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Management Team

ZAINUDIN ISHAK
President & Chief Executive Officer

ZAINUDIN ISHAK, Malaysian. President & Chief  Executive Officer of Malaysian Reinsurance Berhad. He holds an Associateship of Malaysian Insurance Institute (AMII). He has 30 years of experience in insurance industry covering a range of business and functional roles earned in various capacities in the domestic and multinational corporations in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, inclusive 15 years stint as CEO. He is also a Management Committee of Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia (PIAM) and has served as the Chairman of Malaysia Takaful Association from 2012 to 2015. He was appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Reinsurance Berhad on 1 April 2015. He is a Director of Malaysian Re (Dubai) Ltd, MMIP Services Sdn Bhd and Financial Park (Labuan) Sdn Bhd.

 

 

 

 

EKMARRUDY OTHMAN
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

EKMARRUDY OTHMAN  graduated with a Bachelor's of Science with Honours in Finance and Accounting from the University of Salford, Manchester. His foundational years were spent in two of the big four audit firms with experiences ranging from financial audits, corporate finance and transaction advisory services. He then joined the commercial industry and was exposed in corporate strategy and transformation management in a listed Islamic banking group. He joined MNRB in 2011 as the Head of Corporate Finance and he was promoted as Senior Vice President & Head of Finance in August 2017. He was transferred to Malaysian Re and designated as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer effective from 15 September 2020.

 

AHMAD NOOR AZHARI ABDUL MANAF
Senior Vice President & Chief Underwriter of Business Region 2

AHMAD NOOR AZHARI ABDUL MANAF is the Senior Vice President & Chief Underwriter of Business Region 2. He started his career with Malaysia National Insurance (Etiqa Insurance) as a Reinsurance Executive in 1996 and since then has had the opportunity to nurture his knowledge with Hannover Re, Malaysia and Kuwait Re Far East Regional Office where he last served as the Principal Officer prior joining Malaysian Re in August 2016. He studied Investment Analysis from UiTM before completing his Diploma in Insurance (Risk Management) with MII and brings with him more than 20 years of reinsurance experience.

NORFIDAH ABDULLAH
Senior Vice President, Head Retrocession and Claims

NORFIDAH ABDULLAH is the Senior Vice President, Head of Retrocession and Claims. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Business Administration (MBA) from University of Glasgow, Scotland. She is a Chartered Insurer and an Associate Member of Chartered Insurance Institute, London. Prior to joining Malaysian Re, she had worked with a Broking Firm, Takaful Operators where and held senior management positions. She joined Malaysian Re in August 2015 as Vice President & Head of Retrocession before assuming her current role in October 2017.

 

 

MOHAMMAD NIZAM YAHYA
Senior Vice President & Head of Malaysian Re Retakaful Division

Mohammad Nizam Yahya holds the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Malaysian Re Retakaful Division. He joins Malaysian Re on 1 November 2018 bringing on board more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector industry with special focus on family takaful and life insurance business. Prior to joining, he was with Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd as a Client Manager managing the said entity's global family retakaful business from its Kuala Lumpur branch specifically responsible for the South East Asia market. He received his BSc. Actuarial Science degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK in 1993. He started his career with Prudential Malaysia and thereafter worked at a few life insurance companies and takaful operators in areas of actuarial services, product development and pricing as well as marketing management.

 

CHEE CHIN LEE
Vice President & Chief Underwriter of Business Region 1

CHEE CHIN LEE holds a Degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Malaya (UM). She started her career in the insurance industry as a risk engineer with Hong Leong Assurance in 2006, subsequently moving into Underwriting Department specialized in Engineering and Bond Underwriting. Prior joining Malaysian Re, she served as the Property and Engineering Underwriter at Zurich General Insurance Malaysia. She joined Malaysian Re in September 2012 as treaty underwriter and has been promoted to her current position in December 2019. 

 

LEONARD MARK AROKIAM
Vice President & Chief Underwriter of Business Region 4 (Facultative)

LEONARD MARK AROKIAM is the Vice President & Chief Underwriter of Business Region 4 (Facultative). He graduated as a civil engineer  from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and started his career in the insurance industry as a risk engineer with MCIS Zurich in 2010, subsequently moving into the reinsurance sector as a facultative underwriter with Hannover Re Malaysian Branch. He also served at Kuwait Re Far East Regional Office and had a stint with Guy Carpenter Labuan handling treaty reinsurance. He joined Malaysian Re on 15 April 2019.

MOHD REDZAL ABU SAMAH
Vice President, Head of Technical Accounting & Underwriting Administration

MOHD REDZAL ABU SAMAH is the Vice President, Head of Technical Accounting & Underwriting Administration . He holds a Degree in Business Administration from National University of Malaysia (UKM). He started his career as a Finance Executive with Malaysian National Reinsurance Berhad in January 2002 and had  held various finance portfolios prior to his promotion as Vice President of Finance in October 2012. He was transferred to Malaysian Re on 1 June 2015 and assumed his present position on 1 August 2017.

LYDIA KOH SOOK MEI
Vice President & Head, Business Analyst

LYDIA KOH SOOK MEI graduated from Multimedia University, Malaysia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Engineering.  She has 20 years of extensive consulting experience in the domains of Banking, Insurance and Reinsurance.  She started her career as a system specialist, developing and designing e-banking business solutions. From there she advanced to Consulting with SAS and NTT Data, where she focused in the areas of business/functional consulting and project management for Business Intelligence and ERP initiatives.  During her consulting years, she provided objective advice and solutioning to help the organization to create value, maximise growth and improve business performance.  Due to her unique exposure to both technical and functional areas, she played a pivotal role in bridging the gap between the business needs and the technicalities of implementing technologies and systems.  She joined Malaysian Re on 2 January 2018  as Vice President & Head, Business Analyst.

 

MUHAMMAD TIRMIZI MUHAMAD YEW
Vice President & Head of Business Development and Special Projects

MUHAMMAD TIRMIZI MUHAMAD YEW holds a Master of Business Administration from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT University), Australia and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, USA. He has accumulated more than 15 years of working experience in capacities ranging from corporate strategy, branding, management consulting and business development. He began his career in Media Prima Berhad and a boutique consulting firm before joining KPMG Management & Risk Consulting Sdn Bhd in business advisory. He joined the Corporate Strategic Planning department of MNRB Holdings in 2011 and the Business Development department of Malaysian Re in 2017. He assumed his current role in October 2018.

BIBIANA EDWARD EMPRA
Vice President, Head of Market Services Division

BIBIANA EDWARD EMPRA is the Vice President  & Head of Market Services Division. Prior to this, she was the Vice President for Business Region 2 Department. She holds a BBA (Hons) Degree in Insurance from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). She is an Associate member of Malaysian Insurance Institute (AMII) and Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance (ANZIIF). She has joined Malaysian Re for more than 15 years with experience in marketing & underwriting international business. She assumed her present position effective 1 November 2020.

 

TONY TAN
Vice President & Head of Technical Modelling

TONY TAN is the Vice President & Head of Technical Modelling. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics & Economics, Master of Science in Actuarial Science and Master of Science in Actuarial Management from Warwick University and City University UK respectively. He started his career in a local actuarial consulting firm before joining Malaysian Re in 2010 as the Head of Actuarial Services tasked to build up the actuarial department. He then joined Danajamin Nasional Berhad in July 2017, a government-linked insurer mandated to develop the Malaysian bond market, as the Head of the Actuarial Unit. Subsequently he rejoined Malaysian Re on 2 November 2020 as Vice President & Head of Technical Modelling.

AMIRUL ASHRAF AZMER
Assistant Vice President, Head of Business Risk & Compliance Management

AMIRUL ASHRAF AZMER graduated from Heriot-Watt University United Kingdom in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Actuarial Science. He is a recipient of the MNRB Scholarship Awards. He started his career in 2017 with Malaysian Reinsurance Berhad as an Actuarial Executive and was promoted to his current position effective 1 November 2020.