(extracted from Annual Report 2015)
Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed, aged 67, was appointed to our Board on 30 August 2005 and redesignated as Non Executive Chairman on 11 March 2011. Educated at Malay College, Kuala Kangsar, he holds a BSc from the University of Malaya, a BSc (Forestry) from the Australian National University, Canberra, and a Master's degree in Forest Products Utilisation from Oregon State University, United States. He is Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
He has more than 26 years of experience in forest and plantation management and the manufacturing of forest products. For the last 19 years, he has been actively involved in various industries such as construction, property development, oil and gas, oil palm plantations and Information and Communication Technology ("ICT"). He was the recipient of the Sarawak State Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2004 and 2005 and was nominated for the Malaysia Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005. He was awarded the Panglima Gemilang Bintang Kenyalang in September 1999 and the Datuk Amar Bintang Kenyalang in September 2012. In 2014, he was the winner of the Inaugural 2014 Sarawak State Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award and in 2015, he was adjudged The BrandLaureate "Man of the Year" Brand ICON Leadership Award.
He is the Executive Chairman of Ta Ann Holdings Berhad, a forestry and plantation company based in Sarawak, Chairman of a property and construction company Naim Holdings Berhad, both of which are listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia. He is also the Chairman of Sarawak Energy Berhad, a power utility company wholly owned by the Sarawak State Government and is one of the advisors to the Sarawak Oil Palm Plantation Owners' Association (SOPPOA).
Polit Hamzah, aged 66, was appointed as our Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 May 2007. On 20 December 2012 he was redesignated the Non Independent Executive Director and assumed the position of the Acting Group Managing Director. He was appointed the Group Managing Director on 1 May 2014. He is the Chairman of our Risk Management Committee.
He graduated with BSc (Hons) in Geology from the University of Malaya in 1975. He worked for twenty one years (1975-1996) for an oil and gas exploration and production company (Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd) in various technical and management positions. His last position being the General Manager of Sabah Operations. From 1997-2003, he headed the Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) Sarawak, a body responsible for planning and development of lands for large scale commercial agriculture (oil palm, sago) plantations and property development throughout the State of Sarawak, through partnerships with listed and private companies.
From 2003 to 2005 he was General Manager of the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation.
From 2005 to the present, he continues to be involved in the Boards of various government and privately-owned companies in Sarawak and at the federal level.
In 2005 - 2007 he was a member of the Board of Lembaga Pergalakan Pelancongan Malaysia (Tourism Malaysia), a body corporate under the Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia. He is also a Director of Dayang Enterprise Holdings Berhad, an oil and gas company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia.
Hasmawati Sapawi, aged 48, was appointed as our Director on 25 November 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons, Economics) Canada, a Master of Business Administration Australia and a Master of Environment Management (Development Planning), Malaysia. She is currently the director of the Corporate Services and Investment Division of the State Financial Secretary's Office (Sarawak), handling corporate finance and investment activities. She joined the State Financial Secretary's Office in 2006, prior to which she had worked in a state agency and a government-linked company. She also sits on the boards of several state government-linked companies.
Umang Jabu, aged 39, was appointed as our Director on 1 May 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Business Information Systems) and a Masters of Finance, both from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Industrial and Employee Relations and Master of Management in Human Resource in Management, both from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is Chairman of our Board Audit Committee.
She has been working in the private sector as a Director of a number of companies. Puan Umang has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Iban Women's Charitable Trust since 2009.
Datu Haji Chaiti, aged 62, was appointed as our Director on 30 August 2005. On 20 December 2012 he was redesignated from Non Independent Non Executive Director to Independent Non Executive Director. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science with Honours from University Sains Malaysia and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He also attended the Senior Executive Fellow Program (SEF) at Harvard University, USA. He is a member of our Board Audit Committee and our Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
He is currently the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development, Sarawak. Prior to this he held various positions in the State Civil Service including Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Rural and Land Development, Director of Human Resource Management (Chief Minister's Department), Principal Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Resource Planning, Assistant Training Officer (Chief Minister's Department) and Administrative Officer in the Resident's & District Office, Sri Aman.
Datu Haji Chaiti is an active member of the Sarawak Development Institute. He is a Director of Saratok Palm Oil Mill Sdn Bhd and Bau Palm Oil Mill Sdn Bhd. He was conferred several honours including the Pingat Perkhidmatan Bakti (Perak), Sijil Penghargaan Perkhidmatan Cemerlang, Pingat Perkhidmatan Cemerlang (Emas) (PPC), Pingat Terpuji Delima (PTD), Darjah Johan Setia Mahkota (JSM) and Darjah Jasa Bakti Sarawak (DJBS) and Pingat Jubli Emas in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of Sarawak's Independence.
Azizi Morni, aged 43, was appointed as our Director on 1 May 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (Hons) from the University of Malaya and was admitted to the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak in October 2000. He is a member of our Board Audit Committee, our Remuneration and Nomination Committee and our Risk Management Committee.
He began his legal career with Messrs. Sim & Yee Advocates and later joined Messrs. Khaider Zaidell & Company Advocates as a partner in 2001 before setting up his sole proprietor practice under the name of Azizi Ariffin Advocates & Solicitors in 2003. In January 2006, he merged his practice with Messrs.
Chen Chieng Ning & Company to form Messrs Chen Ching Ning & Azizi Advocates. Encik Azizi's work over the years has covered civil litigation and conveyancing, servicing both private and corporate clients.
Ali Adai, aged 60, was appointed as our Director on 27 February 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Art from the University of Guelph Canada. He is a member of our Board Audit Committee. Until his retirement on 31 March 2013, he was employed with CIMB Bank as the Regional Director for East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak). He was responsible for managing 29 bank branches and for developing CIMB's retail, commercial and enterprise banking businesses in East Malaysia. He is the Chairman of Dayang Enterprise Holdings Berhad, a company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia.