Datuk John Zinkin
John Zinkin has 47 years’ experience in business, of whichthirty have been in Asia, holding senior line management and corporate strategy/business development positions in major multinational manufacturing, marketing and consulting companies. Since moving to Malaysia in 2001, John has set up his own independent consulting company specializing in corporate positioning, change management and communication, as well as marketing strategy and training.
He was the CEO of the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC) the training and development arm of the Securities Commission. He was the Managing Director, Corporate Governance at Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre from 2011 to 2013. He was a founder member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility Malaysia (ICRM), Vice President of the Business Council for Sustainability and Responsibility Malaysia (BCSRM), and is a member of the Global Coaching Partnership based in Sydney.
John has written “Better Governance Across The Board: Creating Value Through Reputation, People and Processes” published by De Gruyter in February 2019 and has contributed a chapter “Corporate Governance in Asia-Pacific” for the “Handbook of Corporate Governance, 2nd edition”, edited by Professor Richard Leblanc due to be published by John Wiley in 2019; “Rebuilding Trust n Banks: Leadership and Governance in Finance” published by John Wiley in 2014, “Challenges in Implementing Corporate Governance: Whose business is it anyway?” published by John Wiley in 2010 and “What CEOs must do to succeed” published by Prentice Hall in 2003, and co-authored “Corporate Governance” published by John Wiley in 2005. He is faculty of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia and does board effectiveness evaluations. He is a regular speaker on corporate governance and trainer of boards in the subject and a regular writer on issues of governance for the Star and was awarded writer of the year award in 2014 by MSWG.
John was Associate Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Nottingham University Business School, Malaysia Campus teaching marketing and strategy in the MBA program and International Management and International Marketing
in the M.Sc program on International Business. He has published articles on CSR in international journals and was a Visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility in Nottingham, UK. John has been awarded the Panglima Mahkota Wilayah which carries with it the title ‘Datuk’.
He is currently the Managing Director of Zinkin Ettinger Sdn Bhd for the past 18 years.
Chari is currently a financial consultant and a board member of a number of listed and non-listed companies. He was also
group CFO of Malaysia’s Axiata Group up until December 2016. Axiata is one of the largest telecommunications groups in Asia with more than 250 million customers and a market cap of approximately RM50 billion.
Chari has also served as the CFO of Celcom Axiata since mid-2009 and was responsible for a series of new initiatives which help to drive the financial performance of the company.Prior to joining the Axiata Group, Chari spent 20 years working for HP, 10 of which spent in senior finance positions within Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. He also has sales and marketing responsibilities.