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Board Of Directors' Profile

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

Age: 73
Nationality: Thai
Gender: Male

Occupation, Working Experience and Qualifications:
Tan Sri Dato’ Surin Upatkoon was appointed Executive Director of Magnum Berhad (“Magnum”) on 4 August 2000. Subsequently, on 28 August 2002, he was appointed Managing Director of Magnum where he played a major role in formulating the business strategy 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 as Non-Executive Chairman of Magnum. He is also the 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 (now known as MWE Holdings Sdn. Bhd.). 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.


DATO’ LAWRENCE LIM SWEE LIN
Non-Independent Executive Director

Age: 65
Nationality: Malaysian
Gender: Male

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

Dato’ 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’ Lim had resigned as a director of MWE Holdings Berhad on 31 October 2018.

On 28 August 2000 and 4 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’ Lim has been the Chairman of World Lottery Association – Security and Risk Management Committee. Dato’ Lim was appointed as a member of the Executive Committee of the Asia Pacific Lottery Association (“APLA”) on 15 November 2006. He was then elected Chairman of APLA in November 2014 till October 2018. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Malaysian South-South Corporation Berhad.

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


KRIAN UPATKOON
Non-Independent Executive Director

Age: 42
Nationality: Thai
Gender: Male

Occupation, Working Experience and Qualifications:
Krian Upatkoon was appointed as Executive Director of Magnum on 18 February 2019. He has also been 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 Head of Business Development & E-Marketing on 1 February 2016 and subsequently promoted to Deputy General Manager of Magnum 4D Group on 1 March 2017. Krian does not sit on any Board Committee of Magnum.

Krian has more than 10 years of working experience 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 (now known as MWE Holdings Sdn. Bhd.) 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 associated companies in the Magnum Group and a number of other private companies.

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


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

Age: 70
Nationality: Malaysian
Gender: Male

Occupation, Working Experience and Qualifications:
Datuk Vijeyaratnam a/l V. Thamotharam Pillay 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.

Datuk Vijeyaratnam was an Independent Non-Executive Director of Eastern & Oriental Berhad (a public listed company) from July 2003 to May 2021. Presently, he sits on the Board of several private limited companies in Malaysia. He is also a Trustee of Magnum Foundation.


DATO’ LIM TIONG CHIN
Independent Non-Executive Director

Age: 69
Nationality: Malaysian
Gender: Male

Occupation, Working Experience and Qualifications:
Dato’ Lim Tiong Chin was appointed to the Board of Magnum on 22 August 2017. He is the Chairman of the Group Risk Management Committee and the Group Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Nomination Committee and the 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) and several private limited companies in Malaysia.


JEAN FRANCINE GOONTING
Independent Non-Executive Director

Age: 54
Nationality: Malaysian
Gender: Female

Occupation, Working Experience and Qualifications:
Jean Francine Goonting was appointed to the Board of Magnum on 20 August 2019. She is a member of the Group Audit Committee, Group Risk Management Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee of Magnum.

Francine holds degrees in Economics (majoring in accounting) and Law from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is also an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and has held a Capital Markets and Services Representative Licence for Corporate Finance under the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007.

Having commenced her career in merchant banking, Francine has over 28 years of experience in debt and capital markets, corporate finance and advisory, cross border transactions and mezzanine finance. She was also the Group Treasurer of a public listed company. She is currently a corporate consultant.


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