Board of Directors

 

Datu Rafee Bin Datu Makling
(Chairman, Independent Non-Executive Director)

Age: 67
Gender: Male
Nationality: Malaysian


Datu Rafee Bin Datu Makling was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 22 May 2019. He serves as a Chairman of the Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee and ESOS Committee and serves as a member of the Audit Committee. He graduated with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana Institute of Technology in Year 1985. He served with the Sabah State Government from 1991 to 2010 before starting his own business. During his tenure in the State civil service, he held various senior posts amongst others Senior Executive Officer (1991 – 1994), Deputy General Manager of Ko-Nelayan (1994 – 1996), Deputy Secretary Administration of Majlis Perbandaran Kota Kinabalu (MPKK) (1997 – 1998) and Deputy Secretary Administration & Finance in Majlis Perbandaran Tawau (1998 - 2010). He was Assistant Managing Director of Cathay Organization and Borneo Film Sdn Bhd (1986 - 1990).

He has no family relationship with any of the directors or substantial shareholders of the Company. He has no directorship in any other public listed company. He has no conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions for offences within the past five (5) years and has no public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.


     
 

Tan Aik Kiong
(Managing Director)
Age: 60

Gender: Male
Nationality: Malaysian

Tan Aik Kiong is Managing Director of Innoprise Plantations Berhad. He serves as Chairman of the Risk Management Committee and serves as a member of the Remuneration Committee and ESOS Committee. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 16 December 2014. He is also the Group Executive Director of TSH Resources Berhad. He sits on the Board of a list of private companies.

He has more than 30 years of experience in resource based industries, which includes cocoa and palm oil covering both the primary, processing, refining and international trade segments throughout his career with the Company, TSH Resources Berhad, Prudential Bache Ltd., an established brokerage and commission house and Ameroid Services Pte. Ltd., an independent warehousing company in Singapore.

He holds a Masters degree in Civil Engineering, majoring in Construction Management, from the University of Oklahoma, United States of America.

Other than the deemed interest as disclosed in the Circular to Shareholders on recurrent related party transactions, he has no other conflict of interest with the Company and has no public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.

     

 

Datuk Hj. Othman Bin Walat
(Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)
Age: 70

Gender: Male
Nationality: Malaysian

Datuk Hj. Othman Bin Walat was appointed as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 7 December 2006. He graduated with a Diploma in Agriculture from University Pertanian Malaysia in 1970. He started with Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) in 1972 as Assistant Manager and was promoted to Project Manager in 1973.

He joined Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad as Estate Manager in 1974, and held various senior positions of the Group (1983-2004), and as Group Controller in 1996. He became Group Director Plantation (2003-2004). He served as Chief Executive Officer of Sabah Softwoods Berhad from 2004 to 2008 and as Group Managing Director of Sawit Kinabalu Group from 2008 to 2019.

He has no family relationship with any of the directors or substantial shareholders of the Company. He has no conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions for offences within the past five (5) years and has no public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.

     

 

Asgari Bin Mohd Fuad Stephens
(Independent Non-Executive Director)
Age: 59
Gender: Male
Nationality: Malaysian

Asgari Bin Mohd Fuad Stephens was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 January 2019.

Asgari holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from University of Melbourne, Australia and a Master of Business Administration degree from Cranfield University, UK.  He has extensive experience in both public and private equity investing in Malaysia. He is currently a director of Jaycorp Berhad. He is the co-founder of Kumpulan Sentiasa Cemerlang Sdn Bhd (“KSC”), an investment advisory and fund management group. He started two venture capital firms, iSpring Venture Management Sdn Bhd and Intelligent Capital Sdn Bhd while continuing to work with KSC. He was previously the chairman of the Malaysian Venture Capital Association. Prior to starting his own company in 1996 he worked at Usaha Tegas Sdn Bhd establishing their fund investment division between 1988-1990 and 1992-1995. In 1990-1992 he worked as an associate director at a stock broking firm. In the years 1982-1988 he worked for a small family company in Sabah which was involved with Oil Palm plantations and property investments.

He has no family relationship with any of the directors or substantial shareholders of the Company. He has no conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions for offences within the past five (5) years and has no public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.



 

Mohd Hattah Bin Ja'afar
(Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Nationality: Malaysian

Mohd Hattah Bin Ja’afar was appointed as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 22 May 2019. He serves as a member of the Risk Management Committee and Audit Committee. He graduated with Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Mississippi State University, USA in 1986.

He served with Department of Agriculture Sabah as Research Manager from 1996-1998. He joined Sabah Softwoods Berhad in 1998 and held various senior positions of the Group. During the period with Sabah Softwoods Berhad, he was also appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Benta Wawasan Sdn Bhd from 2005-2012. He is now the Chief Executive Officer of Sabah Softwoods Berhad since 2008.

He has no family relationship with any of the directors or substantial shareholders of the Company. He has no directorship in any other public listed company. He has no conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions for offences within the past five (5) years and has no public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.


 

Lim Ted Hing
(Independent Non-Executive Director)
Age: 64

Gender: Male
Nationality: Malaysian

Lim Ted Hing was appointed as an Independent Non-executive Director of Innoprise Plantations Berhad on 14 August 2019. He serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and serves as a member of the Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee and ESOS Committee.

He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ("ICAEW"). He obtained his Fundamentals of Accounting from the North East London Polytechnic in 1977. Upon completion, he joined Malvern & Co., a firm of chartered accountants based in London, as an Articled Clerk during which he completed the ICAEW professional examinations in 1983. He joined Ernst & Young in 1985 and was the Senior Manager of its office in Sandakan prior to joining Syarikat Tekala Sdn. Bhd. in 1994 as the Group Financial Controller. Later in June 1996, he was appointed as an Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of Tekala Corporation Berhad (“Tekala”), a company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia, and its subsidiaries. In January 2013, he was appointed as the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Tekala. In July 2017, WMG Holdings Bhd. (“WMG”) reverse took over Tekala and assumed its listing status.  He is an Executive Director of WMG Group and has been appointed as Exco Chairman in September 2017. Other than his business interest in WMG Group and several other private companies, he is an Independent Non-Executive Director of NPC Resources Berhad.

He has no family relationship with any of the directors or substantial shareholders of the Company. He has no conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions for offences within the past five (5) years and has no public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.

   

 

Ng Chee Fen
(Executive Director)
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Nationality: Malaysian

Ng Chee Fen was appointed as an Executive Director of Innoprise Plantations Berhad on 14 August 2019. He also serves as a member of the Risk Management Committee. He brings with him more than 25 years of working experience in finance, audit, treasury and taxation throughout his career with Ernst & Young, Kwantas Corporation Berhad, RT Plantations Sdn Bhd, SKT Perspektif Sdn Bhd and Hoko Sdn Bhd.

He holds a professional accounting qualification from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

He has no family relationship with any other Director and/or other major shareholders of the Company. He has no conflict of interest with the company and has no convictions for offences within the past five (5) years and has no public sanction or penalty imposed by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.