Head - Digital Strategy, Renewables & Innovation
at Sime Darby Plantation Berhad
July 2014 - at Present
Currently entrusted to spearhead efforts to digitally transform the business activities throughout the value-chain of the company as well as lead the creation of new non-traditional revenue sources via strategic innovation. Industry focus include bio-chemicals, bio-energy, minerals, nutraceuticals, renewables and sustainable resources
Vice President - Group Strategy & Business Development
at Sime Darby Berhad
February 2011 - June 2014
Headed the Strategic Business Development function which concentrated on exploring and nurturing ‘out-of-the-box’ business opportunities for Sime Darby Group. Evaluated and monitored transactions and projects relating to Sime Darby’s Plantation business activities globally as well as its Ports and Utilities businesses in China. Constantly engaged senior management, technology providers, private equity firms, competitors and government agencies to ensure sustained successes and conducive ecosystem of pursued transactions / projects.
Senior Vice President - Education & Human Capital
at Northern Corridor Implementation Authority
March 2008 - January 2011
Seconded by Sime Darby to pioneer the creation of NCIA to drive strategic & sustainable initiatives to transform the Northern Corridor Economic Region (“NCER”) into a preferred investment destination. Designed and implemented socio-economic projects focusing on nurturing regional manpower through managing a human capital development fund worth US$80M. Engaged domestic & international investors to determine demand for manpower. Worked with national policy makers, regional learning institutions and community leaders to nurture quality human capital supply.
Manager - Business Development & Corporate Finance
at Sime Darby Berhad
January 2004 - February 2008
Successfully established a corporate finance department within Sime Darby’s Plantations Division which owns oil palm estates across South East Asia with annual revenue of US$350+M. Spearheaded efforts to prepare & implement divisional strategic and operational plans. Led a 5-person team to evaluate business performance improvements and corporate proposals, specifically related to potential M&As locally and internationally, covering initiation, due diligence and stakeholder negotiations. Reported to the division’s CFO.
Analyst - European M&A Group
at Credit Suisse First Boston
August 2000 - December 2003
Key member of the group’s business development unit. Worked on 50+ potential leads, including sell-side and buy-side M&A, debt & equity financings and leveraged buyouts. Completed valuations, merger and LBO models and prepared ‘pitch’ presentation materials. Assisted with the due diligence process, supported communication between clients and prospective buyers, and managed information flow.
Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales
2017 - at Present (2 years)
ASEAN Senior Management Development Program
at Harvard Business School
2009 - 2009 (1 year) Kuala Lumpur
Mathematics for Management
at University of California, Los Angeles
2008 - 2009 (1 year)
MA & BA
at University of Cambridge
1997 - 2000 (3 years) Cambridgeshire
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