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Board of Directors
Manulife Insurance Berhad


Chairperson / Independent Non-Executive Director 

Appointed to the Board on 3 February 2020 

Mr. Arthur Jay Belfer (“Mr Belfer”) has professional qualifications as both an Actuary (FSA) and an Accountant (CPA) from the USA. He is also a Fellow in the Life Management Institute (“FLMI”). He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration with Honors as a University of Michigan Regents Alumni Scholar.

Mr. Belfer has held senior executive positions with Asian branches of global insurance companies and has significant board experience. Mr. Belfer was the Regional Senior Actuary for John Hancock in Asia for 5 years to assist with the establishment of its business presence in the region. 

He was a founder for American International Group’s (“AIG”) Asia Pacific Life Operations Life Insurance Region. Mr. Belfer established and grew the Region for over 15 years, of which 11 years were as the Regional Senior Executive. He also established and led the AIG Enterprise Risk Management for two years in Asia, bringing it out of the New York Headquarters and into the businesses within the Asian Region.

Mr. Belfer was the Chief Executive Officer for Prudential Life Assurance Thailand and Managing Director for Prudential Corporation Asia from year 2015 to year 2017. Prior to that, he served as Country President (CEO) & Chairperson of the Board for the Ace Group’s Life Insurance Company in Thailand from year 2010 to year 2013.


Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 1 October 2020

Ms. Vibha Hamsi Coburn (“Ms. Vibha Coburn”) holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia, post graduate diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia [Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) equivalent] and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Delhi University. She is also a Graduate member of Australia Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).  

Ms. Vibha Coburn 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 amongst international insurers in terms of Million Dollar Round Table membership. At the same time, she has helped to vastly strengthen Manulife’s bancassurance capabilities, delivering strong growth to its regional partnerships and, renewing and establishing new partnerships in Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar. She has also championed the development and adoption of digital tools throughout all channels in distribution.

Prior to joining Manulife, Ms. Vibha Coburn had a wide range of senior roles over thirty (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. Vibha Coburn also sits on the Boards of Manulife Holdings Berhad (“MHB”) and Manulife Investment Management (M) Berhad (“MIMMB”), L.I.A.M. Holding Sdn. Bhd. and L.I.A.M. Property Sdn. Bhd. 


Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 19 April 2019 

Mrs. Vijayam A/P Nadarajah (“Mrs. Vijayam Nadarajah”) holds a Master degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor degree in Economics (with a major in accounting) from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She has also acquired a law degree from University of London, United Kingdom. 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 (“IIAM”).

Mrs. Vijayam Nadarajah was the president of the IIAM from year 1996 to year 1997 and was then re-appointed as a governor to the Board of Governors of IIAM in year 2018. She co-chaired the taskforce on Guidance for Effective Internal Audit Function.

Mrs. Vijayam Nadarajah was a consultant for China Construction Bank Malaysia Berhad. She 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 (“BNM”) 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. She was also an Independent Non-Executive Director at The Bank of Nova Scotia Berhad and MPI Generali Insurans Berhad.

From year 2013 to year 2016, Mrs. Vijayam Nadarajah served as a Specialist for the Research and Development/Corporate Program of the Financial Accreditation Agency, which is an initiative supported by BNM 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 presently sits on the Boards of BNP Paribas Malaysia Berhad, MPI Generali Insurans Berhad and Monash University Malaysia Sdn Bhd. She is a consultant and trainer in topics such as risk management, compliance, internal audit and board governance.

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


Independent Non-Executive Director 

Appointed to the Board on 15 October 2020

Ms. Mary Bernadette James A/P N James (“Ms. James”) graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance & International Business from the University of Texas-Austin in 1988.

Ms. James was the Chief Information Officer (“CIO”) & Head of Transformation Office for Bank Danamon Indonesia from 2016 to February 2020. In this role, she led digital transformation to meet the digital challenges of a mobile-first world, built digital partnerships with the business, and created new business opportunities, as well as built a consistent experience for customers across different lines of business. She built and implemented bank-wide Big Data Strategy within two years and garnered two global Big Data awards. 

Prior to joining Danamon, Ms. James was the Group CIO and Head of Infrastructure for Alliance Bank Berhad, Malaysia from October 2010 to February 2016, and was part of the management team to create new values and culture for the organization and designed and implemented a talent management framework. Ms. James also created a division to take on major Business Process Re-engineering projects, and delivered multiple infrastructure projects, legacy modernization of applications and virtualization.  

From year 2009 to year 2010, Ms. James was the Chief Information Officer at NIB Bank, Pakistan on a short-term assignment of two years to bring under control multiple failing projects and manage the cost overrun on these projects. Her major accomplishments were the rollout of Core Banking solutions nationwide across 250 branches within five months and management of IBM and Core Banking vendors to achieve savings of 30%.   

Ms. James was also with Bank Danamon Indonesia from year 2004 to year 2009 as Program Manager and subsequently Head of Technology, where she was responsible for transactional systems and technology infrastructure. As program manager, she was responsible for the bank’s critical and major IT projects, and also implemented the department organizational strategy, which involved organization realignment and optimization of IT resources. 

Ms. James held multiple senior roles in Citigroup from year 1997 to year 2004, such as Senior Project Manager, Equities Technology Group, London, Head of Systems and Expert Group, System Owner, Sales and Marketing and Head of ELC Operations and Technology, Malaysia. She replaced the global middle office system and integrated the Helsinki Exchange across both the equities and derivatives business. 

Ms. James is a Chairperson of the Nominating/Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee and Risk Management Committee of the Company.


Independent Non-Executive Director 

Appointed to the Board on 1 November 2020

Mr. Renzo Christopher Viegas (“Mr. Renzo Viegas”) holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Bombay, India. He is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

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

In year 2008, Mr. Renzo Viegas joined RHB Bank Berhad as Director of Retail Banking where he managed the consumer, insurance, hire purchase and small and medium enterprises businesses. In year 2011, he was appointed as the Principal Officer overseeing overall operation of RHB Bank Berhad. His last held position was Deputy Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the bank with direct covers for the Consumer and International businesses.

Mr. Renzo Viegas was the Deputy CEO and Executive Director of CIMB Bank from year 2012 to year 2015 with direct oversight over the Consumer and Commercial businesses and CEO of Group Consumer Banking from year 2015 to year 2016. 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 CEO of CIMB Bank, where he was responsible for the development of overall Group business strategies until March 2019 with direct oversight of the overall Group business strategies. He 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.

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

Mr. Renzo Viegas is presently an independent non-executive director on the Board of Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd. He is also the Chairman of Audit and Risk Committee, Chairman of Strategy and Business Transformation Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee of Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd. He also sits on the Board of Ujjivan Financial Services Limited, a company listed on National Stock Exchange of India and the holding company of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank.

Mr. Renzo Viegas is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Risk Management Committee and Nominating/Remuneration Committee of the Company. He is also a Director and the Chairman of the Group Audit Committee and is a member of the Group Risk Management Committee and Group Nominating/Remuneration Committee of Manulife Holdings Berhad.