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Board of Directors

AmGenerals's Board of Directors is accountable to shareholders for the performance, operations and affairs of the Group. The directors represent and serve the interests of the shareholders and collectively oversee and appraise the strategies, policies and performance of the Group.
Mr Phoon
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
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Mr Phoon Soon Keong (“Mr Phoon”), was appointed as the new Chairman of AmGeneral Insurance Berhad on January 1, 2018. Phoon has been a member of the Board of Directors of AmGeneral Insurance Berhad since August 15, 2017. Mr Phoon is a qualified Certified Public Accountant, Malaysia and is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (“MIA”). He started his career with Price Waterhouse (currently known as PricewaterhouseCoopers) as an articled student in 1975 and was promoted to Qualified Assistant in 1979 after qualifying as a Certified Public Accountant, Malaysia. He left PwC to start his own practice in 1980 and was a partner in P.C Chan & Partners from 1981 to 1986. He rejoined PwC as a Senior Manager of the Audit Practice in December 1986 and was Executive Director in the Firm from 1994 to 2010. During his tenure as Executive Director, he was the Director-in-charge of the Valuation & Strategy Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting Sdn Bhd.

He has extensive experience in audit, business recovery, turnaround management, corporate and debt restructuring, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and share valuations. The industries which he has consulted include insurance, newspaper publishing, manufacturing, plantations, oil & gas, construction and property development and utilities. He was the Acting Chief Executive Officer of PanGlobal Insurance Berhad (“PanGlobal”) from January 2007 to April 2009. He was appointed as the Appointed Person of Tahan Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad (“Tahan”) by Bank Negara Malaysia under Section 59(4)(a) of the Insurance Act 1996 to assume control of the whole of Tahan’s property, business and affairs and to carry on the whole of Tahan’s business and affairs on behalf of the Bank from May 2009 to December 2010.

He was a Director of Assunta Hospital from 2005 to 2012 and was the Chairman of the Assunta Board from June 2011 to December 2012. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd. He is also a director of Good Shepherd Services and Assisi Palliative Care Berhad, two charitable organisations. Mr Phoon has no shareholding in the Company. He is also an Independent Non- Executive Director of AmMetLife Insurance Berhad and AmMetLife Takaful Berhad.

Duncan Victor Brain
Duncan Victor Brain
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
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Mr Duncan Victor Brain (“Mr Duncan”), an Australian, was first appointed as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 26 September 2012.

Mr Duncan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics) from Victoria University, Melbourne, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Mr Duncan is also a Director of AmGeneral Holdings Berhad, AAA Assurance Corporation, Vietnam, Bohai Property Insurance Company Limited, China, IAG (Asia) General Pte Ltd, Singapore, NHCT Limited, Thailand, NHCT Holding (Thailand) Company Limited, Safety Insurance Public Company Limited, Thailand, Safety Thailand Holding Pty Limited, Australia, SBI General Insurance Company Limited, India and Thailand Insurance Holdings Pty Limited, Australia.

Dato Sulaiman
Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
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Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, is the Group Chief Executive Officer of AMMB Holdings and Chief Executive Officer of AmBank (M) Berhad (a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMMB), the commercial banking arm of AmBank Group. Dato’ Sulaiman joined AmBank Group on 23 November 2015 and has a wealth of experience backed by 28 years of spearheading growth in consumer banking and transformation programmes. As Group CEO of AmBank Group, Dato’ Sulaiman is responsible for the management of all businesses in AmBank Group including Commercial and Retail Banking, Islamic Banking, Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Transaction Banking, Global Markets, Life & General Insurance/Takaful Operations and Asset Management, with a staff strength of more than 11,000 staff. An accounting graduate from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, Dato’ Sulaiman served Price Waterhouse before repositioning his career in banking with the Bank of Commerce (M) Berhad (now known as CIMB Bank) in 1987. Prior to joining AmBank, he was previously Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of CIMB Bank Berhad. During his tenure as CEO of CIMB Bank Berhad, Dato’ Sulaiman spearheaded the overall development, management and performance of the sales and distribution channels for CIMB Bank.

Independent Non-Executive Director
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Sathasivan Kunchamboo (“Sathasivan”), a Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 March 2016.

Sathasivan holds a Master in Business Administration from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and Bachelor of Business Administration from National University of Malaysia. He also holds Bachelor of Law from University of London and Certificate of Legal Practice from Legal Profession Qualifying Board, Malaysia.

Sathasivan has over 17 years of experience in regulation and supervision of the Insurance industry of Malaysia, in particular general insurance, offshore insurance, Takaful and reinsurance.

Sathasivan joined Bank Negara Malaysia (“BNM”) from year 1982 to 2013. From December 2005 to November 2013, Mr Sathasivan held a position as Senior General Manager of Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of BNM. Prior to that, Mr Sathasivan held various positions in Insurance Regulation Department namely, Deputy Director of Strategic Planning Division, Deputy Director of General Insurance Division, Senior Manager of Motor Insurance Unit, Senior Manager of Reinsurance Unit and Manager of Labuan Offshore
Insurance Unit. He also held positions as Manager of Legal Department, Senior Executive of Personnel Department as well as Training Officer of Staff Training Centre.

Sathasivan is the Chairman of the Company’s Risk Management Committee of Directors and a Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of Directors of the Company. 

Independent Non-Executive Director
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Wong Teck Kat (“Wong”), a Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent NonExecutive Director of the Company on 1 March 2016.

Wong holds a Master in Business Administration from Henley, Brunel University, United Kingdom. He is a Chartered Insurer and an Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute, United Kingdom.

Wong began his career in the insurance industry as an Insurance Inspector from 1970 to 1973 in Commercial Union Assurance Co. Ltd. From 1974 to 1980, he was appointed as Risk Management Surveyor, Head of Fire Department and Head of Reinsurance Department. Wong then joined Pacific & Orient Insurance Co. Ltd as Manager in the Head Office from September 1980 to April 1981 before joining Malaysia & Nippon Insurans Berhad as Manager in May 1981. Wong was later appointed as Assistant General Manager in June 1984, General Manager in June 1985 and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) in June 1994, which he held until March 2000.

In April 2000, he served as General Manager/CEO to Zurich Insurance Malaysia Berhad (“ZIM”) and upon the merger of ZIM with MCIS Insurance Berhad, Wong was appointed as General Manager of General Insurance Division of MCIS Zurich Insurance Berhad in July 2002. He held the position until his retirement on 31 August 2009.

Wong is a Member of the Company’s Audit and Examination Committee of Directors, Nomination and Remuneration Committee of Directors and Risk Management Committee of Directors. 

Non-Executive Director
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Mr Ramesh Pillai (“Mr Ramesh”), a Malaysian, was appointed to the Board of AmGeneral Insurance Berhad on 15 August 2017 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. 

Mr Ramesh started his career with Price Waterhouse’s Financial Institutions specialism in London gaining experience in Audit, Consultancy and Corporate Finance assignments. He has over 30 years of risk management experience, both in the public and private sector and has held various positions, including that of CEO, Finance Director and Group Chief Risk Officer (in Conventional and Islamic Banks). He was also with Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional as its Chief Risk Officer as well as Bank Negara Malaysia as the Head of its Deposit Insurance Taskforce.

Mr Ramesh is currently the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Enterprise Risk Practitioners (providing professional certification in Enterprise Risk Management) as well as the Group Managing Director of Friday Concepts (International), an International Boutique Risk Management consultancy. He is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Gibraltar BSN Life Berhad.

Mr Ramesh holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics with Accountancy from Loughborough University, United Kingdom, where he specialised in Economics and Banking in general, and Islamic Banking in particular.  He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (1991) as well as the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, a Certified Enterprise Risk Manager, a Certified Risk Professional, a Qualified Risk Director, a certified Islamic Enterprise Risk Manager and a Qualified Risk Auditor. 

Mr Ramesh has no shareholding in AmGeneral Insurance. He is also an INED of AmInvestment Bank Berhad.