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Governance

PROFILE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

TAN SRI (SIR) FRANCIS YEOH SOCK PING

Malaysian, male, aged 67, was appointed to the Board on 18 October 1996 as an Executive Director and was the Managing Director of the Company till 29 June 2018 when he was redesignated as Executive Chairman. 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 Hospitality REIT, Malayan Cement Berhad and Starhill Global Real Estate Investment Trust.

He was the Managing Director of YTL Corporation Berhad and YTL Land & Development Berhad until 29 June 2018 when he was redesignated as Executive Chairman of these companies. He is also the Executive Chairman of Malayan Cement Berhad, which is 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 Chairman of YTL Starhill Global REIT Management Limited, the manager of Starhill Global Real Estate Investment Trust, a vehicle listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST). Tan Sri Francis is Executive Chairman of YTL Cement Berhad and Pintar Projek Sdn Bhd, the manager for YTL Hospitality REIT. 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 of YTL Industries Berhad. 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 in 2019, received the Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE). Tan Sri Francis 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. He was named CEO of the Year at the Asian Power Awards in 2017. The Japanese Government bestowed upon him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, in 2018 and in the same year the Italian government conferred upon him the honour of Grande Officiale of the Order of the Star of Italy.


DATO' YEOH SEOK HONG

Malaysian, male, aged 63, was appointed to the Board on 18 October 1996 as an Executive Director. Dato' was redesignated to the position of Managing Director on 29 June 2018. He serves as Executive Director of YTL Corporation Berhad and Malayan Cement Berhad, both listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. 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 and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), 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 and serves as the Managing Director of Syarikat Pembenaan Yeoh Tiong Lay Sdn Bhd, the YTL Group's flagship construction arm.

Dato' Yeoh Seok Hong is responsible for developing the power and utility businesses of the YTL Power International Berhad Group which include the development of a new data centre campus powered by a solar power generation facility. He also serves as the Managing Director of YTL Communications Sdn Bhd where he was responsible for the building of the fourth generation (4G) network and which, in 2021, became the first telco in Malaysia to offer 5G services. Dato' Yeoh Seok Hong sits on the boards of other public companies such as YTL Cement Berhad, YTL Land & Development 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, the philanthropic arm of the YTL Group.


TAN SRI ISMAIL BIN ADAM

Malaysian, male, aged 71, was appointed to the Board on 25 February 2021 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) Degree from University of Malaya in 1972, a Diploma in Public Administration from University of Malaya in 1975 and a Masters of Arts (Economics) from Vanderbilt University, USA in 1979. He attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in Boston, USA, in 2002.

Tan Sri Ismail Bin Adam joined the Administrative and Diplomatic Service (ADS) Malaysia in 1972 as an Assistant Director at the then Ministry of Trade and Industry. From March 1975, he was placed at the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) as a Senior Project Officer. In 1986, he was posted to the Statistics Department Malaysia as the Chief Administration Officer. In August 1990, he was appointed as the Head of Planning Unit of the Public Service Department. He was then seconded to the National Productivity Corporation (now known as the Malaysian Productivity Corporation) as the Deputy Director General in 1992 and was promoted as Director General in 1995 where he was instrumental in spearheading productivity and quality improvement initiatives in the private sector.

He returned to the Public Service Department as the Deputy Director-General of the Public Service Malaysia in July 2000 after which he was appointed as the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health in March 2004. On 16 June 2005, he was appointed as the Director-General of Public Service Malaysia and also sat on the boards of the Employees Provident Fund, the Retirement Fund Incorporated, the Malaysia Qualifying Agency and the Inland Revenue Board, to lend his expertise in policy development and implementation.

After retirement from the civil service in 2010, Tan Sri Ismail Bin Adam was appointed as the Chairman of Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, a public transportation company of the Ministry of Finance Incorporated. He also served as an advisor to Hay Group Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a consultancy firm and as a non-executive director of various private sector entities.

In June 2012, he was appointed by the Government of Malaysia as the Deputy Chairman of the Special Commission on Transformation of the Malaysian Civil Service.

He also sits on the board of Westport Holdings Berhad, a company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.


DATUK SERI LONG SEE WOOL

Malaysian, male, aged 66, was appointed to the Board on 28 December 2018 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He is the Chairman of Nominating Committee and Remuneration Committee. He is also a member of the Audit Committee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree from University of Malaya and holds a Diploma in Public Administration from the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN).

Datuk Seri Long See Wool served more than 34 years in the Ministry of Transport ("MOT") where he specialised in aviation. During his time with the MOT, he served as Assistant Secretary (Air Transport) and Principal Assistant Secretary (Airport Development) of Aviation division, MOT. He was subsequently appointed as Under Secretary of the Aviation Division, MOT from 16 May 2002 to 1 November 2006 and was appointed as the Deputy Secretary-General (Planning). He was the Secretary-General of MOT before his retirement in November 2014.

He was involved in the bilateral and multilateral negotiations of air traffic rights, planning and development of public transport infrastructure and air transport economics.

He has been a commissioner of Malaysia Aviation Commission ("MAVCOM") since 2016. He is the chairman of the Licensing and Air Traffic Rights Committee and the Consumer Protection Committee, as well as a member of the Competition and Economics Committee, all of which are held under MAVCOM.


DATUK LOO TOOK GEE

Malaysian, female, aged 65, was appointed to the Board on 28 December 2018 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. She is also a member of Audit Committee, Nominating Committee and Remuneration Committee. She holds a Master Degree in Policy Science from Saitama University, Japan, a postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration from National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree from University of Malaya.

Datuk Loo Took Gee served the Federal Government of Malaysia for 37 years as an officer of the Administrative and Diplomatic Service (ADS). She was appointed as the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia, from 1 August 2010 until her retirement on 4 August 2016. Subsequently, she was appointed as the Advisor to Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia, for one year from 1 September 2016 until 30 September 2017.

Her previous positions include Deputy Secretary-General (2), Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications, Malaysia from 9 April 2007 to July 2010; Undersecretary (International and Sustainable Energy), Energy Division, Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications, Malaysia from 1 January 2006 to 8 April 2007; Undersecretary (Policy and Industry Development), Energy Division, Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications, Malaysia from August 2002 to 31 December 2005; Principal Assistant Secretary (Energy), Ministry of Energy, Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia from October 1999 to August 2002; Principal Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Works, Malaysia from November 1990 to October 1999; Principal Assistant Director, Public Services Department, Malaysia from February 1983 to September 1988; and Assistant Director, Public Services Department, Malaysia from November 1979 to February 1983.

She is currently the Chairman of the Malaysia-Kazakhstan Business Council and also a board member of Hartalega Holdings Berhad, a company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. She also sits on the boards of a few private companies.


DATO' YEOH SEOK KIAN

Malaysian, male, aged 64, was appointed to the Board on 21 October 1996 as an Executive Director. 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 served as Deputy Managing Director of YTL Corporation Berhad, which is listed on Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad and Executive Director of YTL Land & Development Berhad until 29 June 2018 when he was redesignated as Managing Director of these companies. He is also an Executive Director of Malayan Cement Berhad, which is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He is also an Executive Director of Pintar Projek Sdn Bhd, the manager of YTL Hospitality REIT. Dato' Yeoh Seok Kian also sits on the boards of other public companies such as YTL Cement Berhad, YTL Industries Berhad, Sentul Raya Golf Club 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 Real Estate Investment Trust, a vehicle listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST).


DATO' YEOH SOO MIN

Malaysian, female, aged 65, has been 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 a member of The Court Of Emeritus Fellows of the Malaysian Institute of Management and Life Member of the Women's Institute of Management, Malaysia. Dato' Yeoh Soo Min sits on the board of trustees of Asia School of Business Trust Fund. She is currently an Honorary Fellow of the Governors of International Students House, London, and Sir Thomas Pope, Trinity College, University of Oxford, UK, and member of the Vice-Chancellor's Circle of University of Oxford, UK. She is also a Trustee of Yayasan Tuanku Fauziah and IJN Foundation. She also holds directorships in YTL Corporation Berhad, a company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad and YTL Industries Berhad. She also sits on the board of trustees of YTL Foundation.


DATO' SRI MICHAEL YEOH SOCK SIONG

Malaysian, male, aged 61, 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 Managing Director of Malayan Cement Berhad and Executive Director of YTL Corporation Berhad, both listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad and Managing Director of YTL Cement Berhad. He also sits on the boards of other public companies such as YTL Land & Development Berhad, YTL e-Solutions Berhad, YTL Industries Berhad, Kedah Cement Holdings Berhad and a private utilities corporation, YTL PowerSeraya Pte Limited in Singapore.


DATO' YEOH SOO KENG

Malaysian, female, aged 58, was appointed to the Board on 2 June 1997 as an Executive Director. She started her career with the group in 1986 as an engineer upon her graduation from Leeds University, United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Civil Engineering. She has held key executive positions in numerous industries and sectors in which the group has presence. She led numerous construction and infrastructure projects of strategic and national significance. She headed the group's procurement division and later set up the sales and marketing division of YTL Cement Berhad when the group entered the industry in 1992. She was subsequently appointed the director of sales and marketing for the group's mobile communications division in 2012.

Dato' Yeoh also serves on the boards of YTL Corporation Berhad and Malayan Cement Berhad, both listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, YTL e-Solutions Berhad, YTL Cement Berhad and Kedah Cement Holdings Berhad.

Dato' Yeoh is the President of the ASEAN Federation of Cement Manufacturers (AFCM) and is also the Chairman of The Cement and Concrete Association Malaysia (CNCA).

Dato' Yeoh is actively involved in various community work at national and international levels. She serves on the board of YTL Foundation, and is the President of the Girl Guides Association Malaysia, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Branch. She sits on the EXCO of the Girl Guides Association Malaysia. She sits on the boards of the World Scout Foundation (WSF) where she chairs the Global Network Committee. She also represents the WSF on the Finance Committee of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM).


DATO' MARK YEOH SEOK KAH

Malaysian, male, aged 56, 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, which is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He is also an Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Pintar Projek Sdn Bhd, the manager of YTL Hospitality REIT. He is a board member of YTL Land & Development Berhad, 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.


SYED ABDULLAH BIN SYED ABD. KADIR

Malaysian, male, aged 67, 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 Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, and YTL e-Solutions Berhad.


FAIZ BIN ISHAK

Malaysian, male, aged 63, was appointed to the Board on 26 November 2015 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He is the Chairman of Audit Committee. He is also a member of Nominating Committee and Remuneration Committee. He became a graduate 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 boards of YTL Corporation Berhad and Transocean Holdings Bhd, both listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He is also an entrepreneur in the retail food and beverages industry.