Our Board of Directors are equipped with the relevant expertise and market knowledge to drive our business in the right direction.
Y. BHG. DATUK DELEON QUADRA @ KAMAL QUADRA
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Datuk Kamal is our Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 2 December 2014. He graduated with Bachelor of Arts at the University of Otago, New Zealand in 1969. In 1971, he obtained both a Master of Arts from University of Auckland and Diploma in Teaching from the Auckland Teachers College in the same year. Subsequently, he completed an Advanced Course in Educational Development in 1987 from Stanford University, USA and an Advanced Course in Curriculum Development in 1991 from the Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom.
He was a teacher in Sekolah Menengah (“SM”) Labuan in 1972 and SM Papar in 1973. He was then promoted to become the principal of SM Sipitang from 1974 to 1975. He was then transferred to be a principal at Likas Vocational School for a short term in 1976. Subsequently, he became the Principal Assistant Director at the Department of Education, Kota Kinabalu in 1976, a role he served for 12 years. Thereafter, he served as a Principal at Gaya Teachers Training College, Kota Kinabalu from 1988 until 1999. He then served as a Deputy Director at the Teacher Education Division in the Ministry of Education, Kuala Lumpur in 1999. In 2000, he was appointed as Director of Education, Sabah until his retirement in 2003. Subsequent to his retirement, he held several directorships in private limited companies.
He was a member of the advisory panel of the Department of National Unity and Integration of the Prime Minister Department, Malaysia from October 2004 until October 2006 and thereafter for the 2007/2008 period. In March 2012, he was a panellist for the National Dialogue on the Malaysian Education System Review until September 2012. He has been a member of the Malaysian Examinations Council consecutively for three terms since August 2004. He is currently serving his fourth term, which started in August 2013 and expires in August 2016. During this tenure, he has been participating in the Disciplinary Appeal Board, a portfolio assigned to him under the Malaysian Examinations Council.
Y. BHG. DATUK LAU KOH SING @ LAU KOK SING
Non-Independent Managing Director
Datuk Lau is our Non-Independent Managing Director. He was appointed to our Board on 17 October 2014. As our Managing Director, he is responsible for developing the overall strategic direction of our Group and has been instrumental in the growth of our Group. He completed his high school education in 1965. Prior to founding KTC Sdn Bhd, he joined Kim Teck Cheong Enterprise, a company operating a departmental store situated in Kota Kinabalu, a family owned business. During the first two years of his career, he was involved in the daily operations of the business. Subsequently in 1967, he was responsible for the day-today management of the business. In 1973, he took over the operation of the business from his late father, Datuk Lau Yeong Ching.
In 1975, he was involved in setting up KTC Sdn Bhd with his late father. He played the main role in growing the company by transforming the business into providing market access and coverage of third party brands of personal care products namely skin care products in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He is also credited with broadening the product range offered by the company by building up the network of suppliers and customers in Sabah.
In 1983, he co-founded KTC Tawau with his brother-in-law, Lim Hui Kiong. He was mainly responsible for the strategic planning and expansion of KTC Tawau. In 2003, he established AMDA Marketing. Datuk Lau has since accumulated 39 years of experience in the distribution industry.
Currently, he is an overseas committee member of the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, Beijing, People’s Republic of China. He is the National Vice President of the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce and President of Sabah chapter of the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce.
He is also the Honorary Life President of the United Sabah Chinese Communities Association, Kota Kinabalu Hokkien Association and Sabah Ann Koai Association, an Honorary Advisor for the Kota Kinabalu Journalists Association.
Y.A.M. TENGKU DATIN PADUKA SETIA ZATASHAH BINTI SULTAN SHARAFUDDIN IDRIS SHAH
Independent Non-Executive Director
Tengku Zatashah is our Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 2 December 2014. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Spanish with French Studies at Middlesex University, United Kingdom in 1997. Subsequent to that, she attained the Certificate of Language and French Civilisation at Sorbonne University in 2001.
She then obtained a Masters in International Relations & Diplomacy at the American Graduate School in Paris from its School of International Relations and Diplomacy in 2007 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 2013, she completed the Women Directors Programme organised by the NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women Malaysia, an institution under the purview of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia. In 2014, she completed the Finance for Executives programme from Insead Business School in Singapore.
She started her career in BDDP Barcelona, an advertising agency in Barcelona, Spain in 1995. In 1996, she moved to the United Kingdom for a Front Desk Management role in Ascott Hotel, London, a role she held until end 1997. Between 1997 and 2001, she was taking a career break. Tengku Zatashah’s return to Malaysia in 2001 saw her taking up a role of a journalist in the New Straits Times, a role she held until 2003. In 2003, she was appointed as Malaysian Red Crescent Society National Youth Ambassador and subsequently in 2009 she was appointed as a Selangor Youth Advisor until 2010. She returned to France in 2004 and joined L’Oreal SA at its headquarters in Paris, France, as its International Corporate Communications Manager, specialising in corporate communications, crisis management and international media relations, a role she held until 2009.
In 2009, she co-founded Originalo Sdn Bhd, a leisure travel gift box company with partners in leisure, hospitality and F&B in Malaysia, as its Managing Director until 2014. She was also a contributing writer for The Edge Malaysia between 2009 and 2010 and is currently a contributing writer for The Peak Malaysia’s “Jetsetter” and “Design Diary” columns since 2012. She was elected as the Vice President of Alliance Francaise de Kuala Lumpur in 2010 and subsequently President in 2012 a role she still holds to date.
Currently, she is also the Chairman and CEO of Light Cibles Sdn Bhd, an international lighting design consultancy firm since 2012 with projects such as Kuala Lumpur Lighting Master Plan, Masjid Jamek, Masjid Negara and Al Bukhary Foundation. She also services as Senior Advisor to Bell Pottinger Malaysia, one of the leading public relations and communications firms in United Kingdom and the Royal Patron to Make-A-Wish Malaysia, part of international Make-A-Wish Foundation.
She is also a director of several private limited companies.
Y. BHG. DATIN LIM FOOK LEN @ LIM SU CHIN
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Datin Lim is our Non-Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 2 December 2014. She obtained a Diploma in Executive Secretary & Management at West London College in 1976.
She joined Kumpolan Sabah Sdn Bhd as a Marketing Manager in 1977. Thereafter, she joined KTC Sdn Bhd in 1978 as a Senior Manager responsible for the administrative and supply chain operations. Since then, she has been with our Group. In 1983, she assisted in the setting-up of KTC Tawau and was subsequently promoted to the position of Director in KTC Tawau in 1989. Between 1989 and 1997, she assisted in the operations of KTC Sdn Bhd and KTC Tawau in the area of supply chain management. Since 1997 until 2012, she has been assisting in supervising and managing the operations of our Group on an informal and ad-hoc basis.
Currently she is also a director and shareholder of several private limited companies.
LAU WEI DICK @ DEXTER DICK LAU
Non-Independent Executive Director
Dexter Lau is our Non-Independent Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 17 October 2014. In 2001, he obtained his Bachelor of Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom. The following year, he completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law, and was subsequently, called to the Bar of England and Wales as a member of Lincoln’s Inn of the United Kingdom in 2002. In 2004, he was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak. In 2005, he completed his Advance Economic and Political Studies at Peking University in Beijing, China. In the same year, with the view of acquiring greater leadership and managerial skills, as well as business knowledge, he completed the Building Organisational Capability for Strategic Implementation- Hong Kong Programme at Stephen M. Ross School of Business of University of Michigan, United States of America. In 2008, he obtained both Certification for Basic Practitioner and Certification for Master Practitioner of NeuroLinguistic Programming by National Federation of NeuroLinguistic Psychology, United States of America. In 2010, he also completed the Executive Development Programme at Kellogg School Management of University of Northwestern, United States of America.
He started his career as the General Manager of AMDA Marketing in 2003. He was also appointed as a director of AMDA Marketing and KTC Tawau in the same year. From 2006 to 2009, he served as the General Manager of AMDA Marketing, KTC Sdn Bhd and KTC Tawau. During his tenure as General Manager, he supervised the day-to-day operations and managed the marketing and sales of these three companies. In April 2009, he was promoted to Vice President of the Group and took on more responsiblities for the Group’s day-to-day management and strategic planning. In 2012, he established Creamos Malaysia, putting our Group on the map of the bakery industry in Malaysia. Since 2013, he has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Group, a role he holds to date.
During this tenure with the Group, he has been responsible for managing the day-to-day business operations and planning strategies for the future director of our Group.
He was selected to become a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation since 2010.
Currently, he is also a director and shareholder of several private limited companies.
LIM HUI KIONG
Non-Independent Executive Director
Lim Hui Kiong is our Non-Independent Executive Director. He was appointed to our Board on 2 December 2014. He is currently responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of KTC Tawau.
He completed his high school education in 1977 and he started his career as a Sales Representative at Kilat Jaya, a company involved in wholesale distribution. He then furthered his O-levels at Tresham College of Further and Higher Education, United Kingdom in 1979.
Thereafter in 1981, he joined Diethelm (M) Sdn Bhd (now known as DKSH Malaysia Sdn Bhd) as a Sales Representative in 1982. In 1983, he left Diethelm (M) Sdn Bhd and co-founded KTC Tawau with Datuk Lau. He played a key role in growing the company by focusing on providing market access and coverage of CPG products in Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu and Kunak. He was instrumental in building up the network of suppliers and customers particularly in Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu and Kunak. In 2013, he was appointed as a director in KTC Sarawak. He has since accumulated over 30 years of experience in the wholesale distribution industry.
Currently, he is also a director and shareholder of several private limited companies.
WEE HOCK KEE
Independent Non-Executive Director
Wee Hock Kee is our Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 2 December 2014. He graduated in 1985 with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (“ACCA”) from Emile Woolf College London and was qualified by the Malaysian Institute of Accountant (“MIA”) as a Chartered Accountant in 1989. He became a Chartered Fellow of Institute of Internal Auditors (“IIA”) Malaysia in 2006. He is currently a Fellow Member of the ACCA. He has also obtained a Certified Risk Management Assurance (United States) in 2012.
He began his career as an Internal Auditor in 1985 in Fraser & Neave Holdings Berhad before leaving in 1987 to join ICI Holdings (M) Sdn Bhd where he held the position of Audit Manager. He left ICI Holdings (M) Sdn Bhd in 1992 and was attached with Guinness Anchor Berhad in the same year. In 1994, he joined Cycle and Carriage Singapore and spent 2 years working in the company as the Chief Internal Auditor for the group. He subsequently joined Karambunai Resorts Berhad and served as a Special Assistant to the Group Chief Executive Officer from year 1995 until 1998. Within a span of 20 years in internal audit, he rose to the position of Regional Audit Director in AstraZeneca Pic (“AZ”) for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa in mid-1998 until 2005. As part of the AZ group internal audit global senior management team, he was responsible for developing and charting the AZ group’s governance strategy. In 2005, he decided to dedicate his efforts to public practice and promote internal audit by assuming the driver-seat in CG Board Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd.
In 2014, he was engaged by IIA as the Lead Quality Assurance Reviewer for Felda Global Ventures Berhad. He was the President of IIA Malaysia from 2004 to 2006 and President of Asian Confederation of Institute of Internal Auditors from 2006 to 2007, and board member of IIA Global from 2005 to 2007. He was also a member of ACCA Malaysia’s Advisory Committee from 2002 to 2006 and a Chairman of the Internal Audit Working Group of MIA in 2007. He was the Chairman of the 2011 IIA International Conference in Kuala Lumpur. He won the Malaysian Internal Auditor of the Year Award in 2001 and was a speaker and chaired numerous international, regional and national conferences organised by professional bodies throughout the span of his career in internal audit, with recent engagement with Bursa Securities for Risk Management & Internal Control: Workshop for Audit Committee Members since 2013, the Institute for the Empowerment of Women (NIEW) together with Malaysia Directors Academy (MINDA) for Women Directors’ Onboarding Training Programme since 2013 and recent engagement with Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC) for Capital Markets Directors Programme (CMDP).
In 2013, he was appointed as an Advisor in NGL Tricor Governance Sdn Bhd. He is also a current Research Fellow in HELP University. Apart from consulting, he is the Founder/CEO of BacktoHealth (M) Sdn Bhd, a healthcare company involved in physiotherapy rehabilitation in Malaysia.
He was an independent director of Ideal Jacobs (Malaysia) Corporation Bhd, an ACE Market listing company from 2010 to 2013.
Currently, he is also a director on several private limited companies.
TAN JWEE PENG
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Tan Jwee Peng is our Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 3 December 2014. He graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree with Honours from the University of Buckingham, England in 1982. He became a member of Lincoln’s Inn of the United Kingdom and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1983. He was also admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and the High Court of Australia in 1990.
In 1984, he was called to the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak as an Advocate and Solicitor. In the same year, he started his career as a legal assistant in Jayasuriya Kah & Co and subsequently became a partner in 1986. He is currently the Managing Partner of Jayasuriya Kah & Co. His main responsibility being the Managing Partner is to manage the firm with a personal focus on banking, corporate, commercial and land laws. He has over 30 years of experience as a practicing lawyer.
He is a member of the Sabah Law Association and served as its President for three (3) terms from 1999 to 2003. From 2002 to 2003, he was the Chairman of the Board of Visiting Justices for Kota Kinabalu Prisons.
Currently, he is also a director or several private limited companies.