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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Y Bhg. Dato Dr Mohamad Musa bin Md Jamil, Chairman

Mr. Tay Hoe Lian, Managing Director & CEO

Mr. Tay How Sik, Executive Director & COO

Mr. Hia Cheng, Executive Director & CFO

Mr. Tan Ah Lai, Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Tay Puay Chuan, Independent Non-Executive Director

 

Y Bhg. Dato Dr Mohamad Musa bin Md Jamil, Chairman

Malaysian

Dato Dr Mohamad Musa bin Md Jamil was appointed the Chairman of Guan Chong Berhad on 1 April 2013. He is responsible for the overall strategic business planning and advises on the R&D activities of the Group. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Malaya in 1972. Upon his graduation, he joined Malaysian Agricultural Research & Development Institute (MARDI) (Crop Protection Division), as a research assistant and later promoted to the research officer. In 1979, he obtained a PhD, in Mycology and Plant Pathology from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1980, he held the position of research officer of MARDI (Cocoa and Coconut Research Division) and promoted to the position of Deputy Director in 1984. Later in 1985, he became the Director of the Cocoa and Coconut Research Division. As the Director, he was responsible for planning, managing and overseeing all research programmes under this division. In addition, he was also involved in the implementation and development programmes for cocoa smallholders. In 1990, he joined MCB as the Deputy Director General (Market Development and Regulatory). He was in charge of marketing, promoting, licensing and grading of cocoa beans and cocoa products. He also represented Malaysia in various meetings and trade negotiations held by International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO). In 1996, he was promoted to the post of Director General of MCB. As the Director General, he was responsible for planning, developing and managing of all research programmes which involved improvement of cocoa yield and quality as well as development of cocoa products and related downstream activities. In addition, he oversaw the implementation and enforcement of regulations on quality of cocoa beans and cocoa products. He held this position until he retired in 2001. Through the years, he has published more than 30 papers, mostly on cocoa. Currently, he is a member of the Malaysian Plant Protection Society and the Incorporated Society of Planters (ISP).

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Mr. Tay Hoe Lian, Managing Director & CEO

Malaysian

Mr. Tay Hoe Lian was appointed the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guan Chong Berhad on 8 January 2005. He graduated with Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toledo, College of Business Administration, USA in 1993. Upon his graduation, he was appointed as manager of Guan Chong Group Sdn Bhd’s Transport Division and oversaw the operations of the division. In 1997, he joined Guan Chong Cocoa Manufacturer Sdn Bhd (“GCC”) as the Marketing Manager and successfully marketed cocoa powder to the European, Middle Eastern and South American markets. In 1999, he was appointed as a Director of GCC and promoted to the position of General Manager in 2002 and Managing Director in 2003. He also held the position of Human Resource and Administration Manager of GCC since 2002. With his contribution, GCC has successfully expanded its production capacity to become the top player in the local cocoa processing industry. He has also steered GCC towards the production of premium cocoa powder. He was appointed as a Director of Guan Chong Trading Sdn Bhd since 2001 and Director of Enrich Mix Sdn Bhd since 2002.

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Mr. Tay How Sik @ Tay How Sick, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

Malaysian

 

Mr. Tay How Sik was appointed the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Guan Chong Berhad on 8 January 2005. He has been a director and Factory Manager of GCC since 1989 and is currently in charge of the factory operations of GCC. As a director of Guan Chong Group Sdn Bhd from 1987 to 2003, he gained vast experience in cocoa processing. He was involved in the initial setting up of the cocoa beans processing plant including the building of the factory, setting up of the production line and machinery installation. Over the years, he has gained extensive knowledge and experience in the manufacturing of cocoa-derived food ingredients, maintenance and modification of machines to enhance production efficiency and to improve the quality of cocoa-derived food ingredients. He is also a director of Guan Chong Trading since 2001 and a director and Factory Manager of Enrich Mix Sdn Bhd since 2002.

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Mr. Hia Cheng, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer

Malaysian

Mr. Hia Cheng was appointed the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Guan Chong Berhad on 8 January 2005. He obtained his professional accounting qualification from The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (“ACCA”) in 1991. He was with TH Liew & Gan, a local audit firm from 1986 to 1990. He joined GCC in 1991 as the Accounts Supervisor and has been actively involved in the administration, financial management and foreign currency management of GCC. In addition, he also carries out feasibility studies and investment appraisals for all of GCC’s expansion projects. In 1996, he was promoted to his current position as Finance and Trading Manager of GCC. Since then, he has been heading the finance and trading department as well as sourcing cocoa beans and marketing of cocoa butter, cocoa liquor and cocoa cake. He has successfully strengthened GCC’s relationships with its customers which include international trading companies. He was appointed as director of GCC and Guan Chong Trading Sdn Bhd since 2003.

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Mr. Tan Ah Lai, Independent Non-Executive Director

Malaysian

Mr. Tan Ah Lai was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of Guan Chong Berhad on 26 October 2007. He is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK and a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He started his career as an Audit Assistant in a public accounting firm in year 1994 and is presently the audit and tax director of the firm. He has considerable experience in auditing, investigation, due diligence work and financial and tax compliance related work. Currently, he is a director of Crescendo Corporation Berhad.

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Mr. Tay Puay Chuan, Independent Non-Executive Director

Malaysian

Mr. Tay Puay Chuan was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Guan Chong Berhad on 8 January 2005. He started his career with Polis DiRaja Malaysia, Bukit Aman in 1987 and later left the police force as a Police Inspector in 1992. He joined Fajar Sawmill Sdn Bhd as a Factory Manager from 1992 to 1997. In 1997, he obtained a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree from University of London, UK. He was called to the Bar and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in 1998. He was a partner in Fazilah, Ong Chee Seong & Associates from 1998 to 2003 until he set up his own legal practice, Tay Puay Chuan & Co in Muar, Johor Darul Takzim in 2003. Currently, he is the Independent Non-Executive Director of Sern Kou Resources Berhad, Homeritz Corporation Berhad, and Matang Holding Bhd.

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