Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Dato’ Latif was appointed as Chairman of the Company on 20 August 2004. He was re-designated as Executive Chairman on 1 December 2004 and later as NonIndependent Non-Executive Chairman on 1 June 2006 and on 15 August 2014, as Independent Non-executive Chairman of the Company. He is a currently a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee (“R&N Committee”) of the Company.
Dato’ Latif obtained the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in International Relations from University Malaya and Master of Science (Marine Law & Policy) degree from University of Wales. He had also attended the Senior Management Development Program at Harvard Business School. He is a member of Chartered Institute of Logistic and Transport, United Kingdom.
Dato’ Latif started his career in 1975 with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attached to West Asian Desk. He later joined Malaysian International Shipping Corporation Berhad (“MISC”) as an Executive and was subsequently promoted to Assistant Manager, Liner Division of MISC. From 1982 to 1992, he was with Perbadanan Nasional Shipping Line Berhad (“PNSL”) where he held a number of senior positions and was instrumental in the formation of and heading a number of subsidiaries and joint venture companies within the PNSL Group. He was the General Manager, Business and Corporate Division of PNSL before opting to join Mitsui OSK Lines (M) Sdn. Bhd. (“Mitsui OSK”) in 1990 as a founder Director and remains as Chairman of Mitsui OSK after his retirement in 2005.
Presently, Dato’ Latif is the Chairman of Efficient E-Solutions Berhad.
Executive Vice Chairman
Dato’ Siew was appointed as Non-Independent Executive Director of the Company on 17 October 2001. He was redesignated as the Non-Independent Non-Executive Deputy Chairman on 20 August 2004 and later as the Executive Vice Chairman of the Company on 25 January 2011.
Dato’ Siew received his secondary and tertiary education in the United Kingdom, first studying in Marlborough College from the age of 13 years, then completing his tertiary education at Imperial College London. He received his Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Chemical Engineering and Master of Science (“MSc”) degree in Operational Research at Imperial College London, graduating in 1978.
Dato’ Siew has extensive experience in the field of petrochemicals accumulated for more than 30 years in the local and international sectors.
Dato’ Siew was a very active member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation (“YPO”) from 1993 until 2006. He was Chairman of the Malaysian Chapter of YPO and was Co-Chairman of the first Regional Conference in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. He became a member of the International Board of YPO in 2000 and served until 2003. During his tenure he was Chairman of YPO’s Global Leadership Congress in Beijing in 2003. He was also a past President of the Imperial College Alumni of Malaysia (“ICAAM”) and Governor of the Board of Governors for Malborough College of Malaysia.
Currently, Dato’ Siew is the Executive Chairman of Ancom Berhad, the holding company of the Company, and Group Managing Director of Nylex (Malaysia) Berhad, both of which are listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.
Dato’ Siew is a substantial shareholder of the Company through his direct and indirect shareholding in Ancom Berhad and his direct and indirect interest in the Company.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Ampikaipakan was appointed to the Board on 24 July 2020.
Upon graduating from Madras Medical College, India in 1972, Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Ampikaipakan served as a Medical Officer in various government hospitals in Malaysia until 1976. From 1976 to 1978, he was the Medical Registrar at the National Tuberculosis Centre Kuala Lumpur. He then began his post-graduate training at the Brompton Hospital and Royal London Hospital in the United Kingdom (UK), returning to Malaysia to serve as a Consultant Respiratory Physician at the National Tuberculosis Centre. In 1981, he began his own practice and in 1986 he joined Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur as a Consultant Respiratory Physician, a position he holds until today.
Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Ampikaipakan was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) UK in 1986. He was also the Founder Secretary and President of the Malaysian Thoracic Society from 1989-1992.
Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Ampikaipakan pioneered a research to document the incidence of Sarcoidosis in Malaysia and presented his findings at the International Sarcoidosis Conference in Paris in 1981.
He was appointed the First Vice-Chancellor of AIMST University from 1996 to 1997 and continued as the founder Chairman of AIMST University till 2009.
He is also Chairman of the Vivekananda Ashrama Kuala Lumpur as well as the Chairman of schools under the patronage of the Ashrama.
Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Ampikaipakan is currently one of the Advisors of the International Advisory Council for Clinical Governance at IHH Healthcare Berhad.
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Abdul Latif was appointed as Managing Director of the Company on 1 January 2005. He was re-designated as the Company’s Group Managing Director on 1 July 2005. After his retirement, he was appointed as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 25 January 2011.
Abdul Latif is currently a member of the Audit Committee of the Company.
He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from University Technology MARA, Malaysia and holds an Master of Business Administration (“MBA”) from University of Hull, England. He began his career in Asea Brown Boveri as a Substation Design Engineer in 1982 and subsequently headed its substation contracts department. He subsequently joined Groupe Schneider in 1992 as General Manager, Operations in charge of Power Transmission & Distribution sales, contract management and assembly workshop. In 1995, he joined EPE Power Corporation Berhad (“EPE”) as Senior General Manager - Power Distribution and in 2000 was appointed as a Chief Operation Officer, in charge of the EPE Group’s power generation, transmission and distribution businesses. He became Managing Director of EPE in 2001. He was the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Ranhill Power Berhad following the acquisition of EPE by Ranhill Berhad.
He was the Managing Director of Ancom Berhad’s Agricultural Chemicals division from 2011 to 2014.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Safrizal joined the Board on 24 December 2002. He is currently the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the R&N Committee of the Company.
Safrizal gained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of New South Wales, Australia. He is a member of CPA Australia. He has vast working experience in both the consulting as well as the commercial sectors in various capacities in Australia and Malaysia. He joined the Fraser & Neave (“F&N”) Group in Malaysia in 2002 and was responsible for setting up F&N’s in-house Tax Department. Prior to joining the F&N Group, he was attached to a couple of the Big Four Accounting Firms, with his last position being a tax director. His experience in the field of taxation totals more than 30 years. During his time as a tax consultant, Safrizal managed a diversified portfolio of clients comprising local and multinational corporations from various industries, namely, finance, telecommunications, advertising, construction, manufacturing, shipping and insurance. Safrizal was also extensively involved in the rendering of business advice and tax planning in a variety of situations including corporate restructuring, public listing exercises, business expansion, privatisation exercises, offshore investments and mergers and acquisitions.
Safrizal, who was an appointed Council Member of the Chartered Taxation Institute of Malaysia, has also conducted in-house training programmes and has chaired/spoken at public seminars on various tax matters.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Hock Chye joined the Board on 5 December 2003. He is currently the Chairman of the R&N Committee and a member of the Audit Committee of the Company.
Hock Chye graduated with an LLB (Hons.) degree from the University of London, United Kingdom in 1999.
He was formerly a consultant with an organisation promoting good corporate governance and practices in Malaysia. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Editor with the Star Newspaper, where he wrote for the Business Section.
A former panel speaker for Bursatra Sdn. Bhd. on Continuing Education Programmes for public-listed company directors, Hock Chye has been the Group Director of Strategic Planning & Corporate Affairs, HELP University Sdn. Bhd. (formerly known as Help International Corporation Berhad) since April 2008.
Currently, Hock Chye is also a director of Ancom Berhad.