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Board Of Directors' Profile

TAN SRI DATO’ SURIN UPATKOON
Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Tan Sri Dato’ Surin Upatkoon, a Thai national, Male, aged 70, was appointed Executive Director of Magnum Berhad (“Magnum”) on 4 August 2000 and subsequently, on 28 August 2002, he was appointed Managing Director of Magnum where he played a major role in formulating the business strategies and direction of Magnum Group and was actively involved in the policy making aspects of the operations of Magnum Group. On 26 June 2013, he relinquished his executive position and was re-designated to Non-Executive Chairman of Magnum. He is also Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Magnum.

Tan Sri Surin completed his secondary education in Han Chiang High School, Penang in 1970. He began his career with MWE Weaving Mills Sdn. Bhd. in 1971 as a manager and he was appointed as the Managing Director of MWE Spinning Mills Sdn. Bhd. in 1974 where he was in charge of its daily operations. Subsequently, he was appointed the Managing Director of MWE Weaving Mills Sdn. Bhd. and a Director of MWE Holdings Berhad. Tan Sri Surin has vast working experience and has played a key role in the expansion and development of the MWE Group of Companies.

Currently, he also sits on the Board of MPHB Capital Berhad (a public listed company), Magnum 4D Berhad and several private limited companies in Malaysia and overseas. He is also a Trustee of Chang Ming Thien Foundation and Magnum Foundation.

Tan Sri Surin’s son, Krian Upatkoon, is an Executive Director of Magnum.


DATO’ LAWRENCE LIM SWEE LIN
Executive Director

Dato’ Lawrence Lim Swee Lin, a Malaysian, male aged 62, was appointed to the Board of Magnum on 28 June 2013 as a Non-Executive Director and was re-designated to Executive Director on 25 February 2014. He is a member of the Group Risk Management Committee of Magnum.

Dato’ Lawrence Lim started his career with a leading merchant bank in Malaysia where he was principally involved in syndications, debt securitisation and project financing. He was appointed to the Board of MWE Holdings Berhad in August 1989 as Executive Director and was involved in the management and operation of MWE Holdings Berhad Group of Companies until he relinquished the executive position in MWE Holdings Berhad in August 2002. Following the conclusion of a privatisation exercise of MWE Holdings Berhad in October 2018, Dato’ Lawrence Lim had resigned as a director of MWE Holdings Berhad on 31 October 2018.

In August 2000 and October 2002, Dato’ Lim was appointed to the Boards of Magnum 4D Berhad and Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd respectively. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd and Executive Director of Magnum 4D Berhad. He also holds directorships in various subsidiary companies in the Magnum Group and a number of other private and public limited companies, both in Malaysia and overseas. He is also a Trustee of Magnum Foundation.

Since 21 November 2018, Dato’ Lawrence Lim was appointed as the Chairman of World Lottery Association – Security and Risk Management Committee. He was the Chairman and an Executive Committee Member of Asia Pacific Lottery Association (“APLA”) from November 2014 until his retirement on 11 October 2018. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Malaysian South-South Corporation Berhad.

Dato’ Lim holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics (Honours) from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom and a Master Degree in Business Administration from the Victoria University of Manchester, United Kingdom.


KRIAN UPATKOON
Executive Director

Krian Upatkoon, a Thai national, Male, aged 39, was appointed as Executive Director of Magnum on 18 February 2019. He is also an Executive Director of Magnum 4D Berhad since 17 May 2018. He joined the Group on 6 April 2014 as Senior Manager of Business Development & E-Marketing. He was later appointed as Head of Business Development & E-Marketing on 1 February 2016 and subsequently promoted as Deputy General Manager of Magnum Group on 1 March 2017.

Krian holds a Master of Science and Engineering in Computer Engineering and Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Computer Engineering, both from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

He has more than 10 years of working experiences in web and application development, and has previously managed large deployments of IT infrastructure. Prior to this, he was employed in companies providing online video content delivery services, network architecture, electronic games development and mobile technologies research.

Krian is also the Executive Director of MWE Holdings Berhad which was a public company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad until October 2018. He also holds directorships in various subsidiaries and associate companies in the Magnum Group and a numbers of other private companies.

Krian is the son of Tan Sri Dato’ Surin Upatkoon, the Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman and a major shareholder of Magnum.


DATUK VIJEYARATNAM A/L V. THAMOTHARAM PILLAY
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Datuk Vijeyaratnam a/l V. Thamotharam Pillay, a Malaysian, male, aged 67, was appointed to the Board of Magnum on 16 November 1999. He is the Chairman of the Nomination Committee. He is also a member of the Group Audit Committee of Magnum.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. Datuk Vijeyaratnam has considerable experience in the fields of auditing, financial planning, general management and corporate advisory in various business environments. He is currently the Managing Director of his own corporate advisory and consultancy company.

Presently, Datuk Vijeyaratnam also sits on the Board of Eastern & Oriental Berhad (a public listed company) and several other private limited companies in Malaysia. He is also a Trustee of Magnum Foundation.


DATO’ WONG PUAN WAH
Independent Non-Executive Director

Dato’ Wong Puan Wah, a Malaysian, male, aged 71, was appointed to the Board of Magnum on 25 January 2007. He is the Chairman of the Group Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Group Risk Management Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee of Magnum.

Dato’ Wong has a Bachelor of Science (honours) in Economics from the University of London. He has over 40 years of experience in journalism and had worked with the Straits Times, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Financial Times of London and The Star. Between 1989 and 1996, he was the business correspondent for Radio Australia in Sydney. He was a Business Editor of the Star in 1996 and was The Star’s Group Chief Editor from January 2004 to December 2006. He is also author of two best selling books, “Notes to the P rime Minister: The Untold Story of How Malaysia Beat the Currency Speculators” published in 2011, and “Being Abdullah Ahmad Badawi – The Authorised Biography” published in October 2016.

Dato’ Wong was on the Board of Bursa Malaysia Berhad from December 2006 to March 2013. He was also on the Board of Assunta Hospital, a private limited company, for 7 years up to January 2014.


DATO’ LIM TIONG CHIN
Independent Non-Executive Director

Dato’ Lim Tiong Chin, a Malaysian, male, aged 66, was appointed to the Board of Magnum on 22 August 2017. He is the Chairman of the Group Risk Management Committee. He is also a member of the Group Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee of Magnum.

Dato’ Lim is a Public Accountant by profession, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

Dato’ Lim was the Managing Director of A.A. Anthony Securities Sdn. Bhd. from 2001 to February 2013. Prior to joining A.A. Anthony Securities Sdn. Bhd., he was a Partner of Kiat & Associates from 1977 to 1983; the General Manager of A.A. Anthony & Co. Sdn Bhd from 1983 to 1985, and the Chairman and Managing Director of A.A. Anthony & Co. Sdn Bhd from 1985 to 3 September 2001.

Currently, he also sits on the Board of MPHB Capital Berhad (a public listed company), The Kedah Transport Company Berhad (In voluntary liquidation) and several private limited companies in Malaysia.


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