Board of Directors


  Independent Non-Executive Chairman


Datuk Zaiton Mohd Hassan was appointed to the Board of Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad on February 18, 2019. Datuk Zaiton is a Fellow and Council Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), United Kingdom, member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee, a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


She brings a total of 40 years of varied banking and finance experience, including 12 years in Maybank, in various senior positions including heading Treasury, International Operations, Branch Operations and Group Strategic Planning and 13 years on the Board of Bank Islam (M) Berhad, including chairing both Board Risk Committee and the Audit & Examination Committee.


She set up Malaysian Rating Corporation Bhd (MARC) in 1996 and was its President / Executive Director until 2004. She then set up her own financial advisory firm Capital Intelligence Advisors Sdn Bhd. She was also responsible in the establishment of the Malaysia Professional Accountancy Centre (MyPAC) in 2015 and is currently its Chief Executive Officer.


Datuk Zaiton’s extensive experience as an independent director includes chairing the Group Governance & Audit Committee of Sime Darby Berhad and she is now the Governance & Audit Committee Chairman of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad.


Datuk Zaiton is currently the Chairman of the Private Pension Administrator Malaysia and Vice Chairman of FIDE Forum.


In July 2018, she was appointed to the Board of Lembaga Tabung Haji and is Chairman of its Board Risk Audit and Governance Committee.


  Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Chairman of Group Risk Management Committee
  • Member of Credit Committee of the Board

Ms Tan Lye Sim was appointed to the Board of Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad on September 15, 2018. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and is an accomplished risk practitioner with more than 30 years of experience in financial institutions, securities houses, merchant and commercial banks and finance companies.


Ms Tan held various senior positions in financial institutions from 2005 to 2013, including as the Head of Treasury Compliance of RHB Bank Berhad, Group Chief Risk Officer of Alliance Financial Group, Chief Risk Officer of Hong Leong Bank, Director, and Head of Operational Risk Management of CIMB Investment Bank. Her last position was as Group Chief Risk Officer at Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad from 2013 to 2017. During her time there, Ms Tan developed overall risk management framework and policies for the respective banks. She also planned, led and implemented programs, processes and systems for effective group wide risk management.


Ms Tan began her career in the Foreign Exchange Department at the London branch of United Overseas Bank Ltd in 1984. She spent 13 years working in London and held various positions at Nikko Securities Co. (Europe) Ltd, Hill Samuel Merchant Bank Ltd and Fuji International Finance Ltd. Upon her return to Malaysia, Ms Tan joined MBf Finance Berhad as Head, Risk Management Dept./Treasury Settlements from 1997 to 2002. She then joined SAS Institute Sdn. Bhd. in 2002 as a Principal Risk Consultant for Enterprise Wide Risk Management solutions.


Ms Tan currently does not hold any directorships in other companies.


  Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Chairman of Group Nomination & Remuneration Committee
  • Member of Group Audit and Examination Committee

Tan Sri Dr. Rahamat Bivi binti Yusoff was appointed to the Board of Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad on October 1, 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Economics) (Honours) degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia and a Master of Economics from University of Western Michigan, USA. Tan Sri Dr. Rahamat also holds a Diploma in Public Administration from the Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) Malaysia and was conferred a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from Australian National University.


She had served in the public service for 36 years, with vast experience in the fields of economy, finance and macroeconomic development. Her career began at the Ministry of Finance (MOF) as an Assistant Secretary in the Tax Division in 1981 followed by a stint as a Project Officer at the Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) from 1988 to 1991.


Tan Sri Dr. Rahamat then served as Assistant Director in the Macroeconomic and Evaluation Section of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Minister’s Department from 1991 to 1993. She was later promoted to the position of Principal Assistant Director in the same section from 1994 to 2000 and also held the same position in Section Industry and Services in 2001.


She was seconded to the Department of Industrial Development, The Energy Commission as Director in 2002. Tan Sri Dr. Rahamat returned to the EPU as Deputy Director in the Macroeconomic Section in August 2004 and in December the same year she was appointed as the Secretary of Economic Division at MOF. She continued to hold prominent positions at MOF through her promotion as Director of the Budget Division in 2008, and as Deputy Secretary General (Systems and Controls) in 2011. Tan Sri Dr. Rahamat then returned to the EPU as Director General from 2011 to June 2017.


Tan Sri Dr. Rahamat is currently the Chairman of Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation (PIDM) as well as the Co-chair of Malaysia Thailand Joint Authority (MTJA). She also sits on the Board of IOI Corporation Berhad and Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (EKUINAS). Tan Sri Dr. Rahamat is on the Advisory Panel of PNB Research Institute and Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI).


  Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Dato’ Othman bin Semail was appointed to the Board of Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad on January 22, 2019. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and graduated with a Bachelor of Natural Resources Economics from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM) in 1996. He also holds a Diploma in Public Administration (1999) from the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) and a Diploma in Agriculture from UPM (1982).


Dato’ Othman has over 37 years of experience in public sector. He began his career as an Assistant Agriculture Officer at Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA) in 1982 and moved on to the Planning and Corporate Division of Ministry of Primary Industries as an Assistant Secretary in 1998.


He then joined the Ministry of Finance in 2005 as an Assistant Secretary in the Government Procurement Division and thereafter undertook numerous positions before he was promoted to his current position as Deputy Secretary General (Management) in October 2018.


Dato’ Othman currently sits on the Board of Amanahraya Trustee Berhad (ART), Malaysian Kuwaiti Investment Co. Sdn Bhd (MKIC), Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM), Lembaga Pembangunan Perindustrian Malaysia (CIDB) and Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS).



  Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr. Mohamed Ashraf bin Mohamed Iqbal was appointed to the Board of Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad on February 1, 2019. He holds a PhD in Islamic Banking and Finance from the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), a Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies from International Islamic University Malaysia, a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Fresno. He is also a Chartered Professional in Islamic Finance (CPIF).


He is the CEO of MindSpring Sdn Bhd, a consulting firm that he started in 2005 specialising in business performance solutions with a keen interest in the performance of knowledge based organisations.


He began his career at Shell Malaysia in 1991 and held various positions in Human Resource, Distribution and Business Re-Engineering. He then moved on to Proton Berhad from 1996 to 1999 where he assumed the positions of Managing Director of Proton Cars (UK) Ltd, Executive Director of Proton Cars (Europe) Ltd and Director of Proton Cars (Australia) Ltd. He then assumed the position of Director of Hay Group, Asia from 1999 to 2002 and Managing Director of Federal Auto Holdings Berhad from 2002 to 2005.


He was previously a Director of HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad and Fairview International Schools, the country’s largest International Baccalaureate education provider.