Tan Sri Datin Paduka Siti Sa'diah binti Sheikh Bakir is our Independent Non-Executive Director. She was appointed to the Board on 1 February 2019.
Tan Sri Datin Paduka Siti Sa'diah is a distinguished corporate figure and a respected leader in the education services sector with extensive experience in leadership, strategy and business transformation in Malaysia. She began her career with Johor Corporation ("JCorp") in 1974 and joined JCorp's Healthcare Division in 1978. She was the Chief Executive of Kumpulan Perubatan (Johor) Sdn Bhd from 1989 until the company's listing on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia in 1994 known as KPJ Healthcare Berhad ("KPJ"). At KPJ, she served as Managing Director from 1993 until her retirement in 2012, and then as the company's Corporate Advisor from 2013 to 2014. In her years at KPJ, Tan Sri Datin Paduka Siti Sa'diah led the transformational strategies that has made KPJ one of the leading private healthcare service providers in Malaysia today. She was an Independent Director of KPJ from 1 May 2015 until 31 March 2020.
She was also the Chairman of KPJ Healthcare University College ("KPJUC") from 2011 to 2016, and Pro-Chancellor of KPJUC from 2011 to 2018. Since 1 January 2019, she has been appointed as the Chancellor of KPJUC. She was an Independent Non-Executive Director of Bursa Malaysia from 2004 to 2012 and was a Board Member of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation ("MATRADE") from 1999 to 2012. She served as a Director of a few other Public Listed Companies under Johor Corporation Group namely Al-'Aqar Healthcare REIT, Kulim (M) Berhad, KFC Holdings Malaysia Bhd and QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd from 2006 to 2016. She was the Chairman of Nationwide Express Holdings Berhad from November 2016 to December 2019.
In 2010, Tan Sri Datin Paduka Siti Sa'diah was conferred the "Malaysia's CEO of the Year 2009 Award" jointly by the New Straits Times Press and American Express. Additionally, between 2011 and 2015, she received numerous awards and accolades for her contributions to the healthcare industry in Malaysia. In 2013, she published her biography entitled "Siti Sa'diah: Driven by Vision, Mission and Passion".
Tan Sri Datin Paduka Siti Sa'diah is also a passionate leader in the development of Malaysia's talent landscape. She served as a Director of University Utara Malaysia ("UUM") and was the Chairman of the Board of UUM from 2016 to 2018. She was a member of the Leadership Development Committee, Razak School of Government from 2013 to 2018. She has been the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Technology ("UTM") Malaysia, since 2016 and a member of Azman Hashim Business School UTM since July 2019.
Dedicated to advancing the quality of Malaysian healthcare, she was the President of the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health ("MSQH"), a national accreditation body for healthcare services since its inception in 1997 until her retirement in December 2018. She also sits on other national-level councils and committees.