Tan Sri Dato’ Krishnan Tan has been appointed as Independent Chairman of the Bank on 15 March 2017. He was previously appointed as Independent Director on 2 April 2014. He is a member of the Audit Committee, Risk Committee and Nominations and Remuneration Committee of the Bank.
Tan Sri Dato’ Krishnan Tan qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in 1978 after graduating with a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) Degree from University of Malaya in 1975. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, USA. He joined IJM Corporation Berhad (IJM) as Financial Controller in 1983. Prior to joining IJM, he was with Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad for 7 years, his last position was Group Financial Controller. He was appointed as Group Managing Director of IJM in January 1997 and was re-designated Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director in February 2004 until he stepped down from the position in December 2010. He was appointed as the Executive Deputy Chairman of IJM from 2011 to 2013 and subsequently re-designated as Deputy Non-Executive Chairman in January 2014.
Tan Sri Dato’ Krishnan Tan is currently the Deputy Non-Executive Chairman of IJM and a Director of IJM Plantations Berhad, and Grupo Concesionario del Oeste S.A., Argentina. He also sits on the Board of Malaysia Airlines Berhad, Malaysia Aviation Group Berhad, Malaysia Property Incorporated and Malaysian Community & Education Foundation and a member of the Olympic Council Trust Management Committee.
Mr Wong was re-appointed as Non-Independent Executive Director on 5 February 2017. Prior to his re-appointment, Mr Wong was the Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Bank from 5 February 2010 and until 4 February 2017.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, MBA in Marketing and Finance and MSc in Computer Science from Indiana University in the United States. He joined HSBC in 2005 as Group General Manager, HSBC Holdings plc and Executive Director, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited before assuming the position of Chief Executive for Asia-Pacific in February 2010. He became Deputy Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in May 2013.
Mr Wong is currently the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Asia-Pacific of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. He is a Group Managing Director and a member of the Group Management Board of HSBC Holdings plc. In addition, he is the Chairman and Non-Executive Director of HSBC Bank (China) Company Limited, Non-Executive Director of Hang Seng Bank Limited and Independent Non-Executive Director of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited. Mr Wong is also the Vice Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Bank of Communications Co., Ltd.
Mr Mukhtar was appointed as the Non-Independent Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer on 15 December 2009.
Mr Mukhtar graduated from the University of Wales with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He first joined the HSBC Group in 1982 as a graduate trainee in Midland Bank International. He was then appointed as Assistant Director in Samuel Montagu in 1991. After more than 10 years of working in the HSBC Group’s London offices, Mr Mukhtar held numerous posts in Dubai, including Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Financial Services (Middle East) Limited from 1995 to 2003. He established the initiative to create the first foreign investment bank in Saudi Arabia for HSBC.
In 2003, Mr Mukhtar assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer, Corporate and Investment Banking. He then headed back to London as the Co-Head of Global Banking in 2006. He was the Global Head of Principal Investments in London from 2006 to 2008. Between 2008 to 2009, he was the Deputy Chairman HSBC Bank Middle East Limited and Global Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Amanah. He was also the Chief Executive Officer, Global Banking and Markets for Middle East and North Africa before assuming his current role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Bank in 2009.
Mr Mukhtar is also a Non-Independent Director of HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad, a HSBC Group General Manager and member of the Executive Committee of HSBC Asia Pacific.
Mr Lee was appointed as Independent Director of the Bank on 5 December 2013. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee of the Bank.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as well as the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He began his career with Miller, Brener & Co., London, a professional accounting firm in 1975 and joined Maybank in 1982. Having worked with Maybank for 27 years, Mr Lee has built a successful career as a professional accountant. He served various management positions during his tenure with Malayan Banking Berhad until he retired in 2008 and last position was as the Executive Vice President, Head of Accounting Services and Treasury Back Office Operations. He has also served as a Director of a number of subsidiaries of Malayan Banking Berhad.
Mr Lee currently holds directorships in Kossan Rubber Industries Berhad, Yayasan Kossan and HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of the Bank.
Ms Chen was appointed as Independent Director of the Bank on 2 April 2014. She is Chairman of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Risk Committee of the Bank.
As a graduate from the University of Singapore (now the National University), she was called to the Malaysian Bar in January 1968 and Brunei Bar in May 1996. She has been appointed a partner of SKRINE, Kuala Lumpur since January 1974 and Head of its Corporate Division on 31 December 2009. After her retirement, she has been retained as a consultant of the firm.
Ms Chen currently holds directorships in Eastern & Oriental Berhad and The Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Foundation. She is also a member of the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board appointed by the Chief Justice of Malaya.
Mr Choo was appointed as Independent Director of the Bank on 11 February 2016. He is Chairman of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Nominations and Remuneration Committee of the Bank.
Mr Choo has honours degrees in economics and law from University of Malaya and University of London respectively, and is a Barrister-at-Law of Lincoln’s Inn following his call to the Bar of England and Wales in 1984.
Mr Choo retired in July 2014 after having served the banking and risk management industry for 38 years. His last post was as Country Chief Risk Officer for OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad (OCBC), having first joined the OCBC Group in December 2007.
Prior to joining OCBC, he was the Chief Risk Officer for Maybank Group and Group Chief Risk Officer for Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad. During his 14-years career at Maybank Group, he had served as Division Head for Credit Control; International Banking; Corporate Remedial Management; and Group Risk Management. He also served on the Corporate Debt Restructuring Committee set up under Bank Negara Malaysia. Before starting his career with Maybank, he had worked for the National Westminster Bank plc of the United Kingdom in the areas of Global Specialized Industries; and Group Credit Control.
Mr Choo had served on the Education Committee of Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers for 14 years, between 2000 and 2014; and was re-appointed to Education Committee in June 2016. He was appointed as a member of the University Malaya Medical Centre Ethics Committee for 2 years from 2014 to 2015. He is currently a Teaching Fellow in the Asian Banking School.