Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Rahman bin Mamat is our Independent Non-Executive Chairman. He was first appointed to the Board on 2 June 2011 and was appointed as the Chairman of the Board on 31 March 2017.
An accomplished figure in Malaysia's corporate sector, Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Rahman Mamat has an illustrious career serving the Government of Malaysia, with extensive knowledge in international trade, economics, investments, corporate governance and entrepreneurship.
He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry ("MITI") in April 1975 as an Assistant Director. During his 35-year career at MITI, he held various senior positions before retiring in December 2010. Among them include Deputy Trade Commissioner, Malaysian Trade Office, New York, the United States ("US"); Director of Trade, Malaysian Trade Centre, Taipei, Taiwan; Economic Counsellor/Trade Commissioner and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission, Malaysian Trade Office, Bangkok, Thailand; Special Assistant to the then Minister of MITI; Member of the Board of Directors, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology ("MIGHT"); Director of Industries; Senior Director of Policy and Industry, Services Division; Chairman of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation ("MATRADE"); Deputy Secretary General (Industry) of MITI; and Secretary General of MITI.
He was also MITI's appointed representative on the boards of various government-linked entities including the Malaysian Investment Development Authority ("MIDA"), Johor Corporation, Regional Economic Development Authority ("RECODA") Sarawak, SME Corporation Malaysia, Pahang State Economic Development Corporation, Malaysian Technology Development Corporation and MATRADE.
He has represented Malaysia at many international meetings, negotiations, conferences and symposiums and was involved in formulating, implementing and monitoring policies and strategies on
international trade and industries, and entrepreneurship development. He was an honorary member of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations, a Malaysian Leader for the High-Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration and is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the International Council of SME and Entrepreneurship Malaysia, a US-based non-profit organisation that aims to groom university students into future business leaders.
He also sits on the boards of several private limited companies in Malaysia, operating in the finance, manufacturing, retail and services sectors covering global logistics, healthcare, as well as oil, gas and energy.