Directors' Profile Year:

 Dato’ Hasan bin M. Taib
   Chairman Non-Executive Director


 Mr Choong Kai Soon
   Executive Director


 Mr Choong Khoi Onn
   Executive Director


 Mr Choong Kay Cheong
   Executive Director


 Mr Choong Kai Fatt
   Executive Director


 Mr Leou Thiam Lai
   Senior Independent Non-Executive Director


 Datuk Zainun Aishah binti Ahmad
   Independent Non-Executive Director


 Dato’ Koh Hong Sun
   Independent Non-Executive Director

 
Dato’ Hasan bin M. Taib
Chairman Non-Executive Director
 
Dato’ Hasan bin M. Taib, male, aged 65, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Degem Berhad (“Board”) on 6 April 2001. Dato’ Hasan began his career in 1978 as a sales supervisor/ computer coordinator for Redec Travel, which is the general sales agent for Malaysia Airline System in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 1982, he left Redec Travel to start his own business in trading, property and investment in Saudi Arabia, London and Singapore. After returning to Malaysia in 1986, he formed Misbah Group of Companies, specialises in travel, property investment and development business in 1986. He obtained a degree in Science in 1997 from Pacific Western University, United States of America. He presently sits on the board of several other private limited companies. Dato’ Hasan bin M. Taib does not hold any directorship in any other public corporation other than DeGem Berhad.

Mr Choong Kai Soon
Executive Director
 
Mr Choong Kai Soon, male, aged 59, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 6 April 2001. He started his career working as a goldsmith in 1974. He is responsible for the manufacturing divisions of the Group as well as in enforcing quality control during manufacturing and on-the-job training to craftsmen in the Group. He is actively involved in all the major decision making of the Group. Mr Choong Kai Soon does not hold any directorship in any other public corporation other than DeGem Berhad.

Mr Choong Khoi Onn
Executive Director
 
Mr Choong Khoi Onn, male, aged 62, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 6 April 2001. He is a member of the Remuneration Committee. He obtained a diploma in Financial Accounting from Tunku Abdul Rahman College in 1979 and started his career as an audit assistant with a local audit firm before joining the Group in 1982. He is now responsible for the financial and administrative matters of the Group. He is actively involved in all major decision making of the Group. Mr Choong Khoi Onn does not hold any directorship in any other public corporation other than DeGem Berhad.

Mr Choong Kay Cheong
Executive Director
 
Mr Choong Kay Cheong, male, aged 55, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 31 March 2005. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Engineering (Civil) Hons from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and a Masters in Engineering (Civil) from University of Auckland, New Zealand. He first started out as a project manager in the construction industry before co-founding Diamond & Platinum Sdn. Bhd, a subsidiary of the Group in 1999. He is also actively involved in the daily operation and decision making of the Group. Mr Choong Kay Cheong does not hold any directorship in any other public corporation other than DeGem Berhad.

Mr Choong Kai Fatt
Executive Director
 
Mr Choong Kai Fatt, male, aged 58, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 6 April 2001. He is a member of the Remuneration Committee. He has more than 30 years' experience in the jewellery business. He joined a subsidiary of the Group in 1983 and is a qualified gemologist since 1989, having studied gemology from the Gemological Institute of America. He is currently in charge of the purchasing and marketing operations of the Group. He is actively involved in all the decision making of the Group. Mr Choong Kai Fatt does not hold any directorship in any other public corporation other than DeGem Berhad.

Mr Leou Thiam Lai
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
 
Mr Leou Thiam Lai, male, aged 63, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 21 May 2001. He is the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and also a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Mr Leou is a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, Fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (UK) and a Fellow member of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (formerly known as Malaysian Institute of Taxation). He was with Aljeffri, Siva, Heng and Monteiro from 1980 to 1981 and Baharom Hamdan from 1981 to 1984. He then set up his own Chartered Accountants firm, Leou & Associates, in 1988 and Associates PLT, in 2015. He serves as a partner of both the firm. Currently, he also sits on the boards of Sern Kou Resources Berhad, Menang Corporation (M) Berhad and EA Holdings Berhad.

He has no family relationship with any Directors or major shareholders of the Company.

Datuk Zainun Aishah binti Ahmad
Independent Non-Executive Director
 
Datuk Zainun Aishah binti Ahmad, female, aged 72, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 1 August, 2007. She is the Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committees and also the Remuneration Committees. She holds an Honours Degree in Economics from University Malaya. She began her career with Malaysia Industrial Development Authority ("MIDA"), the Malaysian government's principal agency for the promotion and coordination of industrial development in the country as an Economist where she worked for 35 years. In her 35 years of service, she has held various key positions in MIDA as well as in some of the country's strategic council, notably her pivotal role as National Project Director in the formulation of Malaysia's First Industrial Master Plan and as a member of the Industrial Coordination Council in the implementation of the Second Industrial Master Plan. She was the Director-General of MIDA for 9 years and Deputy Director- General for 11 years. Whilst in MIDA, she was also a member of the Industrial Coordination Act Advisory Council, Defense Industry Council and National Committee on Business Competitiveness Council.

She was formerly a Director of Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Shell Refining Company (Federation of Malaya) Berhad, now known as Hengyuan Refining Company Berhad and Malayan Banking Berhad. Currently, she is the Director of Berjaya Food Berhad, British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad and Boustead Holdings Berhad, all are public listed companies.

Dato’ Koh Hong Sun
Independent Non-Executive Director
 
Dato’ Koh Hong Sun, aged 66, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 01 August 2016. He is a Chairman of Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committees and also the Nomination Committees. He graduated with a Master Degree in Strategic and Security Studies from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He had a distinguished career with the Royal Malaysia Police (“RMP”) for almost 40 years, having joined RMP as a Probationary Inspector in 1971 and retired in October 2010 as the Director of Commercial Crime Investigation Department. During the period as an officer of the RMP, he had held various important command posts, including as Commandant of The Police Training Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Assistant Director NCB-Interpol, Officer-in-Charge of Brickfields Police District, Federal Traffic Chief, Deputy Chief Police Officer of Johor, Chief Police Officer of Penang and Commissioner of Police as Director of Commercial Crime Investigation Department.

Currently, he is the Chairman of QBE Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad which is a non-listed public company. He also sits on the boards of Mega First Corporation Berhad, Genting Malaysia Berhad and GLM REIT Management Sdn Bhd, the manager of Tower Real Estate Investment Trust.

He has no family relationship with any Directors or major shareholders of the Company.