Relevant Experience

Dato’ Zainal Abidin 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. He is a Trustee of the National Heart Institute Foundation (IJNF) and an Advisor to the Advisory Board of RHL Ventures Sdn Bhd.

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Date of Appointment:



Length of Tenure:

13 Years


Membership Of Board Committees

  • Member of Audit Committee
  • Member, Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Malaysia
  • Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, United Kingdom

Areas of Expertise:

  • Accounting and Audit, Legal, Capital Market, Operations, Human Resource, Corporate Leadership, Strategy Development and Implementation, Innovation and Transformation, Non-Financial Board Experience


Directorship / Relevant Appointments

Listed Entities

  • Nil


Other Entities

  • Director of CIMB Group Sdn Bhd
  • Independent Director of PETRON Malaysia Refining & Marketing Berhad
  • Director of Southeast Asia Special Asset Management Berhad
  • Director of Tenaga Nasional Berhad
  • Chairperson of Mobile Money Internasional Sdn Bhd
  • Director of ZS Sdn Bhd
  • Independent Director of Everest Realty Sdn Bhd
  • Chairperson of Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad
  • Independent Director of Touch N' Go Sdn Bhd
  • Independent Director of Land & General Berhad
  • Director of CIMB EOP Management Sdn Bhd
  • Director of CIMB Bank (L) Ltd
  • Director of TNB Capital (L) Ltd


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