Key People  

KEY PEOPLE

  1. Thong Teong Bun - Non-Executive Chairman
  2. Alex George - Group Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
  3. Simon Retter - Independent Non-Executive Director
  4. Shailen Gajera - Executive Director

Thong Teong Bun
Non-Executive Chairman

Mr. Thong holds an MBA in Finance from University of Hull and Diploma in Banking and Finance. Mr Thong started his career in banking with Public Bank Berhad and move to Perwira Habib Bank Berhad (now Affin Bank Berhad) in 1990 as the Head of Credit & Marketing in Port Klang. His outstanding performance and leadership, enabled him to rise through the rank quickly leading to his promotion as the Regional Manager of Business Banking in 2002. In 2003, Mr Thong was tasked to Head, the Small and Medium Enterprise Banking Business Division of Affin Bank. He was responsible for formulating strategies and implementation of the SME Banking strategic thrust to broaden the bank core earnings in its SME Portfolio. He left the bank in 2004 as the Vice President to pursue business interest in Peoples’ Republic of China. He is currently the Strategic Business Advisor cum Business Partner of China Communications Services Corporation Limited (CCS) in Malaysia. CCS is listed on the Main Board of Hong Kong Stock Exchange with major shareholders such as China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom. He is also the Independent & Non-Executive Director in Amtek Holdings Berhad, a Bursa Main Market listed company – a positioned he held since April 25, 2006. He is also serves as the President of the Zheng He Economic and Friendship Cultural Society in Malaysia with its objective of promoting greater regional collaboration among business in ASEAN under the Belt and Road Policy Initiative of the People’s Republic of China. He is also the Chairman of Hongda Group and now serves as Non-Executive Chairman of HRC World Plc.

Alex George
Group Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Alex studied law in University of South Wales and obtained his MBA (International Management) from University of Exeter. He then completed his 2nd postgraduate studies as a Chartered Professional in Islamic Finance (CPIF) and is now a member of the Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals. Alex bring with him over 21 years of working experience in various sectors, from banking, oil & gas, media/entertainment, property development & construction, duty free, engineering in oil & gas. He began his work experience in 1996 at MBf (one of the largest listed Finance Co. in Msia in 90’s) serving first in the M&A department, then later at MBf Cards dept. undertaking business development, sales & marketing role. Alex then had an 8-year stint with Astro (one of the largest media and entertainment company in South East Asia that provides direct-to-home satellite pay television services with footprints in several SEA countries) where he served at a senior executive position in the International Programming department and was handling several roles from legal, business development, finance reporting, administration and negotiation with various global companies. He subsequently headed the business development division in MPCB (a listed property development company in Malaysia and Flemingo International Ltd. (an established global player in across all Duty Free & Duty Paid verticals) as well as UMW Synergistic Generation Sdn. Bhd, a wholly owned company and engineering arm of UMW Holdings Berhad (a listed Malaysian GLC).