Dato' Ramli Abbas
Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Dato' Mohamed Yunus Ramli Bin Abbas, a Malaysian aged 65, was appointed as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman of our Company on 18 November 2010. He is an Economics graduate from the University of Malaya. He received his MBA from Nova South Eastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He also attended an Executive Programme in Business Management, University of Michigan, US.
He started his career at Motorola, Penang in 1978 until 1980. He assisted in the start-up of the Motorola-Penang plant from ground level zero. He then moved on to be the Director of Human Resource of Motorola South Asia where he was responsible for Motorola plants in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. In 1980-1985 he held the post of Director for Asia Pacific during which time he managed the activities in several countries including Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, India, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Subsequently, in 1989 he became the first Malaysian to hold a Vice President position in Florida, US. He held the post till 1995 before becoming the Country Manager for Motorola Malaysia in 1996 until 2001.
Following his 25 years of service at Motorola, he became the Chief Executive Officer for CELCOM (Malaysia) Berhad. Prior to joining CELCOM, he was the Executive Officer for Encorp Group responsible for restructuring the management and direction of the Group, as well as its subsidiaries namely Encorp Media, NTV7 and Encorp Property. On 15 December 2003, he was appointed by the MOE as the Chairman for Board of Directors of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (formerly known as Northern Malaysia University College Of Engineering).
From his vast experience in the telecommunication industry, he established NuSuara Technologies Sdn Bhd in 2006, a company that develops voice recognition software. He is now the Executive Director of NuSuara Technologies Sdn Bhd a post held since January 2006. Dato' Ramli was also appointed by the Government of Malaysia as Non-Executive Chairman for Board of Directors of KMP.
Dr Abu Hasan Ismail
CEO, Prestariang Berhad
Dr Abu, a Malaysian aged 53, was appointed as a Non-Independent Executive Director of our Company on 18 November 2010. He is also a Promoter, substantial shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of our Group and a Director of PSSB and PR&D. He brings with him extensive experience having accumulated approximately 28 years of experience in relation to the training and educational fields. He has been instrumental in the growth and development of Prestariang Group.
He holds a Diploma in Architecture from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (1982), a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Architecture (1984) and Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) (1986) from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) (1988), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (1996) from University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
His career started in 1982 when he joined Universiti Teknologi Malaysia as an Assistant Lecturer and became an Associate Professor in 1992. He left Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1997 and became the first Dean at the new created Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University.
Subsequently in 2000, he left and joined FSBM Holdings Bhd where he was appointed as Executive Director. Since he became an Executive Director of PSSB in 2004, he has made a concerted effort to grow the company as a reputable provider of ICT training and certification, and software license distribution and management.
As the Chief Executive Officer, he is currently involved in charting the Group’s overall direction and strategy, R&D, developing new products and services, and managing the overall business operations of our Group.
He continues to be involved in academic advisory work and currently a Council Member at Taylor’s University, an Adjunct Professor at Universiti Teknologi MARA and a Visiting Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He sits as a Board Member of Uni-Technologies Sdn Bhd of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Institute Sultan Iskandar of Urban Habitat and High Rise. He is also a shareholder and Director of several private limited companies.
Dr Abu is also a member of the Remuneration Committee, Risk Management Committee and Finance and Investment Committee of Prestariang Berhad.
Dato' Maznah Abdul Jalil
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Dato' Maznah, a Malaysian aged 61, has more than 30 years of investment banking and advisory work experience. In 1979, she joined Amanah Merchant Bank Berhad and served as the Manager, Corporate Finance & Advisory until 1992. From 1992 to 2011, Dato' Maznah held several senior positions in Hong Leong Financial Group, Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad and including as Director in a few companies, namely, DRB-HICOM Berhad Group of Companies and United Overseas Bank Berhad.
Currently, she is the Executive Chairman of SCS Global Advisory (M) Sdn Bhd. (formerly known as Moore Stephens AC Advisory Sdn Bhd), a Director of Pavilion REIT Management Sdn Bhd, Sona Petroleum Berhad and Universiti Teknologi Mara. She is also currently a Trustee and Treasurer for Malaysian Aids Foundation and a Life Member of Women's Institute of Management.
Dato' Maznah is also the Chairman of the Finance & Investment Committee and Nomination Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee of Prestariang Berhad.
Paul Chan Wan Siew
Independent Non-Executive Director
Paul Chan Wan Siew, a Malaysian aged 62, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of our Company on 18 November 2010. His professional and business experience spans over 30 years in Accounting, Auditing, Corporate, Financial and Business Advisory services, assisting clients to manage their corporate and personal financial resources.
He is qualified as, and a Member of Chartered Accountants Malaysia, Certified Financial Planner®, Chartered Financial Consultant (US), National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) US, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) US and International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) UK. He is also a fellow member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK), CPA Australia (Certified Practicing Accountant), Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (UK), Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (FCTIM) and Financial Planning Association (FPA), US.
He has previously served as President of ACCA Malaysia (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) (1999-2002); President of MAICSA (Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) (2002-2003); EXCO Member of MIA (Malaysian Institute of Accountants) (2005-2008); Founding Board Member (1999-2007) and Vice President (1999-2003) of FPAM (Financial Planning Association of Malaysia); Member of Global Advisory Council, Financial Planning Association, US (2004-2006); Chairman of Asia Pacific Geographic Focus Group, FPA, US (2004); Chairman of ISO/TC222 Committee for Malaysia in a global initiative that developed ISO 22222 Personal Financial Planning Standard (2001-2007); International Council Member of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK) (2002-2007); and Founding CEO and Chairman of IFPA Resources (2000-04), the Developer and Education Provider for CFP (Certified Financial Planner) education programmes.
An active contributor to the corporate and professional sectors, he currently serves as the Founding Board Member and Deputy President of MACD (Malaysian Alliance of Corporate Directors); Secretary General of MICG (Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance); EXCO Member of FPLC (Federation of Public Listed Companies); and Founding Board Member/Secretary of Malaysian Mergers & Acquisitions Association.
Currently, he is the President of Business Transitions Asia Sdn Bhd that offers business advisory services to businesses in transition, and the President of S&P NetWorth Advisors that offers independent business, financial and wealth management advisory services to the business-owners community and selected market segments. He has also been active as a speaker on local and international platforms on financial planning and corporate directors' issues. He sits in the Board of Integrax Berhad, Luxchem Corporation Berhad and Prudential Assurance Malaysia Berhad.
Paul is also the Chairman of Audit Committee, a Member of Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee, Risk Management Committee and Finance & Investment Committee of Prestariang Berhad.
Ramanathan A/L Sathiamutty
Independent Non-Executive Director
Rama, a Malaysian aged 50, began his career as a systems engineer at IBM Corporation where he worked his way up the ranks to be Managing Director for IBM Malaysia.
Over the 24-year span, Rama covered the telecommunication, utilities, media and entertainment sectors for IBM. He managed the venture capital portfolio based in Japan; led a team to develop strategies on Software acquisitions in the United States and served as the project executive for delivery at one of the largest telecommunications company in India. In addition to that, he also took on assignments in Korea as part of IBM Korea’s senior leadership team before returning to Singapore to be part of the ASEAN Leadership team.
His extensive exposure made him a sought after speaker that included speaking engagements at the ASEAN Leadership Exchange, 9th ASLI Leadership Forum and the 16th Malaysian Banking Summit.
He is an adjunct professor at Taylor’s University, member of the advisory boards at INTI College, Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology Faculty , University Tenaga Nasional's International Advisory Council and sits on the board of University Malaysia of Computer Science & Engineering.
Rama is also the Chairman of the Risk Management Committee and a member of the Audit Committee of Prestariang Berhad.