CORPORATE | BOARD OF DIRECTOR
BOARD OF DIRECTOR
Dato’ Lim Heen Peok | Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Dato’ Lua Choon Hann | Group Managing Director
Jimmy Cheah Eng Chuan | MD for Manufacturing Division
Dato' Alex Wee Cheng Kwan | MD for Property and Construction
Datuk Dr. Wong Lai Sum | Independent Non-Executive Director
Dato’ Hamzah Bin Mohd Salleh | Independent Non-Executive Director
Lim Chee Hoong | Independent Non-Executive Director
Dato’ Lim Heen Peok | Independent Non-Executive ChairmanAfter graduating from the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, Dato’ Lim joined the UMW Group in 1975 as an Executive Engineer and worked in the engineering, service, marketing and sales operations of the Group for 12 years in various managerial positions. During that time he was responsible for improving the operations, negotiation with overseas principals for product franchises and development of new products and markets. In 1986 Dato’ Lim was appointed as the Managing Director of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd, a joint venture company between UMW and Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan. His primary role was to restructure the company to survive in the era of the National Car. He was instrumental in leading the company and developing the organization towards understanding and achieving world class standards of operations particularly in the area of quality, cost and delivery. Towards this end he put in place the Toyota Production System and the Toyota Way of continuous improvement which are highly acclaimed throughout the industry. After successfully making Toyota the top selling brand in the Non National Car market for 15 years, Dato’ Lim retired in 2004. Dato’ Lim was the Chairman of T & K Autoparts which started as a Toyota plant manufacturing steering gear systems for the ASEAN market and which later also exported to Taiwan, Turkey and other countries. He also sat on the board of Kayaba (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Assembly Services Sdn Bhd, Automotive Industries Sdn Bhd, as well as UMW Toyota Capital Sdn Bhd. Dato’ Lim also played an active role in the automotive industry serving as the Vice President of the Malaysian Automotive Association. After retiring Dato' Lim served on the boards of Alliance Bank Berhad and Proton Holdings Berhad.
Dato’ Lua Choon Hann | Group Managing DirectorDato' Lua, aged 39, was appointed to the Board on 1 November 2013 as an Executive Director. Dato' Lua has been an Independent & Non Executive Director at Pelikan International Corporation Berhad since April 1, 2013. He started his professional career in the legal practice with Attorney General's Chambers as a prosecutor in the Republic of Singapore. With his years in practice, he gained a substantial and broad expertise, knowledge and experience in advising legal matters, amongst others, pertaining to corporate affairs, finance and commercial matters. With his professional legal experience, business acumen and commercial know-how, he has become an entrepreneur since year 2003 in various business ventures in Malaysia involving in various sectors, including the provision of corporate consultancy and solution services, property development and other related businesses. Dato' Lua holds Bachelor of Law from University of Cardiff, United Kingdom.
Jimmy Cheah Eng Chuan | MD for Manufacturing DivisionJimmy, aged 68, was appointed to the Board on 21 July 2003 as the managing Director and is also a founder member of the Group. He served in the Malaysian Army between 1965 and 1974 before joining Oriental Elastic Industries Co., a company that manufactures covered elastic yarn, furniture webbing and seat belts, as a Sales Executive. He left the company in 1980 as a Manager and continued his career with Heveafil Sdn. Bhd., a company that manufactures rubber threads, as Sales Manager. At Heveafil Sdn Bhd, Cheah was placed in charge of the Asia Pacific region. In 1986, he joined Rubberflex Sdn Bhd, a rubber threads manufacturing company, as Sales Manager. Overall, he has more than 30 years of experience in the rubber threads and furniture webbing industries and is currently responsible for the overall operations of the PRG Holdings Berhad Group.
Dato' Alex Wee Cheng Kwan | MD for Property and ConstructionDato' Alex, aged 39, was appointed to the Board on 5 August 2013 as an Executive Director. After graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree with First Class Honors from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom in 1999, Alex started his career with L&M Foundation Specialist Pte Ltd in Singapore where he worked as a Civil Engineer. He then worked as a Structural Engineer with a construction company in Singapore for 4 years where he built his expertise in project management and structural engineering. Wee returned to Malaysia in 2004 to work as a Project Manager for Biaxis Sdn Bhd, a local construction company before joining the WG Group in 2007. He has completed residential and commercial projects while in tenure with WG Group. He is now responsible for the running of the business with a particular emphasis on sales and business development. Wee also has a wide experience in fund raising and strategic planning in various industries including IPO, dual listing, mergers and acquisitions. He has more than 14 years of experience in the construction and financial industries.
Datuk Dr. Wong Lai Sum | Independent Non-Executive DirectorAged 61, a Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 11 April 2016 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Datuk Dr. Wong is also the Member of the Audit Committee. Datuk Dr. Wong has a BSc in Biochemistry, Masters in Public Administration and a PhD in Business from University Malaya. Since 2014, she has been appointed as an advisor to the Faculty of Economics and Business, University Malaya. She was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in August 2012. In mid-June 2015, she retired as the CEO and there upon was appointed as MATRADE’s Advisor to the National Export Council, chaired by the Prime Minister. Over the 23 years at MATRADE, Datuk Dr. Wong has led various Divisions, including Corporate Management and Strategic Planning, and was Deputy CEO for Export Promotion prior to her appointment as CEO. Datuk Dr. Wong was actively involved in various committees for policy design and development to advance trade and economic growth for Malaysia, as well as, ASEAN and OIC countries and speaks regularly at many international seminars and conferences. In February 2016, Datuk Dr Wong has been made a conjoint Professor to the School of Business of the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is also on the Singapore Business Advisory Group of University of Newcastle. Datuk Dr. Wong does not have any family relationship with any director and/ or other major shareholder of the Company, nor any personal interest in any business arrangement involving the Company. She has had no convictions for any offences within the past ten (10) years, other than traffic offences, if any.
Dato’ Hamzah Bin Mohd Salleh | Independent Non-Executive DirectorDato’ Hamzah graduated with a Diploma in Management from the Malaysian Institute of Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath, United Kingdom. He was an Audit Assistant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly known as Price Waterhouse & Co) from 1969 to 1975 and then worked as the Finance and Administration Manager in Pillar Naco Malaysia Sdn Bhd., a company dealing with architectural metal fabrication, for 5 years. From 1980 to 1993, he held various senior managerial positions in the Pernas Sime Darby Group and the Sime Darby Group of companies. He is presently the Chief Executive Officer of Spanco Sdn Bhd, a fleet management specialist.
Lim Chee Hoong | Independent Non-Executive DirectorMr Lim is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, as well as the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia. Presently, Mr. Lim is a practicing accountant in Malaysia under Messrs CHI-LLTC. He is also a partner in Lee Teik Swee & Co. Prior to that, Mr. Lim was attached to various firms and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting. He is currently also a director of Choo Bee Metal Industries Berhad.