Management

Board of directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the activities of the company. The Board comprises one independent director and two non-independent directors, who have extensive experience and provide both local and global management perspectives in business issues. Their appointments have been duly approved by the Securities Commision.

Non-independent director

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Position:
Chairman, Non-independent, Non-Executive Director
Experience:
Bernard Teo joined Eastspring Investments, the Asian asset management business of Prudential plc, as Head of Corporate Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, in September 2016. He is responsible for strategic growth initiatives including acquisition execution, mergers, strategic team lift-outs and partnerships.

Prior to joining Eastspring, Bernard worked in the investment banking industry focusing on financial institutions. He worked at Goldman Sachs for 12 years, where he was a Managing Director and Co–Chief Operating Officer of Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APxJ) for the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) and Head of China FIG. He was responsible for clients in Greater China and South East Asia and co-managed a group of 50 APxJ FIG bankers.  During this time, he was involved in a number of key transactions including the $20.5bn IPO of AIA, the $11.2bn IPO of Bank of China, the $3.6bn IPO of PICC Group and the $4.1bn IPO for GF Securities. 

Previously, Bernard was with Lehman Brothers/Nomura International where he was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Financial Institutions Group in the Investment Banking Division. 

Bernard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.
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Position:
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
Experience:
Raymond is Chief Executive Officer and also sits on the Board of Directors of Eastspring Investment Berhad. As CEO, he is responsible for the growth strategy of the business in Malaysia as well as overseeing local investment performance.

He brings with him over 30 years of industry experience and has worked for nearly 20 years in senior positions in the asset management industry including Head of International and Institutional Business and Chief Investment Officer, Asean Region for CIMB-Principal Asset Management Berhad. Previously, he was the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer at CMS Dresdner Asset Management Sdn Bhd. He also worked as a fund manager at SBB Asset Management Sdn Bhd and Investment Executive at CIMB Securities Sdn Bhd, and commenced his career in the investment industry at RHB Asset Management Sdn Bhd.

Currently, he is the Chairman of Malaysian Association of Asset Managers (MAAM) and Member of FTSE Bursa Malaysia Index Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Securities Commission Steering Committee on Fund Management Digitization Group as well as chairs the Services Workgroup. He is an invitee in the Executive Committee of Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC). He was a founding Director in SIDREC from Dec 2010 until April 2020.

He is also a member of the Financial Markets Committee (FMC) in Bank Negara Malaysia, and a member of the FMC Subcommittee on Bond Markets, and is a member of the Listing Committee of Bursa Malaysia.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of England and he obtained his Capital Markets Services Representative’s Licence in 1997 from the Securities Commission Malaysia.

He is also a non-executive director of Eastspring Al-Wara’ Investments Berhad.

Independent director

Position:
Independent director, Non-executive director
Experience:
Iskander Ismail was appointed as the independent director of the Eastspring Investments Berhad on 14 June 2013. He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He was formerly the executive director and Chief Executive Officer of Kenanga Fund Management Berhad. Having worked in the fund management industry since 1982, he had previously held various senior management roles in the fund management division/subsidiary of Bumiputra Merchant Bankers Berhad and MIDF Berhad, where he was also a director of several MIDF subsidiary companies. He was the first (and for a few years thereafter) chairman of the Malaysian Association of Asset Managers, which he helped establish in November 1996. He served on the Capital Market Advisory Council and was a member of the Bursa Malaysia Berhad listing committee and of the Institutional Shareholders’ Pro Tem committee under the Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group. He is an independent director of a Malaysian public listed company. He also sits on the board of trustees of a local educational foundation.
Position:
Independent Director, Non-executive director
Experience:
J. Campbell Tupling was appointed as an Independent Director of Eastspring Investments Berhad on 15 August 2019. He was formerly the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Principal Asset Management from 2008 to 2013. He is currently the South East Asia dealer for Caterham Cars and is focused on motorsports opportunities.

A Canadian, Tupling started his expatriate career in 1982 and worked for large finance multinationals in South America, Europe, the USA and Asia. His roles included audit, finance, CEO and regional positions.

In Malaysia he served as an elected member the board of the Federation of Investment Managers Malaysia from 2011 to 2013 and was involved in the creation of the Private Pension Schemes. He also is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of a major international school.

Key management staff

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Position:
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
Experience:
Raymond is Chief Executive Officer and also sits on the Board of Directors of Eastspring Investment Berhad. As CEO, he is responsible for the growth strategy of the business in Malaysia as well as overseeing local investment performance.

He brings with him over 30 years of industry experience and has worked for nearly 20 years in senior positions in the asset management industry including Head of International and Institutional Business and Chief Investment Officer, Asean Region for CIMB-Principal Asset Management Berhad. Previously, he was the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer at CMS Dresdner Asset Management Sdn Bhd. He also worked as a fund manager at SBB Asset Management Sdn Bhd and Investment Executive at CIMB Securities Sdn Bhd, and commenced his career in the investment industry at RHB Asset Management Sdn Bhd.

Currently, he is the Chairman of Malaysian Association of Asset Managers (MAAM) and Member of FTSE Bursa Malaysia Index Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Securities Commission Steering Committee on Fund Management Digitization Group as well as chairs the Services Workgroup. He is an invitee in the Executive Committee of Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC). He was a founding Director in SIDREC from Dec 2010 until April 2020.

He is also a member of the Financial Markets Committee (FMC) in Bank Negara Malaysia, and a member of the FMC Subcommittee on Bond Markets, and is a member of the Listing Committee of Bursa Malaysia.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of England and he obtained his Capital Markets Services Representative’s Licence in 1997 from the Securities Commission Malaysia.

He is also a non-executive director of Eastspring Al-Wara’ Investments Berhad.
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Position:
Head of Risk, Compliance & Legal
Experience:
Benothini Bascaran joined Eastspring Investments Berhad on 28 April 2017. She is responsible for driving and managing effective framework and controls in the areas of risk, compliance and legal with a view of ensuring that the company consistently maintains high and competitive standards. 

She has a total of 23 years of working experience at the date of joining of which almost 18 years were spent in Bursa Malaysia Berhad covering capital market regulation. Before joining Eastspring she was the Head of Group Compliance of one of the investment banks in Malaysia for about 4 years covering regulated businesses of the bank’s group of companies which included asset management business.

Benothini graduated with Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Malaya in 1993 and practiced law for about 2 years before joining Bursa.
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Position:
Head of Investments
Experience:
Doreen Choo joined Eastspring Investments Berhad (EIMY) in August 2018 as Head of Investments. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Doreen joined Eastspring from CIMB-Principal Asset Management (now known as Principal Asset Management), where she held fund management roles from 2005-2018.

Prior to that, Doreen worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from 1997- 2005, providing valuation and strategy advisory services, with a particular focus on equity valuations across various industries.

Doreen has been a Chartered Financial Analayst (CFA) charterholder since 2002 and holds a First Class Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Malaya, majoring in Economics.
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Position:
Head of Finance
Experience:
Bor Ngee Wha joined Eastspring Investments Berhad in September 2016 and is the Head of Finance. He is responsible for the company’s strategic planning and finance functions. He brings to the company over twenty years of financial management experience and spent more than ten years in the unit trust management businesses with exposure in product development and fund valuation and administration.

Prior to joining the unit trust industry, he has been attached with various organisations involved in diverse industries, including property development, construction, resort management and software development.

Bor is a qualified accountant with membership in the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and a certified member of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM).
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Position:
Head of Operations and IT
Experience:
Kim joined Eastspring Investments Berhad in May 2020 as the Head of Operations and IT heading the retail operations, client services, fund accounting, information technology and digital transformation functions.

Kim is a seasoned industry veteran with over 25 years of asset management experience with background in audit, finance and business strategy. He was previously with Principal International since September 2015 as the Regional Chief Operating Officer overseeing their business ventures in South East Asia and India focusing on business development and strategy including M&A activities and digital transformation. Prior to that, he was the Regional Finance Director for Principal Asset Management, the joint venture in SEA between Principal Financial Group and CIMB Group covering the asset management and retirement businesses in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Dubai.

Kim obtained his Diploma with Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) in 1993.
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Position:
Head of Distribution
Experience:
Yap Siok Hoon joined Eastspring Investments Berhad (“Eastspring”) in November 2013 as Head of Distribution, responsible for the development and execution of Eastspring’s distribution, product and marketing strategies. Siok Hoon brings with her 22 years of financial industry experience covering retail and institutional business development, sales and marketing, distribution channel development, training and product development.

Prior to joining Eastspring, Siok Hoon was head of the retail client solutions & services group of a well established fund management company in Malaysia, overseeing the management company’s retail unit trust business. She started her career with Hong Leong Asset Management (HLAM) in April 1997 and has held many senior management positions, ultimately rising to a position of general manager, client solutions group in 2011.

Siok Hoon holds a Bachelor (First Class Honours) in Business Administration degree from Universiti Utara Malaysia.
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Position:
Head of Human Resources
Experience:
Lewis Lam joined Eastspring Investments Berhad in August 2015, as Head of Human Resources, responsible for the Human Resource and Administration Department (HRAD).

Lewis brings with him more than 15 years of HR experience covering compensation and benefits, performance management, employee relationship and HR systems. Prior to joining Eastspring, he was with Prudential Assurance Malaysia Berhad for 6 years where he was instrumental in driving improvements to the company’s Rewards, Performance and Benefits framework as well as leading the HR Relationship Management team. He also spearheaded the HR systems and process improvements that helped shape PAMB’s human resource department. Prior to PAMB Lewis also worked in human resources for Hong Leong Bank and AIA.

Lewis holds a Bachelor in Accounting & Finance from Oxford Brooke University.