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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
PHOON SOON KEONG (CHAIRMAN)
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Mr Phoon Soon Keong (“Mr Phoon”), a Malaysian, was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors on 15 August 2017 and was appointed Chairman of the Company on 1 January 2018.

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 ("PwC")] 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.

He is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of AmMetLife Insurance Berhad and AmMetLife Takaful Berhad.

Dato Sulaiman
DATO’ SULAIMAN BIN MOHD TAHIR
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
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Dato’ Sulaiman bin Mohd Tahir (“Dato’ Sulaiman”), a Malaysian, was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company on 1 November 2016. He is a Member of the Nomination and Remuneration of Committee of Directors and Investment Committee of Directors of the Company.

Dato’ Sulaiman is the Group Chief Executive Officer of AMMB Holdings Berhad (“AMMB”) and Chief Executive Officer of AmBank (M) Berhad (“AmBank”), the commercial banking arm of AmBank Group, positions he has held since November 2015.

He holds a Bachelor of Business in Accountancy from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia.  He has a wealth of experience backed by 30 years of managing and spearheading growth in consumer banking, as well as in commercial and corporate banking in Malaysia.

Prior to joining AmBank Group, he has held many prominent positions at one of the largest bank in Malaysia before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of AmBank.

He also sits on the Board of several other subsidiaries of AMMB, namely AmGeneral Holdings Berhad, AmMetLife Insurance Berhad and AmMetLife Takaful Berhad.

Duncan Victor Brain
DUNCAN VICTOR BRAIN
Non-Independent Executive Director
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Mr Duncan Victor Brain (“Mr Duncan”), an Australian, was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company on 26 September 2012.  He is also a Member of Investment Committee of Directors of the Company.

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.

He is also a Director of AmGeneral Holdings Berhad, 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.

SATHASIVAN KUNCHAMBOO
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Mr Sathasivan Kunchamboo (“Mr Sathasivan”), a Malaysian, was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company on 1 March 2016. He is the Chairman of the Risk Management Committee of Directors and a Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of Directors, and Audit and Examination Committee of Directors of the Company.

Mr 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.

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

He 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.

Mr Sathasivan is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of AmMetLife Insurance Berhad.

WONG TECK KAT
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Mr Wong Teck Kat (“Mr Wong”), a Malaysian, was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company on 1 March 2016.  He is the Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of Directors and a Member of the Audit and Examination Committee of Directors, and Risk Management Committee of Directors of the Company.

Mr Wong holds a Master in Business Administration from Henley, Brunel University, United Kingdom, and a Master in Christian Study from Seminari Theoloji Malaysia. He obtained the qualification of an Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute and was later conferred as a Chartered Insurer.

He has about 39 year’s general insurance experiences. He began his career with the Commercial Union Assurance Co. Ltd. In 1970 and was the first trained Fire Surveyor in Malaysia in 1974. He served as the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Malaysia & Nippon Insurans Berhad and later the CEO of Zurich Insurance Malaysia Berhad. Mr Wong retired in 2009 from the merged entity of MCIS Zurich Insurance Berhad.

He has also served as a Member of the Management Committee of the Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia and Chairman of its Fire Sub-Committee, Chairman and a Council Member of the Insurance Mediation Bureau of Malaysia, a Board Member of the ISM Insurance Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Chairman of the Council of the Motor Insurance Bureau of West Malaysia and a Board Member of the Financial Mediation Bureau.

RAMESH PILLAI
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Mr Ramesh Pillai (“Mr Ramesh”), a Malaysian, was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company on 15 August 2017. He is the Chairman of the Audit and Examination Committee of Directors and Investment Committee of Directors, and a Member of the Risk Management Committee of Directors of the Company.

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 Chief Executive Officer, 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.

He 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.

He 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 is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of AmInvestment Bank Berhad.