Ex-Federal Court judge among new directors at Boustead Plantations

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on July 18, 2019.

Aziah (left) has been appointed as an independent and NED while Ghazali has been appointed as an NED.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Boustead Plantations Bhd has appointed former Federal Court judge Tan Sri Aziah Ali as an independent and non-executive director (NED).

The group also named Datuk Ahmad Rizal Abdul Rahman, Datuk Seri Ghazali Mohd Ali, Datuk Chan Kong Yew and Datuk Syed Tamim Ansari Syed Mohamed as NEDs.

The appointments will be effective on Monday, Boustead Plantations said in a statement. It said it is confident that the new directors’ diverse backgrounds and expertise will lead the group forward.

“Aziah has vast experience in law and served the government of Malaysia for over 40 years in various positions in the judiciary including [as an] legal adviser, judicial commissioner, High Court judge and Court of Appeal judge. She was elevated as a judge in the Federal Court on March 21, 2016 and retired on Nov 22, 2018,” Boustead Plantations said.

Ahmad Rizal has more than 25 years of experience in business, strategy, corporate finance and operations. He was the group chief executive officer of Kumpulan Perbadanan Pembangunan Pertanian Negeri Perak from 2010 to 2018.

Ghazali held several positions in the property industry for more than 30 years prior to joining Boustead Holdings Bhd, the holding company of Boustead Plantations.

Boustead Plantations said Ghazali is presently Boustead Holdings’ divisional director for property.

Meanwhile, Chan is a logistics specialist while Syed Tamim’s specialisation includes managing upstream and downstream oil palm operations.

“Chan is the founder and managing director of leading logistics provider Infinity Logistics & Transport Sdn Bhd. He was a pioneer in providing rail land bridge services from Thailand to Malaysia.

“Syed Tamim has 36 years of experience in various fields in both public and private sectors. His areas of specialisation includes managing oil palm plantations, from planting to refinery of oil to retail sales and marketing of olein. He held several senior managerial positions in the Sime Darby group of companies from 1987 to 2007, with his last position as the managing director of Consolidated Plantations/Sime Darby Plantation from 1999 to 2007,” the group said.