Profile of Directors
General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hj. Suleiman Bin Mahmud RMAF (Rtd)
Malaysian, age 70, Male
Independent Non - Executive Director / Chairman
General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hj. Suleiman was appointed to the Board on 14 October 2009. He is also the Chairman of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee. He is a graduate of Royal New Zealand Air Force Command and Staff College and holds post graduate Diploma in Business Administration. He obtained his Master Degree in Operational Research and Systems Analysis from University of Aston in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hj. Suleiman joined the Federation Military College in January 1965, and was commissioned into the Royal Malaysian Air Force on 5 August 1965. He did his basic flying training at the RMAF Flying Training School in Alor Setar, graduating in August 1966. He then went on to fly the Alouette III helicopters and in 1967, qualified as a helicopter instructor after completing an instructor’s course in the United Kingdom.
He has a vast experience as a pilot having flown helicopters, fixed wing transport and fighter aircrafts. He had served as a Squadron Commander of the Sikorsky S-61 Helicopter Squadron and the Dart Herald Transport Squadron. He also flew the C-130H Hercules, the Aermacchi MB-339, the F-5E and the CN-235-220.
Throughout his career, General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hj. Suleiman has been assigned to several staff and operational appointments, and of importance was his appointment as the Director of Armed Forces Development Plans in the Malaysia Armed Forces Headquarters. In 1989, he was appointed the Base Commander of RMAF Base, Butterworth, a Fighter Operational Air Base. Later, he was assigned as the Commander of the RMAF Air Training Command. He was then promoted to Brigadier General RMAF and took over command of No. 1 Air Division, an Air Defence (and Fighter) Command. He later moved to the post of Brigadier General Staff (Operations) at the Air Force Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. On his promotion to Major General RMAF in June 1994, he was appointed as the Chief of Staff Operations and later on, was assigned as the Chief of Staff Policy and Plans. In August 1996, he assumed the post of the Deputy Chief of Air Force, and was upgraded to the rank of Lieutenant General RMAF on the same post, in June 2000.
General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hj. Suleiman was promoted to the rank of General RMAF and assumed the appointment of the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force on 11 June 2001. He retired on 4 June 2003 at the age of 56. Currently, he is also a director of Melewar Industrial Group Berhad and Ericsson (M) Sdn Bhd.
Mejar Dato’ Ismail Bin Ahmad (Retired)
Malaysian, age 69, Male
Mejar Dato’ Ismail Bin Ahmad (R) was appointed to the Board on 14 October 2009. Mejar Dato’ Ismail holds a degree in Master in Management, LLB Hons from University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, Master of Laws from University of London and Certificate in Legal Practice.
Mejar Dato’ Ismail served in the Malaysian Army for 17 years and attended courses both local and overseas. In 1983, he joined Perwira Niaga Malaysia (Pernama), a wholly-owned subsidiary of LTAT, a wholesale and international trading company. His last position in Pernama was Deputy General Manager before he left in 1999. He was the CEO of Odasaja Sdn. Bhd. in its formative year and later became the Group Executive Director of the same. He left Odasaja Sdn. Bhd. in December 2002. He is now the Managing Director of Tegap Dinamik Sdn. Bhd. where he oversees the overall operations of the company and manage its strategic business plan. He is also on the board of several private companies, dealing mainly with construction and development.
A public reprimand with fine of RM20,000.00 was issued to Mejar Dato’ Ismail on 1 April 2016 in the capacity of a Director of SCAN Associates Berhad. The reprimand and fine was in breach of Rule 16.13(b) of the ACE Market Listing Requirements for failure to make an immediate announcement on its GN3 company status.
Ong Tee Kein
Malaysian, age 61, Male
Mr. Ong Tee Kein was appointed to the Board on 13 January 2010 as an independent director and was re-designated as Executive Director on 15th April 2010.
He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He also holds a MBA degree from the University of Miami.
He has several years of experience in industry and consultancy practice. After qualifying as an accountant in the United Kingdom, he joined a management consultancy practice specializing in providing advisory services to governments and international funding agencies. He subsequently joined the corporate advisory division of an international accounting firm and was involved with various corporate restructuring exercises.
He is currently a director in Sanichi Technology Berhad, DGB Asia Berhad and Fintec Global Berhad. He is also a director of several private limited companies.
Tan Sik Eek
Malaysian, age 42, Male
Mr. Tan Sik Eek (Steve) was appointed to the Board on 6 April 2018. Steve majored in Economics and Political Science at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Steve brings with him more than a decade of experience ranging from corporate finance advisory to private equity investments. He was previously a Partner at House of Qin Ltd, a Beijing-based private equity firm focused on investing in companies seeking growth funding and pre-IPO capital. Prior to that, Steve was the South East Asia Partner of Value Creation Strategies Sdn. Bhd., a Kuala Lumpur based advisory firm specializing in securing funding from a series of established North America global hedge funds, for companies listed on the regional capital markets. Steve previously held positions in Devonshire Capital LLC, a boutique investment bank headquartered in Hong Kong, as well as in the corporate finance division of RHB Investment Bank.
Steve is also a Director of Fintec Global Berhad, XOX Berhad and NetX Holdings Berhad and DGB Asia Berhad.
Professor Dr. Sureswaran Ramadass
Malaysian, age 52, Male
Independent Non-Executive Director
Professor was appointed to the Board on 1 April 2005. He is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and also a member of the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee of the Company. He obtained his Bachelor in Computer Engineering and Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami, USA in 1990. He also holds a doctorate from USM.
He started off his career in 1990 as a senior member of the technical staff of the research team of MODCOMP, Inc., a Florida-based research company focused on the R&D of real-time systems. He has worked with numerous customers to benchmark their needs, including National Aeronautics and Space Administration engineers. He left in 1991 and joined ICON Business System, Inc. (Florida) as Senior Consultant. He was subsequently promoted to Vice President Engineering and was responsible in overseeing the entire engineering and R&D divisions of ICON Business Systems, Inc. (Florida).
He joined USM in 1992 as a lecturer and was the founding Director and Professor at the National Advanced IPv6 Centre, USM. His recent achievements include being awarded Fellowship Award by the Wireless World Research Forum steering board member in April 2010. He was also awarded the National Academic Leader for Innovation and Commercialization in 2008 & 2009 by the Minister of Higher Education and Malaysia Innovation Award by the Prime Minister in 2007 and again in 2009. During his tenure at USM, he has a research partner/consultant to many companies in Malaysia including Telekom Malaysia Berhad, NCR Corporation, IBM Inc., MIMOS Berhad, Cabletron Systems Sdn Bhd and Compquest Sdn Bhd.
He is currently a Professor Emeritus at the Malaysia University of Science and Technology and also the Chief Scientist at NLTVC Sdn Bhd (NLTVC is a Next Generation Internet Communications research and development company).
He also holds numerous positions in global organizations including A13 project, which is a research-based project sponsored by the Japanese Government. He was also a nominated candidate for the position of Director of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in 2000 (ICANN). He was also the Head of APAN (Pacific Advance Networks: www. apan.net) for Malaysia. He is one of the four steering committee members and the IPv6 Domain Head for MYREN (Malaysian Research and Education Network) and was the Chairman of the Asia Pacific IPv6 Task Force (APV6TF) and Emeritus Chair of IPv6 Forum Education Programme.
Over the years, he has published over two hundred (200) national and international level research papers as well as written chapters and provided writing materials for a few books in the area of multimedia conferencing.