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Board of Directors

Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah Nik Mahmood
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chairman, Board of Directors
Chairman, Board Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Retired as Deputy Chief Executive of Securities Commission Malaysia (“SC”) in March 2016, having served the organisation for 23 years. Extensive experience in policy and regulatory reform, capital market regulation, corporate governance and Islamic finance. Prior to joining the SC, she was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya.

Abraham Verghese TV Abraham
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chairman, Board Audit Committee and Related Party Transaction Committee

A national partner at Arthur Andersen from 1994 to 1997, he was subsequently appointed Worldwide Partner from 1997 to 2001. Then, a Partner in Ernst & Young from 2002, he retired in 2016 in Hospitality, Property and Infrastructure Group of EY. In the profession for over 37 years, he was involved in audits, investigations, financial consulting, initial public offerings, corporatisation and privatisation of entities in varying industries. He was a council member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) from 2007 to 2011 and a committee member of ACCA Malaysia’s Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2009 and served in various committees and working groups of MIA and The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Asri Hassan Sabri
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director (Nominee of Axiata Group Berhad)

Asri was appointed as Group Chief Corporate Officer of Axiata Group Berhad in September 2018. In addition to this, Asri also maintains his role of Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Business Services, which he was appointed in January 2018. He first joined Axiata in 2016 and served as Group Chief Business Operations Officer. Asri has 31 years of experience in various management, consulting and entrepreneur engagements in the IT and telecom industries. He is a former Country President for Motorola Malaysia, a position he held from 2006 till 2008. He was also a strategic partner with Provident Capital Partners, an established South Asia private equity company. Besides Motorola, Asri has also worked with other multinational corporations (MNCs) such as Nokia.

Osamu Itabashi
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director (Nominee of INCJ, Ltd.)
Member, Board Audit Committee and Related Party Transaction Committee

Currently, Managing Director of INCJ, Ltd, a Japanese government-backed investment company where during his tenure as Director and Vice President from 2012 to 2017 has managed and led major equity deals. More than 10 years’ experience in global investments and investment advisory with senior positions held including former Vice President of Corporate Investment of Lone Star Funds / Hudson Japan K.K.

Kenneth Shen
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director (Nominee of Khazanah Nasional Berhad)
Chairman, Board Risk and Compliance Committee

With more than 30 years of investment experience as well as extensive knowledge in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and capital markets, Ken most recently was an Executive Director, Investments at Khazanah Nasional Berhad until 2018. Previously, he was a Board Member and Advisor to the CEO of Qatar Holding LLC, the principal investment vehicle of the Qatar Investment Authority; he also oversaw the QIA’s global direct investments as well as its investments in private equity, special situation and venture capital funds. Prior to then, he was Co-Head of the Asia-Pacific Corporate Finance Group at Citigroup Global Markets, having joined Salomon Brothers in New York. Prior to Salomon, Ken was with Lehman Brothers in its Merchant Banking and Principal Investment businesses.

Nik Amlizan Mohamed
Independent Non-Executive Director (Nominee of KWAP) – (Alternate Director: Saifulbahri Hassan – Senior Vice President, KWAP)

Now, CEO of KWAP, she was previously Chief Executive Officer of Lembaga Angkatan Tentera (LTAT). Prior to becoming CEO of LTAT in September 2018, she was KWAP’s Chief Investment Officer and had served the organisation under various roles since she joined in 2007. Her professional career spans over 25 years in financial services and pension funds, overseeing investment functions across all asset classes, while having vast experiences in fund management industry​, transformational change and change management, as well as corporate governance. She is currently a board member of the Minority Shareholders Watch Group. She is a council member of Malaysia Institutional Investors Council and a member of the Institute of Integrity Malaysia.​

Asuka Sato
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director  (Nominee of Investors)

Asuka is Director of INCJ, Ltd. (formerly, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan), a Japanese government-backed investment company where with 11 years of experience, she has extensive experiences in private equity investments in the fields of TMT, Healthcare, Airline, etc. in Asia including Japan and the United States. Asuka started her professional career with Arthur D. Little (Japan), Inc., global management consulting firm. She holds M.S./B.S. degrees from Kyoto University and M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Norlida Azmi
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director (Nominee of Axiata Group Berhad)
Member, Board Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Norlida is currently Axiata’s Group Chief People Officer since January 2021 after joining as Deputy Group Chief Human Resources Officer in October 2020. A strong advocate of diversity and inclusion, she has more than 25 years’ experience in client and risk management, strategy and human capital management within international and regional financial institutions and corporations, including HP, Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank and regional Middle-Eastern banks with 18-year international stint in Singapore, London, Saudi, Qatar and UAE.

Mohamed Adlan Ahmad Tajudin
Member, Board Risk and Compliance Committee

Adlan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of edotco Group on 1 November 2020. Previously, he has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of PT XL Axiata Tbk (Indonesia). Having been with the Axiata Group for 17 years since he joined Celcom in 2003 as Vice President, Finance, Adlan rose rapidly within Celcom. In his early career, he also worked with Arthur Andersen & Co in Assurance and Business Advisory for 9 years.

Board of Directors

Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah Nik Mahmood
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chairman, Board of Directors
Chairman, Board Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Retired as Deputy Chief Executive of Securities Commission Malaysia (“SC”) in March 2016, having served the organisation for 23 years. Extensive experience in policy and regulatory reform, capital market regulation, corporate governance and Islamic finance. Prior to joining the SC, she was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya.

Abraham Verghese TV Abraham
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chairman, Board Audit Committee and Related Party Transaction Committee

A national partner at Arthur Andersen from 1994 to 1997, he was subsequently appointed Worldwide Partner from 1997 to 2001. Then, a Partner in Ernst & Young from 2002, he retired in 2016 in Hospitality, Property and Infrastructure Group of EY. In the profession for over 37 years, he was involved in audits, investigations, financial consulting, initial public offerings, corporatisation and privatisation of entities in varying industries. He was a council member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) from 2007 to 2011 and a committee member of ACCA Malaysia’s Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2009 and served in various committees and working groups of MIA and The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Asri Hassan Sabri
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director (Nominee of Axiata Group Berhad)

Asri was appointed as Group Chief Corporate Officer of Axiata Group Berhad in September 2018. In addition to this, Asri also maintains his role of Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Business Services, which he was appointed in January 2018. He first joined Axiata in 2016 and served as Group Chief Business Operations Officer. Asri has 31 years of experience in various management, consulting and entrepreneur engagements in the IT and telecom industries. He is a former Country President for Motorola Malaysia, a position he held from 2006 till 2008. He was also a strategic partner with Provident Capital Partners, an established South Asia private equity company. Besides Motorola, Asri has also worked with other multinational corporations (MNCs) such as Nokia.

Osamu Itabashi
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director (Nominee of INCJ, Ltd.)
Member, Board Audit Committee and Related Party Transaction Committee

Currently, Managing Director of INCJ, Ltd, a Japanese government-backed investment company where during his tenure as Director and Vice President from 2012 to 2017 has managed and led major equity deals. More than 10 years’ experience in global investments and investment advisory with senior positions held including former Vice President of Corporate Investment of Lone Star Funds / Hudson Japan K.K.

Kenneth Shen
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director (Nominee of Khazanah Nasional Berhad)
Chairman, Board Risk and Compliance Committee

Investment professional with sovereign wealth group experience in direct investments (public, private, PIPEs; debt/equity/mezzanine) and funds. Extensive knowledge in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, international leadership, cultural sensitivity, change management and emerging markets and work experience in leading investment organisations and financial institutions such as Khazanah Nasional Berhad until 2018, Qatar Investment Authority, Salomon Brothers/Citigroup and Lehman Brothers.

Nik Amlizan Mohamed
Independent Non-Executive Director (Nominee of KWAP) – (Alternate Director: Saifulbahri Hassan – Senior Vice President, KWAP)

Now, CEO of KWAP, she was previously Chief Executive Officer of Lembaga Angkatan Tentera (LTAT). Prior to becoming CEO of LTAT in September 2018, she was KWAP’s Chief Investment Officer and had served the organisation under various roles since she joined in 2007. Her professional career spans over 25 years in financial services and pension funds, overseeing investment functions across all asset classes, while having vast experiences in fund management industry​, transformational change and change management, as well as corporate governance. She is currently a board member of the Minority Shareholders Watch Group. She is a council member of Malaysia Institutional Investors Council and a member of the Institute of Integrity Malaysia.​

Asuka Sato
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director (Nominee of Investors)

Asuka is Director of INCJ, Ltd. (formerly, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan), a Japanese government-backed investment company where with 11 years of experience, she has extensive experiences in private equity investments in the fields of TMT, Healthcare, Airline, etc. in Asia including Japan and the United States. Asuka started her professional career with Arthur D. Little (Japan), Inc., global management consulting firm. She holds M.S./B.S. degrees from Kyoto University and M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Norlida Azmi
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director (Nominee of Axiata Group Berhad)
Member, Board Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Norlida is currently Axiata’s Group Chief People Officer since January 2021 after joining as Deputy Group Chief Human Resources Officer in October 2020. A strong advocate of diversity and inclusion, she has more than 25 years’ experience in client and risk management, strategy and human capital management within international and regional financial institutions and corporations, including HP, Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank and regional Middle-Eastern banks with 18-year international stint in Singapore, London, Saudi, Qatar and UAE.

Mohamed Adlan Ahmad Tajudin
Member, Board Risk and Compliance Committee

Adlan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of edotco Group on 1 November 2020. Previously, he has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of PT XL Axiata Tbk (Indonesia). Having been with the Axiata Group for 17 years since he joined Celcom in 2003 as Vice President, Finance, Adlan rose rapidly within Celcom. In his early career, he also worked with Arthur Andersen & Co in Assurance and Business Advisory for 9 years.

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