Leadership

Board of Directors

Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa
Chairman
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Nationality: Malaysian
Date of Appointment: 1 March 2021
Age: 67
Qualification & Experience:
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Malaya in 1979. He obtained his Master of Economics in 1986 and PhD in Environmental Science and Economics in 1997 from Oklahoma State University, USA.

He began his civil service career with the University of Malaya prior to embarking on an illustrious career that spans 40 years. In 1981, he entered the Administrative and Diplomatic Service (“PTD”) as an Assistant Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. In 1986, he was appointed the Senior Project Manager of the Economy and Public Policy Management Centre (“PUTERA”) at the National Institute of Public Administration (“INTAN”).

Upon obtaining his Ph.D., he served at the Economic Planning Unit (“EPU”), Prime Minister’s Department where he consecutively held the position of Director of the Distribution Division; Regional Economics Division; and Deputy Director-General of the National Transformation and Advancement Programme. In 2009, he was appointed the first Director-General of the Public-Private Partnership Unit, Prime Minister’s Department.

He served the Government of Malaysia as the 13th Chief Secretary from 2012 to 2018. Currently, he is the Pro-Chancellor of University Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia.

Chairmanship/Directorship:
He was appointed as the Director of JCorp with effect from 1 November 2009 before being appointed as the Deputy Chairman as well as the Independent Director on 15 June 2020.

Declaration:
Other than as disclosed, he does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of Kulim. He has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving Kulim and has not been convicted for any offenses.
MOHD FARIS ADLI SHUKERY
Managing Director
Nationality: Malaysian
Date of Appointment: 1 October 2020
Age: 50
Qualification & Experience:
He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Sheffield Hallam University, the United Kingdom in 1995 before he obtained his Masters of Laws (International and Commercial Law) from the University of Sheffield, the United Kingdom in 1997.

He began his career with Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange in 1997 in the Policy and Development Division before joining AmMerchant Bank as Compliance Manager in 2003. He later joined Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad as Manager in the Corporate Planning Department in 2005.
He then became Vice President for Plantation Upstream in Sime Darby Plantation in 2008. In 2014, he joined downstream operations to become Head of Sime Darby Foods & Beverages Marketing. His last position in downstream operations was Head of Customer Solutions for Sime Darby Oils before rejoining Sime Darby Plantation’s upstream operations as Regional Chief Executive Officer, Sabah from July 2019 until September 2020.

Chairmanship/Directorship:
He also sits on the Board of several companies within Kulim Group.

Declaration:
Other than as disclosed, he does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of Kulim. He has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving Kulim and has not been convicted for any offenses.
Shamsul Anuar Abdul Majid
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Nationality: Malaysian
Date of Appointment: 10 July 2020
Age: 51
Qualification & Experience:
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemistry from Imperial College, London, England before obtaining his Master of Business Administration (Islamic Finance) from International Islamic University, Malaysia. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) from CFA Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

He began his career with Shell Malaysia as a Planning Analyst in 1994 before joining Boston Consulting Group in 2000. He later joined Grenland Malaysia as Vice President, Finance and Special Projects in 2004. He was the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Feasibility, Iskandar Investment Berhad in 2007. He then joined Iskandar Waterfront Holdings in 2011 as the Special Officer to the Managing Director. In 2014, he was the Director of Fikiran Sepakat Sdn Bhd.
He joined JCorp as General Manager in 2017 prior to his appointment as the Chief Investment Officer.

Chairmanship/Directorship:
Presently, he is a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of QSR Brands (M) Holdings Berhad, KPJ Healthcare Berhad, Al-‘Aqar Healthcare REIT, and Al-Salam REIT. He is also director of Damansara Assets Sdn Bhd, Johor Land Berhad, Damansara REIT Managers Sdn Bhd, TLP Terminal Sdn Bhd, and several other companies within JCorp Group.

Declaration:
Other than as disclosed, he does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of Kulim. He has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving Kulim and has not been convicted for any offenses.
MOHD NORDIN JAMALUDIN
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Nationality: Malaysian
Date of Appointment: 10 July 2020
Age: 60
Qualification & Experience:
He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Law (Hons) from the University of West London, United Kingdom. He began his career as Senior Legal Counsel and Company Secretary at Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd from 1990 until 2007. His skills and experience in Multinational Companies had exposed him to other important areas such as ICT and Innovation, Human Resources, and Governance from the perspective of various countries in the ASEAN region.

He further expanded his working career in Iskandar Investment Berhad from 2008 until 2018 where his last position was Executive Vice President, primarily responsible for Human Capital, Management, and Company Secretarial functions. He was responsible for all company secretarial matters and ensures full compliance with relevant statutory requirements to mitigate the risk of reprimand, fines, and related to non-compliance for Iskandar Investment and its Group of subsidiaries. Further, he was also responsible for formulating the long-term human capital strategy and strategic initiatives to leverage the Company’s human capital capabilities to support the execution of business strategies and plans effectively.
He commenced his tenure as Chief Corporate Services Officer with JCorp on 2 February 2020.

Chairmanship/Directorship:
Presently, he is the Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of QSR Brands (M) Holdings Berhad.

Declaration:
Other than as disclosed, he does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of Kulim. He has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving Kulim and has not been convicted for any offenses.
DATO' SR. HISHAM HAJI JAFREY
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Nationality: Malaysian
Date of Appointment: 1 March 2020
Age: 64
Qualification & Experience:
He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Quantity Surveying (Hons) from Leeds Metropolitan University. He started his career with Harlow and Milner of Wakefield, England. Returning to Malaysia in 1983, he joined Antara Construction Sdn Bhd.

He later joined University of Technology Malaysia and played a prominent role in the development of the Department of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Built Environment.
He was the Chairman of the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (Johor Branch) and he was also a member of the One-Stop Approval Centre of Majlis Bandaraya Johor Bahru.

Chairmanship/Directorship:
Presently, he is the Managing Director of ARH Jurukur Bahan Sdn Bhd, which is one of the largest quantity surveying practices in Malaysia. He also sits as an Independent Non-Executive Director in JCorp as well as Cement Industries of Malaysia Berhad.

Declaration:
Other than as disclosed, he does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of Kulim. He has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving Kulim and has not been convicted for any offenses.

KANDASAMY A/L KANNY
Independent Non-Executive Director
Nationality: Malaysian
Date of Appointment: 1 March 2020
Age: 71
Qualification & Experience:
He graduated with a Master of Business Management Majoring in Plantation Management from Camden University, the USA in March 2011. He started his career with Mados’s Holding Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Mado’s Sdn Bhd) as a Field Conductor in 1981. In 1992, he was promoted to Cadet Assistant. Later, he was then promoted to Assistant Manager in 1994 and Manager in 1996. In 2012, he was promoted as Estate General Manager until the present.

Chairmanship/Directorship:
NIL

Declaration:
Other than as disclosed, he does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of Kulim. He has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving Kulim and has not been convicted for any offenses.
Abdullah Abu Samah
Independent Non-Executive Director
Nationality: Malaysian
Date of Appointment: 1 January 2021
Age: 56
Qualification & Experience:
He graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific, California. He started his career with KPMG in 1988. He was a partner in its Audit Division from 1997 until his retirement in 2020. He was seconded to KPMG London for two years between 1993 and 1995 to focus on the financial services sector.

He has over 32 years of experience in servicing clients from various industries including oil palm plantations, oil & gas, banking and finance, construction and property development, hotel and hospitality, manufacturing, industrial products, trading, investment holding companies as well as large multinational companies.

In addition, he was also involved in reviews of prospective financial information for purposes of IPOs, right issues, and bond issues. He has significant experience in due diligence reviews in connection with the proposed composite scheme of arrangement and restructuring scheme.

He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Chairmanship/Directorship:
Presently, he is the Chairman of Extreme Edge Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary company of Kulim. He sits as an Independent Non-Executive Director in Media Prima Berhad. He is also sitting in Damansara REIT Managers Sdn Bhd as an Independent Non-Executive Director and as a Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Declaration:
Other than as disclosed, he does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of Kulim. He has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving Kulim and has not been convicted for any offenses.
FAWZI AHMAD
Independent Non-Executive Director
Nationality: Malaysian
Date of Appointment: 1 January 2021
Age: 69
Qualification & Experience:
Upon graduation, he joined the Executive Scheme in Kulim Group at Ulu Tiram. Was initially posted to Ulu Tiram Estate and then transferred to Ulu Tiram Manufacturing Company Ltd. He attended various courses held by the Rubber Institute of Malaysia (“RRI”).

Towards the end of 1980, he transferred to the Plantation Division at Ulu Tiram Estate as Senior Assistant Manager. He was then seconded to a subsidiary company of Kulim and established an infrastructure for Yayasan Pelajaran Johor (“YPJ”) from 1985 through 1988.

He transferred back to Ulu Tiram Estate in late 1988 before joining Austral Enterprise (a subsidiary of Island & Peninsula) in 1989 and subsequently made a Planting Advisor in 1991. In 1992, he established and spearheaded the Plantation Division for YPJ. He was the National Vice Chairman of the Incorporated Society of Planters and State Vice Chairman of the Royal Johor Planters Association. He retired from YPJ Oil Palm Estates Sdn Bhd in 2013. Currently, he conducts advisory services for plantation visits for an established GLC plantation company.

Chairmanship/Directorship:
NIL

Declaration:
Other than as disclosed, he does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of Kulim. He has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving Kulim and has not been convicted for any offenses.
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