Datuk Lim Siow Jin, is our Non-Independent Executive Chairman. He was appointed to our Board on 3 April 1996 as our Non-Independent Executive Chairman/Chief Executive Officer. He relinquished his position as Chief Executive Officer in May 2022.
He obtained a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India in 1984. While studying in India, he developed an interest in alternative medicine, in particular, the benefits of Ganoderma on human health. From 1984 to 1994, he worked as an engineer at Muda Agriculture Development Authority in Kedah, a government agency established under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries of Malaysia to improve and manage economic development projects in the Muda area in Kedah and to plan and manage all agricultural development assigned to it by the state governments of Kedah and Perlis.
He is the founder of our Group with over 25 years of experience in the direct selling industry and the business operations of our Group. Our Group started with DXN Marketing which commenced operations in 1995. Due to his keen interest in Ganotherapy as a holistic approach to alternative medicine, he set on his mission to promote the benefits of Ganoderma on human health and he advocated the scientific cultivation and processing of Ganoderma into health supplements and various food and personal care products. Under his stewardship, our Group ventured beyond the Malaysian borders into the international markets. As our Chief Executive Officer between 1996 and May 2022, he oversaw the entire business operations of our Group and played a key pivotal role in key operational matters, marketing and was responsible for the overall expansion of our Group. He continues to be responsible for overseeing our Group’s strategic business strategies, marketing plans and R&D, which are integral to our Group’s continued development and expansion potential.
He currently sits on the board of various subsidiaries of our Group and several other private limited companies.
Teoh Hang Ching, is our Non-Independent Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. He has over 37 years of experience in various industries such as auditing, trading and manufacturing including over 14 years in the direct selling industry. He was appointed to our Board on 9 February 2022.
He obtained his Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (“CIMA”) qualification and was admitted as an Associate member and Fellow of CIMA in 1994 and 2002 respectively. He has been a member of MIA since 1994. He began his career in 1982 with the National Audit Department of Malaysia until 1993 as an auditor responsible for the audits on statutory bodies, district offices and local councils.
From 1994 to 1997, he was Group Management Accountant of Tan Kar Pin Holding Sdn. Bhd., a company involved in the manufacturing and trading of aluminium and stainless steel. In 1997, he joined Chiang Jiang Aluminium Sdn. Bhd. (“Chiang Jiang”) as General Manager until 2003 where he was responsible for assisting in setting up the company and its overall management.
He joined our Group as Senior Manager – Chief Executive Officer office in 2003. He subsequently held various positions in our Group including as International Business Senior Manager, Country Manager of our Philippines branch and India, and President of our U.S. operations and marketing activities. He left our Group in 2008 and re-joined Chiang Jiang as General Manager until 2010 before joining Alumac Sdn Bhd, a company involved in the manufacturing and trading of aluminium where he served as General Manager between 2011 and 2012.
He returned to our Group in 2012 as Regional Manager, responsible for our Philippines branch and oversaw our operations in India. He was subsequently promoted and held several senior positions in our Group including as our Chief Operating Officer where he was tasked with overseeing the operations of our Group’s foreign subsidiaries which are involved in direct selling and our factory operations in China and India, as our Marketing Executive Director and subsequently as Chief Marketing Officer in 2016 before he assumed his current position as our Chief Executive Officer in May 2022.
Dato’ Lim Boon Yee, is our Non-Independent Non-Executive Director. He was appointed to our Board on 22 November 1998 as our Non-Independent Executive Director and was re-designated as our Non-Independent Non-Executive Director in May 2022.
He obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Trade and Accounting from the Soochow University, Taipei, Republic of China in 1991 and a Master of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore in 2001.
He began his career in 1990 as Assistant Audit Manager with Reality United Firm, CPAs, an accounting firm in Taiwan and left in 1996 to join our Group in 1997.
Since 1997, he has been a director of DXN Marketing and a key senior member of DXN Marketing’s management primarily responsible for its management, administration and licensing as well as assisting in setting up its branches. From 1998 to May 2022 (including the period when DXN was listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange), he served as our Managing Director responsible for our Group’s management, administration and licensing.
He currently sits on the board of various subsidiaries of our Group and several other private limited companies.
Vibhav Panandiker, is our Non-Independent Non-Executive Director. He was appointed to our Board on 12 May 2017.
He obtained both his Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in the Electrical and Electronics branch and Master of Science (Honours) in Economics from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India in 1987, and Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India (“IIMB”) in 1991.
He began his career in 1986 as Product Marketing Executive at Wipro Systems Limited, an information technology consulting and business process services company. He left in 1989 to pursue his post graduate studies at the IIMB.
Upon graduating from IIMB in 1991, he joined Citibank N.A. in India as Product Manager responsible for enhancing product offering for cash management, monitoring profitability and managing controls and efficiency of products in India. He left in 1995 to join Standard Chartered Bank, India as Product Manager where he was responsible for setting up cash management products in India. He moved to Singapore in 1996 to join Citibank N.A., Singapore as Regional Product Manager until 2000.
Between 2000 and 2001, he was the Industry Practice Director for financial services responsible for building a practice for e-business consulting for financial services sector at Web Connection Pte Ltd, an internet services company in Singapore. Between 2001 and 2009, he was a director at Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited, Private Equity Division where he was responsible for originating, analysing and structuring investment opportunities and monitoring portfolio companies. He was appointed as Managing Director of Global Special Opportunities to look after J.P. Morgan (S.E.A.) Limited’s (“JP Morgan”) private equity investments in Southeast Asia and India in 2009. In 2010, he left JP Morgan to co-found and is currently a partner of KV Asia Capital, a private equity firm headquartered in Singapore that is focused on making equity investments in companies across Southeast Asia.
He currently sits on the boards of several investee companies as representative of KV Asia Capital.
Datuk Noripah Binti Kamso, our Senior Independent Non-Executive Director. She was appointed to our Board on 10 February 2022.
She obtained a Diploma in Business Studies from Institut Teknologi Mara, Malaysia (the predecessor of Universiti Teknologi Mara (“UiTM”)) in 1978, a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University in the U.S. in 1980 and a Master of Business Administration from Marshall University, U.S. in 1981. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia.
She began her career in 1980 as Development Officer, Project Division at Urban Development Authority of Malaysia (“UDA”) where she was responsible for overseeing the overall implementation of development projects. She left UDA and joined Bank of Commerce (M) Berhad in 1983 (which subsequently became part of CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (together with its subsidiaries and associated companies, “CIMB Group”)) as an Executive Trainee and rose up the ranks to Senior Manager of the corporate banking department.
She remained with the CIMB Group for the next 30 years until 2014 where she held various key positions including Deputy General Manager, General Manager and director of the corporate banking department of Commerce International Merchant Bankers Berhad (“CIMBB”) responsible for all corporate lending businesses from 1993 to 2004. While she was serving at CIMBB, she was also the Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Futures Sdn Bhd (“CIMB Futures”) in-charge of derivatives broking from 1996 to 2004. She was Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Principal Asset Management Berhad (“CPAM”) from 2004 to 2008 and the founding Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Principal Islamic Asset Management Sdn. Bhd. (“CPIAM”) from 2008 until 2012. During her tenure, CPAM evolved into a regional asset management house and CPIAM extended its reach to various jurisdictions offering investment capabilities in equities and sukuk for global institutional investors. Her last position was as an advisor to CIMB Islamic Wholesale Banking of the CIMB Group from 2013 until 2014. She had also served as executive director of CIMB Futures, CPAM and CPIAM during her tenure with the CIMB Group.
In 2015, she lectured graduate and undergraduate students in Islamic Capital Market at the College of Business and Public Administration as Global Practitioner in Residence in the Centre for Global Citizenship of Principal Financial Group at Drake University, U.S.. In the academic year from 2016 to 2017, she was a visiting fellow in Islamic finance at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, an independent centre of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom where she pioneered the establishment of the Islamic finance department. She has been a visiting lecturer at St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon since 2015, lecturing on the fundamentals of Islamic finance contracts to practising lawyers pursuing their Master in Law degree. She was an adjunct professor in the School of Economics, Finance & Banking of Universiti Utara Malaysia between 2014 and 2019 and she was also an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Business and Management of UiTM between 2019 and 2021.
Between 2015 and 2017, she was appointed by the SC to serve as Public Interest Director of the Federation of Investment Managers Malaysia, recognised by the SC as a self-regulatory organisation for the unit trust industry. Between 2016 and 2020, she was a member of the Appeals Committee of Securities Industries Dispute Resolution Centre, an expert, independent and impartial alternative dispute resolution body established by the SC as part of its investor protection framework. She was also the Chairman of Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad from 2018 to 2020 and the Chairman of the board of trustees of Yayasan Bank Rakyat from 2019 to 2020. Between 2015 and January 2023, she was an independent director of Top Glove Corporation Berhad, a public company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Securities. In 2022, she was appointed chairwoman (designate) of the Malaysian operations of Arabesque Holding Ltd, a United Kingdom based financial technology company.
She has been an independent director of Swift Haulage Berhad since 2021, a public company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Securities and also holds directorships in several companies.
Tunku Afwida Binti Tunku A. Malek, is our Independent Non-Executive Director. She was appointed to our Board on 10 February 2022.
She obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics and Accountancy from The City University, London (the predecessor of City, University of London) in 1988 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1992. Currently, she is a member of MIA.
She left the United Kingdom in 1993 to return to Malaysia and joined Rashid Hussain Asset Management (the predecessor of RHB Asset Management Sdn Bhd) as a fund manager and analyst until 1994 when she joined UOB Asset Management Ltd in Singapore as an equities analyst and manager and left in 1995. Between 1995 and 2003, she served as an executive director and Chief Investment Officer at Commerce Asset Fund Managers Sdn Bhd (the predecessor of CPAM).
Between 2003 and 2008, she held senior and leadership positions in two investment banks. She joined MIMB Investment Bank Berhad (now known as Hong Leong Investment Bank Berhad) in 2003 and served as Chief Executive Officer until 2006. She was then appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad (“Kenanga IB”) between 2006 and 2008. She also served as an executive director of both banks during her tenure with the banks.
During the period after she left Kenanga IB, she served on the boards of a number of public and private companies including Cagamas Berhad, i-VCAP Management Sdn Bhd, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak Sdn Bhd, Transnational Insurance Brokers (M) Sdn Bhd and Benih Semaian Sdn Bhd. Between 2016 and 2022, she was a director and co-owner of Asia Equity Research Sdn Bhd, a company licensed by the SC to provide advisory services in corporate finance including compliance and funding advisory related services.
She is currently the Chairman of Affin Hwang Investment Bank Berhad. She has been an independent director of Telekom Malaysia Berhad since 2016, SAM Engineering & Equipment (M) Berhad since 2020 and Enra Group Berhad since March 2022, all public companies listed on the Main Market of Bursa Securities and also holds directorships in several companies.
Stefan Heitmann, is our Independent Non-Executive Director. He was appointed to our Board on 10 February 2022. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration (Diplom- Betriebswirt (FH)) from the University of Applied Sciences, Rheinland Pfalz, Germany (Fachhochschule Rheinland Pfalz) (the predecessor of Mainz University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Mainz)) in 1993. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia.
He began his career in 1985 as an Apprentice Industrial Business Management Assistant at Hoechst AG, a pharmaceutical and chemical company in Germany. He was conscripted for mandatory military service in Germany from 1987 until 1988. Subsequent thereto, he returned to Hoechst AG in 1988 as a marketing executive (Eastern Europe) and rose through the ranks to become a pharmaceutical representative and thereafter international pharmaceutical representative at Hoechst Australia Ltd. between 1993 to 1994, business service (distribution) & business development manager at Hoechst Thai Ltd in Bangkok, Thailand between 1994 and 1996, regional controller & marketing coordinator for South East Asia and Pakistan at Hoechst Marion Roussel AG (Singapore Representative Office) in Singapore between 1997 and 1998 and finally as Country Business Analyst, Asia Pacific at Hoechst Marion Roussel AG, Frankfurt from 1998 to 1999.
He subsequently joined the Zuellig Pharma group from 1999 until 2012 across its operations in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia where he held various senior positions including as Vice President of operations at Metro Drug, Inc., Manila, Philippines in 1999 and his last position was as President & General Manager in 2003. He was then transferred to PT Wigo Distribusi Farmasi, Jakarta, Indonesia where he was General Manager and subsequently President Director before he was transferred in 2006 to serve as General Director of Zuellig Pharma Vietnam Co. Ltd., Vietnam until his subsequent transfer in 2011 to serve as the Chief Executive at Zuellig Pharma Sdn Bhd, Malaysia overseeing operations in Malaysia and Brunei until 2012.
Since 2012, he has been providing healthcare consultancy services, initially privately on his own and subsequently under Windira Ltd and thereafter under Windira (HK) Limited, where he is Managing Director and co-owner. He has provided advisory services to, among others, healthcare manufacturer and distributors.
He currently sits on the board of several companies.
Abraham Verghese A/L T V Abraham, is our Independent Non-Executive Director. He was appointed to our Board on 10 February 2022.
He became an associate member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”) in 1982 and has been a Fellow member of ACCA since 1987. He has been a member of Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (formerly known as Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants) (“MICPA”) since 1989 and is currently a member of MIA. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia.
He began his career with T Chellapah & Co, an accounting firm, in 1979 as an Audit Assistant and left in the same year to join Hanafiah Raslan & Mohamad, an accounting firm. He remained with the firm after its merger in 1990 with Arthur Anderson (“AA”) and the subsequent merger in 2002 with Ernst and Young (“EY”), an international accounting firm, until his retirement in 2016. In the 37 years with the firm, he held various senior positions and gained vast experience in accounting, auditing and financial consulting, initial public offering, corporatisation and privatisation of entities in varying industries, including financial institutions, stockbroking, asset and fund management, manufacturing, real estate, education, construction and healthcare. He was appointed as National Partner from 1994 to 1997 and subsequently Worldwide Partner of AA from 1997 to 2001 and went on to become a Partner at EY from 2002 until 2016.
He has been an independent director of Maxim Global Berhad since 2019, a public company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Securities.
Ong Huey Min, is our Independent Non-Executive Director. She was appointed to our Board on 1 August 2022.
She completed her secondary school education at Sekolah Menengah King Edward VII, Taiping in 1977. She is a member of MICPA and MIA since 1983 and 1988 respectively. She is also a member of Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (formerly known as Malaysian Institute of Taxation) since 2003.
She began her career in 1978 as an Articled Clerk at Peat Marwick, Mitchell & Co (now known as KPMG PLT) and rose through the ranks of supervisor, manager and director over her years of service with the firm. In 2003, she was appointed as Executive Director/Partner heading the Penang tax division of KPMG Tax Services Sdn Bhd (“KPMG Tax”), her last position before her retirement in 2014. She stayed on as a Consultant at KPMG Tax for 3 months in 2015. During her tenure of more than 35 years at KPMG, she gained extensive experience in tax advisory and tax compliance matters and was the engagement partner for public listed and multinational companies in various industries. She also advised foreign investors on various tax incentives accorded by the Government and setting up initial operations in Malaysia.
In 2015, she co-founded YNWA Advisory PLT, a corporate advisory firm which provides, among others, business management consultancy, investment advisory and tax consultancy services.
She has been an independent director of Pensonic Holdings Bhd and Globetronics Technology Bhd since 2017, both public companies listed on the Main Market of Bursa Securities.
Lim Yew Lin, is our Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. She has been with our Group for over 25 years as our Executive Director and Company Secretary and in her various positions held in our Accounting and Finance Department.
She obtained her CIMA qualification in 2000 and was admitted as an associate member of CIMA in 2002. She is a member of MIA since 2003.
From 1990 to 1991, she worked at Ch’ng Khoon Peng Trading Sdn. Bhd. As an accounts clerk. In 1992, she joined Takwong (Kedah) Sdn. Bhd. as an Accounts Assistant from 1992 to 1994.
In 1994, she joined our business as an Accounts Executive and was promoted to Assistant Finance Manager of DXN Marketing in 1995 responsible for the preparation of accounts and liaison with external auditors. She was further promoted as Group Finance Manager and Corporate Finance Manager in 1997 and 1999 respectively and subsequently as our Group’s Financial Controller from 2002 until 2008. Over these 11 years, she was responsible for the Accounting and Finance Department of our Group in addition to her existing responsibilities of liaising with external auditors. Her responsibilities as Corporate Finance Manager and Financial Controller of the Group also included preparing and reviewing monthly consolidated financial statements, as well as reviewing and approving budgets of our subsidiaries.
From 2002 to May 2022, she was our Executive Director and during her tenure, she was responsible for overseeing our Group’s finance. She has been our Company Secretary since 2015.
She assumed her current position of Chief Financial Officer in 2021 where she is responsible for our Group’s corporate financial planning, budgeting, treasury, investment, insurance coverage, tax and payroll matters.
Tan Hiyin Tiong, is our Chief Operating Officer. He has over 15 years of experience with our Group overseeing our Group’s product management and registration.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) from Universiti Sains Malaysia (“USM”) in 1992. He has been a registered pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board Malaysia since 1993 and is currently an ordinary member of the Malaysian Pharmacists Society.
Subsequent to his graduation from USM, he served at Hospital Besar Alor Setar as a pharmacist under pupillage from 1992 until 1993. Between 1993 and 1994, he worked at Farmasi Econ (S P) Sdn Bhd as a Community Pharmacist, where his main responsibilities included counselling, consultation and sales of scheduled poisons. From 1995 to 2003, he worked at City Pharmacy Sdn Bhd in Taiping, also as a Community Pharmacist.
He joined our Group as a pharmacist in 2003. Since then, he has held various managerial positions including as Group Product Manager of our Group’s Product Department, Group Product Senior Manager where his responsibilities included handling product complaints and marketing activities for new products and General Manager where he is responsible for our Group’s product registration and trademark applications in respect of our Group’s global operations. He assumed his current position as Chief Operating Officer in May 2022 with the added responsibilities of being in-charge of the business operations and human resource matters of our Group.
Prajith Pavithran, is our Chief Marketing Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Utkal University, India in 1999 and obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the SCMS Cochin (School of Communication and Management Studies), India in 2001.
He began his career in 2001 when he joined our Group as Sales and Training Executive, tasked with coordinating sales and training activities in North India. In 2003, he was promoted as the Head of Sales and Training, North India, where he managed and monitored sales and training activities in North India. He was then promoted to manager of International Business, South Asia in 2004 responsible for coordinating marketing and operational matters in South Asia.
Between 2005 and 2009, he was appointed as manager of International Business Department at DIPL Philippines Branch and subsequently as Country Manager of DIPL Philippines Branch, to oversee the operations of DIPL Philippines Branch. In 2009, he was designated as Country Manager of DXN Mexico to oversee our Mexican operations. In 2010, he was promoted as our Regional Manager of Latin America, responsible for the leadership and direction of the Latin American market and to ensure the continuous growth and stability in our Group’s presence in that region.
He was further promoted as our Regional Manager of North and South America at Daxen USA in 2012 until 2016 when he became our Regional President (U.S. and Latin America). He assumed his current position as our Chief Marketing Officer in May 2022.
Kuah Lee Peng, is our Chief Manufacturing Officer. She has over 20 years of experience in quality assurance and manufacturing operations in the F&B, traditional pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.
She obtained a Bachelor of Science (Food Studies) from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2000.
She began her career in 2000 as a quality assurance (“QA”) officer at Golden Fresh Sdn Bhd (“Golden Fresh”), a seafood processor, where she was responsible for quality control activities and was involved in process improvement activities.