Board of Director

GEORGE OOMMEN, aged 67, Malaysian. Non-Executive Chairman since October 25th 2019. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants UK and also a member of two Malaysian Accountancy bodies; the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has more than thirty-six (36) years’ experience in the insurance industry.

He began his insurance career in 1981 when he joined American International Assurance Company Limited as an Accountant. In 1999, he was transferred to AIG Lippo Life Insurance Company, Indonesia as Vice President-Director. He then joined TATA AIG Life Insurance Company, India in 2000 as Managing Director. George Oommen later joined ACE INA Holdings Inc, India as Country Head/CEO in 2002 and thereafter in 2003 he was appointed Chairman/ Managing Director of ACE Life, Egypt, concurrently. In 2007, he joined the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIC) UAE as the Executive Director, Business Development. In 2010, he was appointed as the CEO & General Representative, Assicurazioni Generali, S.p.A. for the Middle East and North African Region based in Dubai.

George Oommen is also the Chairman of Malaysian Reinsurance Berhad, Director of MNRB Holdings Berhad, Takaful Ikhlas Family Berhad, Takaful Ikhlas General Berhad and Malaysian Re (Dubai) Ltd.

MUHAMMAD BALYAN SULEIMAN, aged 50, Malaysian. He is an Associate of the Malaysian Insurance Institute (AMII).  He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Actuarial Science and Finance from Temple University, United States in 1991.

He has been in Group Insurance since joining PETRONAS in January 1992 till present day. He is now the Head of Insurance, Group Risk Management of PETRONAS. He was appointed to the Board of Directors and as Chief Executive Officer of Energas Insurance (L) Labuan, a captive insurance company of PETRONAS, in March 2018.

SYARINA BINTI YAACOB, aged 44, Malaysian. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce & Management and Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand respectively. She is also a member of CPA Australia, Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and the Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII). 

She is currently the Head of Insurance, Group Finance Division of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), as well as the Principal Officer TNB Global Captive (L) Ltd, a captive insurance company of TNB. 

MOHAMAD BIN MOHAMAD ZAIN, aged 56, Malaysian. Non-Executive Alternate Director since February 2008 and became a Director in December 2012. Member of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee and Risk Committee. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII), UK and holds a Master of Communications Management from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. He started his career in Commercial Union Assurance (M) Sdn Bhd.  In 1993, he joined Telekom Malaysia Berhad until the present date. He is now the Chief Risk Officer, Group Risk Management.

CHONG CHOOI WAN, aged 43, is a Malaysian and a Director nominated by CIMB Bank Berhad. Also, a member of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee and Investment Committee. She is a summa cum laude graduate in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, United States of America. With over 20 years of experience in the fileds of banking, consulting, and corporate strategy, Chooi Wan is now the Director of Group Corporate Finance and Investment Management of CIMB Group. She also sits on the Board of Principal Asset Management Berhad and several private companies within Principal Group, CIMB Group and external group.  

YM RAJA AZLAN SHAH BIN RAJA AZWA, aged 48, Malaysian. Currently Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Audit and Risk Management Committee at IJN Holdings Sdn. Bhd. Presently, he holds the position of Vice President Finance at MISC Berhad effective 8 April 2019.  Previously he was the Group Chief Executive Officer at Percon Corporation Sdn Bhd, Group Chief Executive Officer at Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care Sdn Bhd and Managing Director at Sime Darby Healthcare Sdn Bhd.  He holds a Degree in Accounting and Financial Management from University of Sheffield, UK and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

SHAHRUL AZUAN MOHAMED, aged 53, Malaysian. Non-Executive Director effective July 31st, 2015. Member of the Investment Committee and Risk Committee. He is the Chief Agency Officer, Etiqa Insurance and Takaful, the Insurance arm of Maybank Group. In his capacity, he is responsible for setting Etiqa’s business strategic direction in sales, marketing and managing the operational and financial aspects of his company.

He is a Senior Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance (ANZIIF) and a Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP). He is also a member of Malaysia Financial Planning Council (MFPC) with a RFP. He holds an Executive Master in Business Administration from Open University Malaysia.

He began his career in MBf Insurance in 1992, and thereafter in American Malaysian Insurance Bhd before moving to Malaysian National Insurance and now with Etiqa after the merger. He has led his previous companies’ marketing and commercial teams in various senior management positions. A Board Director of Pak-Kuwait Takaful (Pakistan), also in the Board of Directors of the Global Takaful Group and an Alternate Management Council Member of the Malaysian Takaful Association.

AMALANATHAN THOMAS, aged 60, is a Malaysian and a Director nominated by HICOM Holdings Berhad. He is a Non-Executive Director since January 2020 and is a member of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee and Audit Committee.

Amalanathan holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Malaya and earned Professional Qualifications in Accounting and Taxation. He holds memberships in the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia, ASEAN Chartered Professional Accountant and Malaysian Institute of Management.

He was appointed as Principal Officer of DRB-HICOM Berhad on 1 April 2016 and currently as Group Director Financial Services, he oversees the Group’s Accounting, Reporting, Taxation, Risks & Sustainability, Procurement and Safety, Health & Environment. His experience spans over 25 years in the fields of finance, accounting and taxation.

Amalanathan sits on the Boards of PROTON Holdings Berhad, Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Edaran Otomobil Nasional Berhad, HICOM University College Sdn. Bhd. and several private limited companies within the DRB-HICOM Group

SAIRA BANU BINTI CHARA DIN, aged 56, Malaysian. She is a Chartered Accountant, Malaysian Institute of Accountants since 1992. She began her career as an external auditor in 1988. In 1992, joined an automotive company as Head of Finance and Administration before moving to Kumpulan Fima Berhad as the Head of Group Internal Audit. In 2003, she joined Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera as the Head of Risk Management. Her current portfolio is as the Head of Investment Operations and Administration.