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Chairman / Independent Non-Executive Director

Datuk Ismail Bin Abdullah, a Malaysian, age 63, is the new Chairman of the Company. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Economics from University of Sunderland, UK in 1982. He then later attached with Harvard University, USA for joining the Program on Investment Appraisal & Management (PIAM) in 1995.

Datuk Ismail was a Director and Permanent Secretary of several private companies and public sectors. He has had a distinguished career with the government sector primarily in the fields of industrial development and economic planning. He was the Director of Sabah State Planning Unit from 2009 to 2014. Prior to his appointment as Director of the State Planning Unit, he served as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Industrial Development from 2000 to 2009. He was the Director of State Archives in 1998, Secretary to the State Secretary’s office from 1994 to 1998 and Chief Investment Officer/ Assistant Secretary of Majlis Ugama Islam Sabah (MUIS) from 1988 to 1994. He was also the Assistant Director to the State Planning Unit from 1982 to 1988.

Chief Executive Officer / Non-Independent Executive Director

Kwan Ngen Wah, a Malaysian, aged 60, is one of the co-founder Directors of the Company and is currently an Executive Director. He received his tertiary education in the UK.

Kwan Ngen Wah has been actively involved in the oil palm industry, stone quarry operation, road construction and property development projects for the past 30 years and gained substantial knowledge and experience in these industries. The accumulated experience coupled with the close relationship with customers and suppliers provide adequate impetus for him to efficiently steer the Company to greater success.

Non-Independent Executive Director

Dato' Chong Kan Hiung, a Malaysian, aged 55, is a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountant in the UK and also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Taxation. He was appointed as a Non-Independent Executive Director on 12 November 2001.

Dato' Chong Kan Hiung is responsible for the financial functions of the Group, he has been with the Group for the past 10 years and is also the joint Company Secretary for the Company.

Prior to joining the Kwantas Group in 1996, he was attached to an international Public Accountant firm for 10 years. He has considerable experience in corporate finance and general management. Dato' Chong Kan Hiung is also a certified member of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia.

Non-Independent Executive Director

Kwan Jin Nget, a Malaysian, aged 51, graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration from University of Iowa, USA in 1989. She has been a Director since the Company was incorporated.

Kwan Jin Nget is currently the Regional Director of the Group. Her responsibilities include the coordination for the efficient operations of the Company and overseeing human resources management, general administration and oil palm plantations.

Non-Independent Executive Director

Kwan Min Nyet, a Malaysian, aged 49, graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration from University of Iowa, USA in 1989. She has been a Director since the Company was incorporated.

Kwan Min Nyet is responsible for the finance and the marketing functions of the Company’s oil mill operations.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ooi Jit Huat, a Malaysian, aged 67, is a Certified Public Accountants and the managing partner of public accounting firm, Russ Ooi & Associates since 1985. He is also the member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants and Malaysian Institute of Taxation. He was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 9 March 2000.

Ooi Jit Huat was trained as an auditor with the KPMG Peat Marwick, Mitchell, and he was instrumental in setting up the consultancy arm for the firm.

He has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry having carved areas of expertise in corporate consultancy, financial management, management information systems and auditing and investigations. His professional assignments covered floatation exercises, investigations and due diligence reporting and the reverse take-over of several companies on the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He sits on the Board of Priceworth Wood Products Berhad.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Petrus Gimbad, a Malaysian, aged 62, is a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an Associate of the Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia. He holds a Master Degree in Business Administration and Advanced Business Practice. He is a member of the Energy Commission and also sits as independent member of the Board of Sabah Development Bank Berhad Group of Companies, Progressive Insurance Berhad, Yayasan Innovasi Malaysia, M3nergy Berhad and Eastland Equity Berhad. He was a partner of Ernst & Young, based in the advisory practices of Malaysia and Vietnam. He has acted as Quality Director of Ernst & Young advisory practices for the Far East Region. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, he was an accountant with Petronas.
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