Board of Directors

KAMARI ZAMAN BIN JUHARI, a Malaysian, aged 62, is an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Company since 16 April 2019. He is a graduate of the Harvard University, USA, obtaining a Masters of Public Administration and BSc Resource Economics from Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Mr. Kamari Zaman started working as a bankofficer in Bank Negara Malaysia in 1982 whilst concurrently pursuing his studies. From then, he was promoted progressively to Manager of the Bank Regulation Department, Labuan Offshore Unit and Investment Department, Director of Human Resource Management Department and Director of Special Investigation Unit. He retired in 2014 as the Director of Development Finance and Enterprise, a position which he had held for about 6 years from 2008. With more than 32 years of experience in the industry, he is proficient in bank regulation and specialised in SME financing access and financial inclusion whereby he actively provided strategic leadership and direction in the formulation of strategic policies to enhance access to financing for SMEs. Over the course of his career, he had also been nominated as a speaker for various programmes which includes AFI Global Policy Forum 2013, BNM-AFI Capacity Building Programme 2013, 10th IFSB Summit 2013, Seminar by World Savings Banks Institute 2013, Dialogue with SMEs and Business Organisations 2012, Global Sustainable Finance Conference 2011 among others. He currently sits on boards of directors in a few organisations such as Permodalan BSN, KL Remit Exchange Sdn Bhd, and Coopbank Pertama Berhad which he is the Chairman as well as Board Committee since 2014.

Mr. Kamari Zaman does not hold any directorship in other public companies. He has no family relationship with any director and/or major shareholders of the Company.

TAN OOI JIN,a Malaysian, aged 44, is the Deputy Executive Chairman of the Company. He is an Executive Director of the Company since 22 September 2011 and re-designated as Chairman and Executive Chairman on 23 September 2011 and 25 February 2016 respectively. On 21 May 2019, Mr. Tan was re-designated as Deputy Executive Chairman of the Company. He is also a member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company.

He is a lawyer by qualification and holds a Second Class Honours LLB Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK and during his years of practice, he focused on the areas of Corporate & Securities and ICT. A former ASEAN scholar, he started his legal career in a medium-sized firm with an international affiliation focusing on Corporate & Securities and ICT.

He also advised the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia (TeAM) and its members including its council members on legal issues and strategy. He was also part of a group of industry leaders which incorporated the National Incubators Network Association (NINA). He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the 1Utopia Foundation which aims to generate donations whether in cash or in forms of ICT equipment and gadgets to orphanages, schools and underprivileged children.

During his tenure as a practitioner, he has advised on various corporate and commercial transactions especially cross border ones and he has also advised the listing of various companies in Malaysia as well as overseas including London, Hong Kong and Singapore and is constantly consulted to assist public-listed companies to recover and unlock their intrinsic value so as to enhance shareholders’ investments. He currently sits on the board of various private companies and also sits on the Board of Directors of Dynaciate Group Berhad and DWL Resources Berhad (formerly known as Spring Gallery Berhad) and a Thai public-listed company in the fashion apparel and retail industry which is ultimately linked to the USA.

He has no family relationship with any director and/or major shareholders of the Company. He does not hold any shares, direct or indirect in Vortex Consolidated Berhad.

CHOO PENG HUNG, a Malaysian, aged 47, was appointed an Executive Director of the Company since 07 November 2017 and subsequently, re-designated as Managing Director with effect from 28 February 2018.

Mr. Choo served as General Manager of a company in Singapore involved in mechanical and electrical material industry. He has been managing the company's business and financial operations since 2012. With his keen business sentiments and entrepreneur skills, he started a few companies on his own which were mainly based in Singapore and involved in various industries including mechanical and electrical support systems for the construction industry. Prior to establishing his own businesses, he has had years of business experience in sales, marketing, distribution, business development, solution consultation on telecommunication and software technologies working with companies in the Asia Pacific region.

Mr. Choo graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Computer Science) from James Cook University, Queensland, Australia in 1995.

Mr. Choo does not hold any directorship in other public companies. He is a director and shareholder in Master Knowledge Sdn Bhd, a substantial shareholder of Company.

LEE LI CHAIN, a Malaysian, aged 43, graduated from Tunku Abdul Rahman College with Advanced Diploma in Commerce (Financial Accounting) in 1999. She is a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

She started her career in 2000 as a tax assistant in a medium-sized tax firm. During her tenure in tax, she was in charge of ensuring tax compliance by individuals, medium to large private companies and public listed companies. She also advised her clients on structuring their operations in a more tax efficient way. She was also assisting in special assignments on ad-hoc basis.

She then joined a medium-sized audit firm in 2001 and left in 2010 as a Senior Manager. She was responsible for the planning and reviewing of the audits of public listed companies, private limited companies and foreign owned entities involved in a wide range of industries. She also led special assignments such as reporting accountants’ work in initial public offerrings and financial due diligence reviews.

She then joined a joint venture company, between a Malaysian Government-Linked Company (GLC) and a Middle East company in 2011 as a Group Finance Manager, and subsequently a Malaysian public listed company as Senior Group Finance Manager.

She is currently the Finance Director of the Company where she leads the finance team and oversees the financial aspects of the group.

Ms Lee does not hold any directorships in other public companies. She has no family relationship with any Directors and/or major shareholders of the Company.

LIM KIAN BOON, a Malaysian, aged 51, is an Executive Director of the Company since 15 April 2019.

He pursued his professional accountancy studies in Tunku Abdul Rahman College, K.L. and in Emile Woolf College of Accountancy, U.K. He was a graduate and fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA).

He started his career with HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd in 1994 under its Regional Officer recruitment programme. During his tenure in HSBC, he served as the Officer In Charge in Current Accounts and Credit Administration in Kuala Lumpur and Sabah.

He then joined CIMB Investment Bank Bhd (CIMB) in 1997 and was involved in loan syndications and project financing work. During the Asian Financial Crisis, he honed his credit skills through his indepth involvement in corporate debt restructuring work. In the course of his service, he was involved in restructuring a number of high profile cases under the auspices of Corporate Debt Restructuring Committee (CDRC). From 2000 to 2011, he was a member of the pioneer team in CIMB that developed and grew CIMB into a leader in the Malaysian and regional debt capital markets. He has substantial experience in capital markets deal origination, execution and marketing, both in Malaysia and in the region.

Following that, Mr. Lim joined Maybank in 2011 as the Director of Client Coverage under International Business for Global Banking where he was responsible for defining the business strategies and implementing cross border initiatives for driving the regionalisation of the global banking business across 19 countries where Maybank has presence.

Mr. Lim was actively involved in the set up and operationalisation of the global account operating structure in all countries across the region, building a team of experienced bankers and local business specialists who understand local country needs and regulatory requirements and are accountable to grow the global banking business in region and across all markets. Within Transaction Banking, he was responsible in the regionalisation of its businesses and bringing trade, treasury and cash management solutions and products to the Bank's clients.

Mr. Lim does not hold any directorship in other public companies. He is a director and shareholder in Goodwill Valley Sdn. Bhd., a substantial shareholder of the Company.

THAM KAH YONG, a Malaysia, aged 64, he was appointed as an Executive Director of Vortex on 15 April 2019.

He graduated from University of Malaya in 1979 with a Bachelor of Economics, majoring in Business Administration.

He started his career with Lee Wah Bank Ltd (a member bank of United Overseas Bank Group) as a Credit Officer in 1979 and left in February 1983 as Assistant Branch Manager, wherein he gained exposures in the overall aspects of branch banking operations including credit processing for consumer and business loans. In March 1983, he joined Koperasi Serbaguna Malaysia Berhad as Deputy General Manager (loans) where he formulated operating policies on loans to members of the institution and assisted the Divisional General Manager in office administration.

In October 1983, he joined Public Bank Berhad as a Senior Officer in credit administration and supervision for 4 years before assuming the post of branch manager until 1991. As branch manager, he was responsible for the branch’s overall profitability in deposits, loans growth and asset quality. In 1991, he was transferred to PB International Factors Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Public Bank Berhad) as its Chief Operating Officer to oversee the factoring operations (domestic and international segments). In 2004, he assumed the role of Director of Credit Approval and subsequently as Director of Credit Administration and Supervision (all positions at Public Bank Berhad) until 2010 upon reaching the then mandatory retirement age of 55, wherein he was responsible for the banking group’s credit control; credit review of loan portfolios and loan recovery functions.

During his course of retirement, he worked on contract basis with Malayan Banking Berhad as Credit Specialist (from 2011 to 2017) to undertake process improvement to improve its assets quality for consumer mortgage loans and middle market lending to business enterprises; and with Goldbell Equipment Sdn Bhd as Adviser (2018 to March 2019) to its new start up factoring operations.

Throughout his more than 35 years’ experience in banking industry, he has accumulated vast experience in credit evaluation, marketing, trade finance, fraud detection as well as credit risk management.

Mr. Tham does not hold any directorship in other public companies. He has no family relationship with any director and /or major shareholders of the Company.

GOH EUGENE, a Singaporean, aged 43, is an Executive Director of the Company since 14 May 2019. He is a graduate of the National University of Singapore, obtaining the degree of Business Administration.

Mr. Goh was the CEO of mTouche Technology Berhad (mTouche) on January 2002 and spearheaded the listing of mTouche on the ACE Market stock exchange, Bursa Malaysia in 2005. He was re-designated as Executive Chairman/CEO and held the position until January 2012.

He was a major contributor and the pioneer in the setting up of mTouches operations in Singapore. Under his guidance, mTouche expanded exponentially into Southeast Asia markets such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong with local branches located in each country. mTouche is one of the leading mobile technology platform service provider in the world to have direct server connecting to all mobile network operators in these countries offering an unparallel reach serving over 600 million mobile users across Southeast Asia.

Mr. Goh was the founder/CEO of GMO Ltd (GMO), a leading mobile value added service company which subsequently acquired two of Chinas largest mobile value added service companies both located in Beijing and Hangzhou respectively. Both companies are collectively providing their services to more than 1 billion mobile users in China. Subsequently, he spearheaded the listing of GMO on the London AIM Stock Exchange in 2006. He held the position until January 2011.

From 2012 to present, he heads Paris Dynasty Sdn Bhd, a private investment holding company involving in real estate development and property investment.

Mr. Goh does not hold any directorship in other public companies. He is a director and shareholder in Pentagon Parade Sdn. Bhd., a substantial shareholder of the Company.

YAP KIEN MING, a Malaysian, aged 54, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company since 18 July 2014. He is also a member of Audit Committee and Chairman of Remuneration and Nomination Committees. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Economics and Marketing from the University of Brock, Canada.

He began his career as a Strategic Management Executive with Kein Hing Industries Sdn. Bhd. During his 5 years’ tenure, he had started and headed the Purchasing Department. In addition, Mr Yap had also put in place a stock system besides heading the Purchasing Department. He was also responsible for an integrated stamping, machining and surface grinding line and Sales and Marketing with clients that included Sanden, Sharp, Nippondenso, Matsushita, Clipsal and PDL Switch Gear Manufacturers. He was also responsible for a Licensed Manufacturing Warehouse, a Joint Venture between 3 Japanese manufacturers, namely Tomen, Matsushita, Meiwa and Kein Hing Industries Sdn. Bhd.

Subsequently, he joined Polychem Sdn. Bhd. as Regional Product Manager which is a manufacturers agent for hand tools, cutting tools and non-ferrous materials from United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, where he had served a wide range of industries from automotive, mould and die, oil and gas and electrical, electronics manufacturers.

In the last decade, he was appointed as the Regional Sales Manager for Garryson (now under ATA Tools.), and responsible for the Sales and Marketing for China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. During his tenure, he was involved in the Business Development, Sales and Distribution channels, Technical Training and support to the dealers around the region.

Mr Yap has vast experience in Technical Sales and Cross Cultural marketing in Asia and his primary focus was in the oil and gas, aerospace and shipping industry and is now the Director in Takaso Trading Sdn. Bhd.

Mr Yap holds another Independent Directorship in MSCM Holdings Berhad. He has no family relationship with any Directors and/or major shareholders of the Company.

AHMED AZHAR BIN ADBDULLAH, a Malaysian, aged 58, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company since 14 September 2018. He is a chairman of Audit Committee and Risk Management Committee, and a member of Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee. He completed his Diploma in Accountancy from the Mara Institute of Technology in Shah Alam. After which, he graduated from the California State University Fresno with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting before obtaining his Masters in Business Administration from California State University Dominque in Los Angeles.

After graduation, Mr. Ahmed Azhar commenced his career as an Internal Auditor with Malaysia Mining Corporation Berhad (MMC). In 1992 to 1995, he was appointed as General Manager for Bracken Services Ltd (London), a subsidiary of MMC Marketing Sdn. Bhd. based in London responsible for operations and all financial matters. Upon his return, he served in various management capacities within the MMC Group. He joined Gas Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. in November 2000 and was Head of the residential and commercial sales unit for natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas until March 2005. From 2005 to 2010, Hj. Ahmed Azhar was an Executive Director of MOCCIS Furniture Sdn. Bhd. and MCCM Marketing Sdn. Bhd. Thereafter, he continued his career with Tanjak Group as Head of Finance and Corporate from 2010 to 2012. He is presently a Director of Almitra Energy Services Sdn. Bhd. and Chief Operating Officer of Izrin & Tan Properties Sdn. Bhd.

Mr. Ahmed Azhar holds another Independent Directorship in A-Rank Berhad. He has no family relationship with any director and/or major shareholders of the Company.

SAM KOK HONG, a Malaysian, aged 51, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company since 27 April 2016, re designated as Alternate Director to Mr. Ahmed Azhar Bin Abdullah on 14 May 2019 and re designated back as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 20 September 2019. He is also a member of Audit and Risk Management Committee, Nomination and Remuneration Committees of the Company. He had his formative, secondary and pre-university education in Singapore, and graduated with a Bachelors Degree of Science from the National University of Singapore in 1991.

He then started his career in a reputable shipping company in Singapore in 1991, and progressed to spearhead their business expansion into Malaysia in 1994. He was tasked to lead the Malaysian business’ growth and expansion and was appointed as director and responsible for the group’s Malaysian operations and their further expansions into Sabah and Sarawak.

He grew the Malaysian operations to such success that the business was then acquired by the Boustead group as part of their growth plans. After acquisition by Boustead Holding in 1999, he was seconded to senior management positions in the Boustead Shipping Group of companies. In Boustead Shipping Group, his last held position was General Manager before venturing out.

He specializes in the development of shipping agencies’ activities in emerging markets and has assisted various shipping owners to extend their service coverage to South East Asian ports.

Currently he sits on the board of several private shipping and logistics companies in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Myanmar and Singapore.

Mr Sam does not hold any directorship in other public companies. He has no family relationship with any Directors and/or major shareholders of the Company.