Directors' Profile

65 Years
Malaysian, Male

Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Rahman Bin Mamat, was appointed to our Board of Directors ("Board") on 3 January 2012. He graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Universiti Malaya in 1975 and has obtained an Advanced Management Programme qualification from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA in 2004.

He joined MITI as a Deputy Director in April 1975and served in various capacities in MITI for 35 years before retiring in December 2010 which included (a) Deputy Trade Commissioner, Malaysian Trade Office, New York, the USA; (b) Director of Trade, Malaysian Trade Centre, Taipei, Taiwan; (c) Economic Counsellor/ Trade Commissioner and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission, Malaysian Trade Office, Bangkok, Thailand; (d) Special Assistant to the Minister of MITI, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz; (e) Board of Director, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT); (f) Director of Industries; (g) Senior Director, Policy and Industry, Services Division; (h) Chairman of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (“MATRADE”); (i) Deputy Secretary-General (Industry); and (j) Secretary General of MITI.

During his tenure in MITI, he also served as MITI’s representative on the board of various government-linked companies and corporations including Malaysian Investment Develop ment Authority (MIDA), Johor Corporation, Regional Economic Development Authority (RECODA), Sarawak and Small and Medium Corporation Malaysia, Pahang State Economic Development Corporation, Malaysian Technology Development Corporation and MATRADE.

He had represented Malaysia in numerous international meetings, negotiations, conferences and symposiums and hadinvolved in formulating, implementing and monitoring policies and strategies on international trade and industries as well as entrepreneurship development.

He sits on boards of directors of several public listed companies in Malaysia including Hiap Teck Venture Berhad, Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Berhad, Dagang NeXchange Berhad and Parkson Holdings Berhad. He also sits on the the board of private limited companies in Malaysia ie: Lotte Titan Chemical Berhad, NAZA Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd, Broadgate Engineering, Ocean Might Sdn Bhd, Innobio Sdn Bhd, Asia Logistics Council Sdn Bhd and Prisma Gallery Sdn Bhd.

He was an honorary member of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations, a Malaysian Leader for the High Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration and is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the International Council for SME & Entrepreneur Malaysia, and Board of Trustee of Enactus Malaysia Foundation, a non-profit organisation aimed at grooming university students into future leaders.

He has no family relationship with any Director and/ or major shareholder of the Company and has no conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted of any non-traffic offences within the past five years.

41 Years
Malaysian, Male
Member of SIS Option Committee

Mr. Hon Tian Kok @ William is our Founder, Substantial Shareholder, Promoter and Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed to our Board on 21 June 2011 and is responsible for overseeing our Group’s performance and strategic direction.

Mr. William Hon obtained his qualification from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 1998 and has been a member of the Malaysia Institute of Accountants since 2002.

Mr. William Hon has an extensive background and experience in Finance, Audit, Strategic Planning, Marketing, International Business Relations and Biotechnology industry. He began his career as an Auditor with an accounting firm in 1995 and later joined a commercial company as an Assistant Finance Manager in the same year. In 1998, he joined an educational and business consultancy firm, as a Consultant. He subsequently left and joined a public listed company in 2000 as Vice President of Business Development, where he was responsible for identifying and/ or assessing new business opportunities for the group in the property investment and development industry as well as other new ventures such as biotechnology. In 2003, he worked as a freelance consultant with a few companies, including companies in the healthcare industry, during which he gained further knowledge of the biotechnology industry and enabled him to establish Bioalpha International Sdn. Bhd. (“BISB”) in 2005.

He has no family relationship with any Director and/ or major shareholder of the Company and has no conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted of any non-traffic offences within the past five years.

40 Years
Malaysian, Male
Member of SIS Option Committee

Mr. Ho Tze Hiung is our Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 21 June 2011. As our Operations Director, he is responsible for overseeing the Group’s production operations.

Mr. Ho Tze Hiung completed his Bachelor of Business, majoring in Business and Management from Oxford Brooks University, in 1999 and began his career as a Marketing Executive in the same year. In 2000, he joined a seafood processing industry as a Sales Supervisor. In 2002, he joined wholesale from grocery and frozen food as an Operations Manager. He subsequently joined a multinational insurance company as a Trainer in 2003. In 2004, he joined a health supplement company as a Marketing Manager. Subsequently in 2005, he joined Bioalpha International Sdn. Bhd. (“BISB”) as a Marketing Director and was promoted to Operations Director in 2012.

He has no family relationship with any Director and/ or major shareholder of the Company and has no conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted of any non-traffic offences within the past five years.

54 Years
Malaysian, Male
Member of Remuneration Committee

Dato’ Norhalim Bin Yunus was appointed to our Board on 30 June 2011. Dato’ Norhalim is the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC).

Dato’ Norhalim has been the CEO of MTDC since June 2008 and has extensive experience in early stage technology ventures, the commercialisation of universities’ research results, and venture fund management. He has had the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of technology ventures through his involvement in various funding initiatives.

As one of the pioneer staff of MTDC, Dato’ Norhalim has wide ranging experience in the field of technology development and investment. MTDC has through the years funded projects in ICT, electronics, biotechnology and advanced material both in Malaysia and globally. He has represented MTDC on the board of several technology companies in Malaysia and The United States. Dato’ Norhalim is a graduate of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Currently, Dato’ Norhalim sits as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Globetronics Technology Bhd.

He attended six (6) Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 31 December 2016.

He has no family relationship with any Director and/ or major shareholder of the Company and has no conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted for any non-traffic offences within the past five years.

64 Years
Malaysian, Male
Member of Audit Committee and Nomination Committee

Dato’ Rosely Bin Samsuri was appointed to our Board on 20 September 2013. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Finance) from Indiana State University, Indiana, US in 1983 and obtained a Master of Business Administration (International Business) from University of New Haven, Connecticut, US in 1985.

Dato’ Rosely began his career as a Credit and Accounts Officer with Negara Properties Sdn Bhd in 1985 before joining Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad (“Bank Rakyat”) as an Executive in Corporate Planning in the same year. He was promoted as Head of Corporate Planning cum Executive Assistant to Managing Director in 1994, Head of Research and Development and Head of Credit Control in 2000. He was also appointed as Finance Manager of Rakyat Corporation in 1986 and Chief Executive Officer of Angkasa Raya Development Sdn Bhd in 1997, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Bank Rakyat. In 2003, he was appointed as General Manager of Corporate Services and Secretary until his retirement in 2009. He was also a member of various Board committees and Board subsidiaries of Bank Rakyat during his tenure with the bank.

Currently, Dato’ Rosely is serving on the boards of Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (“PNS”) and Permodalan Felcra Sdn Bhd and acts as the Chairman of Management Investment Committee of Permodalan Felcra Sdn Bhd.

He has no family relationship with any Director and/ or major shareholder of the Company and has no conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted for any non-traffic offences within the past five years.

73 Years
Malaysian, Male
Chairman of Remuneration Committee and SIS Option Committee
Member of Audit Committee and Nomination Committee

Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Syed Jalaludin Bin Syed Salim was appointed to our Board on 8 July 2014. He graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from University of Punjab in 1967, followed by a Master of Philosophy and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from University of London, United Kingdom in 1969 and 1977 respectively. He was also conferred five (5) honorary degrees, namely Doctor of Science from University of Hull in 1999, Honoraris Causa from Soka University in 2000, Doctor of Agriculture Technology from Thaksin University in 2005, Doctor of Science from Open Universiti Malaysia in 2007 and Doctor of Engineering from Universiti Malaysia Perlis in 2008.

Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Syed Jalaludin began his career as an assistant lecturer in the Faculty of Agriculture in University of Malaya in 1969. He later joined Universiti Putra Malaysia ("UPM") as a lecturer in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science in 1975 before retiring as Vice Chancellor of UPM in 2001. During his academic career, he was bestowed with the National Science Laureate in 1993 and National Academic Laureate in 2008. He is also a founder and senior fellow (which carries the title of academician) of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Syed Jalaludin has also been conferred Emeritus Professorship by Universiti Terengganu Malaysia and UPM. He is still active in the academic sector as Chairman of the Board of Directors of UPM, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak and Asia eUniversity. He is also the Chancellor of Taylor’s University and is a member of the Executive Committee and Governing Board of the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF). In addition, he is also a director of Meteor Technology Sdn Bhd, a company wholly-owned by Open University Malaysia.

In the corporate sector, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Syed Jalaludin was the Founding Chairman of the Halal Industry Development Corporation, a corporation wholly-owned by Ministry of Finance (Incorporated).

He has no family relationship with any Director and/ or major shareholder of the Company and has no conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted for any non-traffic offences within the past five years.

66 Years Malaysian, Male
Chairman of Nomination Committee
Member of Remuneration Committee

Dr. Nik Ismail Bin Nik Daud was appointed to our Board on 30 June 2011.

Dr. Nik Ismail, a fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology, graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) from University of Malaya in 1975. Subsequently, he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Food Science from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium in 1976, a Master of Science in Food Science & Microbiology from University of Strathclyde, Scotland in 1978, a PhD in Food Science from University of London, United Kingdom in 1983 and a Master of Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia ("UKM") in 1987.

He began his career as a lecturer on various subjects such as food quality and safety systems, food microbiology, food analysis, new product development, food legislation and operations management, management of biotechnology and entrepreneurship in science and technology at undergraduate and graduate levels in UKM in 1978. His industry experience includes holding senior positions in private companies involved in food-related businesses. He has also conducted workshops for many food companies and government agencies on food quality, safety systems, food legislations and intellectual property management in the food industry since 1983. He was appointed as Managing Director of UKM Holdings Sdn Bhd in 2006 and resigned from the position in 2014.

He has been a member of many national committees including the National HACCP Committee, National HACCP Audit Committee, Technical Advisory Committee on Malaysian Food Regulations, 1985, Technical Committee of and member of the National Food Safety Council, Malaysia, National Codex Alimentarius Committee, Malaysian Standards on Coffee, Beverages, Flour, Starches and Food Safety and a Member of the Industrial Standard of Food and Food Products. In addition, he was the President of the Malaysian Institute of Food Technology until 2014 and was also past President of Federation of Institute Food Science and Technology, Association of South East Asian Nations (FIFSTA).

He has no family relationship with any Director and/ or major shareholder of the Company and has no conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted for any non-traffic offences within the past five years.

51 Years Malaysian, Male
Chairman of Audit Committee

En. Mohd Nasir Bin Abdullah was appointed to our Board on 12 February 2015. He is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Company. En. Mohd Nasir obtained his Diploma in Accountancy from Universiti Teknologi MARA in 1989 and subsequently graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) from the same university in 1996. He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants since 1996 and the Malaysian Association of Tax Accountants since 2012.

En. Mohd Nasir began his career with Sahir & Co, an accounting firm, as an Audit Associate in 1989 where he gained his first audit experience. He later joined Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera as Finance Officer in 1992 and Arastu Sdn Bhd as Finance Manager in 1997. In 1998, he left to join Kuantan Port Consortium Sdn Bhd as a Finance Manager and later assumed the role of Internal Audit Manager in 2000. In 2005, he joined NACC Corporate Services Sdn Bhd as a Director where he was responsible for the accounting, secretarial and management services. He subsequently joined two (2) accounting firms, Wan Ali Jaafar & Associates as a Senior Associate in 2008 and AT Konsortium as an Audit Manager in 2012, to further gain his audit experience. With his accounting and audit background, En. Mohd Nasir established MN Associates, an accounting firm which provides accounting, taxation, secretarial and management services, in 2013. He also hold an Income Tax and GST license by MDF.

He has no family relationship with any Director and/ or major shareholder of the Company and has no conflict of interest with the Company. He has not been convicted for any non-traffic offences within the past five years.