Dato’ Mohamed Suffian bin Awang, aged 45, a Malaysian, was appointed as the Independent Non-Executive Director of Pecca on 3 December 2014. Subsequently, he was re-designated as the Independent Non-Executive Chairman on 4 February 2015. He obtained his Diploma in Public Administration and Bachelor of Law Degree from Universiti Teknologi Mara Shah Alam in 1992 and 1996 respectively. Upon completing his chambering, he joined Messrs Malek & Associates in 1996. After 4 years, he left Malek & Associates to join Messrs Mohd Mohtar & Co as a partner in 2000. He ceased legal practice in April 2010. He was appointed as Political Secretary to YAB Prime Minister of Malaysia and assumed his office in Putrajaya from 2010 to 2013. Presently, he is attached to Perumahan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (Pr1ma) as Vice President of the Chairman’s Office, which he assumed since 2014. He is responsible to liaise between the management of Pr1ma and the Government to build and manage relationships with relevant stakeholders, key legislators and regulators in ensuring Pr1ma‘s needs and requirements are met, and to manage the co-ordination of Chairman’s corporate activities in relation to Pr1ma’s event and activities. Further, he is involved in the preparation and development of proposals involving special projects initiated by the Government Ministries and State Regulators for the Chairman’s office. He is also the Independent Non-Executive Director of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad.
He sits on the board of several private limited companies.
Datuk Teoh Hwa Cheng, aged 48, a Malaysian, is the Group Managing Director and founder of our Pecca Group. He was appointed to the Board of Pecca on 27 July 2010. He brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the leather goods industry. He completed his primary school studies in 1982 and started to gain working experience through various jobs from being an apprentice in an aluminium manufacturing company to being sales person in small leather goods comprising wallets, purses, belts and other leather products (“Small Leather Goods”) trading companies until 1987, when he set up a trading business in Small Leather Goods products. After gaining the exposure in managing his own Small Leather Goods trading business and to grow further upstream in the leather business, he ceased his trading business and managed a small scale manufacturing operations in Bangkok, Thailand, producing Small Leather Goods in 1989. With the intention to relocate back to Malaysia, in 1993, he ceased his manufacturing operations in Thailand and established Omicrast Manufacturers Sdn Bhd, a Small Leather Goods manufacturing operations in Perlis who was the contract supplier to Miroza Leather (M) Sdn Bhd. He managed Omicrast Manufacturers Sdn Bhd from 1993 until he ceased the said manufacturing operations in 2000. He established both MRZ Car Seats Sdn Bhd and PLeather in the same year in 2000 in order to expand into the automotive industry. Since then, he focused his time and energy in the automotive leather upholstery industry. He was instrumental in our continuous expansion in the leather seat covers business, both locally and internationally and steering our Pecca Group to its current status.
He is responsible for leading the overall strategic planning and the charting of long term objectives of our Pecca Group.
He also sits on the board of several private companies.
Datin Sam Yin Thing, aged 45, a Malaysian, is the Executive Director of Pecca. She was appointed to the Board on 31 October 2011. She started working after she completed her lower secondary school studies in 1985, where she gained experience working as a general and administrative clerk and subsequently in the supervisory positions responsible for administrative functions in a few trading companies until 1989. From 1989 to 1993, she worked as the Administrative Manager in Datuk Teoh Cheng Hwa’s small scale operations in Bangkok, Thailand, producing small leather goods. She joined Omicrast Manufacturers Sdn Bhd in 1993 (the contract supplier of small leather goods to Miroza Leather (M) Sdn Bhd since 1993) as the Administrative Manager until she left in 1997 to join Miroza Leather (M) Sdn Bhd (presently a subsidiary of MESB Berhad which is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Securities) as the Purchasing Manager. Miroza Leather (M) Sdn Bhd is a company specialising in the distribution of small leather goods for internationally renowned brands such as Pierre Cardin, Pierre Balmain and Alain Delon under exclusive licensing as well as its own house brands, namely Giossardi. She left Miroza Leather (M) Sdn Bhd in 2007 and joined PLeather as the Administrative Manager in the same year where she is involved in the general administrative functions of the company. She is currently responsible for overseeing the purchasing functions of our Pecca Group, especially those in relation to vendor development for raw materials. These include leather and PVC raw materials, where she has extensive knowledge from her involvement in the leather industry for the past 20 years.
She also sits on the board of several private companies.
Sam Chee Keng, aged 37, a Malaysian, was appointed as the Executive Director of Pecca on 3 December 2014. He is also the Executive Director of PLeather. He stopped schooling in 1996 after he completed his secondary 3 and started his career at Car Centre Cushion as a seat cover apprentice until 1997. He joined KK Best Leather Seat Sdn Bhd in 1997 as the Head of the R&D Department and was mainly responsible for the development of templates for leather seat covers. He left KK Best Leather Seat Sdn Bhd in 2000 to join PLeather and was appointed as an Executive Director. He was one of the pioneers in the R&D Department and was responsible for the preparation of pattern templates for seat covers, as well as the successful invention of the Smart Fit and Quick Fit seat cover products.
Dato’ Dr Norraesah binti Haji Mohamad, aged 68, a Malaysian, is our Independent Non-Executive Director. She was appointed to our Board on 30 July 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Economics from University of Malaya in 1972. In 1982, she obtained her Masters in International Economics Relations from International Institute of Public Administration, France and Masters in International Economics and Finance from University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne, France. She further obtained a PhD (Economics Science) International Economics and International Finance from University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne, France in 1986.
She has over forty three (43) years of working experience in the field of banking, finance, investment, international trade and commerce. She was with the Government of Malaysia from 1972 to 1988, serving the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Finance. In 1988, she left the public sector to join the private sector, starting with ESSO Production Malaysia Inc. She later assumed the position of Managing Director with Ishak Hamid and Associates Sdn Bhd, a consulting firm which provides financial and investment advisory services where she served from 1990 to 1992. She was later appointed as the Chief Representative of Credit Lyonnais Bank in Malaysia in 1991, a position she held until 1998. She was the Chairman of Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia from 2000 to 2003.
She is currently the Chairman of the World Islamic Businesswomen Network of the World Islamic Economic Forum ("WIEF") and sits on its Board of Trustees and is a member of the International Advisory Panel.
She was also a member of UMNO Supreme Council from 2000 to 2013. She was appointed as a Senator in 2005 and held the position until 2008.
She sits on the Board of Directors of My E.G. Services Berhad since 2006, where she holds the position of Executive Chairman. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Adventa Berhad, Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad and Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad, all of which are listed on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. She also sits on the Board of Directors of several private limited companies.
Leong Kam Weng, aged 52, a Malaysian, is our Independent Non-Executive Director. He was appointed to our Board on 11 September 2014. He graduated with a Bachelor of Economics Degree in 1986 and a Bachelor of Law Degree in 1988, both from Monash University, Australia. He was admitted as a member of CPA Australia in 1988, advanced to the status of a Certified Practising Accountant of CPA Australia in 2003 and then further advanced to become a Fellow of CPA Australia in 2013. He is also a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants since 2004. He is also a certified mediator on the panel of the Malaysian Mediation Centre since 2007. He was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1989 and was in legal practice for three (3) years, after which he joined TA Enterprise Berhad in 1992.
In February 1992, he joined TA Enterprise Berhad as the Group Legal Manager until 1995. He was the Vice President of International Division of TA Enterprise Berhad from November 1993 to October 1995. Between November 1995 and February 1997, he held the position of General Manager cum Director of Credit Leasing Corporation Sdn Bhd. He also held the post of Executive Director of TA Bank of Philippines, Inc from March 1997 to June 1998. During this period, he was also the Executive Director of TA Securities (Phil) Inc and TA Property Development Inc, the posts which he held in concurrence with the role in TA Bank of Philippines. He returned to Malaysia in 1998 upon being promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer of TA Securities Berhad, the flagship company of the TA Group, where he served from June 1998 to July 1999. During his tenure with the TA Group, he was also appointed as a Director of various subsidiaries of the TA Group.
At the TA Group, he was involved in identifying and negotiating investment opportunities and acquisitions in the Asia-Pacific region including Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Canada and South Africa.
Since 1999, he has been a Partner of the law firm, Messrs Iza Ng Yeoh & Kit.
He sits on the Board of Directors, Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee of TA Enterprise Berhad and TA Global Berhad, which are listed on Bursa Securities. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Xin Hwa Holdings Berhad, which is listed on Bursa Securities.
He is also a director of several non-listed public companies namely, Asian Outreach (M) Berhad, Pusat Penyayang KSKA and Tokio Marine Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad.