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DATO’ JAAFAR BIN ABDUL HAMID
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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.
ZALILA BINTI MOHD TOON
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer
Zalila is responsible for the financial matters of Hektar REIT and the overall financial performance. She was instrumental in listing Hektar REIT. 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 the 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 the Honorary Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee of the Malaysian REIT Managers Association. She is also a member of 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 Frasers Property Australia Pty Ltd, CityNet Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd and Vacaron Company Sdn Bhd.
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 is the Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Centrepoint Commercial, the FCL division which is responsible for commercial property investment, development and management, fund and asset management. He is concurrently the Chief Executive Officer of Greater China, overseeing FCL’s property interests in China. Mr Tang has over 20 years of experience in asset management, investment management, marketing and operations in the real estate and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining the Fraser & Neave Group in 2001, he held senior positions with DBS Bank, DBS Land and British Petroleum. 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 holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the National University of Singapore.
SHAHRIL BIN KASSIM
Shahril has had over twenty years of experience with IBM Malaysia and Mesiniaga Bhd in various capacities such as sales, marketing, management and executive education for the government sector. During the course of his career, he has also been involved in organising, designing and facilitating executive strategy development for organizations to align their business strategy with Information and Communication Technology ("ICT"). He left IBM in 1999 and was a consultant to HeiTech Padu Berhad, a local ICT solutions provider until 2003. He holds a degree in Electronics Engineering from Salford University, United Kingdom.
DATO' SYED MD AMIN ALJEFFRI
Independent Non-Executive Director
Dato' Syed's extensive work experience includes stints with Esso in Malaysia and the United States of America, Touche Ross Canada and his own public accounting and consulting practices, AljeffriDean. He also sits on the board of LBI Capital Berhad, Golden Horse Palace Berhad, RAM Holdings Berhad, Asas Serba Sdn Bhd and several other private limited companies. He is an Economics graduate from the University of Malaya, a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Certified Public Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore, a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant with Certified Practising Accountant Australia, a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountants with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants UK, a Certified Financial Planner with the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia and a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Taxation. He is a member of the Board of the Islamic Science University of Malaysia, owned by the Malaysian Government. He is currently the President of the Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber of Commerce and Secretary General of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council. He is also a Council Member of the Malaysia-China Business Council and the East Asia Business Council. He is the Malaysian Honorary Council for the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. He was formerly the Secretary General of the ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
DATO' LIM GIT HOOI @ ROBERT LIM
Independent Non-Executive Director
Dato' Lim was previously a partner in Ernst & Young and is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Gopeng Berhad and YNH Property Berhad, all of which are listed on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He also holds directorship in several other private limited companies. He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
PHILIP ENG HENG NEE
Independent Non-Executive Director
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 Executive Deputy Chairman of Hup Soon Global Corporation Limited. He is Director of several local and regional companies. Philip is also Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Greece and High Commissioner to Cyprus. He spent 23 years with the Jardine Cycle & Carriage Group before retiring in February 2005 as Group Managing Director. 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
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. Jack has over 19 years of experience in the Singapore 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.
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
(With effect from 30 January 2013)
Alex is currently Head, Investment of Frasers Centrepoint Asset Management Ltd, which manages Frasers Centrepoint Trust listed in Singapore. Alex has over 8 years of business development experience in serviced residence industry covering the Pan Asia market. He also has more than 5 years of retail experience in areas of operations and project planning.
Alex holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from National University of Singapore and an MBA from University of Hull, United Kingdom.