The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Manager consists of six (6) members of whom two (2) of them are independent. The following is the profile of each of the Directors:
Dato’ Md Agil bin Mohd Natt (Chairman / Independent Director) was appointed to the Board on 29 June 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics (Hons) degree from Brunel University, London and a Master of Science in Finance degree from the CASS Business School, London. He also attended the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School in the United States of America.
He started his career in Corporate Finance with Bumiputra Merchant Bankers Berhad in 1977 before serving as Senior General Manager (Finance) at Island & Peninsular Bhd in 1982. He was also the Regional Chief Representative of Kleinwort Benson Ltd before joining Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank). Dato’ Agil Natt served the Maybank Group in various capacities including as Senior General Manager, Corporate Banking, Chief Executive Officer of Aseambankers Malaysia Berhad (now known as Maybank Investment Bank Berhad) and Executive Director/Deputy President of Maybank.
From 2006 until his retirement in 2011, Dato’Agil Natt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), The Global University of Islamic Finance, set up by Bank Negara Malaysia.
He currently sits on the Boards of Cagamas Berhad, Sogo (KL) Department Store Sdn Bhd, Sogo (KL) Sdn Bhd, Themed Attractions Berhad, Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad and Manulife Insurance Berhad. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan Tun Abdul Razak.
Mr. Edmond Cheah Swee Leng (Independent Director) BA (Hons), A.C.A (England & Wales), CA (M), CFP, was appointed on 1 September 2014 and is an Investment Committee member of the Manager. Mr. Cheah is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. His professional experience has been in the fields of audit, merchant banking, corporate and financial advising, portfolio and investment management and unit trust management. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer cum Executive Director and Investment Committee Member of Public Mutual Berhad. He was also formerly the President and founder member of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM), the Vice President and council member of the Federation of Investment Managers Malaysia (FiMM), a former Task Force Member on Islamic Finance for Labuan Offshore Financial Services Authority (LOFSA), a former member on the Securities Market Consultative Panel in Bursa Malaysia and currently the Treasurer for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). He co-authored a financial planning book entitled “Financial Freedom – Your Guide to Lifetime Financial Planning” and a second book entitled “Financial Freedom – Through Malaysian Equities and Unit Trusts”. He also sits on the boards of several public companies.
Mr. Gianni Fiacco (Head of Emerging Markets and Chief Strategy Officer / Non-Independent Director) CPA, CA was appointed to the Board on 9 March 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant (Ontario) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University of Toronto.
Located in Hong Kong, Mr. Fiacco oversees the operations and investment technology functions as well as being responsible for the development and implementation of business strategies to deliver on the company’s growth objectives.
Prior to joining Manulife Asset Management (Asia), Mr. Fiacco served as Regional Controller, Asia, responsible for Manulife Financial, where he was accountable for financial and management accounting, planning, forecasting and analysis as well as tax and internal controls related to finance across Asia. Before joining Manulife, Mr. Fiacco worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in their audit and assurance services group.
Ms Vibha Coburn (Group Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director / Non-Independent Non-Executive Director) was appointed as a non-independent non-executive director of Manulife Investment Management (M) Berhad (formerly known as Manulife Asset Management Services Berhad) on 1 October 2020. She was also appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of Manulife Holdings Berhad and Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of Manulife Insurance Berhad on 1 October 2020.
She was formerly the Chief Distribution Officer at Manulife Asia, responsible for developing and executing strategy for Manulife distribution across Asia, including championing the adoption of digital channels. Under her leadership, Manulife’s agency force grew significantly and became the world’s third best in terms of Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) membership. At the same time, she has helped to vastly strengthen Manulife’s bancassurance capabilities, delivering strong growth to its regional partnership with DBS Bank in Singapore, and renewing or establishing new partnerships in Vietnam (Techcom Bank), Indonesia (Danamon) and Myanmar (UAB). Ms Coburn has also championed the adoption of digital channels and tools throughout distribution.
Prior to joining Manulife, Ms Coburn had a wide range of senior roles over 30 years in banking, insurance and management consulting, across Asia, Europe and Australia. These included roles in e-business, sales, customer acquisition, finance, wealth management, liabilities, mortgages and credit cards.
Ms Coburn holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia, post graduate diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia (CFA equivalent) and a Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University.
Mr. Chong Soon Min (Jason) (Chief Executive Officer / Non-Independent Executive Director) joined Manulife Holdings Bhd’s asset management arm in February 2010 as Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director. Following the merger of Manulife Malaysia’s asset management and unit trust businesses in July 2012, known today as Manulife Investment Management (M) Berhad (MIMMB) previously known as Manulife Asset Management Services Bhd, Jason was the Chief Investment Officer/Managing Director. In May 2017 he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance (honors) from the University of Southern New Hampshire, USA, as well as a Capital Markets and Services Representative License in Fund Management and a certified Financial Planner in Malaysia.
Mr. Chong has more than 30 years of experience in the investment industry. Before joining Manulife, he was Chief Investment Officer of another asset management company where he was responsible for the management of Malaysian and regional funds totaling approximately RM5 billion. Prior to that, Mr. Chong spent 14 years as an investment analyst covering both local and foreign equities, with his last position as Head of Research at Merrill Lynch/Smith Zain Securities.
Mr. Wong Boon Choy (Non-Independent Director) CA(M), CPA, CFP, was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2014. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1 September 2014 until 30 April 2017. Prior to that, he was the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MAAKL Mutual Bhd from May 2004 until June 2014. He also served as the Senior General Manager of Public Mutual (formerly known as KL Mutual) in 1988 to 2004. Mr. Wong has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in the Malaysian unit trust industry. Before joining KL Mutual, he was with an international accounting firm for eight years.
Mr. Wong is a founder member and former President of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM). He was also involved in establishing the Federation of Investment Managers Malaysia (FiMM) when he was appointed the Founding Secretary.
A strong believer in financial planning, he co-authored a financial planning book entitled "Financial Freedom – Your Guide To Lifetime Financial Planning" and a second book entitled "Financial Freedom - Through Malaysian Equities and Unit Trusts". In June 2008, Mr. Wong co-authored a third book which revolves around the themes of health and wealth entitled "CHOICES – Live Well and Don’t Die Broke".