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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DATUK SUM KOWN CHEEK   ::   Executive Chairman and Group Managing Director

Datuk Sum Kown Cheek, aged 64, Malaysian, was appointed as the Executive Chairman and Group Managing Director of the Company on 19 December 2003. He is a member of the Remuneration Committee. He was conferred the Darjah Pangkuan Seri Melaka (“DPSM”) which carries the title of Datuk in conjunction with the 77th Birthday of Malacca Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Khalil Bin Yaakob on 14 November 2015.

Datuk Sum graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1978 and entered the teaching profession in the same year. In 1993, he left the teaching profession to join Penerbitan Pelangi Sdn Bhd as the Managing Director. Under his guidance, he spearheaded the Company to achieve rapid growth by securing local school textbook projects, expanding its product range by entering into children’s books via securing Walt Disney licensee, which subsequently placed Penerbitan Pelangi Sdn Bhd into the international publishing map. The Company has been awarded with strings of prestigious Awards including Enterprise 50 Award, SMI Recognition Award, Superbrands Award 2000-2002 (ranking 12th, 16th and 8th), Hall Of Fame – Golden Bull Award 2008, The BrandLaureate – Brand Personality Awards 2012-2013, Anugerah Buku Negara (National Book Award), The BrandLaureate: Corporate Awards 2012-2013, Best Brand Signature Award – Publishing Educational Product 2013-2014 and Best Brand Award – Most Sustainable Brand leadership in Publishing & Education Solutions 2015/2016. His regular participation in overseas book fairs and conferences equipped him with fresh ideas that were constantly being injected into publication of quality books. An entrepreneur with more than twenty (20) years of publishing experience, he has brought the Group to its present success and overseen all aspects of the Group’s operation. He was also an Exco Member of the Malaysian Book Publishers Association (MABOPA) from 2011 to 2014. In 2014, he was invited by the Philippine Educational Publishers Association to present a paper entitled “Publishing in a Unified ASEAN Market Place” in the Philippine Educational Publishing Conference (PEPCON) during the Manila International Book Fair.

He has no directorship in other public listed companies. His spouse Datin Lai Swee Chiung, is a substantial shareholder of the Company. His elder brother, Datuk Sam Yuen @ Sam Chin Yan, is a director and substantial shareholder of PPG. Please refer to page 163 of this Annual Report for his securities holding.

SUM LIH KANG   ::   Executive Director

Sum Lih Kang, aged 32, Malaysian, was appointed as Executive Director on 21 March 2017 and as a Deputy Managing Director of Penerbitan Pelangi Sdn. Bhd. (“PPSB”), a subsidiary of Pelangi Publishing Group Bhd (“PPG”) in August 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin Madison, USA.

He began his professional career with Maxis Communications Berhad in Finance, involving in budgeting and cost management. He subsequently joined Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) in the IPTV division (mioTV), involving in customer lifecycle management. He joined PPSB as Business Development Director in 2013.

He is the son of Datuk Sum Kown Cheek, the Executive Chairman and Group Managing Director of the Company and nephew of Datuk Sam Yuen @ Sam Chin Yan, the Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company.

VINCENT WONG SOON CHOY   ::   Independent Non-Executive Director

Vincent Wong Soon Choy, aged 48, Malaysian, was appointed as an Alternate Director to Winston Paul Wong Chi- Huang of the Company on 10 January 2009. Subsequently, he became Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 January 2011. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee.

He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Accountancy and minor in Internal Audit from Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia. He is also a Member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and a member of Certified Practising Accountants (“CPA”) Australia. He was the Head of Operations in Hwang-DBS Securities Bhd, Group Accountant for a public listed company Kia Lim Berhad, Accountant for Peninsula Securities Sdn Bhd and auditor with Ernst & Young. He has 16 years of working experience with exposures to corporate finance, auditing, compliance, tax planning, group reporting, corporate governance, corporate planning and restructuring. He is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of Plastrade Technology Berhad, a company listed on the ACE Market of Bursa Securities. Please refer to page 163 of this Annual Report for his securities holding.

DATUK SAM YUEN @ SAM CHIN YAN   ::   Non-Indepent Non-Executive Director

Datuk Sam Yuen @ Sam Chin Yan, aged 66, Malaysian was appointed as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 14 January 2008. He is a member of the Audit Committee. He was conferred the Darjah Pangkuan Seri Melaka (“DPSM”) which carries the title of Datuk in conjunction with the 77th Birthday of Malacca Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Khalil Bin Yaakob on 14 November 2015.

Datuk Sam Yuen graduated with a Diploma in Commerce from Tunku Abdul Rahman College and also graduated from Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, UK.

He has been operating a logistic company since 1983. His established international network logistic business is now one of the well-known, home grown logistic companies. He is a director and shareholder of United Logistics Sdn. Bhd.

He is the elder brother of Datuk Sum Kown Cheek, the Executive Chairman and Group Managing Director of the Company. Please refer to page 163 of this Annual Report for his securities holding.

SYAHRIZA BINTI SENAN   ::   Independent Non-Executive Director

Syahriza Binti Senan, aged 39, Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 19 December 2003. She is a member of the Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Ms Syahriza graduated from Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a CPA-MBA and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting). She is also a member of Certified Practising Accountants (“CPA”) Australia.

She has more than 15 years of working experience with exposures to internal audit, risk management, finance, compliance as well as corporate planning and restructuring. She has no directorship in other public listed companies. Please refer to page 163of this Annual Report for her securities holding.

KOH SIEW SHERN   ::   Executive Director

Adrian Koh Siew Shern, aged 39, Malaysian, was appointed as Executive Director on 31 March 2017 and as a Country Sales & Operation Manager of Pelangi Publishing (Thailand) Co. Ltd (“PPT”), a subsidiary of PPG on 1st April 2009. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Management majoring in Accounting from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

He joined PPSB as Marketing Representative in 2004 and was promoted to Assistant Marketing Manager in 2007 and subsequently Area Sales Manager in 2008.

 


Other information

Except as disclosed above, none of the Directors has any family relationship with and Directors and/or substantial shareholders of the Company.

Conflict of Interest

None of the Directors has any conflict of interest with the Company.

Conviction for offences

None of the Directors has been convicted for offences within the past ten (10) years other than traffic offences.