Quah Chek Tin Chairman & Independent Non-Executive Director
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Quah Chek Tin

Quah Chek Tin

Chairman & Independent Non-Executive Director

B.Sc.(Hons) Economics, the London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London

Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants

Mr Quah Chek Tin, a Malaysian, aged 72, joined the Board of Directors of Paramount Corporation Berhad on 27 August 2021 and was appointed as Chairman of the Board on 1 September 2021.

Mr CT Quah began his career with Coopers & Lybrand, London in 1974 before returning to Malaysia in 1977. He then joined the Genting Group, and had a long and distinguished career in Genting from his early position as Treasurer to Director of Corporate Affairs and then as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Genting Malaysia Berhad as well as Executive Director of Genting Berhad before retiring in 2006.

After his retirement, he remained active in the corporate world as an independent non-executive director of several public listed companies, including Paramount  from 2007 to 2019, during which time he had served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and  the Remuneration Committee.

Mr CT Quah has through his long career accumulated a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills in corporate affairs and financial matters.

Jeffrey Chew Sun Teong Group Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
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Jeffrey Chew Sun Teong

Jeffrey Chew Sun Teong

Group Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), United Kingdom

Fellow of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB)

Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants

Mr Jeffrey Chew, a Malaysian, aged 57, joined Paramount Corporation Berhad on 1 July 2014 as its Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and was appointed to the Board on 8 June 2015.

He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1987 and thereafter, joined Citibank Berhad in 1991, leaving as General Manager of Commercial Banking.

In 2003, he joined OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad (OCBC) as Head of SME Businesses, and was subsequently promoted to Head of Business Banking. He was then appointed Director and CEO of OCBC in August 2008, a position that he held for six years. During his tenure at OCBC, he also served as a Director of Credit Bureau Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CBM), Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad (CGC) and OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad.

As the Group CEO of Paramount, Mr Chew is responsible for managing the Group’s businesses and ensuring that they deliver consistent shareholder value.

Under his management, Paramount consistently showed growth and profitability.

Since 2015, Paramount has launched 18 property projects comprising multiple phases, including a joint-venture in Bangkok in 2020. Locally, he led the property development team to enter Penang in 2016 and Kuala Lumpur in 2021.

Mr Chew also led the corporate exercise to transform Paramount’s single-campus school education business into the largest pre-tertiary education group in Malaysia in 2017, subsequently unlocking its value in 2019 and completely exiting the business in 2022.

In 2018, Paramount also divested the majority stake of its home-grown KDU tertiary education institutions to University of Wollongong, an Australian public university, thus allowing the institution to grow to a different level.

Under Mr Chew’s leadership, Paramount won numerous awards in 2023, including the Malaysia Developer Awards 2023, where Paramount was ranked 1st for Best Qualitative for Market Capitalisation of below RM1.0 Billion, StarProperty Awards 2023 and BCI Asia Awards 2023. Tatler Malaysia named Mr Chew as one of Asia’s Most Influential in 2023.

Mr Chew was on the Advisory Committee of ACCA Malaysia up to 2017 and a member of the Small Debt Resolution Committee of Bank Negara Malaysia up to December 2023. He is currently an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Asian Banking School.

Benjamin Teo Jong Hian Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
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Benjamin Teo Jong Hian

Benjamin Teo Jong Hian

Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

B.A. (Hons) in Politics and Sociology, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

 

Mr Benjamin Teo, a Malaysian, aged 35, joined the Board of Paramount Corporation Berhad as an Executive Director on 22 August 2019, and assumed the position of Deputy Group CEO on 1 September 2021.

Mr Teo started his career at Paramount as a management trainee in 2012. He rose through the ranks to the position as Director of Innovation at Paramount Property in 2015, and thereafter as CEO of Paramount Property Development Sdn Bhd until 31 August 2021.

In 2016, he created and launched Co-labs Coworking which has expanded manifold from one space to seven today across various strategic locations in the Klang Valley. Currently, it has a total of 167,000 square feet under management with an average occupancy rate of 75%.

Dewakan, which comes under Mr Teo’s management oversight, has also accomplished several significant milestones. It was the first Malaysian restaurant to secure a spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2019, which continued in 2022. In 2023, Dewakan became the first Malaysian restaurant to receive two MICHELIN stars, rising from one MICHELIN star in the previous year.

Mr Teo is also the designated officer within management to provide dedicated focus on managing the Group’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) sustainability agenda.

Ong Keng Siew Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
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Ong Keng Siew

Ong Keng Siew

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom

Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants

Mr Ong Keng Siew, a Malaysian, aged 67, joined the Board of Paramount on 14 November 1994 and was re-designated as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 14 August 2014. He assumed his role of Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Paramount on 3 August 2022.

Mr Ong began his career with the Group as an Accountant in 1981 and was promoted to Finance and Administration Manager in 1984. He was subsequently appointed as the General Manager to oversee the operations of the property development and construction divisions in 1989.

Mr Ong assumed the post of Deputy Group Managing Director and Deputy Group CEO in 1997 before succeeding the late Dato’ Teo Chiang Quan as the Managing Director and CEO of Paramount on 1 December 2008.

On 18 June 2012, after serving the Group with distinction for more than 30 years and ensuring that it was on a strong footing, he retired as the Managing Director and CEO of Paramount.

Currently, in addition to his directorship in public companies, Mr Ong also serves as a director of Perbadanan Aset Keretapi (Railway Assets Corporation), a federal statutory body established under the Railway Act 1991.

Quah Poh Keat Independent Non-Executive Director
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Quah Poh Keat

Quah Poh Keat

Independent Non-Executive Director

Fellow of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia

Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom

Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants

Member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, United Kingdom

Mr Quah Poh Keat, a Malaysian, aged 71, joined the Board of Paramount Corporation Berhad on 8 June 2016.

Mr PK Quah was a partner of KPMG Malaysia since 1 October 1982 before rising through the ranks to become the firm’s Senior Partner (currently referred to as Managing Partner) on 1 October 2000.

Prior to taking up the position as Senior Partner, he led the Tax Practice and the Japanese Practice in KPMG Malaysia. He was also a member of the KPMG Japanese Practice Council, a governing body within KPMG International that oversees all Japanese Practices within KPMG. During his tenure as Senior Partner, he also served as a member of the KPMG Asia Pacific Board and KPMG International Council. Mr PK Quah retired from KPMG Malaysia on 31 December 2007.

After his retirement, he joined the board of Public Bank Berhad as an Independent Non-Executive Director from 30 July 2008 to 1 October 2013. He was then appointed as the Deputy CEO of the bank, a position that he held until 31 December 2015.

Thereafter, he remained active in the corporate world as an independent non-executive director of several listed and non-listed public companies.

Fatimah Merican Independent Non-Executive Director
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Fatimah Merican

Fatimah Merican

Independent Non-Executive Director

Higher National Diploma in Computer Science, Polytechnic of Central London (now known as University of Westminster)

Puan Fatimah Merican, a Malaysian, aged 70, joined the Board of Paramount on 2 July 2018.

Puan Fatimah had an impressive career of 37 years at ExxonMobil where she rose through the ranks from the position of Information Technology (IT) Analyst at Esso Malaysia Berhad (Esso) in 1977 to Executive Director of Esso and Vice President and Director of ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc before retiring in March 2014.

She is also a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) coach certified by the American Board of NLP since 2013.

During her tenure at ExxonMobil, Puan Fatimah has accumulated a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience in IT application development and support, project management, and system programming and planning.

After the merger of Exxon (the parent company of Esso) and Mobil in 2000, ExxonMobil embarked on an ambitious plan to consolidate all IT services for all its key locations globally. Puan Fatimah was involved in this plan and led a global team that supported the non-Enterprise Resource Planning applications of all ExxonMobil Downstream and Chemical businesses. Under this posting, Puan Fatimah was also involved in the setting up of an IT support centre for ExxonMobil in Bangkok.

After her retirement, she embarked on a new role as an independent Executive Coach focusing on women in leadership and working in collaboration with various organisations, such as the 30% Club Malaysia, TalentCorp Malaysia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She had also remained active in the corporate world as an independent non-executive director of several public companies, listed and non-listed.

Foong Pik Yee Independent Non-Executive Director
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Foong Pik Yee

Foong Pik Yee

Independent Non-Executive Director

Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne, Australia

Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Master of Business Administration, Monash University, Australia

Chartered Banker, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers

Ms Foong Pik Yee, a Malaysian, aged 64,  joined the Board of Paramount Corporation Berhad on 22 August 2019.

Ms Foong began her career as an auditor at KPMG Singapore and moved to Australia in 1983 to pursue her professional qualification and a Master of Business Administration degree. She stayed on in Australia for another nine years acquiring skills at various organisations including PricewaterhouseCoopers, JP Morgan, HSBC and ANZ Banking Group.

In 1993 after returning to Malaysia, she joined Standard Chartered Bank (SCB). In the course of her 19 years at SCB, Ms Foong took on various leadership roles and across many geographies, including as Group Head of Credit Operations, Head of Sales for Corporate Banking in Hong Kong, Chief Operating Officer for Wholesale Banking and Chief Financial Officer of SCB Malaysia. She also served as the CEO of SCB Lebanon from 2008 to 2012.

She returned to Malaysia under the Talentcorp Returning Expert programme in 2013 and joined Hong Leong Bank Berhad as its Chief Financial Officer until her retirement in June 2019. Thereafter, Ms Foong remained active in the corporate world as an independent non-executive director of several public companies, listed and non-listed.

She was the chairperson of the Industry Advisory Board of Monash University Malaysia. She is also involved in the women in leadership mentoring programmes of the 30% Club, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Malaysia Australia Business Council. Ms Foong was also a recipient of the ‘Most Inspiring Woman’ in the ‘Great Women of Our Time’ awards from the Malaysian Women’s Weekly Magazine in 2007.

Dato’ Ong Eng Bin Independent Non-Executive Director
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Dato’ Ong Eng Bin

Dato’ Ong Eng Bin

Independent Non-Executive Director

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting & Finance (Second Class Honours), University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Dato’ Ong Eng Bin, a Malaysian, aged 60, joined the Board of Paramount on 1 July 2023.

Dato’ Ong began his career at Pricewaterhouse Malaysia (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia) in 1986. He had an impressive 35-year career at OCBC where he rose through the ranks from a Corporate Banking Officer in 1988 to several leadership roles in different divisions of the bank, including as CEO of OCBC for eight years from August 2014 until his retirement in December 2022.

During his tenure as CEO of OCBC, he was also the Chairman of Pac Lease Berhad and e2 Power Sdn Bhd and a Council Member of the Association of Banks in Malaysia. He was an Adviser to the Chairman of OCBC until 30 June 2023 and an Independent Non-Executive Director of CGC and CBM until 13 October 2023.

Currently, in addition to his directorship in public companies, Dato’ Ong is also a Non-Executive Director of the Asian Banking School and a Council Member of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers.