sdn Bhd. She is also the purchasing director responsible for bulk purchases of building materials and related items for construction, hotels and resorts, and property development divisions of the YTL Group. She is instrumental in the sales and marketing of cement and related products for YTL Cement Berhad and Perak-Hanjoong Simen Sdn Bhd. She was the Chairman of Cement and Concrete Association from year 2013 to 2015. She is also a director of YTL Corporation Berhad, a company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, YTL e-Solutions Berhad and YTL Cement Berhad. She is actively engaged in community work and is currently President of the Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Branch of the Girl Guides Association Malaysia, and member of the board of the World Scout Foundation.


DATO' MARK YEOH SEOK KAH

Malaysian, male, aged 52, was appointed to the Board on 21 October 1996 as an Executive Director. He graduated from King's College, University of London, with an LLB (Hons) and was subsequently called to the Bar at Gray's Inn, London in 1988. He was awarded Fellowship of King's College London in July 2014.

Dato' Mark Yeoh joined YTL Group in 1989 and is presently the Executive Director responsible for the YTL Hotels and Resorts Division. In addition, he is also part of YTL Power's Mergers & Acquisitions Team and was involved in the acquisition of ElectraNet SA (Australia), Wessex Water Limited (UK), P.T. Jawa Power (Indonesia) and PowerSeraya Limited (Singapore). He serves as an Executive Director of YTL Corporation Berhad and YTL Land & Development Berhad, both listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He is a board member of YTL Cement Berhad and private utilities corporations, Wessex Water Limited and Wessex Water Services Limited in England and Wales, and YTL PowerSeraya Pte Limited in Singapore. He is also an Executive Director of Pintar Projek Sdn Bhd, the manager of YTL Hospitality REIT.


SYED ABDULLAH BIN SYED ABD. KADIR

Malaysian, male, aged 63, was appointed to the Board on 18 February 1997 as an Executive Director. He graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science (Engineering Production) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) Double Degree. He has extensive experience in banking and financial services, having been with Bumiputra Merchant Bankers Berhad from 1984 to 1994, holding the position of general manager immediately prior to his departure from the bank. Prior to joining YTL Corporation Berhad Group, he was, from November 1994 to February 1996, the general manager of Amanah Capital Partners Berhad (now known as MIDF Amanah Capital Berhad), a company which has interests in, inter alia, discount, money broking, unit trusts, finance and fund management operations. He currently also serves on the boards of YTL Corporation Berhad which is listed on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, and YTL e-Solutions Berhad.


FAIZ BIN ISHAK

FMalaysian, male, aged 59, was appointed to the Board on 26 November 2015 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He is also a member of Audit Committee. He became a gradute member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), United Kingdom, in 1982. He was admitted to Associateship and Fellowship of ACCA in 1993 and 1999, respectively.

He served in various roles related to finance in The New Straits Times Press (M) Berhad ("NSTP") from 1982 and his last appointment with NSTP was as Managing Director, which he held from 1999 to 2003. He joined Commerce Assurance Berhad (a licensed general insurance underwriter, now part of Allianz General Insurance Berhad) as Executive Director in 2003 and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2007. He presently serves on the board of YTL Corporation Berhad which is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He is also an entrepreneur in the retail food and beverages industry.



DETAILS OF ATTENDANCE OF DIRECTORS AT BOARD MEETINGS

During the financial year, a total of 5 Board meetings were held and the details of attendance are as follows:-


  Attendance
Tan Sri Dato' Seri (Dr) Yeoh Tiong Lay 4
Tan Sri Dato' (Dr) Francis Yeoh Sock Ping 5
Dato' Yeoh Seok Kian 5
Tan Sri Dato' Lau Yin Pin @ Lau Yen Beng 5
Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Aris Bin Osman @ Othman 5
Dato' Yusli bin Mohamed Yusoff 5
Dato' Yeoh Soo Min 5
Dato' Yeoh Seok Hong 5
Dato' Sri Michael Yeoh Sock Siong 5
Dato' Yeoh Soo Keng 5
Dato' Mark Yeoh Seok Kah 5
Syed Abdullah bin Syed Abd. Kadir 5
Faiz Bin Ishak 5

Notes:

1. Family Relationship with Director and/or Major Shareholder
Tan Sri Dato' Seri (Dr) Yeoh Tiong Lay who is a deemed major shareholder of the Company, is the father of Tan Sri Dato' (Dr) Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, Dato' Yeoh Seok Kian, Dato' Yeoh Soo Min, Dato' Yeoh Seok Hong, Dato' Sri Michael Yeoh Sock Siong, Dato' Yeoh Soo Keng and Dato' Mark Yeoh Seok Kah. Save as disclosed herein, none of the Directors has any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company.

2. Conflict of Interest
None of the Directors has any conflict of interest with the Company.

3. Conviction of Offences (other than traffic offences)
None of the Directors has been convicted of any offences within the past five (5) years.

4. Public Sanction or Penalty imposed
None of the Directors has been imposed with any public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.