Second Nature to us
|Dato' Sabri Ahmad
Group President and Chief Executive Officer
Dato' Sabri Ahmad is our Non-Independent Executive Director. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) from Universiti Malaya in 1970 and a Master of Science (Agricultural Economics) from the University of London, England in 1972. He further pursued an Advance Diploma in International Studies from the University of Rhode Island, USA in 1980 and an Advance Diploma in Management from the University of Oxford, England in 1996.
He started his career in 1970 with the Ministry of Agriculture and in 1973 he pursued his career with the Fisheries Development Authority as the Deputy Director General. He joined Harrisons Malaysian Plantations Berhad in 1985 until 1989 where he worked in various capacities. He became the Director in charge of marketing for Golden Hope Plantations Berhad in 1990 and was appointed its Group Chief Executive Officer and Director in 2004. He was the Chairman of MPOB for three years from 2007 to 2010.
He is presently our Group President and Director and Managing Director of FHB. He oversees the management of the respective divisions within our Group and FHB, comprising amongst others, palm oil and rubber plantations, production of palm oil based products and rubber products, olechemicals, sugar production and logistical services such as bulking and transportation.
Head of Management Advisory Council
Ramli Putih is our Head of Management Advisory Council. He graduated with a Diploma of Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 1974 and 1988, respectively. He started his career as a Manager for several of FELDA's lands, namely FELDA Jengka 06, Jengka 12, Umas, Sahabat and Tembangau, from 1974 to 1984.
He then took a study leave for four years to pursue his studies on a full-time basis at Universiti Putra Malaysia and obtained his degree in Bachelor of Science in 1988. In 1988, he was transferred to FELDA Palong, holding the same position. In the same year, he was attached to F Rubber Industries from 1988 to 2001 where he held various positions before assuming the post of .Senior General Manager. In 2002, he was promoted as the Chief Executive Officer of MCM. He held this position for two years before moving to Felda Trading Sdn Bhd also as a Chief Executive Officer in 2004. In 2006, he was appointed as the Deputy Managing Director of FHB and he held this position for three years until 2009. In 2010, he joined our Company as Executive Vice President, Head of Multicrop.
|Dr. Suzana Idayu Wati Osman
Chief Strategy Officer
Dr. Suzana Idayu Wati Osman is our Chief Strategy Officer. She obtained her BA (Hons) in Business Studies from the University of Huddersfield, England in 1992, and MBA (Finance) and Doctorate in Finance from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2004 and 2011, respectively.
She has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, Harvard University, USA in 2009.
Her working experience started in 1990, as an Audit and Accounting Assistant for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, United Kingdom. In 1993, she worked as Sales Administration Officer with Metroplex Berhad and then as a Finance and Administration Manager in a manufacturing company. She then joined Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in 1994 as an Assistant Vice President in Forex and Fund Department and subsequently she joined Sime Bank in 1998 as a Foreign Exchange Dealer in International Banking Department. She first joined FELDA in 1998 as an Investment Analyst and progressed to the position of Head of Investment, a position she last held prior to joining our Company in 2008 as a Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer. In 2010, our Group undertook a reorganisation and restructuring exercise resulting in FGVH becoming the parent company of certain commercial entities within FELDA group of companies. In the enlarged entity of our Company, she was promoted to be the Executive Vice President and assumed her current position.
|Ahmad Tifli Dato' Haji Mohd Talha
Chief Financial Officer
Ahmad Tifli Dato' Haji Mohd Talha is our Chief Financial Officer. He completed his Foundation Course in Accounting at Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom in 1985 after which, he pursued and completed his professional articleship training and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 1989. He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).
He started his career in 1985 in Hobson Phillips & Sharpe Chartered Accountants, Nottingham, England. In 1991, he joined Price Waterhouse Kuala Lumpur as an audit senior. He then moved to Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad as an Accountant in 1993. He later joined Boustead Trading Sdn Bhd as Financial Controller from 1994 to 1995. From 1995 until 2002, he was the Group Financial Controller as well as the Chief Operating Officer of Kumpulan Mofaz Sdn Bhd. He then continued expanding his career by joining PROTON Berhad in 2003 until 2007 where he held positions as Deputy General Manager in Strategy, Chief Executive Officer of a subsidiary of PROTON Berhad, and finally as Head of International Sales & Services Division, PROTON Berhad. From 2007 to 2008, he was involved in a motorsports project as Chief Operating Officer of Motorsports Knights (M)Sdn Bhd before he moved to Scomi Group as a Head of Scomi Coach in 2008. In 2011, he joined our Company as Senior Vice President and assumed his current position.
|Nik Mustapha bin Nik Mohamed
Chief of Human Resource and Corporate Services
Nik Mustapha bin Nik Mohamed is our Head of Group Human Resource and Corporate Services. He obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science both from Northern Illinois University Dekalb, Illinois, USA in 1978 and 1980, respectively. He also obtained a Diploma in Education from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1983. In 1990, he obtained his Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University, United Kingdom.
His working experience started in 1978 where he was a Research Assistant in his university. From 1981 to 1984, he was a Development Officer and Lecturer in Education and Training Division of Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) where he became a lecturer in MARA Junior Science College of Kota Bharu, Kelantan. In 1984, he moved to Rank Xerox Ltd. Malaysia where he worked as Senior Personnel Executive/ Human Resource Manager. In 1987, he was appointed as Personnel Manager and Human Resource Director in Sterling Drug Malaysia and Singapore for about seven years before he moved to Permodalan Nasional Berhad as General Manager of Human Resource & Corporate Affairs Division in 1995. His last job since 2000 before joining our Company was with Unilever Malaysia and Singapore where he held the position of Human Resource and Corporate Relations Director. In 2011, he joined our Company as Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer.
Norzaimah Maarof is our Chief Counsel. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom in 1992. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1993. She started her career as a Legal Researcher in 1990 with Messrs. SK Tay & Co.
From 1994 until 2000, she was an Assistant Manager at General Lumber Fabricators & Builders Sdn Bhd. She then moved to Phillips Malaysia Sdn Bhd as Senior Legal Counsel from 2000 to 2003. She joined Pfizer Malaysia Sdn Bhd in 2003 where she was first appointed as Legal Director for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei and then seconded to Pfizer Headquarters in New York in 2006. She was later appointed as Legal Director for Asia research and development where she provided core research and development legal support and counsel for Pfizer Global Research and Development activities in Asia and support and counsel for international clinical trials. In 2009, she joined our Group as Vice President and assumed her current position.
Head of Global Plantations
Fairuz Ismail is our Head of Global Plantations. He has a Diploma in Planting and Industry Management from the Universiti Teknologi MARA in 1984. He is an Exco member of Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA) and also a member of professional bodies namely Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and Incorporated Society of Planters (ISP).
He started his career in 1985 at Golden Hope Plantations Berhad and where he served within the group for 22 years. His last position was the Head of Plantation, Indonesia. After the merger between Golden Hope Plantations Berhad, Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad and Sime Darby Berhad in 2007, he was appointed as Region Head of Estates Operations in East Malaysia in the new entity, Sime Darby Plantations Sdn Bhd. He then continued his service as Head of New Projects in Liberia, Sabah and Sarawak. His last position at Sime Darby Plantations Sdn Bhd was as Head of Plantations, Africa. In 2010, he joined our Company as Senior Vice President, Head of Transformation and Management Office.
Head of Downstream Business
Martin Rushworth is our Head of Downstream Business. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering Science from Durham University, England in 1974. He also received his Manufacturing Technology Diploma from Colchester Technical College and attended Business Education Programmes at London Business School and Bradford Business School, United Kingdom in 1977.
He started his career in 1974 as a Management Trainee with Unilever UK and in 1981, he was appointed as a Manufacturing Manager in Lever Brothers (Unilever) Zimbabwe and then from 1983 to 1987, he was the Chief Engineer in Marsavco Zaire (Unilever Congo). From 1987 to 1990, he was also appointed International Manufacturing Engineer in Unilever Research Vlaardingen in the Netherlands. From 1990 to 1993, he was Technical Director in Lever Brothers (Unilever) Malawi. From 1993 to 1997, he was Vice Chairman and Operations Director of Unilever Cote d'Ivoire. He was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Congo for the period from 1998 until 2001. He then joined Pamol Plantations Sdn Bhd, Unilever's oil palm business in Malaysia, as Chairman and Managing Director from 2001 to 2004 and during this period undertook the sale of Pamol Plantations Sdn Bhd to IOI Group. From 2004 to 2011, he set up his own business that included palm oil consulting and was Chairman and Managing Director of Clearwind Sdn Bhd. He subsequently sold his business but retained the shareholdings of the non-active companies. He joined our Company in 2011 as Senior Vice President, Head of Oil and Fats.
Head of Research and Development
Palaniappan Swaminathan is our Head of Research and Development. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Science both from Universiti Malaya in 1978 and 1982, respectively. In 1993, he obtained his ACCA Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance. He obtained a certificate in plant breeding from the International Agricultural Centre, Wageningen, Netherlands.
He joined Perbadanan Khidmat Pertanian Felda (now known as F Agricultural) in 1978 as a Research Officer. He was appointed as the General Manager of Research and Development in 2004 and in 2006 as the Chief Executive Officer of F Agricultural. His research activities covers agronomy, breeding and processing of oil palm, cocoa, coconut, coffee, tropical fruits and tropical herbs crops. He is also involved in various committees including the Main Research and Development Committee of Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA). He was also a member of the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology and Molecular Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia and was a member of the board of advisors for the proposed Kulliyyah of Agricultural Science and National Resources, International Islamic University Malaysia. In 2012, he was appointed as Senior Vice President, Head of Research and Development. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of F Agricultural.
|Abdul Halim Ahmad
Head of Manufacturing, Logistic and Others
Abdul Halim Ahmad is our Head of Manufacturing, Logistics and Others. He obtained his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1977. He is also a Certified Steam Engineer Grade 2 from Jabatan Kilang & Jentera which he obtained in 1986.
He also attended various courses held at the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines and Harvard University, USA and courses organised by Harvard Business School, Harvard University
He started his career with FELDA in 1977 as an Assistant Manager. He was appointed as Manager in 1978 and General Manager in 2000. He also served as Chief Executive Officer in various FHB's subsidiaries such as Felda Oil Product Sdn Bhd, F Vegetable and F Palm Industries. He was promoted to be the Executive Director of F Vegetable in 2005 and further promoted to be the Senior Executive Director of F Palm Industries in 2007. In 2010, he was transferred to our Company as Senior Vice President holding various positions as Head of Manufacturing, Biomass, Downstream & Oleochemicals. He is also involved in various committees including as the Chairman of Technical Research, the Committee of Malaysian Palm Oil Association and is currently a member of Program Advisory Council to the MPOB. He is now the Head of Manufacturing, Logistics & Others.
|Chua Say Sin
Head of Sugar Business
Chua Say Sin is our Head of Sugar Business. He graduated with a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia and a Master of Engineering Science from the University of Sydney, Australia. He is currently a registered Professional Engineer (PE). He is also a Member of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (MIEM).
He started his career in the container port of the Port of Singapore Authority, Singapore in 1973. He began his career with MSM as an Instrument Manager in 1974, where he was primarily responsible for the implementation of automatic/computer control and mechanisation of sugar refinery operations. He rose through the ranks of MSM and was appointed as the Factory Manager in 1988 before he was seconded to another subsidiary of PBB group, Chem Quest Sdn Bhd, holding the post of the Managing Director. Since 1999 until present, he is the Managing Director of MSM. He has over 30 years of experience in the sugar industry. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of MSM Holdings.