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Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Yusof Bin Basiran

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

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TAN SRI DATUK DR. YUSOF BIN BASIRAN, male, age 70, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 20 February 2006.

He is also presently a Director of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad.

He is also involved in the following organisations:-

  • Senior Fellow and Past President of Academy Sciences Malaysia (ASM)
  • Fellow member of Malaysian Oil Scientists’ and Technologists’ Association (MOSTA)
  • Fellow member of the Incorporated Society of Planters

His notable academic achievements are as follows:-

  • In 1972, he obtained his Bachelor in Chemical Engineering Degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand;
  • In 1974, he obtained his Post-Graduate Degree in Rubber Technology (ANCRT) from the North London Polytechnic, United Kingdom; and
  • In 1976, he obtained his Masters Degree in Engineering specialising in Industrial Management (M.E.) and also in Business Administration (MBA) from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

Before he joined Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia (PORIM) in 1979, he held the position of Rubber Technologist/ Techno-Economist with the Rubber Research Institute (RRI)/ Malaysian Rubber Research Development Board (MRRDB).

In 1986, he completed his doctorate with a PhD in Applied Economics and Management Science from the University of Stirling, Scotland. He was later appointed as the Director-General of PORIM in 1992. He held the position for 8 years until April 2000 before assuming the role of the Director-General of Malaysia Palm Oil Board (MPOB), an organisation which existed as a result of PORIM and Palm Oil Registration and Licensing Authority (PORLA) merger, from 1 May 2000 until 18 January 2006. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) and a Director of Bank Negara Malaysia.

For all these services, he was conferred the Federal Awards Darjah JOHAN MANGKU NEGARA (J.M.N.), Darjah Yang Mulia PANGLIMA JASA NEGARA (P.J.N.) and Darjah Kebesaran PANGLIMA SETIA MAHKOTA (P.S.M.).

Datuk Lim Chai Beng

Managing Director

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Y.D.M. Tengku Dato’ Ardy Esfandiari

Executive Director

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Mak Chee Meng

Executive Director

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Lim Chai Huat

Non-independent Non-executive Director

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Wong Chee Beng

Senior Independent Non-executive Director

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Datuk Mohamad Nageeb

Independent Non-executive Director

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Lim Zee Ping

Alternative Director to Datuk Lim Chai Beng

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Tan Hock Yew

Chief Financial Officer

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Lim Zee Yang

Corporate Development and Corporate Relation Manger

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Tan Yu Hwa

Executive Director, Engineering Division

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Koo Boon Hoe

Executive Director, Boiler Division

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Dato’ Ku Azhar Bin Ku Ahmad

Executive Director, Special Purpose Vehicles Division

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Siti Zawiyah Binti Alias

Executive Director, Special Purpose Vehicles Division

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DATUK LIM CHAI BENG, male, age 60, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 3 February 1999.

He is one of the founders of C.B. Industrial Product Sdn. Bhd. and also the Managing Director of this subsidiary company, a position he holds until today.

He is also the Managing Director of the subsidiary companies, Modipalm Engineering Sdn. Bhd. and PalmitEco Engineering Sdn. Bhd. He has vast experience in the engineering industry. He is the driving force behind the Group’s growth and responsible for the overall management and formulation of the Group’s strategic plans and policies. He possesses strong inter-personal and management skills, which inculcates a good rapport with the highly motivated and dedicated workforce.

On 28 July 2009, Datuk Lim was awarded the Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award 2009 by Enterprise Asia.

Y.D.M. TENGKU DATO’ ARDY ESFANDIARI BIN TENGKU ABDUL HAMID SHAH ALHAJ TENGKU SERI PADUKA SHAHBANDAR (SELANGOR), male, age 59, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 3 February 1999.

He is an established business entrepreneur with extensive networking and great public relations skills. He was previously the Director/Project Director of Worldwide Holdings Berhad for more than 8 years and was involved in the restructuring exercise of the Company in the year 1990.

He was appointed as a director of C.B. Industrial Product Sdn. Bhd. in 1994 and is responsible for the public affairs and government liaison of this subsidiary company. He is also the Managing Director of the subsidiary company, AVP Engineering (M) Sdn. Bhd., principally involved in the retrofitting of special purpose vehicles.

He was bestowed with the Darjah Kebesaran Dato’- Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (D.S.I.S.) award in conjunction with the 67th birthday of the Sultan of Selangor.

MAK CHEE MENG, male, age 64, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 3 February 1999.

Prior to joining C.B. Industrial Product Sdn. Bhd. in 1994, he was the Manager (Industrial Division) from 1982 to 1989 for Centrimax Engineering Sdn. Bhd., a company principally involved in the supply of palm oil mill equipment and related services, where he was responsible for the sales and marketing division. He is the founder of AV-Ecopalms Sdn. Bhd. and Avecpalm Marketing Resources Sdn. Bhd. He is instrumental in developing the export market in the West African countries, Papua New Guinea and the South American tropical belt countries.

From 2010 to 2012, he was appointed as the Plantation Director of Sachiew Plantations Sdn. Bhd. to oversee the operations of Sachiew Plantations Sdn.
Bhd. and Empresa Estate Sdn. Bhd. and Palm Oil Milling. He is currently the Managing Director of the subsidiary company, AV-Ecopalms Sdn. Bhd., managing the green field development of 32,000 ha potential landbank for oil palm cultivation in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

LIM CHAI HUAT, male, age 58, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 3 February 1999. He is a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

He is one of the founders of C.B. Industrial Product Sdn. Bhd. He joined Chin Beng Engineering Works in 1980 as the Operations Manager. When Chin Beng Engineering Works was incorporated into a private limited company under its present name of C.B. Industrial Product Sdn. Bhd. in 1983, he was promoted to Production Manager due to his vast experience and track record in the manufacturing division. In 1985, he was further promoted to Project Director where he headed the project team and managed the Project Division e.g. construction of the plants in Telok Panglima Garang currently housed as Head Office of CBIPH Group. He is currently acts as an advisor for palm oil mill projects and the administration of the factory and Property Division.

He is the Managing Director of Freiberg (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (“Freiberg”), a company which was granted a license from Australia to manufacture environmental office furniture and partitions. He is also a Director of Office 2 Go (M) Sdn. Bhd. and Freiberg Properties Private Limited Company which involved in trading of office furniture and properties leasing businesses.

WONG CHEE BENG, male, age 65, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 23 May 2002. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Brunel University, United Kingdom and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

He has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of auditing, accounting, financial management, business entrepreneurship and company secretarial work.

DATUK MOHAMAD NAGEEB BIN AHMAD ABDUL WAHAB, male, age 64, Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 19 March 2018. He is the Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

Datuk Mohamad Nageeb holds a Diploma in Natural Rubber Processing and Applied Science (Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia).

He began his career with Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad in 1979 as Cadet Planter and was exposed to various crop mix such as cocoa, rubber and oil palm including processing facilities.

In 1992, he joined Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad Head Office as Manager, Estates Department overseeing the Rubber Processing & Strategic Management Unit. In 1996, he was seconded to an associate Company in Thailand whose primary business is in rubber processing and served there for 11 years in various capacities including as Managing Director from 2001. At the end of 2007, upon the merger of the 3 entities, Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad, Golden Hope Plantations Berhad and Sime Darby Berhad, he returned back to Kuala Lumpur to take up a new role in Sime Darby Plantation Berhad as Senior Vice President, Plantation Upstream, heading the Group, Rubber/Other Crops Operations and Mechanisation Unit as well as being involved in the Upstream rubber expansion plans of the Company. In January 2014, he was promoted as Senior Vice President 1 and assumed the role as Head, Upstream Malaysia, taking charge of all estates totaling 340,000 hectares, 34 oil mills and 2 rubber factories. He retires from Sime Darby Plantation Berhad in September 2017.

Presently, he is the Chief Executive of Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA) and the Chairman of Felcra Berhad.

Throughout his long career span, he held various positions in the Industry, including Deputy President of Malaysian Agricultural Producers Association (MAPA), Member of the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) and Malaysia’s representative to the International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC) amongst others.

For his service to the Industry, he was conferred the Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN) by his Majesty Yang Di Pertuan Agong in 2017.

LIM ZEE PING, male, age 33, Malaysian, was appointed as an Alternate Director to Datuk Lim Chai Beng, the Managing Director of the Company, on 6 June 2014.

Mr Lim graduated from Monash University of Australia with a Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Mechanical Engineering. He has worked in Modipalm Engineering Sdn. Bhd. after his graduation since year 2010. Having spending his time at the production, he is currently involving in the sales & marketing department, where he oversees the overseas market such as Africa, Central America and Papua New Guinea.

Mr Tan joined the Company as the Group Accountant in 1997 and later promoted as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Company, he had worked in a public accounting firm for 4 years. He has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of auditing, accounting and finance.

He graduated with his professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (“CIMA”) in 1993. He was admitted as an associate member of CIMA in 1996. He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants since 1997.

He is also the Director of several subsidiaries of CBIP in Indonesia.

Mr Lim graduated from University of Melbourne with a Bachelor in Commerce in the field of finance. Prior to joining the Company in 2013, he worked for one and a half years as an analyst in the Corporate Finance Department of Maybank Investment Bank Berhad, where he was involved in various corporate exercises ranging from take-overs, initial public offerings as well as mergers and acquisitions

He is currently responsible for screening and evaluation of new business initiatives for the Group and also heads the investor relations department, tasked with engaging in active communication with various stakeholders of our Group.

Mr Tan graduated with B.Sc. (Hons) Mechanical Engineering from University of Sussex and Master of Business Administration from University of Hull. He was appointed as the Executive Director of C.B. Industrial Product Sdn. Bhd. on 8 August 2000. Subsequently, he was also appointed as the Executive Director of Modipalm Engineering Sdn. Bhd. and PalmitEco Engineering Sdn. Bhd. in year 2005 and 2016 respectively. Prior to joining the Company, he had worked as Palm Oil Mill Engineer and Manager at Golden Hope Plantations Berhad and as the General Manager of Guthrie Medium Density Fiberboard Sdn. Bhd. He has more than 35 years of experience in engineering and palm oil industries.

He is currently overseeing the project and engineering division. He is also the Director of several companies within CBIP Group.

Mr Koo was appointed as the Executive Director of Advance Boilers Sdn. Bhd. on 12 January 2006. Prior to joining the Company, he had worked with American and German based Multi-National Companies for 23 years where he responsible for the Industrial Control and Fluid Automation Division. Thereafter, he was promoted as the General Manager.

Currently, he oversees the overall operation of the boiler division including sales and marketing.

Dato’ Ku Azhar graduated from The University of New South Wales Australia with Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. Before joining the Company, he had worked with UMW Engineering (M) Sdn. Bhd. and Guthrie Industries (M) Sdn. Bhd. as Assistant Design Manager and Production Manager for 6 years and 9 years respectively.

He was appointed as the Executive Director of AVP Engineering (M) Sdn. Bhd. in 2004. He is currently involving in overall marketing and production of the Special Purpose Vehicles Division. He is also the Director of several companies within the CBIPH Group and a shareholder of AVP Engineering (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Puan Siti Zawiyah graduated from University Technology of Malaysia (UTM) with Bachelor Degree of Mechanical Engineering in Industrial. She joined AVP Engineering (M) Sdn. Bhd. as Senior Manager in 2005 and was appointed as the Operation Director of AVP Engineering (M) Sdn. Bhd. in 2017. She is also a shareholder of AVP Engineering (M) Sdn. Bhd. Prior to joining the Company, she had worked with Wagon Engineering Sdn. Bhd. as Manager for 8 years and with Guthrie Industries Sdn. Bhd. as Head of Specialized Vehicle for 5 years.

Currently, she is responsible for the daily operation of AVP Engineering (M) Sdn. Bhd. and managing all potential projects, projects in hand and after sales support.