Meet the Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) Board of Directors. Our culture of PRIDE starts with the Board of Directors, focusing on areas that are important to stakeholders.

Y Bhg Datuk Seri Yam Kong Choy

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Independent, Non-Executive Director
Member – Nomination & Remuneration Committee
Member – Group Risk Committee

Datuk Seri Yam Kong Choy was appointed to the Board of CMS on 5 May 2015. Datuk Seri Yam graduated in Building and Management Studies from the University of Westminster, United Kingdom in 1979. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Datuk Seri Yam had an illustrious career spanning more than 35 years in construction, real estate and corporate sectors. He was the former CEO of Country Heights Holdings Berhad in 1996 and CEO/MD of Sunrise Berhad from 1997-2008 and was actively involved in the development and management of hotels, resorts, shopping malls, golf courses, international schools, residential and mix-use developments in Malaysia, South Africa, UK and Australia.

Datuk Seri Yam Kong Choy is the current Chairman of InvestKL Corporation, a director of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce, Malaysia Property Incorporated and also EPF Subsidiary, Kwasa Land Sdn Bhd. He is the Immediate Past President of the Real Estate and Housing Developers Association of Malaysia and until recently a member of the Advisory Board to the Mayor and City of Kuala Lumpur.

Qualified as a Chartered Construction Manager, he was the only Malaysian ever elected onto the Board of Trustees of the 180 year old Chartered Institute of Building.

Datuk Seri Yam also sits on the boards of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, Paramount Corporation Berhad, Sunway Berhad, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad, Standard Chartered Saadiq Berhad, and Standard Chartered Foundation and Samalaju Properties Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary company of CMS.

He has no family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company.

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Y Bhg Datuk Kevin How Kow

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Independent, Non-Executive Director
Chairman – Group Audit Committee
Member – Group Risk Committee

Datuk Kevin How Kow was appointed to the Board of CMS on 12 March 2004. Datuk Kevin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants. He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was made a partner of Ernst & Young, Malaysia in 1984 and served as Partner-in-charge of its offices in Sabah and Sarawak. From 1996 onwards, Datuk Kevin was Partner-in-charge of the firm’s practice in Sabah and Labuan until his retirement at the end of 2003.

Datuk Kevin is a director of K & N Kenanga Holdings Berhad, Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad, Sarawak Cable Berhad, Sabah Development Bank Berhad, Saham Sabah Berhad and M3nergy Berhad. He is also a director of CMS Opus Private Equity Sdn Bhd and other private limited companies. Datuk Kevin has no family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company.

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Y Bhg Datu Michael Ting Kuok Ngie

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Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director
Member – ESOS Committee

Datu Michael Ting Kuok Ngie was appointed to the Board of CMS on 24 March 1999. A civil engineer by profession, Datu Michael served in the Public Works Department (PWD) for 32 years. His last appointment was as Director of PWD prior to retiring in 1998. Datu Michael continued to serve as Technical Advisor to Sarawak’s State Planning Unit for a further two (2) years.

Datu Michael holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree and a Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering, both from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Canada. Datu Michael is a director of CMS subsidiaries in cement, construction materials and construction & road maintenance as well as other private companies. He has no family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company.

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Y Bhg General (Retired) Dato’ Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Mohd Zahidi bin Hj Zainuddin

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Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director
Member – ESOS Committee

General (R) Dato’ Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Mohd Zahidi Bin Hj Zainuddin was appointed to the Board of CMS on 8 July 2005. He has 39 years experience as a professional military officer with his last appointment as Chief of Defence Forces Malaysia from January 1999 until his retirement at the end of April 2005.

General (R) Dato’ Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Zahidi is currently Chairman of Affin Holdings Berhad and Genting Plantations Berhad and a director of Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad, Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd, Genting Malaysia Berhad and Parkson Retail Asia Limited. General (R) Dato’ Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Zahidi was made a Member of Dewan Negara Perak by DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Perak on 25 November 2006 and is a director of Yayasan Sultan Azlan Shah. On 23 April 2013, he was appointed as Orang Kaya Bendahara Seri Maharaja Perak Darul Ridzuan by DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Perak and the Dewan Negara Perak Darul Ridzuan.

General (R) Dato’ Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Zahidi holds a Master of Science degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Quaid-I-Azam University of Islamabad, Pakistan. He has attended the Senior Executive Programme in National and International Security at Harvard University, USA, and courses at the Command and General Staff College in the Philippines, Joint Warfare Centre in Australia, Joint Services Staff College in Australia and the National Defence College in Pakistan.

General (R) Dato’ Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Zahidi has no family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company.

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Y Bhg Dato’ Richard Alexander John Curtis

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Group Managing Director
Member – Group Risk Committee

Dato’ Richard Alexander John Curtis is Group Managing Director of CMS having been appointed to the Board on 4 September 2006. He graduated with a Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) (Honours) degree from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom and is a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School. He began his career in legal practice as a solicitor in Norton Rose (1974-1979) in London and then joined Jardine Matheson & Co. (1979-1983) in Hong Kong after which he joined the Jardine Offshore Group (1983-1986) in postings to Singapore and Indonesia. Dato’ Richard also pursued his own businesses (1988-1997) in retail, consultancy and construction. He was Chief Executive Officer of The Melium Group (1997-2000), a leading Malaysian retail company and F&B chain operator.

Dato’ Richard is a director of K & N Kenanga Holdings Berhad and Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad and a number of CMS subsidiaries in cement, construction materials and trading, construction and road maintenance and property development. Dato’ Richard is a Trustee of Yayasan Raja Muda Selangor. Dato’ Richard has no family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company.