Board of Directors

Non-Executive Chairman

Lai Wan

Mr. Lai Wan

Mr. Lai Wan has 49 years of experience in the banking and finance related industries. He was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company in December 2013, and became the Independent Non-Executive Co-Chairman in July 2015. Mr. Lai was re-designated as the Non-Executive Co-Chairman of the Company in June 2021 and re-designated as the Non-Executive Chairman in January 2023. He is a member of the Audit Committee and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Mr. Lai is currently the Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Public Bank, the Non-Executive Chairman of Public Bank (Hong Kong) and a Non-Executive Director of Public Finance. Mr. Lai is also a member of various Board Committees of Public Bank (Hong Kong) and Public Finance. He holds directorship in another company in the Public Bank Group.

Mr. Lai graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Economics from the University of Malaya and is an Associate of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers. He had served Bank Negara Malaysia for 20 years up to 1985 and had working experience in three finance companies from 1985 to 1994 where he had held senior management positions. Mr. Lai was appointed the President/Chief Executive Officer of a Malaysian bank in 1997 until his retirement in December 2000.

Executive Director and Chief Executive

Chong Yam Kiang

Mr. Chong Yam Kiang

Mr. Chong Yam Kiang has 54 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Company in January 2009, and re-designated as Executive Director and appointed as the Chief Executive of the Company in January 2024. Mr. Chong was re-designated from Non-Executive Director to Executive Director and appointed as the Chief Executive of Public Bank (Hong Kong) in January 2024, and re-designated from Executive Director and Chief Executive to Executive Director of Public Finance in November 2023 and further re-designated to Non-Executive Director of Public Finance in January 2024. He is a member of Board Executive Committees of Public Bank (Hong Kong) and Public Finance and also a director of certain subsidiaries of the Company.

Mr. Chong is currently a member of the Deposit-taking Companies Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”). He had served as an Executive Committee member of The DTC Association (The Hong Kong Association of Restricted Licence Banks and Deposit-taking Companies) (“The DTC Association”) for several years.

Non-Executive Director

Chang Kat Kiam

Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam

Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam has 48 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company in March 2004. He is also a Non-Executive Director and the Chairman or a member of various Board Committees of Public Bank (Hong Kong) and Public Finance.

Dato’ Chang is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Public Bank. He also holds directorships in several other companies in the Public Bank Group. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from University of Hull, United Kingdom and is a Chartered Banker of the Chartered Banker Institute, United Kingdom and Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers.

Non-Executive Director

Quah Poh Keat

Mr. Quah Poh Keat

Mr. Quah Poh Keat has 35 years of experience in auditing, tax and insolvency practices and had worked in Malaysia and United Kingdom. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company in July 2008, re-designated as an Independent Non-Executive Director in January 2009 and re-designated as a Non-Executive Director in October 2013. He is currently a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Mr. Quah is also a Non-Executive Director of Public Finance, and a member of various Board Committees of Public Finance. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of another company in the Public Bank Group. Mr. Quah is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, Paramount Corporation Berhad and Malayan Flour Mills Berhad, and a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of LPI Capital Berhad, which are listed public companies in Malaysia.

Mr. Quah is a Fellow of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He was a partner of KPMG Malaysia since October 1982 and appointed Senior Partner (also known as Managing Partner in other practices) in October 2000 until end of September 2007. He retired from the firm in December 2007. He was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Public Bank from October 2013 to December 2015.

Non-Executive Director

Cheah Kim Ling

Mr. Lee Huat Oon

Mr. Lee Huat Oon has 32 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. Prior to his appointment as a Non-Executive Director of the Company in January 2024, Mr. Lee was appointed as an Executive Director of the Company in June 1996, re-designated as a Non-Executive Director in November 2013, and re-designated as an Executive Director from December 2013 until his retirement in January 2020. Mr. Lee was appointed as the Chief Executive and Executive Director of Public Finance in November 2023 and January 2024 respectively, and is a member of the Board Executive Committee of Public Finance.

Mr. Lee holds a degree in Accounting from the University of Malaya. He had served as the Acting Chairman of The DTC Association, a member of the Deposit-taking Companies Advisory Committee of the HKMA, a director of The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited and a member of the Banking and Finance Training Board of Vocational Training Council in Hong Kong for several years.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Lee Chin Guan

Mr. Lee Chin Guan

Mr. Lee Chin Guan has 25 years of experience in legal matters, with 13 years of experience in legal practice, principally in commercial and corporate matters. He was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company in September 2004 and is a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination and Remuneration Committee. He is also a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Public Bank, and an Independent Non-Executive Director and the Chairman or a member of various Board Committees of Public Bank (Hong Kong) and Public Finance. Mr. Lee is the Chairman of the Boards of several other companies in the Public Bank Group. He is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of LPI Capital Berhad, which is a listed public company in Malaysia.

Mr. Lee qualified as a Barrister-at-Law from the Middle Temple, United Kingdom in 1982. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (Honours) from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, England and Degrees in Law from Cambridge University, Oxford University and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Lim Chao Li

Mr. Lim Chao Li

Mr. Lim Chao Li has over 30 years of experience in commerce, accountancy, finance, hospitality, property and technology industries and practices in Malaysia and United States. He was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company in July 2021 and is the Chairman and member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Lim is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Public Bank, Public Bank (Hong Kong) and Public Finance, and the Chairman or a member of various Board Committees of Public Bank (Hong Kong) and Public Finance. He is also a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of JcbNext Berhad, which is a listed public company in Malaysia.

Mr. Lim holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics Degree majoring in Accounting and Finance from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, USA. He also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Systems Engineering) Degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania, USA. Mr. Lim had previously served Deloitte & Touche USA and Johnson & Johnson Medical Malaysia. Currently, he is the Chief Commercial Officer of Hotel Equatorial Management Sdn Bhd.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Phe Kheng Peng

Ms. Phe Kheng Peng

Ms. Phe Kheng Peng has more than 25 years of experience in banking and fund management industry in Malaysia. She was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company in May 2023 and is the Chairman and member of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Ms. Phe is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Public Bank (Hong Kong) and Public Finance, and the Chairman or a member of various Board Committees of Public Bank (Hong Kong) and Public Finance. She holds directorship in another company in the Public Bank Group. Ms. Phe is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Pintaras Jaya Berhad and Southern Score Builders Berhad, which are listed public companies in Malaysia.

Ms. Phe holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) Degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney and is a fellow of Certified Practising Accountant Australia. She had previously served AmBank Group – fund management division, AmInvestment Management Sdn Bhd (currently known as “AmFunds Management Berhad”) and AmBank Group. From 2013 to 2021, Ms. Phe had served Deutsche Bank Malaysia Berhad as the Managing Director whereby she was involved in delivering bespoke solutions for life insurance companies to achieve efficient duration management on asset liability books, delivering hedging solutions to manage interest rate and foreign exchange risks of financial institutions and corporate clients, and offering Fintech solutions across institutional and corporate clients, etc.