Management Team

JOHANA ERA ZAINUDIN was appointed as the Principal Officer of Labuan Re in January 2014, and later re-designated as its Chief Executive Officer in May 2014.

She graduated in BSc Economics majoring in Finance and Marketing Psychology in 1994 from The Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

She began her career in investment banking in the area of corporate finance. Having served two investment banks for a span of seven years, Johana was involved in various corporate activities such as the restructuring of companies, M&As, and fund raising exercises. She then joined an international management consulting firm where she developed the shareholder value-added models and strategic plans for corporations and a multilateral organisation.

She joined Labuan Re in 2002 as its Chief Investment Officer, where she had restructured the Investment Department to play a direct active role in the capital market. While in Labuan Re, she obtained her MBA from Australia. She was subsequently given the additional duties as the Company Alternate Secretary and the Head of the Lloyd’s Department.

Johana sits on the Board of Labuan Re Underwriting Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary company of Labuan Re, which is also a Corporate Member at Lloyd’s of London).  She is also a Board member of the Federation of Afro-Asian Insurers and Reinsurers (FAIR).

MAUREEN J. KANANONG is the Chief Investment Officer / Senior Vice President of Labuan Re.

Maureen joined the Company as an Accounts Executive in January 1997. She was transferred to the Investment Department in 1998 where she has built her investment management experience. She was a Vice President since July 2013 before assuming her present position in December 2016.

She graduated from the University of Liverpool, UK in 1992 with a BA (Hons) in Accounting.

ZAID AZIZ IBRAHIM joined on February 17th 2020 as the Chief Underwriting Officer/Senior Vice President of Labuan Re, bringing with him 13 years of regional reinsurance underwriting experience from Allianz Re Singapore and Asia Capital Reinsurance Group Pte Ltd. Prior to this, he worked in Tenaga Risk Management & Services (a JV with Tenaga Nasional Berhad), Marsh Insurance Brokers. His most recent appointment was in QBE Insurance Malaysia, hence providing a complete circuit of the insurance industry from the end user, broker, insurer and reinsurer.

He graduated from The Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania with a BSc in Economics majoring in Actuarial Science and Finance.

AW YONG CHOR LEONG was appointed Vice President, Head of Actuarial of Labuan Reinsurance (L) Berhad in July 2019.

Chor Leong is one of the few qualified actuaries in Malaysia to specialise in Actuarial Pricing. He had led two direct insurers through the Phased Liberalisation of Motor and Fire Tariffs.  He implemented a unique method to complement risk-based pricing and to optimise the company’s risk selection, which set its pricing apart from competitors and subsequently led to strong underwriting results post implementation.  The method is still being practised today.  His other Actuarial Pricing experience was with a local reinsurer and retakaful operator, where he developed a Facultative Property Rating Tool and is the first reinsurer to do so locally.  Rating tools are now standard across the market.

In Labuan Re, Chor Leong oversees the Actuarial Reserves of the Company and other actuarial assignments including pricing, capital management, portfolio optimisation and asset-liability management.

He is a Fellow of Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS) and a First Class Honours graduate from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. He is an active volunteer in the CAS and is one of the founding members for the CAS’s University Insider Program in South East Asia which promulgates the society’s presence in the region. 

KHAIRUL NIZAR MOHD ARIP is the Chief Information Officer / Vice President of Labuan Re. He joined the Company in March 2021.

Khairul is an experienced Head of IT with 20 years of IT experienced working with various multinational companies such as Shell, HP, Dell, and Standard Chartered Bank. He managed large global team on 24×7 shift and local team of more than 50 IT personnel. His vast experiences encompass IT Infrastructure, IT Operation & Support, Application Development, IT Security, Risk, Governance & Compliance which enables him to achieve certifications for various companies such as ISO Information Security Management System (ISMS) 27001:2013, ISO/IEC 20000-1:Service Management and ISO Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) 37001.

Khairul has an Executive Master in Management from Asia Metropolitan Universtiy and BSc (HONS) in Information Technology from Universiti Teknologi MARA.

ABD GHAFUR AHMAD joined Labuan Re on August 16th 2021 as the Head of Risk & Compliance.

Ghafur brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Insurance industry in both risk management and compliance. Ghafur started his career in internal audit in Uni.Asia General Insurance in the year 2000 and took on a senior leadership position in Hong Leong MSIG Takaful as the Head of Risk, Compliance and Shariah in 2012. After a stint of 15 months, Ghafur was headhunted to join MCIS Insurance as the Head of Risk Management. He took on an additional role and assumed the responsibility as Head of Risk & Compliance for the next five years. During Ghafur’s tenure as Head of Risk & Compliance, he managed to resolve significant on-going operational issues and worked together with the regulators to solve all compliance issues. Ghafur was also at the forefront for all Business Continuity Management (BCM) planning during the initial Covid-19 pandemic.

He holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Monash University.

ROHAYU HJ IDRIS has more than 17 years of professional experience in Human Resources with extensive exposure in operational and strategic Human Resources.

Prior to this appointment, Rohayu was heading the Market Training & Learning for Nestle Malaysia. During her 10-year tenure at Nestle, Rohayu took on several assignment at several Nestle Manufacturing Malaysia as well as Nestle Products Malaysia. Before that, she has assumed various HR related roles at NEC Semiconductors, a Japanese multinational company. With more than 17 years on the workforce, her vast experience encompasses broad range in the field of HR and her knowledge and exposure are mainly in the area of remunerations, talent management, training, recruitment and leadership development. Rohayu graduated from Universiti Teknologi Mara with Bachelor of Business Administration.

She joined Labuan Re on February 7th 2019 as the Head of Human Resources & Administration.

AZHARI ABU is the Head of Finance of Labuan Re. He joined the Company in September 2021. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from University Utara Malaysia and is a registered Chartered Accountant of Malaysia with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants since 2002.

He brings along more than 22 years of working experience from various insurance companies, locally and internationally, such as Aljazira Takaful located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prudential BSN Takaful Berhad, Great Eastern Takaful Berhad, Hong Leong MSIG Takaful Berhad, Zurich Takaful Malaysia Berhad, Takaful Ikhlas Berhad and Takaful Nasional Sdn Berhad.

Prior to joining Labuan Re, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Insurans Islam TAIB Holdings Sdn Bhd and led the company’s key initiatives of changing its Takaful Operational Model from Mudharabah to Wakalah concept, implementation of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments, IFRS 16 Leases, Risk Based Capital (RBC) and Notice of Public Disclosure.

RAMES SUPRAMANIAM joined on September 17th 2021 as the Head of Claims / Assistant Vice President. Rames brings with him 12 years of Loss Adjusting experience with various leading Loss Adjusting companies namely, MSM Loss Adjusters, Cunningham & Lindsey Loss Adjusters and Malaysian Broadwides Loss Adjusters. Prior to this he worked in Marsh Insurance Brokers for 7 years, handling various client’s claims and in-charge for claims recoveries from various Co & Reinsurers. He graduated with Higher Diploma in Computer Science and a Senior Associate member of The Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) also member of the Australasian Institute of Chartered Loss Adjusters (AICLA).