Profile of Directors
General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hj. Suleiman Bin Mahmud RMAF (Rtd)
Malaysian, age 74, Male
Independent Non - Executive Director / Chairman
General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hj. Suleiman was appointed to the Board on 14 October 2009. He has 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.
General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hj. Suleiman also 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.
General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hj. Suleiman 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.
Mejar Dato’ Ismail Bin Ahmad (Retired)
Malaysian, age 72, Male
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Mejar Dato’ Ismail Bin Ahmad (R) was appointed to the Board on 14 October 2009 as Executive Director of the Company. On 31 December 2019, he was redesignated as Non-Independent Non Executive Director of the Company. He served in the Malaysian Army for 17 years and attended courses both local and overseas and held various appointments in service. 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 December 2002. He is now with Tegap Dinamik Sdn. Bhd. and several other companies, involved in projects, constructions and various infrastructures.
Ong Tee Kein
Malaysian, age 64, Male
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Ong Tee Kein was appointed to the Board on 13 January 2010 as an independent director, re-designated as Executive Director on 15 April 2010 and re-designated as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 31 December 2019.
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.
Tan Sik Eek
Malaysian, age 45, Male
He was appointed to the Board on 6 April 2018. He has more than a decade of experience ranging from corporate finance advisory to private equity investments. He was previously a partner in a private equity firm focused on investing in companies seeking growth funding and pre-IPO capital. Prior to that, he was specialising in securing funding from a series of established North America global opportunity fund, for companies listed on the regional capital markets.
Since 2013, he has been engaged as the Director of a number of public companies to provide management strategy, day to day operational oversight, fund raising and business development planning of the various companies.
Professor Dr. Sureswaran Ramadass
Malaysian, age 55, 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.
Chuah Hoon Hong
Malaysian, age 35, Male
Independent Non-Executive Director
He was appointed as the Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 26 February 2020. He has more than 15 years of extensive and varied experience in audit, accounting, consultancy and other financial matters. He started his career in audit firm in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and audited various industries.
Apart from audit assignments, he also involved in the provision of Consultancy and Advisory services in respect of performing agreed upon procedures (AUP) such as financial due diligence, forensic accounting, and etc. He also involved in Reporting Accountant in the IPO exercise.
Subsequent to that, he joined a Singapore-based consulting firm as Managing Consultant of Corporate Finance Department, involved in fund raising, merger & acquisition, and restructuring exercise in Singapore, PRC as well as Malaysia. He is currently a Director of Silver Ocean Consulting Sdn. Bhd. and Managing Partner of Messrs. Chuah & Partners.