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25 Jun 2013

ABDUL GHANI IS NEW SIME DARBY CHAIRMAN


KUALA LUMPUR: Former Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman has been appointed as Sime Darby Bhd's new chairman effective July 1, taking over from interim chairman Tan Sri Samsudin Osman.

The appointment confirms a Business Times report in May which tipped Abdul Ghani to helm Malaysia's oldest conglomerate. The chairman's post was left vacant following the retirement of Tun Musa Hitam on November 8 last year.

In a statement to Bursa Malaysia yesterday, Sime Darby said Abdul Ghani, 66, was also named Sime Darby's independent and non-executive director.

Following his appointment, the board of Sime Darby will now comprise 13 directors with five independent directors.

Abdul Ghani holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and a Master's Degree in Political Economics from the University of Queensland, Australia.

He was a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Malaya (1974-1980), Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya (1980-1984), Member of Senate (December 1984-July 1986) and Member of Parliament for Ledang (August 1986-March 1995).

He was also deputy energy, telecommunication and post minister (May 1987-November 1990), deputy finance minister (November 1990-November 1993), youth and sports minister (December 1993-March 1995) and Johor's Menteri Besar (March 1995-May 2013).

SOURCE: NST BUSINESS TIMES, JUN 25, 2013

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