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Manulife Holdings Berhad

Dato’ Dr Zaha Rina Binti Zahari

Chairman/Independent Non-Executive Director

Dato’ Dr Zaha Rina binti Zahari was appointed to the Board on 12 December 2013.  Dato’ Dr Zaha Rina received her BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance from Leeds UK and Doctorate in Business Administration from Hull UK focusing on capital markets research and specialising in derivatives.

She was a Consultant to Financial Technologies Middle East based in Bahrain for the set up of Bahrain Financial Exchange (BFX) launched in January 2009.  Prior to this, she was with Royal Bank of Scotland Group in Singapore from August 2007 to May 2008.  She has more than 25 years experience in the financial, commodities and securities industry and the development of the Malaysian Capital Market, which includes managing a futures broking company, and was Chief Executive Officer of RHB Securities Sdn Bhd from 2004 to 2006.  She has previous Board appointments at the Commodity and Monetary Exchange of Malaysia (“COMMEX”) from 1993 to 1996, then as the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of Kuala Lumpur Options and Financial Futures Exchange (“KLOFFE”) in 2001, which merged to become Malaysian Derivatives Exchange (MDEX) in June 2001.

She was then appointed head of Exchanges, managing the operations of Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE), MESDAQ, MDEX and Labuan International Financial Exchanges (LFX) in September 2003 prior to KLSE’s (now known as Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad) demutualisation.  She is also a regular speaker at many international conference and forums.

She was a director of Zurich Insurance Malaysia Bhd from 2007 to 2013 prior to being appointed Chairman of Manulife Holdings Bhd in December 2013.  She sits on the Board of Hong Leong Industries Bhd since 2012 and Tanah Makmur Berhad since 2014 besides holding directorship in several private limited companies.  She is also a member of Market Participants Committee (MPC) of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad since July 2014.

She is a Vice-President of Persatuan Chopin Malaysia and Divemaster with National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI).  She was a member of Global Board of Advisers for XBRL until 2009 and was also on the Board of Trustee for Malaysia AIDS Foundation until May 2010.

Dato’ Dr Zaha Rina is Chairman of the Executive Committee and Group Nominating/Remuneration Committee of the Board of Directors

Lim Hun Soon @ David Lim

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: 17 July 2012

Mr. Lim Hun Soon @ David Lim (“Mr. David Lim”) 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 in England and Wales (‘ICAEW’) 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 in KPMG for 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 Non-Executive Directors in enhancing their awareness and ability to implement effective board processes.

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, Mr. 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 term was renewed for a second term of two (2) years. Mr. David Lim appointment was extended for a third term of two years from 2017 till 2019.

Mr. David Lim sits on the Board of a few public listed companies, namely Sasbadi Holdings Berhad, Kawan Food Berhad, Ranhill Holdings Berhad and Press Metal Aluminium Holdings Berhad as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He also sits on the Board on Affin Investment Berhad (In Members’ Voluntary Winding-up), Affin Hwang Investment Bank Berhad, Rockwills Trustee Berhad and Fairview Schools Berhad and a few private limited companies.

Mr. David Lim is the Chairman of the Group Audit Committee and is a member of the Group Risk Management Committee and Group Nominating/Remuneration Committee of the Board of Directors. He is also a Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Risk Management Committee and Nominating/Remuneration Committee of the Board of Manulife Insurance Berhad.

Sang Lee

Vibha Coburn 

Group Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: 1 October 2020

Ms Vibha Coburn was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of Manulife Holdings Berhad and Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of Manulife Insurance Berhad on 1 October 2020. She also sits on the Board of Manulife Investment Management (M) Berhad (formerly known as Manulife Asset Management Services Berhad). 

She was formerly the Chief Distribution Officer at Manulife Asia, responsible for developing and executing strategy for Manulife distribution across Asia, including championing the adoption of digital channels. Under her leadership, Manulife’s agency force grew significantly and became the world’s third best in terms of Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) membership. At the same time, she has helped to vastly strengthen Manulife’s bancassurance capabilities, delivering strong growth to its regional partnership with DBS Bank in Singapore, and renewing or establishing new partnerships in Vietnam (Techcom Bank), Indonesia (Danamon) and Myanmar (UAB). Ms Coburn has also championed the adoption of digital channels and tools throughout distribution.

Prior to joining Manulife, Ms Coburn had a wide range of senior roles over 30 years in banking, insurance and management consulting, across Asia, Europe and Australia. These included roles in e-business, sales, customer acquisition, finance, wealth management, liabilities, mortgages and credit cards.

Ms Coburn holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia, post graduate diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia (CFA equivalent) and a Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University.

 

Sang Lee

Matthew Edward Lawrence

Non Independent Non-executive director

Appointed to the Board: 1 January 2020

Mr. Matthew Edward Lawrence ("Mr. Lawrence") joined Manulife as Regional Controller, Asia, effective 30 June 2019. In this role, he is responsible for the Asia regional finance team, overseeing financial planning & analysis, management reporting, expense management and accounting policy. 

Mr. Lawrence has over twenty (20) years of experience in the insurance industry, holding leadership positions in both the corporate and professional services fields that span across North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Manulife, he worked at Prudential where he held a series of progressive roles; most recently as Finance Director of Prudential Assurance Company Singapore, where he was responsible for strategic planning and analysis, financial reporting, finance operations, and finance innovation. Prior to his time with Prudential, he spent many years at KPMG and has experience that covers accounting advisory, audit, and transaction services.

He speaks frequently at industry events on the subject of accounting change for insurance, most recently speaking at events in Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea.

Mr. Lawrence is a member of the Group Audit Committee, Group Risk Management Committee and Group Nominating/Remuneration Committee of the Board of Directors. 

 

 

Vijayam Nadarajah

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: 19 April 2019

Mrs. Vijayam Nadarajah holds a Master’s in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor’s in Economics (with a major in accounting) from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She has also acquired an L.L.B. from London University, United Kingdom. In terms of professional memberships, she is a Fellow Member of CPA Australia, a Chartered Accountant under the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia.

She was the president of Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia (IIAM) from 1996 to 1997, and was then reappointed as a governor to the Board of Governors of IIAM in 2016. Mrs. Nadarajah co-chaired the taskforce on Guidance for Effective Internal Audit Function.

Mrs. Nadarajah currently holds the position of Independent Non-Executive Director for BNP Paribas Malaysia Berhad and MPI Generali Insurans Berhad. She is a consultant and trainer in topics such as risk management, compliance, internal audit and board governance. 

Prior to her appointment to the board of ScotiaBank Berhad, she was a consultant for China Construction Bank Malaysia Berhad. Mrs. Nadarajah was in charge of overseeing the incorporation of a public company to set up the bank in Malaysia, and application for a bank license. During this process, she liaised with Bank Negara Malaysia on matters related to application of license and operational readiness audit. Furthermore, she advised on the structure and nomination of independent directors for the Board, and also drafted the board charter and terms of reference of board committees, on top of other governance policies. 

From 2013 to 2016, Mrs. Nadarajah served as a Specialist for the Research and Development/Corporate Program of the Financial Accreditation Agency (“FAA”), which is an initiative supported by Bank Negara Malaysia and the Securities Commission Malaysia. She also served as Financial Controller at CIMB Aviva Assurance Berhad and CIMB Aviva Takaful Berhad, Assistant General Manager of Finance at Oriental Capital Assurance Berhad, as well as senior roles in RHB Bank Berhad and Sime Bank Berhad/UMBC Bank Berhad.

Mrs. Vijayam Nadarajah is the Chairman of the Group Risk Management Committee and a member of the Group Audit Committee and Group Nominating/Remuneration Committee of the Board of Directors. She is also a Director, Chairman of the Risk Management Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Nominating/Remuneration Committee of the Board of Manulife Insurance Berhad.

Lim Hun Soon

Renzo Christopher Viegas

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: 1 November 2020

Mr. Renzo Viegas has broad management and leadership experience in Business Management, Consumer Banking, Operations, Finance and Technology and Customer Experience in Asia, India, and the US territory. 

 

Mr. Renzo Viegas is presently an independent non-executive director on the Board of Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd, since 1 December 2017. He is the Chairman of Audit and Risk Committee, Chairman of Strategy and Business Transformation Committee and Member of the Remuneration Committee. 

Mr. Viegas served as non-executive director Sun Life Malaysia Assurance & Takaful Berhad from May 2013 to July 2017. 

Mr. Viegas was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Group, Executive Director of CIMB Bank from 2012 to 2015 and Chief Executive Officer of Group Consumer Banking from 2015 to 2016, where he was responsible for the development of overall business strategies of consumer banking for the smooth implementation of the strategies, and transformed the consumer bank of the Group to become its growth engine. He provided support to the Group Chief Executive and other senior management, leveraging on the regional platform to better reap synergies and accelerate business delivery. He also served as Adviser to the Group Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Bank, where he was responsible for the development of overall business strategies until March 2019. Mr. Viegas was also a non-independent director for CIMB Bank (Vietnam) Ltd from August 2018 to July 2019, and non-independent director for CIMB Cambodia Bank PLC from November 2017 to July 2019.

In 2008, he joined RHB Bank Berhad as Director, Retail Banking where he managed the consumer, insurance, hire purchase and SME businesses. In 2011, he was appointed as the Principal Officer to oversee RHB Bank Berhad’s operations overall. Prior to joining CIMB Group in 2012, he last held the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Retail & International of RHB Bank Berhad.

He started his working career with Citibank in 1985, where he progressively held senior positions in various Asia Pacific countries including regional responsibilities until 2008. His last held position was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Citibank Malaysia.

Mr. Viegas holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Mumbai, India. He is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Mr. Renzo Viegas is a member of the Group Audit Committee, Group Risk Management Committee and Group Nominating/Remuneration Committee of the Board of Directors. He is also a Director and member of the Audit Committee, Risk Management Committee and Nominating/Remuneration Committee of the Board of Manulife Insurance Berhad. 

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Manulife Managed Fund: ENHANCEMENT TO FUND MANDATE

Dear valued customers, Effective 1 January 2021, the fund mandate for Manulife Managed Fund will be enhanced. Find out more

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Important Notice

The current situation will not stop us from supporting you. In view of the Movement Control Order (MCO), you can now email your claims to us!
Here’s how you can do so
https://www.manulife.com.my/en/individual/services/file-a-claim.html
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