Board of Directors - Manulife Insurance Berhad
Dato’ Md Agil bin Mohd Natt (Chairman / Independent non-executive director)
Dato’ Md Agil bin Mohd Natt was appointed to the board on 29 June 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics (Hons) degree from Brunel University, London and a Master of Science in Finance degree from the CASS Business School, London. He also attended the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School in the United States of America.
He started his career in Corporate Finance with Bumiputra Merchant Bankers Berhad in 1977 before serving as Senior General Manager (Finance) at Island & Peninsular Bhd in 1982. He was also the Regional Chief Representative of Kleinwort Benson Ltd before joining Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank). Dato’ Agil Natt served the Maybank Group in various capacities including as Senior General Manager, Corporate Banking, Chief Executive Officer of Aseambankers Malaysia Berhad (now known as Maybank Investment Bank Berhad) and Executive Director and Deputy President of Maybank.
From 2006 until his retirement in 2011, Dato’ Agil Natt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), The Global University of Islamic Finance, set up by Bank Negara Malaysia.
He currently sits on the Boards of Cagamas Berhad, Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Bhd, Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Bhd, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Malaysia Berhad, Sogo (KL) Department Store Sdn Bhd and Sogo (KL) Sdn Bhd. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan Tun Abdul Razak.
Mark Steven O'Dell (Chief Executive Officer/ Executive director)
Mr. Mark Steven O’Dell, an American, was appointed to the Board on 24 June 2013. He holds both the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations from the American College, USA.
Mr. O’Dell has over 35 years of experience in the life insurance business including 20 years in Asia across multiple geographies namely Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. Prior to his appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. O’Dell served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Taiwan since 2008. He was also instrumental in the establishment of Manulife Asset Management Taiwan.
In Asia, Mr. O’Dell has held various senior management roles which included successfully running life insurance companies in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. His areas of expertise cover agency development, partnership distribution including bancassurance, wealth management as well as branch expansion.
Mr. O’Dell has also played an integral role in the development of the life insurance industry in the Asean region. While in Singapore, he served as the President of the Life Insurance Association and Financial Planning Association of Singapore respectively. In 2006, he was named the Personality of the Year by the Asia Insurance Review for his contribution to the industry and his leadership in corporate social responsibility. He has served on numerous non-profit Boards, including the Singapore Cancer Society.
Mr. O’Dell sits on the Boards of Manulife Chinabank Life Assurance Corporation, Manulife Financial Plans, Inc, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. (Phils), Inc, Manulife Holdings Berhad and Manulife Asset Management Services Berhad. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Manulife Holdings Berhad.
Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Annuar bin Zaini (Independent non-executive director)
Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Annuar bin Zaini was appointed to the Board on 5 July 2011. He holds a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Laws & Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA and a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Economics from University Kebangsaan Malaysia.
He began his career as an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer in 1977. He served the Malaysian Government at various ministries and departments and also the Perak State Government until he chose to take an optional retirement from the government service in 1999.
In February 2004, HRH The Sultan of Perak consented his appointment as Member of the Council of Elders to HRH Sultan of Perak. He is currently a Member of the Perak Council of Islamic Religion and Malay Customs and Board Member to the PKEINPK Sdn Bhd, He is also a Board Member of the University of Malaya, Chairman of University of Malaya Specialist Centre, Chairman of International University of Malaya Wales, a Distinguished Fellow to Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, Fellow Institute of Public Security of Malaysia, Adjunct Professor of Northern Corridor Economic Region Research Centre, Universiti Utara Malaysia.
He was Executive Director of Berjaya Corporation Berhad from 2001 to 2004, Chairman of Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA) from February 2004 to January 2010, Advisor and Chief Executive of Northern Corridor Implementation Authority from 2007 to 2009, a Board Member of the Royal Perak Medical College from 2005 to 2011, a Board Member of the Malaysia Airlines System Berhad from 2005 to 2011, a Board Member of the PLUS Expressway Berhad from 2007 to 2012 and Tropicana Corporation Berhad from 2010 to 2015.
Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Annuar is a member of the Audit Committee of Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Group Audit Committee, Group Risk Management Committee and Group Nominating/Remuneration Committee of the Board of Directors of Manulife Holdings Berhad and a director on the Board of Manulife Asset Management Services Berhad.
Lim Hun Soon @ David Lim (Independent non-executive director)
Mr. Lim Hun Soon @ David Lim, a Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 17 July 2012. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in July 1978 and subsequently joined KPMG (formerly known as Peat Marwick Mitchell) in the United Kingdom in 1978. He qualified as a member of the Institute of Taxation, United Kingdom in 1981 and as a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) in England and Wales in 1982. He then returned to Malaysia in 1982 to continue his service with KPMG where he was admitted in 1984 as a member of the Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. David Lim was admitted as a Partner of the Firm in 1990.
Mr. David Lim has had an extensive career serving as an auditor under KPMG spanning 33 years. During his career with KPMG, he served in the Management Committee of the firm from 1997 to 2001 as well as KPMG's Partnership Supervisory Council from 2002 to 2010. He was also the Asian Anchor Practice representative for Marketing in 2000 to 2001 in which he gained extensive and insightful knowledge from KPMG Global counterparts worldwide.
In 2006, he was assigned by KPMG to start up the Malaysian Audit Committee Institute (“ACI Malaysia”), which was a virtual worldwide initiative sponsored by KPMG to assist Independent Directors in enhancing their awareness and ability to implement effective board processes. After five (5) years of relentless groundwork, the ACI Malaysia is now a source of information for which Non-Executive Directors can turn to if they require information to help them in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities.
Mr. David Lim actively served as an examiner for Company Law examinations in the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“MICPA”) for over a period of ten (10) years. He was also the Chairman of the MICPA Code of Ethics Committee and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants Code of Ethics Committee from 2002 to 2004. He had also developed an expertise from undertaking the role of Reporting Accountants in initial public offerings (“IPO”) and was the audit partner in charge of over 30 IPOs whilst at KPMG. He retired from KPMG in 2011.
In July 2013, David Lim was appointed as a Council Member of the ICAEW representing South East Asia (Malaysia). His appointment represents a huge accolade for Malaysia, as it’s the first time in ICAEW’s sterling 130 years history, a Malaysian is represented on ICAEW’s Council. In 2015, his appointment was extended for another term of two years till 2017.
Mr. David Lim sits on the Board of Affin Investment Bank Berhad, Affin Hwang Investment Bank Bhd, Ann Joo Resources Berhad, Rockwills Trustee Bhd, Sasbadi Holdings Bhd, Kawan Food Bhd and Ranhill Holdings Bhd as an Independent Non-Executive Director and a few private limited companies
Mr. David Lim is a Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. He is also a Chairman of the Group Audit Committee and Group Risk Management Committee and is a member of the Group Nominating/Remuneration Committee of the Board of Manulife Holdings Berhad.
Rockson Leung (Executive director)
Mr. Rockson Leung Lok-Shuen, Australian, was appointed to the Board on 2 September 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the Macquarie University of Australia. He is a Fellow member of both the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Mr. Leung has been appointed Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Asia. He is responsible for the Risk Management function in Asia overseeing all risk including enterprise, product, market, operational, insurance and underwriting risk. He joined Manulife in 2010 and he was the Vice President and Chief Actuary, Asia, responsible for the oversight of the actuarial function, including all external actuarial disclosures and capital management.
Mr. Leung brings with him 18 years of insurance finance and risk management experience in Asia and Australia. He began his career in Australia and returned to Asia in 1999 and had held various positions with ING Asia, including the Chief Insurance Risk Officer of China and the Chief Financial Officer of China. Prior to Manulife, he was the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of Bank of China Group Life Insurance Company.
Mr. Leung is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Group Audit Committee and Group Risk Management Committee of the Board of Manulife Holdings Berhad.
Dr. Gopakumar Kurup (Independent non-executive director)
Dr. Gopakumar Kurup, aged 44, a Malaysian, was appointed to the Board on 22 August 2016. He graduated from the University College London with a B.Eng. (Hons) in Electronics and Electrical Engineering and MSc. in Microwaves and Optoelectronics. He also received his PhD. in Engineering from Monash University, Melbourne. Dr. Kurup has over 20 years of industry and innovation experience in the fields of Telecommunications and ICT.
He was the CEO of Telekom Malaysia R&D till July 2016 and continuous to serve as a director and board member of the company. TMR&D won the prestigious Chairman’s Innovation Award at the 2015 World Congress of IT (WCIT) and Malaysian Prime Minister’s award for R&D. Dr. Kurup was recently appointed to head the TM Enterprise, Public Sector and Medium business product management and as a director of Inneonusa, a smart services company.
He served as the Chief Technology Officer at Extol MSC, where he led the R&D team and headed the Extol-Google Enterprise Partnership. Prior to pursuing his PhD., he worked at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, the pioneer technology partner for the Multimedia Super Corridor in Cyberjaya. He led the Next Generation Network R&D Group at NTT MSC to research, develop and deploy Internet Protocol v6. He started his career as an RF Engineer at Qualcomm Systems for supporting CDMA satellite data and fixed cellular networks.
Dr. Kurup has filed and granted several patents, published conference papers, presented at various international events and contributed to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Australian Telecommunications Corporative Research Centre (ATCRC).
Dr Kurup is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. He is also a Director and member of the Group Audit Committee and Group Risk Management Committee of the Board of Manulife Holdings Berhad.