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DATO’ JAAFAR BIN ABDUL HAMID
Dato’ Jaafar is the founder and principal shareholder of the Hektar Group of companies and provides leadership for the overall strategic direction of the group. Previously, he was the Managing Director of United Engineers Malaysia Berhad (“UEM”), a public-listed corporation listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. During his tenure at the helm of the UEM group of companies, he was responsible for undertaking numerous privatisation projects including the North-South Expressway (PLUS), the Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing (Linkedua), Integrated Schedule Waste Management (Kualiti Alam) and the National Sports Complex.
After his UEM stint, he assumed the chairmanship of an international engineering and construction group, Costain Group PLC until 2000 and was involved in its re-listing exercise on the London Stock Exchange. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Engineering Production from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. The Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber of Commerce awarded him with the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in 2011 in recognition of his success in entrepreneurship.
DATO’ HISHAM BIN OTHMAN
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Dato’ Hisham Othman started his career in 1985 as a planning engineer in the Public Works Department (JKR) of Malaysia. His extensive work experience includes stints with PLUS Bhd, Renong Overseas Corporation and Touch ‘n Go. In June 1999, he was made the COO of ELITE Expressway, where he was involved in the finance, operations, construction and maintenance of the Shah Alam to Nilai Expressway, the KLIA Expressway and the Cyberjaya/Putrajaya Expressway. Shortly after that, he was promoted to become the Managing Director of Linkedua in May 2002 where he focused on the operations and marketing of the Malaysia Singapore Second Link Bridge. After a successful stint there, he left for Markmore Group and was involved in pursuing development opportunities in Africa and Asia.
Dato’ Hisham joined the DRB-Hicom Group in February 2010, where he was seconded to Puspakom Sdn Bhd as its CEO. After a successful and defining 2-year stint there, he was made the CEO of EON Bhd. In September 2012, he was made the CEO of Proton Edar Sdn Bhd and was promoted to become the COO of Proton Holdings Bhd a year after. In August 2014, he was made DRB Hicom’s Head of Automotive in addition to being the CEO of EON Group, taking charge of almost all the automotive brands as well as 19 companies under the DRB-Hicom umbrella with a combined annual revenue of more than RM 2 billion.
He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from University of Western Australia and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from University Putra Malaysia. He also holds a Senior Management Certificate from INSEAD of France.
ZALILA BINTI MOHD TOON
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Zalila is responsible for the financial matters of Hektar REIT and the overall financial and operational performances. She was instrumental in listing Hektar REIT and acquisition of Wetex Parade, Central Square and Landmark Central for Hektar REIT. She is the designated licensed Director under the Capital Market Services License granted to REIT Managers and her current portfolio in Hektar Asset Management includes Strategy, Finance, Legal, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs. Prior to joining the Hektar Group in 2004, she was with the UEM Group for 23 years, out of which 20 years was with Cement Industries of Malaysia Berhad. Her primary achievements include spearheading various programmes which include the issuance of private debt securities and the acquisition of Negri Sembilan Cement Industries Sdn Bhd. Subsequently, she was also involved in the reverse take-over exercise of Park May Berhad before leaving for a brief stint in UEM Environment Sdn Bhd, a holding company of Kualiti Alam Sdn Bhd.
Zalila holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Nottingham. She is a member of the Malaysian REIT Managers Association and Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG).
DR CHEW TUAN CHIONG
Dr Chew is Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Centrepoint Asset Management, the manager of Frasers Centrepoint Trust. Previously, Dr Chew was the Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore, a government statutory board, from 1995 to 2009. He has also been an Associate Professor with the National University of Singapore, and a Research Scientist with Daimler Benz in Germany and British Gas PLC in the UK, and an Adjunct Professor with the Singapore Management University. Dr Chew is presently also a Director of CityNet Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd, the manager of Netlink Trust.
Dr Chew is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Singapore. A former government scholar, Dr Chew holds a doctorate from University of Cambridge, an M Eng from the National University of Singapore, and a B Eng (1st Class Hons) from Monash University. Dr Chew has been awarded the Sugden Award by the Combustion Institute (UK) and the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Singapore).
CHRISTOPHER TANG KOK KAI
Mr Tang oversees Frasers Centrepoint Ltd’s business in the Commercial real estate space of Retail Malls and Offices. He oversees the entire value chain of investment, development and property management to asset and fund management. Mr Tang also oversees FCL’s property interests in China, providing leadership to the China team in the residential and commercial business there. He is presently a director of Frasers Centrepoint Asset Management Ltd, the manager of Frasers Centrepoint Trust and Frasers Centrepoint Asset Management (Commercial) Ltd, the manager of Frasers Commercial Trust. Mr Tang is also a member of the Executive Committee of REIT Association of Singapore and a member of Board of Governors, Republic Polytechnic.
Mr Tang holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the National University of Singapore.
DATUK KAMARUDDIN BIN AWANG
Independent Non-Executive Director
(Appointed with effect from 15 February 2016)
Datuk Kamaruddin was appointed to the Board of Inch Kenneth Kajang Rubber Plc (IKKR) on 17 July 2009. He is also the chairman of the Audit Committee of IKKR. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand in 1973. In 1977 he was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, United Kingdom. In 1982, he became a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. Previously he had held a number of directorships in public listed companies including as Executive Chairman of Metacorp Berhad. He has wide experience in Banking and Finance and is the Chief Executive of KYS Business School in Melaka.
MICHAEL LIM HEE KIANG
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Michael Lim Hee Kiang graduated with a Bachelors of Laws with Honours in 1972 and Master of Laws with Distinction in 1973 from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He was admitted to practise law in the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1973 and High Court of Borneo, Kuching and the High Court of Brunei in 1974. After one year, he left to join the Law Faculty of University Malaya in KL in 1975 and took up a position as a lecturer. After his stints in University Malaya, he joined Messrs. Shearn Delamore & Co in 1978 and was made a partner of the firm in the next year. He has worked with the same firm for 31 years, specialising in company and securities law before retiring in 2010.
Mr Michael Lim also sits on the Board of various public listed companies, including DKSH Holdings Bhd, Selangor Properties Bhd and Paragon Union Holdings Bhd. In addition, he is presently a consultant with Messrs Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong.
Mr Michael Lim is also currently a Director of Hektar Premier Sdn Bhd, Hektar Black Sdn Bhd and Hektar Klasik Sdn. Bhd.
PHILIP ENG HENG NEE
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Philip was appointed Independent Chairman of Frasers Centrepoint Asset Management Ltd in April 2009 and has been a Board member since April 2006. He is Non-Executive Chairman of mDR Limited and was appointed on the Board of Frasers Centrepoint Limited in October 2013. He also holds other directorships in several local and regional companies. Mr Philip is also Singapore Non-Resident High Commissioner to Canada. He spent 23 years with the Jardine Cycle & Carriage Group before retiring in February 2005 as Group Managing Director.
Mr Philip graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
JACK LAM JUCK NGAI
Alternate Director to Mr Christopher Tang Kok Kai
Mr Jack Lam is currently General Manager (Investment & Business Development) in the commercial properties division of Frasers Centrepoint Limited. Up to July 2011 he was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head, Investment of Frasers Centrepoint Asset Management Ltd, which manages Frasers Centrepoint Trust listed in Singapore. Mr Jack has over 22 years of experience in the Singapore, Malaysia and regional property markets, spanning a variety of roles in investment, asset management, advisory and research. He has also been involved in REIT management since the industry’s inception in Singapore in 2002.
Mr Jack holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance (with Distinction) from the University of Leeds, UK, and a Bachelor Degree in Engineering (Civil) from the National University of Singapore.
ALEX CHIA SOON REN
Alternate Director to Dr Chew Tuan Chiong
Mr Alex is Head, Investment of Frasers Centrepoint Asset Management Ltd (FCAM), which manages Frasers Centrepoint Trust listed in Singapore. Prior to joining FCAM, Mr Alex had over 8 years of business development experience in serviced residence industry covering the Pan Asia market. In addition, he had more than 5 years of experience in retail operations and project planning in Singapore and China.
Mr Alex holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from National University of Singapore and an MBA from University of Hull, United Kingdom.