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 re-designated 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 respectively.
Qualified with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Operational Research from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, United Kingdom, Dato’ Siew has extensive working experience in the field of petrochemicals locally and internationally for more than 30 years.
Dato’ Siew was the Chairman of the Malaysian Chapter of the Young Presidents Organisation (“YPO”), an international grouping of more than 25,000 chief executive officers and leaders of major companies and organisations over 130 countries. He was a director of the International Board of Directors of YPO from 2000 to 2003 during which he was the Chairman of YPO’s Global Leadership Congress in Beijing, China. In April 2013, Dato’ Siew was conferred an honorary degree in Doctor of Business Administration honoris causa by HELP University, 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. He is currently the President of the Imperial College Alumni Association of Malaysia and a Governor of the Board of Governors for Malborough College of Malaysia. 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.
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 and Non-Independent Non-executive Director on 25 January 2011. He was the Managing Director of Ancom Berhad’s Agricultural Chemicals division until his retirement in 2014.
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 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, who 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.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Safrizal joined the Board as Independent Non-executive Director 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 4 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.
Edmond joined the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 31 December 2011.
A Chartered Accountant by profession, he is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and Association of Chartered Accountants, England & Wales as well as a Certified Financial Planner.
Edmond’s career started with a professional accounting firm in London where he was
an Audit Manager. He was later the Manager in charge of portfolio investment in a merchant bank in Malaysia and subsequently in charge of the corporate planning and investment division in a public listed company in Malaysia. He was the Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director and a member of the Investment Committee of Public Mutual Berhad. He was a former Task Force member on Islamic Finance for Labuan International Offshore Financial Centre (“LOFSA”), a former council member and Chairman of the Secretariat of the Federation of Investment Managers Malaysia (“FIMM”) and a former member on the Securities Market Consultation Panel of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. Edmond is a founder member and a past President of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia.
Edmond is currently a director of Ancom Berhad and Nylex (Malaysia) Berhad. He is also the Chairman of Adventa Berhad as well as an Investment Committee Member and a Director of Manulife Asset Management Services Berhad.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Hock Chye joined the Board as Independent Non-executive Director 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 a LLB (Hons.) degree from the University of London, United Kingdom and holds a Certificate in Legal Practice. 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 International Corporation Berhad since April 2008.
Currently, Hock Chye is also a director of Ancom Berhad.