About the speaker

About The Speaker [Datuk Zaiton Mohd Hassan]


Datuk Zaiton Mohd Hassan
Senior Independent Director, Sime Darby Plantation Berhad



Datuk Zaiton is a Fellow and Council Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), United Kingdom, member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Advisory Group, a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

She started her career as an auditor in PriceWaterhouse Coopers which gave her a solid foundation to then move into banking, serving Malaysia’s largest bank, Maybank for 12 years in various senior positions in Treasury, International Operations and Group Strategic Planning.

She was selected by the Central Bank of Malaysia to set up the country’s second rating agency, Malaysian Rating Corporation Berhad where she was President for eight years.
She is an active member in Malaysia’s accounting fraternity. She led the initiative to set up a not for profit institution, the Malaysia Professional Accountancy Centre (MyPAC), which focuses on giving the opportunity and funding for students from underpriviledged B40 families to pursue professional accountancy qualifications.

Datuk Zaiton’s background in banking, audit and risk management has led her to be appointed to various boards of public listed companies and institutions in Malaysia, mainly as Chairman of the Board Governance, Audit and Risk Committee.

She is currently the Chairman of the Board Governance and Audit Committee of public listed Sime Darby Plantation Berhad, the world’s largest producer of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil.

Datuk Zaiton was the Chairman of the Development Bank of Malaysia. She had led the Board and Management to a new direction and strategic business model to assess projects applying for funding from the Bank using an Impact Assessment Framework, measuring impact to national development on one dimension and contribution to the achievement of the UNDP Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) on another dimension.

She was also the Chairman of the Board Governance and Audit Committee of Tabung Haji (2018 – 2020) and Chairman of the Board Risk and Audit Committees of Bank Islam (2006 – 2019).

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