Board of Directors
YBHG. DATUK ZAITON MOHD HASSAN
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.
YBHG. DATO' OTHMAN BIN SEMAIL
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).
DR. MOHAMED ASHRAF BIN MOHAMED IQBAL
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.
DATO’ WAN MOHD FADZMI BIN CHE WAN OTHMAN FADZILAH
Independent Non-Executive Director
Dato’ Wan Mohd Fadzmi bin Che Wan Othman Fadzilah was appointed to the Board of Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad on April 25, 2019. He graduated with a Bachelor of Construction Economics from RMIT University Australia. He has attended the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States of America and the Senior Executive Finance Program at Templeton College, University of Oxford. He is also a Chartered Banker at the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB) and Chartered Professional in Islamic Finance (CPIF).
Dato’ Wan Mohd Fadzmi is a professional banker with over 25 years of experience in domestic and international banking. His career began in Melbourne, Australia as a Cost Estimator with Peter Slattery & Co in March 1986. Upon his return to Malaysia in 1988, Dato’ Wan Mohd Fadzmi joined Malayan Banking Berhad (MBB) and held various positions at MBB’s head office until December 1994.
In December 1994, Dato’ Wan Mohd Fadzmi moved to MBB’s London branch as its Credit & Marketing Manager. This was followed by his appointment as General Manager/Country Head of the London branch in September 1999 where he was responsible for the UK operations. Dato’ Wan Mohd Fadzmi then spent three years as MBB’s New York General Manager/Country Head and had the overall responsibility for the New York City branch’s banking operations. Dato’ Wan Mohd Fadzmi then returned to the head office in Malaysia to helm Overseas Operations in November 2005 before leaving for the republic of China in September 2006. He spent the following four years as the General Manager/Chief Executive of MBB’s Hong Kong branch.
Thereafter, he joined RHB Bank as Director, Global Business Banking Strategic Business Group in July 2010 where he was responsible for RHB’s international banking operations comprising of branches in Singapore, Thailand and Brunei Darussalam.
Dato’ Wan Mohd Fadzmi was then appointed as the President/Chief Executive Officer of Bank Pertanian (M) Berhad (Agrobank) in July 2011 until August 2017 and was fully responsible for leading Agrobank’s full operations via 188 outlets in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
Dato’ Wan Mohd Fadzmi has received many accolades in his career including Outstanding CEO 2017 from Association Development Financial Institution in Asia Pacific (ADFIAP) in Macau, China and CEO of the Year at the Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
He currently sits as Director of CCM Berhad, Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Berhad and Chairman of Sedania Assalam Capital Sdn Bhd. He is also an Executive Committee (EXCO) Member of Suria Strategic Energy Resources Berhad.
ARIFF BIN ROZHAN
Independent Non-Executive Director
Ariff bin Rozhan was appointed to the Board of Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad on May 10, 2019. He holds an LLB (Hons) from Reading University, Berks, England and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Ariff has practiced law for nearly 30 years. He began his career in 1989 at an international city law firm in London, and thereafter, practiced as a Barrister in London, England, where he was instructed as Counsel at various levels of the Judicial System in England and Wales. He is also an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.
He returned to Malaysia in 2004 and joined Zaid Ibrahim & Co (ZICO), where he managed the firm's Dispute Resolution department and was on the Executive Committee until April 2015. He then founded Ariff Rozhan & Co in April 2015 and is its Managing Partner. Ariff set up the Chambers of Ariff Rozhan in London, England, from where he recommenced his practice as a Barrister. Ariff has also been authorised by the Bar Council of England & Wales to "Conduct Litigation" and is registered to accept instructions via Direct Access.
Ariff has experience in conducting cases in complex claims and disputes, in a wide range of fields including arbitration, corporate and commercial disputes, insurance and reinsurance, banking, administrative, insolvency, construction and contractual matters. He also has extensive experience in cases where forensic investigation is required. His clients include both local and international banks, major local and international corporations, statutory bodies and local authorities.
He is currently the Managing Partner of Ariff Rozhan & Co and a Director of Pan Malaysia Corporation Berhad.
PUAN NORAZILLA MD TAHIR
Independent Non-Executive Director
Puan Norazilla Md Tahir was appointed to the Board of Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad on 14 August 2020. She has more than 25 years’ experience in financial management, notably in Financial Institution and Capital Market.
Prior to her appointment as Director of BPMB, Puan Norazilla was the Chief Financial Officer of Cagamas Berhad for a total of 9 years from when she first joined in 2009. She spearheaded the financial leadership of the Group and was responsible for upholding strong financial management and governance while providing timely, accurate and reliable financial information and enhancing internal control.
Apart from Cagamas, Puan Norazilla held other CFO/Head of Finance positions at three Islamic banking institutions, namely RHB Islamic Bank Berhad, Asian Finance Bank Berhad and the Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corporation (Malaysia) Berhad.
Besides banking, Puan Norazilla is also experienced in fast moving consumer goods, having been involved in sales logistic chain management while at L’Oreal Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Universal Music Sdn Bhd.
Puan Norazilla is a graduate of the University of Stirling, Scotland, a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). She is passionate about coaching and mentoring and her volunteer work includes the coaching of undergraduates at UiTM INTEC.