Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad bin Syed Abdul Kadir, aged 70, a Malaysian, was appointed to the Board of the Company as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 11 December 2012. He is the Chairman of the Board Audit Committee and also a member of the Board Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Board Risk and Investment Committee.
Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from Universiti Malaya in 1971. He obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, USA, in 1977 and proceeded to obtain a PhD (Business Management) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA in 1986. In 2005, he obtained a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Hons.) from the University of Malaya. He obtained the Certificate in Legal Practice in 2008 from the Malaysian Professional Legal Board. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in July 2009, and obtained the Master of Law (Corporate Law) from Universiti Teknologi MARA in December 2009. In June 2011, he became a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom and in May 2012, he became the fellow of the said Institute.
Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad started his career in 1973 as Senior Project Officer, School of Financial Management at the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) and held various positions before his final appointment as Deputy Director (Academic). In November 1988, he joined the Ministry of Education as Secretary of Higher Education and thereafter assumed the post of Deputy Secretary (Foreign and Domestic Borrowing, Debt Management), Finance Division of Federal Treasury. Between June 1993 to June 1997, he joined the board of directors of Asian Development Bank, Manila, the Philippines, first as alternate Executive Director and later as an Executive Director. In July 1997, he joined the Ministry of Finance as Secretary (Tax Division) and subsequently became the Deputy Secretary General (Operations) of Ministry of Finance. Prior to his retirement, he was Secretary General, Ministry of Human Resources from August 2000 to February 2003.
Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad is the Chairman of CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd, Sun Life Malaysia Assurance Berhad and Sun Life Malaysia Takaful Berhad. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Euro Holdings Berhad, Solution Engineering Holdings Berhad, BSL Corporation Berhad and ACR ReTakaful Berhad and several private limited companies.