Dato' Tan Heng Chew, JP, DJMK, 69, a Malaysian, was the first director of the Company when it was incorporated on 26 March 1997. He was appointed the Chairman of the Board on 1 November 1999 and was re-designated as Executive Chairman on 1 January 2011. His corporate title has been changed to President effective 1 January 2015.
Dato' Tan graduated from the University of New South Wales, Australia with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree and has a Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He joined the Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad group of companies ("TCMH Group") in 1970 and was instrumental in the establishment of its Autoparts Division in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Dato' Tan is also the President of TCMH and Warisan TC Holdings Berhad. He is also a director and shareholder of Tan Chong Consolidated Sdn Bhd, a major shareholder of the Company. Dato' Tan has abstained from deliberating and voting in respect of transactions between the Group and related parties involving himself.
Mr. Low Seng Chee, 56, a Malaysian, was appointed to the Board of the Company as an Executive Director on 1 July 2010. He was re-designated as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer on 1 June 2013.
Mr. Low graduated from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree and subsequently obtained his Master of Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mr. Low has more than 30 years of working experience in high volume semiconductor production, automotive component manufacturing, vehicle assembly as well as vehicle retailing. Senior management positions held by Mr. Low included heading the operations of automotive assembly plants of several global marques in Malaysia and an aluminium foundry supplying to the automotive and motorcycle industries.
Dato' Tan Eng Hwa, also known as Dato' Robert Tan, DIMP, 61, a Malaysian, was first appointed to the Board of the Company on 1 November 1999 as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director. Dato' Robert Tan was re-designated as Executive Director on 23 March 2004 and was subsequently re-designated as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer on 1 June 2013.
Dato' Robert Tan graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He was with the Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad Group ("TCMH Group") as Treasurer and was also involved in various departmental functions within the TCMH Group.
Dato' Robert Tan is a director and shareholder of Tan Chong Consolidated Sdn Bhd, a major shareholder of the Company. He has abstained from deliberating and voting in respect of transactions between the Group and related parties involving himself.
Dato' N. Sadasivan s/o N.N. Pillay, DPMP, JSM, KMN, 76, a Malaysian, was appointed to the Board of the Company as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 November 1999. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of Nominating Committee. Dato' Sadasivan was re-designated as Senior Independent Non- Executive Director on 22 January 2013.
Dato' Sadasivan graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree majoring in Economics in 1963. In the same year, Dato' Sadasivan commenced working for the Singapore Economic Development Board and was Head of the Industrial Facilities Division when he left to join Malaysian Investment Development Authority (previously known as Malaysian Industrial Development Authority) ("MIDA") in 1968. He was with MIDA for a total of 27 years and became its Director-General in 1984. He retired from MIDA in 1995.
Dato' Sadasivan is a director of Petronas Gas Berhad and Bank Negara Malaysia.
Dato' Haji Kamaruddin @ Abas Bin Nordin, DSSA, KMN, 77, a Malaysian, is an Independent Non-Executive Director. He has been a member of the Board and the Audit Committee since 1 November 1999. He was appointed as member of the Nominating Committee on 22 January 2013.
Dato' Haji Kamaruddin graduated from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand with a Master of Arts degree majoring in Economics in 1966. He joined the civil service upon his graduation and served the Government until he retired in 1993. During his tenure with the civil service, he held various senior positions, among them as Director, Industries Divisions in Ministry of International and Trade Industry ("MITI"), Deputy Secretary-General, Ministry of Works and Director-General of the Registration Department, Ministry of Home Affairs.
Dato' Haji Kamaruddin is a director of Lion Industries Corporation Berhad and Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad. He has abstained from deliberating and voting in respect of transactions between the Group and related parties involving himself.
Mr. Siow Tiang Sae, 58, a Malaysian, was appointed to the Board of the Company as Executive Director on 1 June 2013. His corporate title has been changed to Chief Business Development Officer effective 1 January 2015.
Mr. Siow graduated from Tunku Abdul Rahman College and is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Mr. Siow has more than 28 years of experience in audit, accounting, procurement, logistic, information technology and marketing.
Mr. Siow joined Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad in May 1982 as Senior Internal Auditor for about three (3) years and later joined the APM Automotive Holdings Berhad ("APM") Group in January 1985 where he was the Accountant for certain subsidiaries of the Company. He is the Senior General Manager of the Company in charge of new business development for the APM Group since August 2011. Prior to this, senior positions held by Mr. Siow included heading the operations of interior division and APM Auto Components (USA) Inc. in USA.
Mr. Nicholas Tan Chye Seng, 42, a Malaysian, was appointed to the Board of the Company as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 June 2013.
Mr. Nicholas Tan graduated from Boston University School of Management with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He joined Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad Group ("TCMH Group") in 2006 and formed the Corporate Planning and Strategic Investments Division of TCMH Group. He is currently involved in developing a marketplace for used vehicle ("MUV") and a supporting eco-system for car financing, car sharing, leasing and insurance product verticals. He was formerly an Executive Director and Vice-President of research in investment banking prior to joining TCMH Group.
Mr. Nicholas Tan is the son of Dato' Tan Heng Chew, a director and major shareholder of the Company.
Mr. Sow Soon Hock, 58, a Malaysian, was appointed to the Board of the Company as Executive Director on 11 November 2013. His corporate title has been changed to Executive Vice President effective 1 January 2015.
Mr. Sow graduated from United Business Institute, Brussels, Belgium with an Executive MBA. He started his career with the APM Group in 1978, rising from supervisory and managerial positions in the Suspension Division and was subsequently transferred to the Original Equipment Manufacturer ("OEM") Marketing Division. He was promoted to Group Senior General Manager-Group OEM in 2005.
In July 2006, Mr. Sow was appointed as Executive Director of the Company, taking charge of sales and marketing function of the APM Group. He was subsequently re-designated as Non-Executive Director of the Company in July 2009 and retired from the Board in May 2010. In July 2011, Mr. Sow was appointed as the Head of TC Manufacturing (Sabah) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad and was assigned to lead the Sabah new project.
MR LEE TATT BOON, 67, a Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 30 November 2016. Mr. Lee has more than 40 years of experience in intellectual property law, in particular, copyright, patent and design, trademark and trade practices law. He is also a registered Trade Mark Agent, registered Design Agent and Patent Agent as well as a Notary Public. He became the Partner of the law firm SKRINE in 1981 and subsequently became the Consultant in January 2015.
Mr. Lee was the author and co-author of certain publications and articles for Trademark World and IP Asia magazines within 1991 to 2005. He also delivered a presentation on "The Role of Arbitration in Intellectual Property Disputes" at the International Conference on Settlement of International Commercial Disputes in October 2003. He was a former Associate Editor of Trademark World and former Editor of IP Asia.
Mr. Lee was the Vice Chairman of the Malaysian Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Malaysia) since February 2004 and subsequently be appointed as the Chairman in December 2012.
He is currently a member of the Executive Board of ICC Malaysia, IP Committee of ICC Malaysia, Legal Affairs Committee of The Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Malaysia and Member of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Association, Asian Patent Attorneys Association and International Trademark Association.
Mr. Lee Min On, 57, a Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 30 November 2016. Mr. Lee started his career with KPMG in Malaysia (Firm) on 18 June 1979 and retired as a partner of the Firm on 31 December 2015 after serving the Firm for 36 years. His professional experience garnered during this period included 20 years of experience in external audit practice and 16 years of experience in the provision of board advisory services covering corporate governance, enterprise risk management and internal audit for both public as well as private companies.
Mr. Lee co-wrote the Corporate Governance Guide : Towards Boardroom Excellence 1st and 2nd Editions which were published by Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (Bursa Malaysia). He sat on the Task Force set up by Bursa Malaysia which was responsible for the development of the Statement on Risk Management and Internal Control - Guidelines for Directors of Listed Issuers in 2012.
After retirement from KPMG, Mr. Lee, as a strong advocate of corporate governance, risk and internal control, continues to conduct in-house training and participates at public seminars and conferences as speakers, sharing his thoughts and insights on Governance, Risk and Controls.
Currently, Mr. Lee serves as a Director of Coalition for Business Integrity Bhd, a not-for-profit organization that advocates, via collaborative programmes with organisations, a culture of integrity in conducting business in Malaysia, all with a view of raising the bar of corporate governance and integrity in the marketplace. He is also an Audit Committee Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Malaysia (a post he has been assuming since 2013) overseeing financial reporting, system of internal control and other areas delegated by the Board of Governors.
Except for Dato' Tan Heng Chew, Dato' Tan Eng Hwa and Mr. Nicholas Tan Chye Seng, none of the other Directors has any family relationship with any other Director and/or major shareholders of the Company.
None of the Directors has any convictions for offences within the past 10 years other than traffic offences, if any.
Except as disclosed above, none of the Directors has any conflict of interest in any business arrangement involving the Company.