BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board of Director

GEORGE OOMMEN, aged 68, Malaysian. Non-Executive Chairman since October 25th 2019 and also sits on the Board of Labuan Re Underwriting Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Labuan Re, which is a Corporate Member at Lloyd’s of London).

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 has 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.

RIZAL BIN MOHD ZIN, aged 46, Malaysian. Non-Executive Director since November 2021. He holds a Bachelor in Arts in Engineering and Master’s in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK.

He started his career at a large telecommunications company in 1999 and then gained experience in the fields of corporate strategy planning and execution, performance management, Merger & Acquisition (M&A) and investment management in various sector such as media, education FMCG and private equity. Prior to joining MNRB as the Senior Vice President & Group Chief Strategy Officer, he was a Director for Investments at Ekuiti Nasional Berhad, a government-linked private equity firm.

MUHAMMAD BALYAN SULEIMAN, aged 52, 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 45, 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 fields 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 51, Malaysian. Currently Board Member and Chairman of Audit Committee at Labuan Reinsurance (L) Ltd. 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 56, the Chief Executive Officer of Etiqa General Takaful Berhad is a seasoned professional in both general insurance, general takaful, life and family business with 29 years of experience in the industry. He has a broad-based exposure covering business management and development, as well as in strategic business transformation.

Shahrul is a Senior Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance (ANZIIF) and a Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP), and an Affiliate in Financial Planning of the Malaysian Financial Planning Council.  He holds too an Executive Master in Business Administration from Open University Malaysia.

He began his career in the insurance industry with MBf Insurance in 1992, and furthered his career in American Malaysian Insurance Bhd as well as Malaysian National Insurance. Following the merger, he was appointed as Executive Vice President for Corporate Business before moving to manage Agency Business. His career progressed steadily, until he was appointed as Etiqa’s Chief Agency Officer in 2016, responsible for directing agency related matters for all Etiqa’s Malaysia based entities and has led significant improvements in Etiqa’s business. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Etiqa General Takaful Berhad in 2020 and brings wealth of experience in business turnaround as well as strong leadership and business acumen with the position. 

AMALANATHAN THOMAS, aged 62, 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. 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 57, 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.