Dr. Tan Chong Koay (Non-Independent)
Dr Tan is the director of Pheim Unit Trusts Berhad.
He has been in the fund management industry for over 45 years. He is a Chartered Fellow of Chartered Management Institute (UK) and Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants (UK).
From 1976 to 1981, Dr. Tan was with South East Asia Development Corporation Berhad (SEACORP) (now known as Amanah Capital Partners Bhd), an investment holding company that owned the first unit trust company in Malaysia and Singapore. He was responsible for advising individuals and institutional clients.
After his tenure at SEACORP, Dr. Tan joined Arab-Malaysian Merchant Bank (now known as AmInvestment Bank Berhad) in 1981 for 71⁄4 years as the first Head of the Investment Services division. During his time there, he built up the division from a two to a 65-man strong team with the capabilities to provide a full range of services. In 1987, as the first Executive Director of Arab – Malaysian Unit Trusts Berhad (now known as AmInvestment Bank Berhad), he designed, developed and launched Arab-Malaysia Gilts – the first unit trust in Malaysia to invest solely in Malaysian government and bank-backed securities. In the same year, Dr. Tan participated actively in organising and promoting the concept of raising funds from American investors to invest in Malaysian companies through Malaysia Fund Inc., the first Malaysia closed-ended country fund managed by Morgan Stanley and listed in NYSE in May 1987. During that year, Dr. Tan was rated by William Mercer Zainal Fraser as the top manager for retirement & pension funds in Malaysia.
Dr. Tan joined DG Bank-GZB (Asia) Ltd, a merchant bank in Singapore, in 1988 for 2 years and was the Head of Investment Management Division, servicing private and institutional clients.
In 1990, Dr. Tan moved to John Govett (Asia) Pte Ltd (later known as AIB Govett) as the first Director of Portfolio Investments, for 31⁄2 years. In 1992, he managed The Malaysian Emerging Companies Fund (an original size of US$75m) and supervised the Singapore SESDAQ fund until November 1993.
Dr. Tan is the founder of Pheim Asset Management Sdn Bhd (“Pheim Malaysia”) and Pheim Asset Management (Asia) Pte Ltd (“Pheim Singapore”) which started operations in 1994 and 1995 respectively. Dr Tan is the Chief Strategist of Pheim Malaysia since 1994 and the Chief Strategist of Pheim Singapore since 1995 except for the period from 2011 to 2015. He is the Executive Chairman of Pheim Malaysia and the Chief Executive Officer of Pheim Singapore which specialises in investing in the ASEAN and Asia ex-Japan region.
Dr. Tan was a Chief Examiner in the Investment paper for Institute of Bankers in Malaysia (from January 1997 to December 2007). He was a committee representative on the Executive Committee of the Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS) from 2004 to 2009. Dr. Tan is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of Lee Kuan Yew Fund since 2004 and a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism Ltd for 3-year period, both ending March 1, 2015.
Reputed for his acute sense of market timing and stock selection, Dr. Tan was labelled as the “King of the Second Board” in Malaysia for his well-timed investments in small-cap companies in 1995/1996. He was named “Southeast Asia’s small-cap King” in a Bloomberg article in August 2006. In 2008 & 2010, he was awarded “Best of the Best Award, CEO of the year for Malaysia” by Asia Asset Management, a Hong Kong based publisher of the Journal of Investments and Pensions.
Dr Tan is recognized within the fund management industry for his wealth of experience and his long and excellent performance track record. Among his best records, Pheim SICAV-SIF – ASEAN Emerging Companies Fund which he launched in 1995 took the top position for all the 1- to 20-year periods among all Equity ASEAN of Lipper Global Classification under International Offshore Universe in terms of total returns in US Dollars on the Fund’s 20th anniversary, February 3, 2015. The fund returned 497.37% (in USD terms) which far outperformed the 2nd position fund which returned 94.52% (in USD terms) and FTSE AW ASEAN CR (in USD terms) which returned 44.56%. Additionally, Dana Makmur Pheim which he launched in 2002 was ranked number one by Lipper IM for the 10-year period for 10th consecutive year in the Islamic Mixed Asset MYR Balanced – Malaysia category ended from 31st December 2012 until 31st December 2021. Dana Makmur Pheim was also ranked number one by Lipper IM for the 15-year period for 5th consecutive year in the same category ended 31st December 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. As of to date, Dana Makmur Pheim has won a total of 53 Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards of which 33 awards are under the category of Malaysia Islamic & Malaysia Provident and 20 awards are from the category of Global Islamic. Also noteworthy is his largest Malaysian mandate belonging to the largest provident fund in Malaysia outperformed the benchmark by a large margin for the 25-year period ending March 2022.
In 2010, Dr. Tan was awarded “China Top 10 Financial Intelligent Persons Special Award 2010” by People’s Republic of China. Also in 2010, Dr. Tan was awarded the Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award by Enterprise Asia. In 2012, he was awarded “Most Respected Chinese Entrepreneurship Award in Asia Pacific” by China Economic Trading Promotion Agency, People’s Republic of China. In 2014, Dr. Tan was named one of the 80 Global Chinese Eminent Business Leaders by Beijing-based The China Daily. Dr Tan was named “Market Wizard of Malaysia” by the Beijing-based The China Daily on March 14 & 15, 2015. In 2016, Dr Tan was awarded the “Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2016” under the Financial Services industry category by Enterprise Asia. He was named “The Warren Buffett of Asia” by World Wealth Creation Conference in The Straits Times, Singapore (April 20, 2017) for being one of the best performing fund managers and for truly enhancing value-investing. Dr Tan was also awarded the “National Outstanding Entrepreneurs Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Kingsley Strategic Institute For Asia Pacific (KSI) in March 2021.
Dr Tan is the author of his bestselling book “Rising Above Financial Storms” published in late 2015.
Mr. Teh Song Lai (Non-Independent)
Mr. Teh was appointed as a director of PUTB on 5 August 2020.
Started his career in 1995, Mr. Teh brings over 27 years of experience in the financial services and capital market industry, has held senior positions in both front and back offices in various financial institutions. He joined Pheim Unit Trusts Berhad in December 2017 and appointed as the CEO in May 2018. He was subsequently appointed the CEO of Pheim Asset Management Sdn Bhd in July 2020, upon approval by the Securities Commission Malaysia.
He is instrumental in formulating business strategies, driving revenue uplift and AUM growth, strengthening operational effectiveness and organizational transformation, upholding risk and compliance culture, enhancing cybersecurity and promoting continuous human capital development for succession planning. During the tenure, he has established strategic partnership with institutional distributors to grow the market share, reduce costs, and expand into new markets.
Mr. Teh is a Business Management graduate from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College and holds a professional qualification from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (U.K.).
Encik Ahmad Subri Bin Abdullah (Non-Independent - with effect from 1 March 2021)
Encik Ahmad Subri Bin Abdullah brings with him over 40 years of experience in the insurance, reinsurance and financial services industry in England, Singapore and Malaysia. He has served as CEO for over 20 years in various companies including Trust International Insurance, MCIS Insurance, Maybank Life Assurance and Malaysia National Insurance.
He spent over 11 years in the Maybank Group and was instrumental in successfully implementing the bancassurance business practice. Whilst under his stewardship, Maybank Life Assurance won the coveted Asia’s Life Insurance Company of the Year 1999. It is well recognized that Maybank Group is one of the most successful bancassurers in Asia.
Currently, Encik Ahmad Subri Bin Abdullah serves as Director and Advisor to a number of public and private companies in Malaysia and Singapore including Berjaya Sompo Insurance Berhad and Malaysian Life Reinsurance Group Berhad.
He is a Chartered Insurer, Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, UK and Fellow of the Malaysian Insurance Institute.
Mr. Hoi Weng Kong (Independent)
Mr. Hoi Weng Kong studied Law at the University of Buckingham, England and graduated in 1991 with Second Class (Upper) Honours. After completing his solicitors’ finals, he returned to Malaysia and worked in an accounting and taxation firm, specialising in corporate and personal taxation. He subsequently qualified as a Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA, UK) and a Chartered Accountant (MIA, Malaysia) in 1996. Presently, he is the Managing Director of Linden Bucks Sdn Bhd, a vendor and manufacturer of centralized vacuum system, and distributor of software and equipment for scientific research.
Mr. Lee Seng Young (Independent)
Mr. Lee Seng Young is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom, a Fellow of the Chartered Accountant, Singapore and a Chartered Accountant, Malaysia. He has over thirty years of experience in the unit trust industry during which he had been in charge of the entire unit trust operations, finance, product establishment & development, and was also involved in managing equity portfolios. Prior to his appointment to the Board, he was with RHB Asset Management Sdn Bhd where he was responsible for the regional operations of the RHB Group Asset Management companies across Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Mr. Lee Seng Young was appointed as an independent director of PUTB on 1 July 2016.
Note: Mr. Leong Hoe Kit is no longer the Chief Executive Officer of Pheim Malaysia with effect from 24 Feb 2020, and he stepped down as Non-Independent Director of PUTB on 2 March 2020. The profile of Mr. Leong is hereby deleted in its entirety.