(45 years of age, Male, Malaysian),
Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director
Datuk Puvanesan Subenthiran is one of the founding members of Privasia Group, and was appointed as the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Privasia Group on 4 May 2009. He was appointed to the board of Privasia Sdn Bhd on 4 August 2004. He is also a member of the Investment Committee.
He graduated with BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from London South Bank University and holds a Diploma in Economics from the National Council for Educational Awards, Ireland.
He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He has completed the Senior Management Development Program and Program for Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. Prior to this, Mr. Puvanesan was a senior in the Business Advisory and Assurance Department of BDO Simpsons Xavier in Ireland and upon his return to Malaysia, was the Chief Financial Officer of the Makmal Jaya Group.
Mr. Datuk Puvanesan Subenthiran is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the President of TiE Malaysia Chapter.
(45 years of age, Male Malaysian),
Deputy Chief Executive Officer/ Executive Director
Mr. Andre, is one of the founding members of the Privasia Group, and was appointed as a Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Group on 4 May 2009. He is an alternate member for Mr. Puvanesan in the Investment Committee.
He is a LLB (Hons) graduate from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff.
He started off his working career while still at university, working as an intern with the New Straits Times press in 1996 followed by a short stint in a legal firm the following year.
Upon graduation, Mr. Andre moved into the dotcom business with Dreammotor.com as a member of its business development team. He was involved in the setting up of the company and the expansion of its operations and business to Singapore and Hong Kong. Mr. Andre’s passion, however, was very much in the logistics industry and he eventually joined Westport’s IT Department to harness his skills in this area. The various IT research studies carried out while at Westport led him to believe that there was an information technology gap to be filled in the port and shipping industry, and coupled with his IT experience from his stint at Dreammotor.com, he ventured full-time into IT consultancy.
Once fully into the IT field, Mr. Andre harnessed his skills in various areas of IT as well as in the management and operation of running a business. He helped steer and grow Privasia from the small IT Company focused on a niche area to the large group that it is today.
Mr. Andre is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Senior Management Development Program. He was the President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia's associate wing from 2010- 2012 and also independent director of Labuan Port Authority.
(47 years of age, Female, Malaysian),
Independent Non-Executive Director
Puan Haida Shenny Binti Hazri, was appointed as an Independent Non- Executive Director of Privasia Group on 9 Aug 2018. She is the Chairman of Audit Committee.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Finance from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Melbourne, Australia and Masters of Law from the University of Malaya. She has completed the Management Training at the INSEAD.
Haida Shenny has more than 18 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Haida commenced her career with PETRONAS and she undertook legal and commercial roles in PETRONAS E&P, LNG and Technology Businesses. Her last post in PETRONAS was Chief Executive Oficer, PETRONAS Technology Ventures Sdn. Bhd. She also served on various Boards of PETRONAS companies such as PETRONAS Technical Solutions Sdn. Bhd., PETROSAINS Sdn. Bhd., Lanzatech NZ Ltd. And Lanzatech USA Ltd. Whilst in PETRONAS, she was part of various corporate strategic studies and was part of the PETRONAS team that was involved in the Malaysian government Economic Transformation Plan (ETP) initiative.
In Sapura Energy (previously known as SapuraKencana), she held the position of Vice President of Strategy and New Ventures (E&P) and was involved in the building up of the E&P business for Sapura.
Haida also held the position of Chief Executive Oficer, Matrix Reservoir Sdn. Bhd., owner and operator of Tok Bali Supply Base, that built and operationalised the third supply base in Malaysia. She is currently the Chief Executive Oficer of Bintulu Supply Base Sdn. Bhd and holds a directorship in Velesto Energy Berhad (formerly known as UMW Oil & Gas Corporation Berhad) since June 2017 as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director.
(51 years of age, Male, Malaysian)
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Yip Kit Weng joined the board on 15 November 2022 as Independent Non-Executive Director. Kit has approximately 30 years of experience in Equity Fundraising, Corporate Finance and Advisory Services, Corporate Banking, Private Debt Securities Issuances and Private Equity Transactions. Kit also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Esente Capital Berhad. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Group Managing Director of Affin Hwang Investment Bank Berhad for 2 years. From November 2019 to October 2020, Kit was also a Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director of Affin Hwang Asset Management Berhad, AIIMAN Asset Management Sdn Bhd and Affin Hwang Trustee Berhad.
Prior to that, Kit was the Executive Director and Head of Investment Banking at Nomura Securities Malaysia Berhad since 2014. Preceding this, he held the position of Director, Corporate and Investment Banking Services at RHB Investment Bank. He also spent four years from 2010 to 2013, as Director/Team Head of Equity Capital Markets with CIMB Investment Bank.
He started his career in 1993 with Messrs Pricewaterhouse before joining Urama Merchant Bank Berhad (formerly known as Utama Wardley Berhad) three years later. He spent a total of 8 years in as Senior Manager, Corporate Finance with Utama Merchant Bank Berhad and also worked as Executive Director with AFG Advisory Sdn Bhd from 2004 to 2008.
Kit Weng holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of Western Australia. He is a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, Fellow of CPA Australia, Certified Financial Planner (CFP) of Financial Planning Association of Malaysia and an Associate of Taxation Institute Incorporated (ATII) of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia. Since 1 January 2021, Kit serves as a Divisional Councillor of CPA Australia, Malaysia Division and was elected as Deputy President for 2023.
(60 years of age, Male Malaysian)
Chairman / Independent Non-Executive Director
Dato' Azman Bin Mahmud ("Dato' Azman") was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Privasia Group on 10 May 2021.
Dato' Azman, who holds a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Engineering from University Putra Malaysia, was formerly the chief executive officer ("CEO") of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority ("MIDA") having served in various positions across many divisions within MIDA since 1989 until his retirement on 1 April 2021. During his tenure with MIDA, he was also posted overseas. As the CEO, he led MIDA in driving the investment agenda of Malaysia to achieve national investment targets from 2014 till 2021. He also led the transformation of MIDA towards being a world-class Investment Promotion Agency.
Dato' Azman who has held various Board positions, has been a member of various government agencies and special task forces related to development of businesses and investments. He is currently the Chairman of UPM Holdings Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned company of Universiti Putra Malaysia, held since May 2019 and a Director of the Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation, an agency under the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister Department held since September 2019. He was appointed as an investment panel member of Penjana Kapital established by the Ministry of Finance in July 2020. He has been a Board member of Kulim Technology Park Corporation, the developer and manager of Kulim Hi-Tech Park since March 2014. He was appointed to the Board of Invest Sabah, an investment promotion agency for the state of Sabah in March 2021 and SMEA Aerospace Sdn Bhd as well as another aerospace manufacturing company on 1 May 2021.
He has been an Independent Non Executive Director of Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad since 15 April 2021.
(35 years of age, Female, Malaysian)
Independent Non-Executive Director
Rachel Lau Jean Mei ("Ms Rachel") was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Privasia Group on 10 May 2021
Ms Rachel, who holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from Australian National University and a Master of Law from University of Sydney. is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of RHL Ventures Sdn Bhd ("RHL Ventures"). RHL Ventures is a Southeast Asian based investment firm that invests intergenerational capital in revolutionary entrepreneurs looking to disrupt existing ways of doing business and making an impact to society.
Prior to that, Ms Rachel had years of experience in investment management during her tenure with Heitman Investment Management and ING Investment Management.
Ms Rachel was one of the youngest independent directors in a New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE") listed company, GNC Holdings (NYSE: GNC), privatized by CITIC Capital Holdings Limited in 2020 and served on many other technology boards including Healthmetrics Sdn Bhd and Glife Technologies Pte Ltd.
She is on the panel of expert for the Ministry of Youths and Sports and serves as the Country Chair for Global Dignity's Malaysia chapter.
In 2018, Ms Rachel was named as 50 People who are Redefining the Way We Live by Business Times Singapore.
She does not hold any other directorship in any public companies.
(49 years of age, Male, Malaysian)
Independent Non-Executive Director
Leong Kah Chern ("Mr Danny") was appointed as an Independent Non Executive Director of Privasia Group on 10 May 2021.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Accounting and Financial Management) from University of Essex, United Kingdom. He also graduated from Harvard Business School after completing the Competing on Business Analytics and Big Data programme.
Mr Danny started his career at Accenture Malaysia Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Andersen Consulting) focusing on telecommunications consulting in 1994. He left Accenture as a Senior Manager in 2003 to co found Adeptis Solutions Sdn Bhd ("Adeptis") which provides automotive solutions and business consulting services to their clients. In 2006, Adeptis was acquired by Cuscapi Berhad ("Cuscapi") (formerly known as Datascan Berhad) and Mr Danny became the group chief executive officer ("CEO") of Cuscapi until 2010. During his time at Cuscapi, together with his team, they managed to turn around the loss-making business into profit-making one within the first year of management.
After Cuscapi, Mr Danny joined e-pay (M) Sdn Bhd ("e-pay"), a wholly owned subsidiary of EPY Capital Holdings Limited in 2010 as the CEO, bringing in new talents and ideas to position e-pay as the largest mobile prepaid reload and bill payment network provider in Malaysia as well as to spearhead the aggressive and regional growth of the company. With e-pay acquired by GHL Systems Berhad ("GHL") in 2014, Mr Danny assumed the role of CEO of GHL, leading both GHL as well as e-pay where he was tasked to merge the operations of both entities while developing and executing strategies to increase GHL's presence in Malaysia through payment services provided by both businesses.
In June 2015, he assumed the leadership role of GHL's Strategic Planning unit to focus on defining the group's strategy as well as implementing them. He was tasked to turnaround the GHL Thailand business as well as to start up the GHL Indonesia business. Mr Danny was appointed as Group CEO of GHL on 1 December 2016. As Group CEO, he was responsible for overseeing the operations for the entire group, reporting directly to the Vice Executive Chairman and Board of Directors. Mr Danny was tasked to drive the growth of the group to be the largest non-bank payment acceptance acquirer in ASEAN.
During his time as Group CEO, GHL was awarded the prestigious Asia's Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Award as Asia's Best Performing Company as well as The Edge's Billion Ringgit Club Award in 2019.
Having left GHL on 31 December 2020, he is currently focusing on strategic advisory work in the fintech industry. Mr Danny was awarded the Emerging Entrepreneurs Award for Outstanding & Exemplary Achievements in Entrepreneurship in 2007 and The BrandLeadership Award by The BrandLaureate in 2020.
He does not hold any other directorship in any public companies.