Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Tune Group.
Group Chief Executive Director of AirAsia
Prior to Tune and AirAsia, Tan Sri Tony was Financial Controller at Virgin Communications London from 1987 to 1989, Senior Financial Analyst at Warner Music International London from 1989 to 1992, Managing Director at Warner Music Malaysia, from 1992 to 1996, Regional Managing Director, ASEAN from August 1996 to December 1999 and Vice President, ASEAN from December 1999 to July 2001 at Warner Music South East Asia.
Tan Sri Tony graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Accounting and Finance and became an Associate Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1991. He later became a Fellow Member in 1996. He was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 2008.
Among the awards that he has received are the “Recording Industry Person of the Year 1997″ by the Recording Industry Association of Malaysia, “Malaysia CEO of the Year 2003″ by American Express, the Business Times’ “Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year – Malaysia 2003″, “Airline Business Strategy Award 2005 and Low Cost Leadership” by Airline Business and “Asia Pacific Aviation Executive” by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (“CAPA”) for the year 2004 and 2005. He was also named the Master Entrepreneur of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 Malaysia. In 2007, Tan Sri Tony was awarded ‘The Brand Laureate’ Brand Personality for his exemplary performance, dedication and contribution towards the aviation industry in Malaysia. In 2009, Tan Sri Tony was awarded the CAPA Legend Award (Aviation Hall of Fame).
Co-founder of Tune Group.
Deputy Group Chief Executive Director of AirAsia
Prior to joining Tune Group and AirAsia, Dato’ Kamarudin worked in Arab-Malaysian Merchant Bank from 1988 to 1993 as a Portfolio Manager, managing both institutional and high net-worth individual clients’ investment funds. In 1994, he was appointed Executive Director of Innosabah Capital Management Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Innosabah Securities Sdn Bhd. He subsequently acquired the shares of its joint venture partner of Innosabah Capital Management Sdn Bhd, which was later renamed Intrinsic Capital Management Sdn Bhd.
Dato’ Kamarudin received a Diploma in Actuarial Science from University Technology MARA (UiTM) and was named the “Best Actuarial Student” by the Life Insurance Institute of Malaysia in 1983. He received a B.Sc. degree with Distinction (Magna Cum Laude) majoring in Finance in 1986, and an MBA in 1987 from Central Michigan University.
Mr Lim Kian Onn, a Malaysian, aged 54, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He served his articleship with KMG Thomson McLintock in London and was a consultant with Andersen Consulting from 1981 to 1984. Between 1984 and 1993, he was with Hong Leong Group, Malaysia as a Senior Manager in the Finance Division and subsequently as an Executive Director in the stockbroking arm responsible for corporate finance, research and institutional sales. Mr Lim founded the Libra Capital Group in 1994 and co-founded the ECM Libra Group in 2002.
Mr Lim was appointed to the Board of ECMLFG on 16 June 2006 and re-designated Managing Director with effect from 1 May 2007, a position he held till 5 August 2010. On 6 August 2010, he was re-designated Non-Executive Director of the Company.
Mr Lim is also the non-executive Chairman of Plato Capital Limited, a company incorporated in Singapore and listed on the Stock Exchange of Singapore and a director of ECM Libra Foundation.
Dato’ Seri Kalimullah bin Masheerul Hassan, a Malaysian, aged 53, began a career in journalism in 1979 and moved on to the corporate sector in 1995. He has gained vast corporate experience, having held key positions in various Malaysian listed corporations. In September 2002, Dato’ Seri Kalimullah was appointed as Chairman of the national news agency, Bernama, for a two-year term by DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Agong but resigned to take on his position as Group Chief-in-Editor in The News Straits Times Press (M) Bhd (“NSTP”) on 1 January 2004. He left as Group Editor in-Chief on 31 December 2005 upon expiry of his contract and returned to his financial services business. He was appointed Deputy Chairman of NSTP on 1 January 2006 and resigned on 31 December 2008. Dato’ Seri Kalimullah was appointed by the Federal Government as a member of the National Unity Advisory Panel on 1 January 2005 for a two-year term. He was re-appointed for another two-year term on 1 January 2007.
Dato’ Seri Kalimullah was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors (“Board”) of ECM Libra Financial Group Berhad (“ECMLFG” or “Company”) on 16 June 2006. He was re-designated Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 May 2007, a position he held till 5 February 2010. On 6 February 2010, he was re-designated Chairman of the Company. Dato’ Seri Kalimullah is also currently a director of ECM Libra Foundation.
Head of the Special Situation Investments department of CIMB Group
Hong Kheng is the Head of the Special Situation Investments department of CIMB Group that is responsible for direct principal investments and investments in private equity funds and hedge funds. Some of the investments made include CIMB’s investment in Tune Money, the take private acquisition of Worldwide Holdings and the acquisition of a majority stake in Touch n Go. Before that, Hong Kheng’s was selected in 2003 to head up CIMB Group’s first investment banking foray into Indonesia.
As the Executive Director of PT CIMB Niaga Securities Indonesia (“CNS”), Hong Kheng established an investment banking presence for CIMB in Indonesia and successfully executed numerous investment banking mandates. Under his leadership, CNS was named by Bloomberg as the most active lead underwriter for IPOs and market leader for Equity and Equity-related issues in Indonesia in 2005. Prior to his stint in Indonesia, Hong Kheng was active in M&A and fund raising deals such as the MBO and restructuring of KFC Malaysia and the RM1.03 billion zero coupon bonds issued by Intelek Perkasa, a deal that was voted “Best Malaysian Ringgit Bond Deal in 2001″ by Euroweek. Throughout his career with CIMB, Hong Kheng has had cross-departmental exposure with the Investment Banking division, Corporate Finance department and Capital Markets department.
Also qualified advocate and solicitor of the Malaysian Bar, Hong Kheng’s other employment positions were with Shook Lin & Bok, Lee Choon Wan & Co and as the Investment Manager for Jerneh Insurance Berhad.
Hong Kheng obtained his Bachelor of Economics (Accounting major) and LLB from Monash University. He is a member of the Malaysian Bar and the Australian Society of CPAs. He also holds an Underwriter and Broker license from Bapepam, the Indonesian Capital Market Supervisory Agency.