Directors’ Profile

Dato' Azlam Shah Bin Alias, a Malaysian aged 60, is our Independent Non-Executive Chairman. He was appointed to our Board on 1 January 2019.

He currently serves as a Senior Adviser to the Chief Executive Officer of Tesco Stores Malaysia Sdn Bhd ("Tesco Malaysia") and also a member of the advisory board of Tesco Malaysia. Prior to this, he has been a key member of Tesco Malaysia Senior Leadership Board, legal compliance and risk management and property acquisitions committees, together with other various internal and external functions. Soon after joining Tesco Malaysia in 2001 as Regional Property Director, he led Tesco Malaysia's government and corporate affairs functions to help deliver Tesco Malaysia's business expansion plans by developing local supply networks, hypermarkets and superstores and distributive network.

From 1999 to 2001, he was posted to ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Private Limited based in Singapore as its Regional Real Estate Outsourcing Manager responsible for managing the outsourcing of Asia Pacific real estates. Prior thereto, he held various roles in Esso Malaysia Berhad in retail development where he handled site research on petrol and service stations, retail acquisitions, retail management and divestment portfolios. From 1987 to 1991, he was a Retail Development Representative with Mobil Oil Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

He is an active committee member of the PPUM (Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya) Care Fund, and also as an Advisor of UMCares, a Community and Sustainability Centre under the auspices of the University of Malaya. He was actively involved in industry advocacy work representing Malaysian International Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) and Malaysian Retailers Association (MRA) in various dialogues with the authorities. Since February 2017 to LPD, he has also been the Independent Non-Executive Director of K-One Technology Berhad, a company listed on the ACE Market of Bursa Securities.

He obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in finance from Eastern Michigan University, United States in 1986.

Tan Yu Yeh, a Malaysian aged 49, is our Non-Independent Executive Director and Executive Vice Chairman. He was appointed to our Board on 1 June 2016 and redesignated as our Executive Vice Chairman on 19 May 2020.

Prior to his redesignation as our Executive Vice Chairman, he was our Co-Managing Director. He together with Ong Chu Jin Adrian, are jointly responsible for our day-to-day operations with specific responsibilities in the overall management of our Group's operations and sets our business strategy.

Since 2005, Tan Yu Yeh has supported the growth of our Group's business as a director, shareholder and adviser. Since 2014, he has led the management of our Group. He is the founder of our business and opened the first Mr. D.I.Y. store at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

From 1997 to 2009, he worked with Inter-Pacific Securities Sdn Bhd as a remisier. From 1996 until 1997, he was an engineer with Komag USA (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from University of Malaya in 1996.

Ong Chu Jin Adrian, a Malaysian aged 50, is our Non-Independent Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. He joined us in January 2019 as our Co-Managing Director and was redesignated as our Chief Executive Officer on 19 May 2020.

As our Chief Executive Officer, and together with Tan Yu Yeh, he is jointly responsible for our day-to-day operations with specific responsibilities in our Group's corporate management and affairs as well as financial oversight.

In 2015, he joined Creador as Managing Director and represented the Creador Funds on our Board from 26 October 2016 until 31 August 2018, and acted as its main representative. In addition to representing Creador on its investment in our Company, he also served as Creador's representative for its other retail sector portfolio companies. He was re-appointed to our Board on 11 February 2019.

Prior to joining Creador, from 1995 to 2015, he worked with the CIMB group for 20 years, where he held various senior positions, including Senior Managing Director of Investment Banking at CIMB. In his role as Senior Managing Director, he was responsible for leading the corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions business across Asia Pacific. From 2006 to 2010, he was seconded to CIMB-Standard Strategic Asset Advisors Sdn Bhd (now Capital Advisors Asia Pte Ltd) to serve as its director, advising on its Southeast Asia Strategic Asset Fund from 2006 to 2009 and the Islamic Infrastructure Fund where he was also the Head of Fund from 2009 to 2010. From 1994 to 1995, he worked for KPMG, Malaysia as an audit supervisor and from 1989 to 1993, he worked with Kingston Smith, London as an auditor.

He obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 2005. He has been admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1994 and a member of the MIA since 1995.

Brahmal A/ L Vasudevan, a Malaysian aged 51, is our Non-Independent Non-Executive Director. He was appointed to our Board on 31 August 2018.

Brahmal is the founder of Creador, whose funds are shareholders of our Company. He has been Chief Executive Officer of Creador since 2011. Prior to that, from 2000 to 2011, he served as the General Partner and Managing Director of ChrysCapital Investment Advisor (S) Pte Ltd, a private equity firm focused on growth capital investments in India.

He is also the founding Board Member of Endeavor Entrepreneurs Malaysia, a local chapter of the global organisation that selects, mentors, and accelerates identified entrepreneurs. Since 2008, he has been a Board Member of Usaha Tegas Sdn Bhd and continues to hold these two board positions. He was also previously a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of GHL Systems Berhad from 2014 to 2017.

Between 1990 to 2000, he served in various roles which include branding, consulting, marketing, strategy and business development in South East Asia and the United Kingdom. The companies that he served in during this period include Malaysian Tobacco Berhad, The Boston Consulting Group International, Inc., British American Tobacco PLC (United Kingdom) and Astro All Asia Networks PLC (now Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad).

In 1990, he graduated with first class honours from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London with a Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering and obtained a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, United States in 1997.

Ng Ing Peng, a Malaysian aged 63, is our Independent Non-Executive Director. She was appointed to our Board on 1 January 2019.

She is currently the Independent Non-Executive Director of Petra Energy Berhad ("Petra"), a company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Securities, having been re-designated since January 2019 from the position of Non-Independent Non-Executive Director, which she has held since 2016. She is also the Independent Non-Executive Director of Red Sena Berhad.

From 2013 to 2016, she held various executive positions at Petra, including Executive Director in 2015 and Group Chief Financial Officer from 2014 to 2016. She joined Petra in 2013 as its Deputy Group Chief Financial Officer.

From 2000 to 2012, she was at CIMB, where her last held position was as Head of Group Finance. During her tenure with CIMB, she was involved in the public listing of CIMB Berhad on the Main Board of Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange in 2003. She also played a role in the planning and execution of the merger and restructuring of Bumiputra-Commerce Bank Berhad, Southern Bank Berhad and PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk. From 1994 to 2000, she was Head of Operations at PB Securities Sdn Bhd.

Prior to that, she served at RSH (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Reebok (M) Sdn Bhd as its Financial Controller from 1991 to 1993, after a stint as manager at KPMG Management Consulting division in 1990.

From 1987 to 1989, she joined D&C Mitsui Merchant Bankers Berhad as manager where she was involved in corporate exercises and project feasibility studies. Between 1985 and 1987, she was Senior Auditor of Ernst & Whinney (now known as Ernst & Young).

She was an Audit Executive at Thornton Baker Chartered Accountants, London from 1981 to 1984, while pursuing her chartered accountancy qualification, and before that she had started her career in 1980 as a Financial Accountant with the Penang Development Corporation.

She obtained a Bachelor of Accounting from University of Malaya in 1980. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1984 and a member of the MIA since 1985.

Leng Choo Yin, a Malaysian aged 48, is our Independent Non-Executive Director. She was appointed to our Board on 1 January 2019.

She is currently the Head, Private Wealth Malaysia, Group Wealth Management, Community Financial Services, Malaysia at Malayan Banking Berhad ("Maybank"). Prior to her joining Maybank in July 2019, since 2001 until June 2019 and starting initially as Associate Director, she has held various positions within the Private Banking business at CIMB, including Head of Private Banking in 2010 until her appointment as Regional Head of Sales in 2018 where she is responsible for driving and strengthening regional sales efforts across Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

From 2000 to 2001, she was a Regional Sales Manager for Commerce Trust Berhad (which now forms part of Principal Asset Management Berhad). Prior to this, she was in Client Service and then Regional Sales Manager at Templeton Management Limited in Canada from 1996 to 2000.

She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in economics from University of Toronto, Canada in 1995 and has completed various Financial Planning courses, such as Chartered Financial Planning, Trust and Estate Planning, and Investment-linked Life Insurance.

Tan Yu Wei, a Malaysian aged 47, is the Alternate Director to Tan Yu Yeh, appointed on 3 March 2020 and is our Executive Vice President. He was redesignated as our Executive Vice President on 1 January 2019.

Since 2011, he has been a key senior member of our management, primarily leading our Group's procurement strategy and leading our Group's logistics and procurement departments.

From 2000 to 2011, he was part of the management team that set up De Little Chinatown Sdn Bhd, a wholesaler of products mainly from China and served as a director. Prior to that, from 1998 to 2000, he was a production supervisor with Solectron Corp, USA in Malaysia.

He obtained a Bachelor of Management (Honours) from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1998.

Soo Sze Yang, a Malaysian aged 31, is the Alternate Director to Brahmal A/ L Vasudevan and was appointed on 22 June 2020.

He is currently a Senior Vice President of Creador, which he joined in 2016. His responsibilities at Creador are deal origination and sector coverage in the South East Asia region, investment portfolio management which includes our Group and Mobile World Investment Corporation (a retail company listed on Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange). Prior to joining Creador, from 2015 to 2016, he was an Analyst at KV Asia Capital, a private equity firm.

From 2013 to 2014, he worked with Maybank IB as a Senior Analyst where he was involved in the advisory of a range of corporate exercises including mergers and acquisition, initial public offering, debt and project financing, and corporate restructuring. Prior to that, from 2011 and 2013, he served with HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad as their Assistant Vice President.

In 2011, he graduated with first class honours from London School of Economics and Political Science with a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science.