Aged 73. Malaysian. Tan Sri Asmat is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board since 29 August 2001. Tan Sri Asmat obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Economics from the University of Malaya in 1966 and subsequently obtained a Diploma in European Economic Integration from the University of Amsterdam in 1970. He had a distinguished career with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia (“MITI”) for 35 years until his retirement as Secretary-General in January 2001. Tan Sri Asmat also had wide exposure in both domestic and international trade sectors whilst at MITI. He had served as Economic Counsellor for Malaysia in Brussels and worked with international bodies such as ASEAN, WTO and APEC and was actively involved in national organisations such as Johor Corporation, SMIDEC and MATRADE.

Currently, Tan Sri Asmat is the Group Chairman of Compugates Holdings Berhad, The Royal Bank of Scotland Berhad and is a Non-Executive Vice-Chairman of YTL Cement Berhad. He also sits on the Board of JACTIM Foundation and Air Asia X Berhad. In 2008, he was appointed by MITI to represent Malaysia as Governor on the Governing Board of The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia a position he held for six years.

Tan Sri Asmat has no shareholdings in the Company and its associated company. He also has no family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company nor any conflict of interest with the Company. He attended all the Board Meetings held during the financial year and has no convictions for any offences within the past 5 years, other than traffic offences, if any.

Aged 59. Japanese. Mr Toyokatsu Okamoto was appointed the Managing Director of the Company on 1 October 2016. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Osaka City University (Faculty of Engineering), Osaka, Japan.

Mr Toyokatsu Okamoto joined Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd (“MEW”), an affiliated company of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (“MEI”) and was assigned to System Engineering Section, Corporate Technology Research Laboratory as a technical staff in April 1981. In January 1984, he was assigned to Electrical Appliance Research Laboratory as a Coordinator and was assigned to Engineering Development Department, Personal Care Product Division after 4 years.

Mr Toyokatsu Okamoto was appointed an Engineer in the Engineering Development Department, Device Product Division in January 1996 and was assigned to Engineering Development Department, Personal Care Product Division as the Manager on January 1998. Subsequent to that, he was appointed the Manager of the Quality Assurance Department, Beauty & Personal Care Product Division before being appointed as the Manager of the Manufacturing Department, Beauty & Personal Care Product Division in January 2002.

In January 2004, Mr Okamoto was appointed as the General Manager of the Engineering Development Department, Beauty & Personal Care Product Division. Subsequently in year 2011, he was the General Manager of the Cooking Appliances Group, Beauty & Personal Care Product Division, Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd, (“PEW”), an affiliated company of Panasonic Corporation. Since January 2012, Mr Okamoto was appointed the General Manager of Cooking Appliances Department, Beauty & Living Product Division. He held this position until his appointment to Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad.

Mr Toyokatsu Okamoto has no shareholdings in the Company and its associated company. He also has no family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company nor any conflict of interest with the Company. He attended all the Board Meetings held during the financial year since his appointment to the Board and has no convictions for any offences within the past 5 years, other than traffic offences, if any.

Aged 72. Malaysian. Datuk Supperamaniam was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 January 2008. He is the Chairman of the Nomination Committee and also a member of Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee of the Company. Datuk Supperamaniam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Economics from University of Malaya in 1970.

He joined the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Service in October 1970 and was posted to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry as Assistant Director. He served in the same ministry for 33 years and held various held positions, including Senior Trade Commissioner for Malaysia in Hong Kong and The People’s Republic of China, Director of International Trade. He was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of MITI from 1997 until his official retirement in March 2000. In May 2000, he was appointed by the Government of Malaysia to be the Ambassador / Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland and held the position until September 2003. Since his retirement from public service, he now serves as a consultant/resource person for United Nations agencies, regional and international organisations and foreign governments. He serves as a member in several working groups and committees dealing with issues related to trade investment and economic development. He is the Independent Non-Executive Director of Shangri-La Hotels (Malaysia) Berhad and also Distinguished Fellow of Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. Besides the aforesaid, he also serves as an Adjunct Professor to the International Islamic University of Malaysia and Science and Management University, Kuala Lumpur, and Advisor to the China-ASEAN Research Institute of Guangxi University, China. Recently, he has been appointed as a Member and Fellow of the International Academy of Belt and Road based in Hong Kong.

Datuk Supperamaniam has no shareholdings in the Company and its associated company. He also has no family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company nor any conflict of interest with the Company. He attended four out of five Board Meetings held during the financial year and has no convictions for any offences within the past 5 years, other than traffic offences, if any.

Aged 54, Japanese. Mr Tadano was appointed an Executive Director of the Company on 4 June 2012. He is also a member of the Remuneration Committee. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kitakyushu, Japan (Faculty of Commerce).

Mr Tadano joined Panasonic Corporation in April 1987 as an accounting staff. He was posted to Matsushita Electric (Taiwan) in June 1994 and held the position as Coordinator. In July 1996, he returned to Japan and was assigned to Accounting Department, Electric Iron Division as a Senior Coordinator. In January 1997, he was posted to Panasonic Corporation’s Malaysian subsidiary, Home Appliance R&D Centre as General Manager of Finance Department. In December 2000, he returned to Japan and was assigned to the Washing Machine Division as Senior Coordinator. In May 2004, he was posted to Panasonic-Wanbao (Guongzhou) Electric Iron Co., Ltd., Panasonic Corporation’s subsidiary in China, as the Financial Director. In January 2010, he returned to Japan and was assigned to the Corporate Accounting Centre, Home Appliances Company and was promoted to the position of Manager which he held prior to his posting to Malaysia and appointment as the Executive Director of the Company. He is currently the Senior Division Executive for Administration which is include Finance, Information systems, Risk Management and Internal Audit functions.

Mr Tadano has no shareholdings in the Company and its associated company. He also has no family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company nor any conflict of interest with the Company. He attended all the Board Meetings held during the financial year and has no convictions for any offences within the past 5 years, other than traffic offences, if any.

Aged 66. Malaysian. Tan Sri Hasmah was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 2 October 2013. She is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee of the Company. Tan Sri Hasmah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from University of Malaya.

Tan Sri Hasmah binti Abdullah had a distinguished career spanning over 38 years and was the former Inland Revenue Board (IRB) Chief Executive Officer and Director General from 19 October 2006 to 7 January 2011.

Tan Sri Hasmah was instrumental in the drafting of the Promotion of Investment Act 1986 and amendments to the Income Tax Act 1967, leading the Malaysian delegation to several international conferences such as the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators Conference, the Study Group on Asian Tax Administrators and Research (SGATAR) Conference, the Association of Tax Administrators of Islamic Countries (ATAIC) Conference, International Tax Dialogue (ITD) and Reference Group of Commissioners Conference.

During her leadership at IRB, vast improvements and policy changes to the service delivery system were introduced in the IRB, in particular, refunds, which were made faster with the use of electronic filing. For the improvements and innovations that had impacted positively on the taxpaying public, the IRB was awarded the inaugural Prime Minister’s Innovation Award in 2009.

Currently, Tan Sri Hasmah is an Independent Non-Executive Director of UMW Holdings Berhad. She is also a Commission Member of Securities Commission since 10 March 2011. She was a Tax Advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia for the period 1 July 2011 to 30 September 2013. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, a trustee of Malaysian Tax Research Foundation, a trustee of Dana Amal Jariah and since December 2014, an Executive Council member of the Selangor and Federal Territory Association for the Mentally Handicapped.

Tan Sri Hasmah has no shareholdings in the Company and its associated company. She also has no family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company nor any conflict of interest with the Company. She attended four out of five Board Meetings held during the financial year and has no convictions for any offences within the past 5 years, other than traffic offences, if any.

Aged 52. Malaysian. Ms Siew Pui Ling was appointed an Executive Director of the Company on 4 August 2014. She was graduated from Asia University of Tokyo with a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration Management.

Ms Siew Pui Ling joined the Company in 1991 and has more than 23 years in Sales and Marketing. Prior to this, she was assigned to Departmental Head for Logistic, Product Planning and Industrial Design. In 2008, she has merged Product Planning and Marketing Department as Sales Department. Prior to this, she established Voice of Customer Research’ team (VOCR) to further strengthen Product Planning Operation. In 2012, she was assigned to Assistant Director and currently, she is responsible for Sales & Marketing, Logistic and Product Planning functions of the Company. Starting from April 2017, her portfolio has expanded to include Human Resource Department. She is currently the Senior Division Executive for Sales and Human Resource Division.

Ms Siew Pui Ling holds 100 shares in the Company but has no shareholdings in the associated company. She also has no family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company nor any conflict of interest with the Company. She attended four out of five Board Meetings held during the financial year and has no convictions for any offences within the past 5 years, other than traffic offences, if any.

Aged 50. Malaysian. Mr Cheng Chee Chung was appointed a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 April 2015. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Economics.

Mr Cheng Chee Chung joined Matsushita Industrial Corporation Sdn Bhd (“MAICO”) (now known as Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning (M) Sdn Bhd (“PAPAMY”)) in November 1989 under the Personnel Section. In October 1994, he was transferred to Domestic Sales Department, before promoted to Assistant Manager of Domestic Sales in July 1995.

In June 1998, he was promoted to Manager, International Marketing of Global Customer Satisfaction Matsushita Air-Conditioning Corp. Sdn Bhd (now known as PAPAMY). He was then transferred to Domestic Sales Department of MAICO in March 2000 before promoted to Assistant General Manager, Domestic Sales Department in June 2001.

He was transferred to Panasonic Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“PM”) under Air Conditioning
Division in October 2004. In December 2006, he was transferred to Home Appliances (“HA”) division of PM before promoted as General Manager, HA Division in April 2007. In April 2009, he was then promoted to Associate Director, Consumer Product Marketing. After one year, he was promoted to Director, Consumer Product Sales & Aircond before promoted to Deputy Managing Director in April 2013. He was then promoted as Managing Director of PM on 1 April 2015.

Mr Cheng Chee Chung has no shareholdings in the Company and its associated company. He also has no family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company nor any conflict of interest with the Company. He attended all the Board Meetings held during the financial year and has no convictions for any offences within the past 5 years, other than traffic offences, if any.

Aged 58. Japanese. Mr Toru Okano was appointed an Executive Director of the Company on 1 January 2016. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1981 from Osaka Institute of Technology (Faculty of Engineering), Osaka, Japan.

Mr Toru Okano joined Matsushita Seiko Co., Ltd in Japan in 1981 and has served in various department of the company. In 1997 he was promoted to General Manager and in 2003 he was transferred to Matsushita Eco Systems, HQ Supplier Centre. He served 11 years there and rose to the position of Chief of Procurement Group, Global Manufacturing Centre in Japan. On 1 April 2015 he was joined Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad as Business Head of Fan Division. He is currently the Senior Division Executive for Panasonic Ecology System Division.

Mr Toru Okano has no shareholdings in the Company and its associated company. He also has no family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company nor any conflict of interest with the Company. He attended all the Board Meetings held during the financial year since the date of his appointment and has no convictions for any offences within the past 5 years, other than traffic offences, if any.

Aged 62. Malaysian. YM Raja Anuar bin Raja Abu Hassan was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 January 2017. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He is also a chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee.

During his career, YM Raja Anuar held senior positions in finance and internal audit in several public listed companies in the financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications and plantations industries. YM Raja Anuar’s previous experiences also include being on the board of several other public listed companies. He is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of AmBank Islamic Berhad.

YM Raja Anuar has no shareholdings in the Company and its associated company. He also has no family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company nor any conflict of interest with the Company. He attended all the Board Meetings held during the financial year since his appointment to the Board and has no convictions for any offences within the past 5 years, other than traffic offences, if any.

Aged 48. Japanese. Mr Yuji Kogure was appointed an Executive Director of the Company on 14 February 2017. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Waseda University (School of Education), Tokyo, Japan in 1992.

Mr Yuji Kogure jointed Matsushita Electrical Industrial Co., Ltd. (“MEI”) in April 1992. After an extensive corporate training programme, Mr Yuji Kogure was assigned to the Purchasing Section, Fuku Plant, Kitchen Appliances Division, Corporate Home Appliances as a Procurement Staff. In July 1994, Mr Yuji Kogure was assigned to Materials Section, Kobe Plant, the Kitchen Appliances Division.

From March 2002 until April 2011, he was working in Kobe Plant. Starting May 2011, Mr Kogure was assigned to Manufacturing Group, Hyogo Plant, Kitchen Appliance Business Unit, Home Appliances Company as the General Manager and subsequently the Plant Superintendent of the Kato Plant, Kitchen Appliances Business Division, Appliances Company, from April 2013 until August 2013.

On September 2013, Mr Kogure was transferred to Panasonic Corporation’s Thai Subsidiary, Panasonic Appliances (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (“PAPTH”) as a Director. He was transferred to Small Kitchen Appliance Business Unit Executive, Panasonic Appliances Asia Pacific (‘PAPAP’), as an Executive Director since February 2016. He is also concurrently under secondment to Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia Berhad as Executive Director since 14 February 2017. He is currently the Senior Division Executive of Appliances Division of the Company since 7 April 2017.

Mr Yuji Kogure has no shareholdings in the Company and its associated company. He also has no family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company nor any conflict of interest with the Company. He attended all the Board Meetings held during the financial year since his appointment to the Board and has no convictions for any offences within the past 5 years, other than traffic offences, if any.

Aged 49. Japanese. Mr Yasuo Tonooka was appointed a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 12 April 2017. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ritsumeikan University (College of Law), Kyoto, Japan in 1991.

Mr Yasuo Tonooka joined Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (“MEI”) in April 1991 and after undergoing extensive corporate training programme. He was assigned to the Human Resources Department, Microwave Oven Division, MEI as a Human Resources Staff in March 1997 and subsequently he was promoted as a Supervisor in April 1997.

In April 2002, Mr Yasuo Tonooka was assigned to Recruiting Section, Human Resource Department, MEI as a Senior Coordinator until March 2004. In April 2004 he and was assigned as a Councilor in the Human Resource Section, Human Resource Department, MEI after two years in April 2004. Subsequently, he was assigned to Human Resource Development Section, Human Resource department of Panasonic Corporation as a Manager in April 2009.

Mr Yasuo Tonooka was then assigned as the Manager in the Industrial Relations Section, Industrial Relations Department, Panasonic Corporation. On April 2015, he was the General Manager of the Cold Chain Devices Human Resources Department, Human Resources and General Affairs Centre, Appliances Company. He was the Deputy Managing Director, Administration & Manufacturing Business Promotion, Panasonic Appliances Asia Pacific, Human Resources Strategy Centre Appliances Company until his promotion to the Company on 12 April 2017.

Mr Yasuo Tonooka has no shareholdings in the Company and its associated company. He also has no family relationship with any Director and/or major shareholder of the Company nor any conflict of interest with the Company. He did not attend any Board Meetings during the financial year as he was appointed to the Board only recently and has no convictions for any offences within the past 5 years, other than traffic offences, if any.