Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Ismail Haji Omar was appointed to the Board of The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad on 20 July 2016, and was subsequently appointed as its Chairman on 8 August 2016.
Tan Sri Haji Ismail started his career as an Investigation Officer in the Criminal Investigation Department. For the first twenty five years of his career, he was assigned to various police departments in several States in the country. Apart from criminal investigation, he also served as an Investigator in the Traffic Department, as Police Prosecutor in the magistrate courts, as an Administrator and Area Inspector and as Investigator in the Disciplinary branch of the Federal Police Headquarters in Bukit Aman.
In 1992, Tan Sri Haji Ismail was promoted to the rank of Deputy Superintendant of Police. He continued to serve at the Federal Police Headquarters in the Criminal Department, Commercial Department and Narcotics Department. In 2005, with the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police, he was tasked to head the Selangor Police Contingent as the Chief Police Officer of the State.
Having successfully served in Selangor, Tan Sri Haji Ismail was further promoted as Director of Management, with the rank of Commissioner at the Federal Police Headquarters in Bukit Aman and subsequently promoted as the Deputy Inspector of Police in 2007.
In September 2010, the Yang Di Pertuan Agong affirmed him as the Inspector General of Police and he successfully completed his term of service in September 2013. For his brilliant career, he was again appointed by His Majesty to be the Malaysian Ambassador for France from 2013 to 2015.
His graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) from the International Islamic University Of Malaysia.
Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Hamid was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad on March 1, 2017 after assuming the position of Group Managing Editor on October 15, 2011.
Prior to this, he headed the National Communications Team, a unit under the Prime Minister’s Office. The Unit was set up to help spearhead strategic communications advice and planning for the government.
Before his stint at the Prime Minister’s office, Datuk Abdul Jalil was the Senior General Manager and Head of Corporate Affairs Department at the Securities Commission Malaysia where he was in charge of planning, developing and executing overall communications strategies as well as managing stakeholder relationship and issue management for the capital market regulator.
Previously, he worked for Reuters for 18 successful years. Among the positions he held were Chief Political Correspondent and Deputy Bureau Chief for Reuters in Malaysia and Brunei between 1998 to 2008. He covered the 1997/1998 Asian financial crisis and the challenging Malaysian political and economic developments.
He was also posted to Reuters offices in London, Singapore and Jakarta during his service, whereby he covered commodities for the European markets, equities and general and political news.
Datuk Abdul Jalil earlier served Bernama for seven years. He was the Acting Economic News Editor and Johor Bureau Chief.
Datuk Abdul Jalil graduated in Mass Communications from UiTM (then ITM) in 1982.
Datuk Kamal Khalid was appointed to the board of NSTP on 2 August 2017. He is currently the Group Managing Director of Media Prima Berhad (MPB), the holding company of NSTP.
Datuk Kamal received his secondary education in MRSM Muar, Johor and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) Degree from the University of Nottingham, England in 1994. He was selected to become Malaysia’s Eisenhower Fellow for 2005.
He has previously held various positions in MPB including Chief Executive Officer, Television Networks, Chief Operating Officer, Business Development and International, Chief Operating Officer, Group Shared Services and Head of Content Distribution.
Prior to joining the company in 4 May 2009, he served as Head of Communications Unit in the Prime Minister’s Office from October 2003 to April 2009.
In addition, he has also worked in the financial services sector, gaining experience in banking and private equity financing. He spent three and a half years at the Policy and Development Division at the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange ( now Bursa Malaysia), where he eventually rose to the position of Manager, International Affairs. He also was an independent, non-executive director of Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad from 2004 to 2009.
Datuk Kamal also sits on the Board of Media Prima’s subsidiaries amongst them Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad (STMB), Synchrosound Studio Sdn Bhd (Synchrosound Studio), Big Tree Outdoor Sdn Bhd (BTO), Primeworks Studios Sdn Bhd (Primeworks Studios) and Media Prima Digital Sdn Bhd.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the Creative Content Association Malaysia and as a Council Member of the Communications and Multimedia Content Forum of Malaysia.
Datuk Dr. Haji Mohd Puad Zarkashi was appointed to the board of NSTP on September 24, 2014.
Datuk Dr. Haji Mohd Puad holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from University Malaya, Masters in Sociology from State University of New York and PhD from Northern California University.
He started his career as a lecturer of Sociology at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and later became a political secretary to Menteri Besar of Johor, and subsequently appointed as a Senator of Dewan Negara on October 13, 2004.
In March 2008, he became Batu Pahat Member of Parliament, and after one year he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Education and held the post from April 10, 2009 to April 3, 2013. He served as the Batu Pahat Member of Parliament from 2008 until 2013.
Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye was appointed to the board of NSTP on May 14, 2015.
Before retiring from politics in 1990, Tan Sri Lee served as the State Legislative Assemblyman for Bukit Nenas, Selangor, from 1969 to 1974 and from 1974 to 1990 as the Member of Parliament for Kuala Lumpur Bandar/ Bukit Bintang.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health under the Ministry of Human Resources. He is also the Chairman of the Eco World Foundation, Vice-Chairman of the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the National Unity Consultative Council. Previously, he served as a Member of the Royal Commission to enhance the operations and management of the Royal Malaysian Police. He was also Chairman of the National Service Training Council and a former Member of the Malaysian Human Rights Commission.
In the private sector, Tan Sri Lee serves as a Non-Executive Director of Amcorp Properties Berhad (AMPROP Berhad) and a Board Member of the Eco World Development Group Berhad (formerly known as Focal Aims Holdings Berhad). Within the Media Prima Group, he is a Board member of Synchrosound Studio.
Tan Sri Lee completed his secondary education at Saint Michael’s Institution, Ipoh, Perak and obtained his Senior Cambridge Certificate in 1965.
Dato’ Seri Subahan Kamal was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of The New Straits Times Press (M) Berhad on February 26, 2016.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Major in Finance and Minor in Economics) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois, United States of America. He also holds Certificate of Marine Cargo Technical Claims and Certificate of Liability Insurance. He is a member of the Malaysian Insurance Institute.
Dato’ Seri Subahan had been in the civil service sector since 1994, having served as Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Finance from 1994 to 1995, Senior Private Secretary to the Deputy Minister of Finance from 1995 to 1999. He commenced his political career in 1996 holding various key positions such as Treasurer for Barisan National Youth Titiwangsa, Federal Territory, Executive Committee Member of Barisan Nasional Youth Malaysia and was the Selangor State Assemblyman for Taman Templer, Selangor from 2008 to 2013. In 2008, he was chosen as the Executive Chairman, Selangor Tourism Action Council and Deputy Head of Barisan Nasional Selayang Division.
Presently, he is a Director of Kian Joo Berhad, Chairman of Can One Berhad, Chairman of Wawasan Qi Properties Sdn Bhd and Chairman of Nadi Cergas Sdn Bhd.
Dato’ Seri Subahan is also active in non-governmental organisations, serving as President of Malaysia Hockey Confederation and Member of Technical Committee, Asian Football Confederation. He also serves as President of Selangor Hockey Association and Member of Curriculum Advisory Board, Universiti Teknologi Mara and Member of Advisory Board, Quest International University.
Lydia Anne Abraham was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of The New Straits Times Press (M) Berhad on November 16, 2017.
She was appointed to the Board of Media Prima on 19 November 2013. She is a member of the Risk Management Committee and Audit Committee of Media Prima.
Anne holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Essex University, United Kingdom and a Higher National Diploma of Computer Studies from Plymouth Polytechnic, United Kingdom.
Within the Media Prima Group, she is the Chairman of Media Prima Digital Sdn Bhd. She also currently sits on the Board of Metrod Holdings Berhad and a committee member of Pertubuhan Pelindung dan Penyelamat Kanak-Kanak Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur (Protect and Save the Children Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur (P.S. The Children)).
Anne has over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology industry, starting out as a technical Trainer in 1990, moving her way up to be the Managing Director for the Cisco Malaysian operations in 2008, a position she held for three years. Prior to that role, she was the Country Manager for the SAP Malaysian Operations for over two years. Holding leadership positions in two of the largest global technology corporations allowed her to be involved in strategic and significant technology discussions, recommendations and implementations across both government and corporate sectors in Malaysia. Her career track includes positions in Baan Asia Pacific, Oracle Malaysia and MCSB Systems Malaysia.
In the course of her corporate career, she has always been a strong advocate for women’s advancement into leadership positions. In August 2011 she decided to leave corporate world to establish a consulting and training organisation committed to changing perceptions and mindsets on the significance of balanced gender leadership. Hence the establishment of LeadWomen Sdn Bhd in August 2011. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of LeadWomen, Anne plays a pivotal role in guiding the company’s vision and mission towards developing and advancing women into leadership positions across the corporate and government sectors in the ASEAN Region. Currently, she is working on the Malaysian government initiative to drive for at least 30% women representation in decision-making positions and boards of Malaysian public listed companies.