Management

Board of directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the activities of the company. The Board comprises two independent directors and three 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.

Independent director

Position:
Independent director, Non-executive director
Experience:
Khoo Chuan Keat was appointed as independent, non-executive director of Eastspring Investments Berhad on 15 October 2015. He has extensive experience in the fields of taxation and business consulting as well as audit and accounting having spent more than forty-four (44) years in the profession, including 8 years in London, UK. He was previously a partner or senior executive director and tax leader in PricewaterhouseCoopers, Malaysia; chief executive officer of PwC E-Tax.com Sdn Bhd and company secretary of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Group of Companies. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, UK and Chartered Institute of Taxation, UK, winning achievement awards in both Institutes. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK; Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia and Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He is also a director of the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation; independent non-executive director of a Malaysian public listed company as well as director in a number of private companies.
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.

Non-independent director

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Position:
Non Independent, Non-executive Director
Experience:
Julian Christopher Vivian Pull is Chief Financial Officer of Eastspring Investments, the asset management business of Prudential Corporation Asia. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Eastspring Investments. He is responsible for the financial management of the business and works closely with both regional support teams and venture management. He joined Eastspring Investments in 2000 as Director of Finance and has held several senior roles including Chief Executive Officer of Eastspring Investments (Singapore) Limited from 2008 to 2012 and Chief Operating Officer of Eastspring Investments from 2006 to 2013. With more than twenty nine (29) years of management experience in Asia, he has previously held senior financial management positions at Singapore Telecom and Mtel Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from University College, London and an MBA (distinction) in Finance and Investment from the University of Hull.
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Position:
Non Independent, Non-executive Director
Experience:
Caroline Johnston joined Eastspring Investments (“Eastspring”), the Asian asset management business of Prudential plc, as Chief Human Resource Officer (Global), in January 2017.

Based in Singapore, she is responsible for leading Eastspring’s Human Resources (“HR”) function but will also play a key role in developing and executing a people and culture plan that will support our growth in the long term.

She has more than 30 years of experience with European and multinational corporations, in a broad range of management consulting, HR, and senior management positions.

Prior to joining Eastspring, Caroline was Head of HR Transformation and Chief Operating Officer for HR at UBS in Zurich. She has also worked at JPMorgan where she spent more than 12 years working in Glasgow, Mumbai and Singapore where she held both Technology and HR roles.

Caroline holds a Master of Arts from the University of Glasgow.
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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 almost 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 Chairman of FTSE Bursa Malaysia Index Advisory Committee. He is a Director of the Securities Industry Dispute Resolution Center (SIDREC) and also an invitee in the Executive Committee of Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC).

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 member of the Financial Markets Committee (FMC) in Bank Negara Malaysia as well as the FMC Subcommittee on Bond Market.

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

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 almost 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 Chairman of FTSE Bursa Malaysia Index Advisory Committee. He is a Director of the Securities Industry Dispute Resolution Center (SIDREC) and also an invitee in the Executive Committee of Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC).

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 member of the Financial Markets Committee (FMC) in Bank Negara Malaysia as well as the FMC Subcommittee on Bond Market.

He is also a non-executive director of Eastspring Al-Wara’ Investments Berhad
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Position:
Chief Risk & Compliance Officer
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 and compliance and in ensuring that the company consistently maintains a high and competitive standard of risk and compliance culture.

She has a total of 23 years of working experience 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 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:
Chief Investment Officer
Experience:
Doreen Choo, Chief Investment Officer, Eastspring Investments Berhad (EIB), is responsible for all asset classes and investment performance, as well as the growth and development of our investment offering in Malaysia. 

With more than 20 years of industry experience, Doreen joins us from CIMB Principal Asset Management where she has worked for the past 13 years, initially as an equity fund manager and subsequently as Head of Equities in 2015. 

Doreen previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as Manager, Valuation & Strategy (Corporate Advisory) with a particular focus on equity valuations across industries. 

Doreen is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and holds a Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University Malaya.
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Position:
Chief Financial Officer
Experience:
Bor Ngee Wha joined Eastspring Investments Berhad ("Company") as Chief Financial Officer effective September 2016. He is responsible for analysing and driving profitability for our business, and developing and executing long term business plans with the senior management team for the Company.

Bor has over 20 years of financial services experience. He was previously attached to Manulife Asset Management Services Berhad as Chief Officer – Finance & Product, and was responsible for product development, fund accounting and finance. Before that, Bor was with MAA-KL where he was a pioneer with the management team that started the company.

Bor is a certified member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), a certified Financial Planner (CFP) of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM), and Capital Markets and Services Representative’s Licence (CMSRL) holder for fund management. He holds a Degree in Bachelor of Science with Honours in Economics & Accountancy from the City University of London.
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Position:
Chief Operating Officer
Experience:
Mohit joined Eastspring Investments Berhad in April 2015 as the chief operating officer heading the retail operations, client services, fund accounting and information technology functions. Working across the key developed and emerging markets of Asia, Mohit has held senior positions in leading global organisations like Prudential and General Electric (“GE”). Starting his career with GE Capital in India, he worked across multiple functions like sales, operations and Six Sigma before going on to head the risk team in India. Later he joined the Prudential group to establish the risk management functions for its life insurance business in India. Subsequently he moved to Singapore to head the operational risk and financial crime function for the Singapore and Hong Kong businesses of Eastspring Investments. Mohit is a certified Six-Sigma Black Belt and Claritas Certificate Holder from the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.
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Position:
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Experience:
Yap Siok Hoon joined Eastspring Investments Berhad (“Company”) in November 2013 as chief sales and marketing officer, responsible for the development and execution of the Company’s distribution, product and marketing strategies. Siok Hoon brings with her more than twenty (20) years of financial industry experience covering retail and institutional business development, sales and marketing, distribution channel development, training and product development. Prior to joining the Company, Siok Hoon was head of the retail client solutions and 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 Berhad (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:
Chief Human Resources Officer
Experience:
Lewis joined Eastspring Investments Berhad (“Company”) in August 2015, as chief human resources officer, responsible for the human resource and administration department.

Lewis brings with him more than fourteen (14) years of human resource experience covering compensation and benefits, performance management, employee relationship and human resource systems. Prior to joining the Company, he was with Prudential Assurance Malaysia Berhad for six (6) years where he was instrumental in driving improvements to the company’s rewards, performance and benefits framework as well as leading the human resource relationship management team. He also spearheaded the human resource systems and process improvements that helped shape Prudential Assurance Malaysia’s human resource department. Prior to Prudential Assurance Malaysia, Lewis also worked in human resources for Hong Leong Bank and AIA. Lewis holds a Bachelor in Accounting & Finance from Oxford Brooke University.