DATUK WIRA ISMAIL BIN SALEH
Datuk Wira Ismail Bin Saleh, aged 60, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mardec Berhad on 31 December 2012 and he is now the Executive Chairman of Mardec Berhad.
Datuk Wira Ismail holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from University of Malaya. He underwent a Trade Counselor Program Under German Foundation for International Development in 1979. He also attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program, United States of America in 2007.
Datuk Wira Ismail started his career as an Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs. He has wide experience in the fields of trade and investment. Subsequently, he was appointed as the Assistant Director of International Trade Division in Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI) and eventually held various positions in MITI. Among his roles, he was the Assistant Trade Commissioner in San Francisco, Trade Commissioner in Singapore, Trade Commissioner in Paris, Principal Assistant Director, SMEs Section in Industrial Development Division, Director of Industry Division in SME Corporation, Director of Trade Support Division, Senior Director of Bilateral and Regional Trade Relations Division and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation. Datuk Wira Ismail had also served as State Secretary of Malacca and his last position prior to retirement was the Secretary General, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities.
Datuk Wira Ismail had served on the Boards of various government organizations, government link companies and private limited companies. Presently, he is the Chairman of Central Sugars Refinery Sdn Bhd. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Tradewinds (M) Berhad, Tradewinds Plantation Berhad , Padiberas Nasional Berhad and Gula Padang Terap Sdn Bhd.
MOHD NAZRI BIN MD SHARIFF
DATIN PADUKA NURMALA BINTI ABD RAHIM
Datin Paduka Nurmala Binti Abd Rahim was appointed as Director of Mardec Berhad on 14 June 2011. Datin Paduka Nurmala is presently the Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities.
Besides Mardec Berhad, she is also a member of Board of Directors of Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation, Malaysian Palm Oil Council, Malaysian Timber Council, Lembaga Kenaf dan Tembakau Negara and Malaysian Timber Industry Board. Datin Paduka holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons.) from University of Science Malaysia, Diploma in Public Administration, INTAN and a Masters in Public Administration from Pennyslavania State University USA.
En. Mohd Nazri Bin Md Shariff brings with him more than two decades of experience in corporate and financial management, banking and audit. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mardec Berhad on 15 October 2011.
He has served and contributed in various capacities and a wide range of industries including as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Tradewinds (M) Berhad, Group Chief Financial Officer of Padiberas Nasional Berhad, Group Chief Operating Officer of Pernas International Holdings Berhad, General Manager (Finance and Corporate) in various subsidiaries of MMC Berhad Group. He was also a Board Member and Corporate Representative for several local and foreign-owned/ operated companies.
A member of the Malaysia Institute of Accountants and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom, En. Mohd Nazri was trained and later qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant with an audit firm in England. He subsequently joined the Malaysian banking sector where he served in the credit risk, internal audit and corporate banking divisions of Amanah Capital Group of Companies and Bank of Commerce, respectively.
He is currently the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer cum Group Chief Financial Officer of Tradewinds(M) Berhad.
DATO’ DR. MOHAMAD HASHIM BIN AHMAD TAJUDIN
Dato' Dr. Mohamad Hashim bin Ahmad Tajudin the Chief Executive Officer of Padiberas Nasional Berhad was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mardec Berhad on the 2 January 2013.
Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Hashim obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Masters of Science in Agriculture from Universiti Putra Malaysia. He was also honoured with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Soil Fertility and Management by Universiti Putra Malaysia. Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Hashim also attended the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at INSEAD, France and the Harvard Premier Business Management Programme.
He began his career with Harrisons & Crosfield (M) Sdn Bhd in 1978 as a Research Officer based at Oil Palm Research Station (OPRS), Banting, Selangor. (Harrisons & Crosfield was renamed Harrisons Malaysian Plantations Berhad and later Golden Hope Plantations Berhad in a series of corporate exercises). He was promoted to Senior Research Officer and Chief Research Officer and later assumed the position of Research Controller (Agriculture Research).
Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Hashim has held various positions during his 26 years career in Golden Hope Plantations Berhad. These included being the Director of Research of Golden Hope Research & Development Department from 1998 to 2003, the Executive Director in Golden Hope Research Sdn Bhd and Golden Hope Agrotech Consultancy Sdn Bhd and Senior Director of Oils & Fats Division in 2004.
He was formerly the Group Managing Director of Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad from 2004 to 2010. He was also the Director R&D and Agronomy of TH Plantations Berhad prior to his present appointment.
Currently, he is the Chairman of the Planters Editorial Committee of Incorporated Society of Planters, Board Member of ISPM Management Sdn Bhd, Council Member of Outward Bound Trust of Malaysia (OBS), Council Member of University Malaysia Kelantan Action Group for Entrepreneurship, Member of Faculty of Agriculture Advisory Committee of Universiti Putra Malaysia and a Board Member of MARDI. He is also a Fellow of The Incorporated Society of Planters (FISP).
He is active in the plantations industry being involved in the activities of "The Incorporated Society of Planters". Dato' Dr. Mohamad Hashim also speaks regularly at conferences and seminars and has written, published and presented more than 60 papers in seminars and conferences.
DATO’ DR. KAMARUL BAHARAIN BASIR
Dato’ Dr. Kamarul Baharain Basir, aged 61, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mardec Berhad on 15 April 2013.
He currently holds the post of Secretary-General of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) for a three-year term which commenced July 1st, 2011.
Dato’ Dr. Kamarul Baharain Basir graduated from the University of Strathclyde in Britain in 1976 and his area of specialisation is Mechanical Engineering. Dato’ Dr. Kamarul was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Loughborough in 1984 for his research project on internal mixing of fillers in natural rubber.
He is the Former Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) director-general and he was appointed the post in 2006 and held the post until 2010. He had also held various other positions like chairman of the International Rubber Trade Association, chairman of the Malaysian Rubber Exchange, chairman of Britain-based Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre, member of the International Rubber Research and Development Board and chairman of the Technical Committee of Standards Writing on Engineering Rubber Products.
Alternate Director to Datin Paduka Nurmala binti Abd Rahim
Mr. M. Nagarajan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science majoring in Economics from University of Science Malaysia (USM) in 1980. In 1996, he obtained his Masters in Economics from Vanderbilt University, United States of America. He obtained a Diploma in Trade Policy, organised by the World Trade in Organisation (WTO) Geneva, Switzerland in 1997. In addition, had attended Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, Paris, 1997.
Mr M. Nagarajan started his career as a Administrative Officer in the National Registration Department in 1981. In 1984, he joined the Administrative and Diplomatic Service and served as an Assistant Secretary in Ministry of Housing and Local Government (1984-1989), Ministry of Defence (1989 - 1994). Subsequent to his study leave from 1995-1996, he was posted to Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1997. He has held several positions in MITI covering industrial development, ASEAN economic cooperation and Free Trade Area negotiations. During his tenure in MITI, he was involved in negotiations in services liberalisation and strengthening economic integration in ASEAN.
In 2006, he assumed the post of Under Secretary, International Relations, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC), and in 2007 as the Under Secretary of the Oil, Fats and Sago Industry Development Division in the same Ministry. He was involved in drafting of policies and measures towards strengthening the development oil palm industry as an important component of the economy.
In 2011, he was appointed as Deputy Secretary General (Plantations and Commodities) and responsible for the overall development of the commodity sector covering palm oil, rubber, furniture industry, cocoa, pepper, sago and tobacco and kenaf.