Datuk Yvonne Chia
Independent Non-Executive Director
Member of Audit and Risk Committee
Member of Remuneration Committee
Member of Nominating Committee
First appointment as a director: 1 June 2015
Last re-election as a director: 26 October 2015
Due for re-election as a director: 26 October 2018
Datuk Yvonne Chia has more than 35 years experience in the financial services industry, having held leading positions in foreign and local institutions. She is a trailblazer for women in banking and was the first female Chief Executive Officer of any commercial bank in Malaysia. An award winning senior banker, she was named among the ‘50 business women in the mix’ in 2013 by Forbes Asia and two-time finalist in the CNBC Asia Business Leader Award.
She has held various positions in the region with an American Bank for over 15 years and then joined the Malaysian banking scene in 1994. Until June 2013, she was the Group Managing Director of Hong Leong Banking Group Malaysia (2003 - 2013); Group Managing Director of RHB Banking Group (1996 - 2002) and led both banks expansion to be leading and high performing banks in Malaysia and the Region. She has played a distinctive role in shaping the Malaysian banking scene with the mergers and acquisitions she led. She was previously a Non-Executive Independent Director of Hengyuan Refining Company Berhad until June 2017.
She is currently the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad, an Independent Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered Saadiq Berhad and Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad. She has also been appointed to the Board of Trustees for PEMANDU Corporation in July 2014 and for Teach For Malaysia Foundation in May 2015, and remains to-date. As well, she is a Council Member of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (“AICB”). She was conferred as a Fellow Chartered Banker of AICB in November 2015.
Datuk Yvonne Chia has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Malaya.