Dato' Mohd Zakhir Siddiqy Bin Sidek, 50
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Dato' Mohd Zakhir Siddiqy Bin Sidek was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Chairman on 17 April 2015.
He graduated from King's College, University of London, UK with a Bachelor of Law in 1989. He was admitted as an associate to The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 1993 and is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants ("MIA").
Dato' Zakhir Sidek has accumulated over twenty seven (27) years of working experience and has been involved in various industries. He started his career in 1989 with KPMG Peat Marwick in London working in audit, tax and corporate advisory, and was attached to the firm until 1993. Between 1994 to 1995, he acted as the Vice President for Turnaround Managers Inc (M) Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur where he was responsible for corporate advisory and restructuring.
Between 1995 to 1999, he has held senior positions in various public and private companies. Among the public companies, he acted as Managing Director in Renong Berhad, Non-Executive Director in United Engineers (M) Berhad, Director in Crest Petroleum Berhad, Director in Southern Steel Berhad, Executive Vice Chairman in Park May Berhad and Director in KLOFFE Berhad. During that time, he also held directorship in various private limited companies including Cyberview Sdn Bhd, Prolink Sdn Bhd, PUTRA Sdn Bhd, Marak Unggul Sdn Bhd, Renong Solutions Sdn Bhd and Teras Teknologi Sdn Bhd. In the year 2000, he ventured out to start United Flagship Sdn Bhd where he is a director and shareholder to the present day. United Flagship Sdn Bhd is an investment company with subsidiaries in property development, construction, manufacturing, agriculture and information technology. Dato' Zakhir is no longer shareholder nor director of the companies listed above, save for United Flagship Sdn Bhd.
Dato' Sri Ir. Kunasingam A/L V. Sittampalam, 64
Dato' Sri Ir. Kunasingam A/L V. Sittampalam is the founding member and was appointed to the Board as an Executive Director on 17 April 2015.
He graduated from the University of Sheffield, UK in 1977 with a Bachelor of Engineering and proceeded to obtain his Masters in Engineering at the same university in 1979. He is a Fellow with the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia ("IEM"), a Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers, Malaysia ("BEM"), a member of the Association of Consulting Engineers, Malaysia ("ACEM"), Chartered Institution of Highway and Transportation UK ("CIHT") and Institution of Engineers, Australia.
Dato' Sri Ir. Kunasingam has accumulated over thirty seven (37) years of experience within the engineering and project management services market. He started his career in 1980 as a Civil Engineer in C.H. Teoh & Partners, and was attached to the company up to 1981. He co-founded HSS Consult Partnership in 1984 which was thereafter incorporated into HSS Consult Sdn Bhd in 1985. HSS Consult Sdn Bhd was principally involved in the provision of engineering design and project management services, but has since been struck off. During his tenure in HSS Consult Sdn Bhd, he was mainly involved in the design and project implementation of various infrastructure and construction projects. In 1988, he co-founded HSSI, an engineering consultancy company registered under the REA, and in 2001, he co-founded HSSE, the principal subsidiary.
Dato' Ir. Nitchiananthan A/L Balasubramaniam, 54
Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer
Dato' Ir. Nitchiananthan A/L Balasubramaniam was appointed to our Board on as an Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer on 17 April 2015
He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology of Roorkee, India in 1987. He proceeded to obtain his Masters in Engineering majoring in Highway / Transportation from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1989.
He became a Corporate Member of the IEM in July 1994 and a Fellow in January 2009. Since February 2005, he is also a Principal Interviewer for Corporate Membership applicants to IEM. He obtained his Professional Engineer from the BEM in November 1994. He has served BEM as an Editorial Board Member during the period 2003 to 2007 and is on the Scale of Fees Committee from November 2013 to date.
Dato' Ir. Nitchiananthan is also a Fellow of CIHT. He has served the CIHT Malaysia Branch as a Committee Member (1999 to 2003), Honorary Treasurer (2003 to 2009) and Honorary Secretary (2009 to date). He is also a Council Member of the Road Engineering Association of Malaysia.
Dato' Ir. Nitchiananthan has accumulated over thirty (30) years' experience in the engineering and project management consultancy industry. He started his career with Minconsult Sdn Bhd ("Minconsult") as an Assistant Engineer in 1987 on the Sabah Rural Trunk Road project. He left Minconsult in 1988 to pursue a Master's degree and re-joined Minconsult as a Highway Engineer in February 1989.
He joined HSSI in October 1989 as a Highway Engineer and was promoted to the rank of an Associate in 1994 and held the position of Head of Highways. In 1996, he was promoted to Associate Director in HSSI in charge of all highway and railway / transit projects. In 2001, he was transferred from HSSI to HSSE as Chief Operating Officer. He was involved in formulating and negotiating the first Government to Government (Malaysia - India) highway toll concession in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India involving a consortium of Malaysian companies. His role as a member of the consortium was the negotiation of terms with the Government of India in relation to the Vijayawada to Nandigama highway and Tada to Nellore highway.
He was promoted to his current position as Chief Executive Officer in 2011 and Ir. Sharifah Azlina Bt Raja Kamal Pasmah took over as Chief Operating Officer. Apart from overall responsibility for the Group's performance, he is still actively involved in key projects of the Group. On 22 September 2015, he was appointed to the Board of HSSE, the principal subsidiary as well as HSSI.
Dato' Ir. Khairudin Bin Sidek, 66
Dato' Ir. Khairudin Bin Sidek was appointed to our Board as an Executive Director on 17 April 2015.
He graduated from the Brighton Polytechnic, UK with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1974. He is a member of the IEM, and a Professional Engineer with the BEM, and a Steam Engineer Grade II. He is also a member of the ACEM.
Dato' Ir. Khairudin has accumulated over forty three (43) years' experience in the field of mechanical and electrical engineering. He started his career in 1974 as a Pupil Engineer in Lembaga Letrik Negara (now known as Tenaga Nasional Berhad), Port Dickson and was subsequently promoted to Shift Engineer in 1978. He left Lembaga Letrik Negara in 1980. Between 1980 to 1987, he joined Jurutera Konsultant (SEA) Sdn Bhd as a director and shareholder with the title of Mechanical Engineering Partner where he was registered with the Board of Engineers as a consultant for mechanical and electrical and civil and structural engineering projects. Between 1988 to 1990, he was attached with Hyco Worldwide (M) Sdn Bhd, which is principally involved in the oil-water emulsion technology for application in combustion of fuel used in power generation as its Managing Director. In 1991, he became the Regional Manager in South East Asia for Wahlco Environmental Systems Incorporated, and was attached to the company up to 1993. In 1991, he also became the principal partner for Perunding IMS, which provides mechanical and electrical consultancy services. He left Perunding IMS to join HSSME in 2011. In addition, he also holds directorships in several private limited companies.
Mohan A/L Ramalingam, 68
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mohan A/L Ramalingam was appointed to our Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 17 April 2015.
He graduated from Leicester Polytechnic, UK with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1972 and started his career as an Engineer in Monsanto Electronics Sdn Bhd in 1973 where he rose to become Manufacturing Manager and was responsible for four (4) production departments. In 1978, he joined PA Consulting Services Sdn Bhd, an international management consulting firm and was responsible for the operation and supervision of a range of consultancy assignments. During his five (5) years there, he enrolled in Harvard University, USA and graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree in 1983. From 1984 to 1988, he acted as Managing Director for Mewah Holdings Sdn Bhd, an investment holding company and was responsible for troubleshooting poor performing divisions while evaluating new investment opportunities. During that time, he was involved in the restructuring of Pagor Ruyong Group, turning it from a loss making company that lost USD200,000 in 1984 to a profitable company registering profits of USD2.0 million in 1988
In 1989, he joined MRY Associates Sdn Bhd ("MRY"), an investment holding company as a Managing Director and has held that position ever since. He is responsible for the research and development activities as well as identifying market trends and niches to be developed. MRY's investee companies include JobStreet.com Bhd, BFM Radio and Agrinos A.S. He acted as an Independent Director in Oriental Capital Assurance from 2010 to 2012. He also holds directorship in a number of private limited companies.
Foo Lee Khean, 54
Independent Non-Executive Director
Foo Lee Khean was appointed to our Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 17 April 2015.
He completed his professional examinations from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK in 1987. He is a Fellow Member of the MIA and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. He commenced his career with Coopers & Lybrand Malaysia in 1987 in the Restructuring and Recovery Department before leaving as a Senior Associate in 1989 to join Price Waterhouse, Singapore, in a similar department. He left Price Waterhouse in 1990 to join Arthur Andersen, Singapore in the Corporate Recovery Services Department before assuming his career in Arthur Andersen, Malaysia in 1992 in the Corporate Recovery and Corporate Finance Division. He was the Director - Corporate Finance of Ernst & Young in 2002 following the merger of Arthur Andersen with Ernst & Young in the same year before leaving in 2005 and has since been a Capital Markets Services Representative License holder and a director of Strategic Capital Advisory Sdn Bhd, which is licensed by the SC under the CMSA to undertake investment advisory and corporate finance. Presently he is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Systech Bhd (listed on the ACE Market), Kumpulan Jetson Berhad, SMIS Corporation Berhad and SYF Resources Berhad all 3 of which are listed on the Main Market of Bursa Securities.
Ir. Sharifah Azlina Bt Raja Kamal Pasmah, 50
Alternate Director to Dato' Ir. Nitchiananthan A/L Balasubramaniam / Chief Operating Officer
Ir. Sharifah Azlina Bt Raja Kamal Pasmah is an alternate director to Dato' Ir. Nitchiananthan A/L Balasubramaniam. She is also our Chief Operating Officer.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Christian Brothers University, Memphis, USA in 1990 and subsequently, completed her Master of Business Administration at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK in 2012. She is a Fellow with the IEM, Principal Interviewer for IEM's professional applicants and Vice Chairman of the Women Engineers Section (terms 2013 - 2014) with the IEM, a Professional Engineer with the BEM, an Associate Member of the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia, member of the Intelligent Transport System of Malaysia and a member of Project Management Institute (Malaysian Chapter).
Ir. Sharifah Azlina has over twenty seven (27) years of experience within the engineering and project management services market, particularly in road and highway designs. She started her career in 1990 with the Memphis City Council in USA as an undergraduate trainee where she was involved in the redesign of an existing road intersection in the city of Memphis. Upon her return to Malaysia in the same year, she joined Dolomite Properties Sdn Bhd for a short stint before joining Minconsult as a Graduate Engineer. She left Minconsult in 1991 to join HSSI as an Engineer and rose through the ranks to become Chief Engineer (Highway) in 2002. She was transferred from HSSI to HSSE in 2002 as Chief Engineer (Highway), and again rose through the ranks to become our Chief Operating Officer in 2011, a position she has held ever since. She has carried out the role of Project Manager in various road/ highway projects for over eighteen (18) years, and has taken up the role of Project Director for various notable projects.