Dato' Zainal Abidin Putih
Chairman / Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Dato’ Zainal Abidin qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Dato’ Zainal Abidin sits on the Board of Southeast Asia Special Asset Management Berhad. He is the Chairman of CIMB Bank Berhad and Touch ’n Go Sdn Bhd.
He has extensive experience in audit, management consulting and taxation, having been involved as a practicing accountant and consultant throughout his career.
He was formerly the Country Managing Partner of Messrs Hanafiah Raslan and Mohamad which merged with Messrs Arthur Andersen in 1990 and was an Adviser with Messrs Ernst & Young Malaysia, until his retirement on 31 December 2004.
Dato’ Zainal Abidin was the Chairman of Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad up to December 2005 when it ceased operations. He is also the Past President of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Malaysian Accounting Standards Board and previously served as a member of the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission. He was also previously a member of the Investment Panel of the Employees Provident Fund.
Dato’ Zainal Abidin sits on the boards of other publicly listed companies and is currently the Chairman of Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad and Land & General Berhad. He also sits on the board of Petron Malaysia Refining and Marketing Berhad (formerly known as ESSO Malaysia Berhad). He holds directorships in a number of private companies including as Chairman of Mobile Money International Sdn Bhd. He is a Trustee of the National Heart Institute Foundation (IJNF) and the Perdana Leadership Foundation.
Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad
Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad has been appointed as Independent Director of CIMB Bank Berhad on 20 July 2015. He sits on the Board of CIMB Group Holdings Berhad and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of CIMB Bank Berhad. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) United Kingdom and a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysia Institute of Accountants (MIA). He was also elected as a member of the ACCA (UK) Council in September 2013. Datuk Mohd Nasir holds a Master of Business Administrations (Finance) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and was the President of MIA from August 2011 to July 2013.
Datuk Mohd Nasir brings with him vast experience in the area of finance and accounting which spans 35 years, having started his career as a Trainee Accounting with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in 1979 holding various positions in the Finance Division. In January 1993, he was seconded to TNB’s subsidiary company, Malaysia Transformer Manufacturing Sdn Bhd as the Financial Controller before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in June 2014. In January 2000, he joined Syarikat Permodalan Kebangsaan Berhad as its CEO. He has also helmed several Government-Linked Companies such as Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad and Syarikat Permodalan Kebangsaan as its CEO on 1 June 2001 until his retirement on 1 June 2011.
Currently, Datuk Mohd Nasir is the Chairperson of CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. He sits on the Boards of SIRIM Berhad and Prokhas Sdn Bhd. He is the Chairman of UKM Holdings Sdn Bhd and a member of the Board of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, the Energy Commission, Listing Committee of Bursa Malaysia and the Board of Trustee of Yayasan Canselor UNITEN..
Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz
Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director
Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz is the Group Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, a leading ASEAN universal bank and a world leader in Islamic finance with presence in 17 countries worldwide. He is also the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of CIMB Bank Berhad.
With over 19 years of experience in the financial services sector, specialising in Investment Banking, Tengku Zafrul’s last position was with Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and Maybank Kim Eng Holdings as Chief Executive Officer. He also held senior positions in Citigroup Malaysia, Kenanga Holdings Berhad and Avenue Securities (now known as ECM Libra). He also experienced being an entrepreneur by setting up Tune Money Sdn Bhd, Asia’s first “no-frills” online financial service provider. He started his career as a Corporate Finance Executive in AM Investment Bank and after that joined Credit Agricole as a Senior Investment Analyst, after which he became the Advisor to the President of Tenaga Nasional Bhd.
Outside of CIMB, Tengku Zafrul is an advocate of Malaysia’s socioeconomic development and currently heads the Kuala Lumpur Business Club. He is on the boards of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia. In addition, he is a member of the Secondary Market Advisory Group of Securities Commission. Tengku Zafrul is also actively involved in developing the youth of the nation – He is on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business and Accounting of University Malaya, as well as Young Corporate Malaysians. Tengku Zafrul was also appointed by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia as an Adjunct Professor at University Sains Islam Malaysia under the CEO Faculty Programme. He is also the Chairman of Enactus Malaysia Foundation, an international non-profit organisation aimed at grooming university students into future leaders.
Tengku Zafrul graduated from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Economics and Accounting and obtained a Master of Arts (MA) in Finance and Management from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. He also holds a fellowship with the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers.
Rosnah Dato’ Kamarulzaman
Rosnah Dato’ Kamarulzaman has been appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director effective 19 January 2012. Rosnah is currently a Trustee of CIMB Foundation. She started her career as a Management Trainee with the former Bank of Commerce in 1979, and left the bank in 2005, after its merger with CIMB. Her last appointment at the bank was as Senior Executive Vice President heading the Banking Unit, responsible for Retail Banking, Business Banking, Corporate Banking, Treasury and International Banking.
Mr. Venkatachalam Krishnakumar is an experienced banker where he began his career with Citibank (India) in 1974. He was the Chief Operating and Financial Officer for Citibank’s Global Consumer Bank, Asia Pacific Region when he ended his career with Citi after 31 years.
During his 31-year career with the Bank, he founded and was Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Citicorp Overseas Software Limited (COSL) in Bombay (1986), the first 100% foreign-owned software company in India’s nascent days as a Global software destination. During his tenure at Citibank, he acted in various senior capacities ranging from Chief Financial Officer for the International Banking & Finance Group (latterly Emerging Markets) to Chief of Staff and CFO, to the President of Citicorp/Citibank in New York. During his 7 years (1988-1994) with Citibank in New York, he saw the Bank work through a severe turnaround situation while serving as the Chief Business Analyst for the Chairman. He was Chairman of Citibank Malaysia during 2002-2004.
Since retirement he has served as Senior Advisor to Mckinsey and Co and Barclays Bank. He has served on several boards including Singapore Technologies Engineering (Singapore), Mediacorp (Singapore) Singapore Computer Systems etc.
Presently Mr. Krishnakumar chairs the Board of Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd (Asia Pac) (OFSS) in Singapore.
Datin Grace Yeoh Cheng Geok
Datin Grace Yeoh has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of CIMB Bank Berhad on 21 August 2013. She is an alumna of the United World College of South East Asia and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (LLB) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and also a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of London. She was called to the English Bar in 1984 and to the High Court of Malaya in 1985.
She has been in active practice since 1985 and is currently a partner of Shearn Delamore & Co. where she heads the Corporate and Commercial Law Department as well as the Energy, Natural Resources & Green Technology Practice Group. Prior to joining the Corporate and Commercial Law Department, she practised in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group for more than 10 years. She currently sits on the Management Committee of Shearn Delamore & Co.
She has advised on the local incorporation of the banking industry as well as the listing of companies on Bursa Malaysia, advises on regulatory compliance, corporate governance and foreign investments. Her recent work has involved a number of mergers and acquisitions both in Malaysia for local and foreign clients and outside Malaysia for Malaysian clients. Her experience in the area of Energy, Natural Resources & Green Technology includes advising on agreements such as joint ventures in respect of ENRGT projects and related licensing, operation and management agreements as well as other associated agreements and providing assistance on steering clients past issues associated with energy projects.
Datin Grace has been involved in the editing of the CCH Malaysian and Singapore Company Law and Practice Manual and has written and contributed to publications such as Getting the Deal Through - Insolvency and Restructuring and Global M&A.
She is currently a member of the Corporate and Commercial Law Committee and the Trade in Legal Services Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council.
Dato' Lee Kok Kwan
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Dato’ Lee has been appointed as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of CIMB Bank Berhad on 20 July 2015. He holds a BBA Joint Honours (1st Class) degree and a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, Canada.
Dato’ Lee was previously Adviser (Wholesale Banking) to the Group Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, and Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Banking, Treasury and Markets. His areas of responsibility included corporate banking; the Group’s markets; sales and trading businesses in interest rates, credit, foreign exchange, commodities, equity and their derivatives; debts capital market; fixed income investments; transaction banking; and the treasury and funding operations for the Group.
Prior to joining the Group in 1996, Dato’ Lee had more than seven years of markets and treasury experience in the Canadian banking industry. He was the Treasury Portfolio Manager responsible for interest rates and optionally risk and return for a leading Canadian bank and a member of its Senior Asset-Liability Management Committee.
Dato’ Lee is also the President of the Financial Markets Association of Malaysia and the Vice-Chair of the ASEAN+3 Bond Market Forum established under the auspice of the ASEAN+3 Bond Markets Initiative and the ASEAN+3 Finance Ministers to promote development of cross-border activities in the ASEAN+3 local currency bond markets.
Serena Tan Mei Shwen
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Serena Tan Mei Shwen (“Serena”) has been appointed as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of CIMB Bank Berhad on 1 December 2017.
She is an Executive Director of Investments in Khazanah Nasional Berhad, and oversees the Fintech, Insurance and Funds sectors. She also currently sits on the Board of Directors of CIMB Thai Bank Public Company Limited. Serena joined Khazanah in 2005 and has had several secondments to Khazanah investee companies, one of which is Bank Lippo (now CIMB Niaga) in Indonesia.
Prior to Khazanah, Serena was with Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company where she predominantly focused on financial services.
Serena holds a Degree in Accounting and Finance from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and a Master of Business Administration Degree (Sloan Fellows Programme in Innovation and Global Leadership) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
Chu Hong Keong
Mr. Chu Hong Keong has been appointed as an Independent Director of CIMB Bank Berhad on 1 May 2019. He has also been appointed as Member of the Board Risk and Compliance Committee and the CIMB Technology Strategic Panel.
He graduated in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and started his career with the Telecommunications Authority of Singapore. He later joined HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd from 1981 up to his retirement in 2012. He was appointed on the Board of Malaysia Electronic Clearing (MyClear) Corp Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Bank Negara Malaysia from 2013 to 2017. He was also a Managing Director of Silverlake Group from 2012 to 2015.
Mr. Chu has over 30 years’ experience in banking and telecommunication industries and diverse expertise ranging from banking technology and operations, e-business, strategic and digital transformation to risk/fraud management, regulatory compliance review and quality reassurance as well as interbank clearing/payment standards and operating rules.
He has more than 15 years’ experience in international awards judging for technology-related innovations and start-ups. Leveraging this experience, he currently mentors Malaysian start-ups and entrepreneurs and had previously participated as an investor in ASEAN Business Angel Network’s investment forums for start-ups.