Board of Directors

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow

Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow

Group Chairman / Non-Executive Director
Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow is the Founder, Chairman Emeritus, Director and Adviser, and a substantial shareholder of Public Bank, a commercial bank listed on the Malaysian stock exchange, and the holding company of the Company. He retired as Chairman of Public Bank on 31 December 2018 and was conferred the position of Chairman Emeritus and Adviser of Public Bank with effect from 1 January 2019. Tan Sri Teh has 72 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director and the Chairman of the Company in September 1991. He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of the Boards of Directors and Board Executive Committees of Public Bank (Hong Kong) and Public Finance. He holds directorships in several other companies in the Public Bank Group.

In recognition of his contributions to society and the economy, Tan Sri Teh was conferred the Doctor of Laws (Honorary) from University of Malaya in 1989. Tan Sri Teh had served in various capacities in public service bodies in Malaysia; he was a member of the Malaysian Business Council from 1991 to 1993; a member of the National Trust Fund from 1988 to 2001; a founder member of the Advisory Business Council since 2003; and is a member of the IPRM Accreditation Privy Council. He is an Emeritus Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Management and is a Fellow of several institutes which include the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers; the Chartered Institute of Bankers, United Kingdom; the Institute of Administrative Management, United Kingdom and the Governance Institute of Australia.

Other Board members are:

Non-Executive Co-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 of the Company in July 2015. Mr. Lai was re-designated as the Non-Executive Co-Chairman of the Company on 8 June 2021. 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 Co-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 the Central Bank of 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. In 1994, he joined The Pacific Bank Berhad, a listed public company in Malaysia, as General Manager, and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 1997. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of PacificMas Berhad (formerly known as The Pacific Bank Berhad and was renamed after disposal of its banking business in 2000) until his retirement in 2003.

Executive Director and Chief Executive

Tan Yoke Kong

Mr. Tan Yoke Kong

Mr. Tan Yoke Kong has 40 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. He was appointed an Executive Director of the Company in February 1992 and is a Joint-secretaries of the Company. He is currently the Executive Director and Chief Executive and a member of Board Executive Committee of Public Bank (Hong Kong). He is also a director of certain subsidiaries of the Company.

Prior to his transfer to the current appointment in Public Bank (Hong Kong) in year 2006, Mr. Tan was an Executive Director and the Chief Executive of Public Finance, and had served as the Vice Chairman of The DTC Association (The Hong Kong Association of Restricted Licence Banks and Deposit-taking Companies) (“The DTC Association”) and as a member of the Deposit-taking Companies Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) for several years. Mr. Tan is an Honorary Advisor of The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB), a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom, a Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute (CGI) (formerly known as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)), United Kingdom and a Fellow of The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute (formerly known as The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries).

Non-Executive Director

Chang Kat Kiam

Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam

Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam has 47 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 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

Chong Yam Kiang

Mr. Chong Yam Kiang

Mr. Chong Yam Kiang has 52 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company in January 2009. Mr. Chong was re-designated from Executive Director to Non-Executive Director of Public Bank (Hong Kong), and appointed as the Executive Director and Chief Executive of Public Finance on 1 January 2020. 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. He is currently a member of the Deposit-taking Companies Advisory Committee of the HKMA and an Executive Committee member of The DTC Association.

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 was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Public Bank (Hong Kong) in July 2008, re-designated as an Independent Non-Executive Director in January 2009, re-designated as a Non-Executive Director in October 2013 and resigned in November 2021.

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.

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 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 of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He 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.

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. Mr. Lim is also a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of JcbNext Berhad, a listed public company in Malaysia.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Cheah Kim Ling

Ms. Cheah Kim Ling

Ms. Cheah Kim Ling has nearly 40 years of experience in banking industry in Malaysia. She was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company in February 2022 and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. She 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.

Ms. Cheah holds a Bachelor of Accounting (Honours) Degree from the University of Malaya and is also a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. She had served Bank Negara Malaysia for 32 years whereby she was involved in all aspects of banking regulation from formulation of policies/regulations/guidelines to the administration of different legislations governing financial institutions. Ms. Cheah was also involved in formulating and executing strategies and policies for payment systems, administering the legislations, oversight of the payment systems and payment instruments, development of the payment infrastructure to support developments in the financial system and promoted the migration to electronic payments.