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Chairman / Independent Non-Executive Director

Datuk Ismail Bin Abdullah, a Malaysian, age 69, is the 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.

Group Chief Executive Officer / Non-Independent Executive Director

Kwan Ngen Wah, a Malaysian, aged 66, is one of the co-founder Directors of the Company and is currently the Group Chief Executive Officer. 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 61, 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 20 over years and is also the joint Company Secretary of the Group.

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 57, 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 Group and overseeing human resources management, general administration and oil palm plantations.

Non-Independent Executive Director

Kwan Min Nyet, a Malaysian, aged 55, 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 73, 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.
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