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Tan Sri Dato’ Paduka Kua Sian Kooi

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN / NON-INDEPENDENT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tan Sri Dato’ Paduka Kua Sian Kooi, Malaysian, was appointed as Director of KSK Group Berhad (formerly known as Kurnia Asia Berhad) (“KSK”) on 12 April 2004 and is currently the Executive Chairman of KSK. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Group.

Tan Sri Dato’ Paduka Kua was previously the Director of Kurnia Insurans (Malaysia) Bhd (“KIMB”), a former subsidiary of KSK which was involved in the business of underwriting general insurance in Malaysia. Between 1974 to 1982, he was attached to Inshouse Sdn Bhd in Alor Setar as an insurance agent. Between 1982 and the late 80’s, he moved on to join Wellead Sdn Bhd as an underwriter. During that period, he was exposed to and accumulated extensive hands-on knowledge in agency management and the workings of insurance operations and systems. In January 1991, he acquired and became the controller of KIMB which was then known as Industrial & Commercial Insurance (M) Berhad. Through determination and diligence, he engineered the transformation of KIMB into one of the leader in the general insurance industry in Malaysia. His other directorship in a public company is KSK Foundation.


 

Datuk Kua Chung Sen

DEPUTY EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN / NON-INDEPENDENT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Datuk Kua Chung Sen, Malaysian, was appointed as Director of KSK on 12 April 2004. He is currently the Deputy Executive Chairman of KSK and also serves as a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Together with Tan Sri Dato’ Paduka Kua Sian Kooi, he has served in the top management position of KIMB since 1991 when the then present management took over which was then an insolvent insurer, Industrial & Commercial Insurance (M) Bhd. He was also instrumental in turning around the company into the leader in the general insurance industry. He was responsible for overseeing the establishment and strengthening of the financial and investment division of KIMB in the early years. He also led in the re-engineering of operational procedures of critical processes. Following that, he spearheaded the implementation of ISO procedures, resulting in KIMB being ISO accredited in 1996. He is also very much involved in the strategic direction of the company as well as in ensuring that business strategies are accurately and effectively implemented. Under his guidance, KIMB has strengthened all aspects of its operations. His other directorship in a public company is KSK Foundation.


 

Joanne Kua Ying Fei

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Joanne Kua Ying Fei, Malaysian, was appointed as Executive Director of KSK Group on 27 September 2012. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of KSK Group and Managing Director of KSK Land Sdn Bhd.

She began her career with Munich Reinsurance Company, Munich, Germany where she received training in reinsurance, (particularly in property, casualty and life) and in the Integrated Risk Management department. Subsequently, she joined Deutsche Bank, London as an Associate, Securitization team within Credit Risk Management function in 2007, where she was responsible for the securitization portfolio, with exposures mainly to the RMBS, insurance-linked securities and CDO asset classes. Upon her return to Malaysia, she joined Kurnia Insurans (M) Bhd as Risk Adviser in the ERM department until her resignation in September 2012.

Joanne Kua holds a degree in B.Sc. in Economics from the University College of London, UK and M.Sc in Management and Regulation of Risk from the London School of Economics, UK.


 

Cindy Kua

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Cindy Kua Ying Xin, Malaysian, is currently heading the Legal and Compliance portfolio for the Group and its subsidiaries. She was appointed as the Executive Director of KSK Group Berhad on 2 Jun 2014.
 
Prior to joining KSK, Cindy was an associate in the Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions practice of law firm, Rahmat Lim & Partners where she was involved in several significant transactions relating to the insurance, banking, aviation, and oil and gas sectors amongst others.  She holds an LLB (Hons) from King’s College, London and a Distinction in M.Sc in Insurance and Risk Management from Cass Business School, London.  She was admitted as a Barrister of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 2011 and was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 2012.


 

Dato’ Wira Othman bin Abdul

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dato’ Wira Othman bin Abdul, Malaysian was appointed Director of KSK on 13 April 2004. He serves as the Chairman of the Nominating and Remuneration Committee and is also a member of the Audit Committee. He was the Chairman of KIMB from March 2005 to June 2008 and served as a member of the Audit Committee of KIMB until June 2008.

Dato’ Wira Othman is an alumnus of University Kebangsaan Malaysia, majoring in sociology. Upon graduation in 1978, he served with the Family Planning Board and the Kedah State Development Corporation. From 1980 to 1983, he was the Assistant District Officer of Pendang. He was elected as a Member of Parliament from April 1983 to 2004 and he was appointed twice as Parliamentary Secretary in the Prime Minister’s department from 1987 to 1995 and subsequently his second appointment was from 1997 to 1999. Thus, Dato’ Wira Othman has 10 years of experience as a Parliamentary Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Department. He was appointed as MARA’s Chairman from 1995 to 1997. Subsequently, he was also Chairman of Westport from 1996 to 1998. During the same period from 1996 to 1998, he was also the Director for MBF Cards Services Sdn Bhd, MBF Discount Card and MBF Pacific Rent-A-Car Sdn Bhd.


 

Dato’ Quah Teong Moo

NON-INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dato’ Quah Teong Moo, Malaysian, was appointed Director of KSK on 29 June 2004.

Dato’ Quah was a director of KIMB from April 2004 until June 2008. He was then appointed as as Advisor to KIMB until his resignation in 2012. Dato’ Quah has over 15 years of insurance experience, starting his career with KIMB as an entry-level executive, and has been steadily promoted through the ranks to senior management position. During this period, he has accumulated vast marketing experience and an in-depth knowledge of the general insurance industry in Malaysia.


 

Leow Ming Fong @ Leow Min Fong

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Leow Ming Fong @ Leow Min Fong, Malaysian, was appointed Director of KSK on 16 June 2006. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee and Nominating Committee.

Leow Min Fong brings with him over more than 30 years of experience in the accounting/auditing field, having served as an audit partner and concurring partner for several portfolio of clients including several public listed companies and multinational companies. Upon graduation, he commenced his articleship with a firm of Chartered Accountants in London, United Kingdom. Prior to his appointment with the company, he joined KPMG Malaysia until his retirement as one of the senior partners after a period of 32 years. During his KPMG experience, he has been posted to various KPMG branches as audit partner inclusive of short-term assignments in Singapore, British Guinea in South America and Vietnam. He has also acted as partner in charge of KPMG Cambodia for 3 1/2 years from late 1995 to early 1999. In addition, he has been involved in special work for fraud investigation, due diligence for merger and acquisitions, reporting accountant for various corporate exercises for public listed companies.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Malaysian Institute of Chartered Accountants. His other directorships in public listed companies in Malaysia is Focus Point Holdings Berhad. He is also a director in Canadia Bank PLC, a bank incorporated in Cambodia.


 

Dato’ Dr. Sharifuddin Bin Abdul Wahab

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dato’ Dr. Sharifuddin bin Abdul Wahab, Malaysian, was appointed Director of KSK on 7 May 2010. He is also a member of the Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nominating Committee.

Dato’ Dr. Sharifuddin started his career in the education field as a lecturer in University Pertanian Malaysia in 1982. Besides lecturing, he was also active in various research and development work. Subsequently, he left the education field in 1989 and joined Schmidt Scientific Sdn Bhd from 1989 to 2007. In 1995, he was appointed the Executive Director of Schmidt Vietnam Co. Ltd and later appointed as the Regional Managing Director of Schmidt Singapore & Malaysia in 1999 to 2000. He was promoted to head the newly restructured organization of Schmidt BioMedTech Asia Ltd in April 2000 as the President and CEO. During his stint with Schmidt group of companies, he has demonstrated continous growth, achievements and remarkable leadership in the management of complex activities within the Bio Science, Technology and Medical field. He left Schmidt BioMedTech Asia Ltd in 2007 and joined Naim Holdings Berhad in 2008 as Deputy Managing Director. He was also assigned to head the overseas business development operations in Naim, until his resignation in January 2010. He then joined the Board of KIMB as a Non-Executive Director in May 2010 and thereafter was appointed Chairman of the Board in August 2010 until his resignation from the Board in September 2012.

Dato’ Dr. Sharifuddin holds a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan and a Masters of Science in Animal Reproduction from University Pertanian Malaysia. For his achievement in the animal reproduction research work, he was given a commendation award from the former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad. He was also awarded the Darjah Utama Yang Amat Mulia Bintang Kenyalang Sarawak which carries the title Pegawai Bintang Kenyalang (PBK) in 2009 from Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Muhammad Salahuddin. He was recently awarded the Darjah Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak, DPMP which carries the title Dato’ by His Royal Highness, Paduka Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan, Sultan Azlan Muhibbudin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullahu-lah on 19 April 2010.