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Mahani Binti Amat is First Woman Appointed as Board Chairperson of AIA PUBLIC Takaful

13 April 2021 dot 7 mins read

Kuala Lumpur, 13 April 2021 – AIA PUBLIC Takaful Bhd. (AIA PUBLIC Takaful) has announced the appointment of Mahani binti Amat as its Board Chairperson with effect from 6 April 2021. She succeeds Dato’ Thomas Mun Lung Lee, who retires after successfully completing his tenure of directorship with the company.

Mahani who also sits on the Board of AIA Bhd. as Independent Non-Executive Director since 2019, is the first woman to assume the Chairperson role for any of AIA’s entities in Malaysia.

Her 27-year experience is deeply rooted in the banking industry having begun her career with Bank Negara Malaysia in 1977 before moving on to RHB Bank Singapore in 1984. In 2001, she returned to serve RHB Bank in Kuala Lumpur where she held senior management positions up to her last designation in 2004 as Executive Vice President of operations and services.

Commenting on the appointment, Elmie Aman Najas, Chief Executive Officer of AIA PUBLIC Takaful said, “Mahani is a recognised business leader, and we are pleased to welcome her as the Board Chairperson. She steps into this position bringing with her not only decades of knowledge and experience in the financial sector, but also an in-depth understanding of AIA’s operations through her role as a non-executive director with our conventional counterpart. We are confident that her appointment will be a catalyst to the rapid and sustainable growth of AIA PUBLIC Takaful, and in furthering our collective purpose of helping many more Malaysians live Healthier, Longer, Better Lives.”

“On behalf of the management, I would like to thank Dato’ Thomas for his leadership, dedication and substantial contribution to the company. We wish him the very best in his future endeavours,” added Elmie.

Mahani holds a Bachelor of Economics, majoring in Business Administration from University Malaya. She currently serves as an Independent Director on three public listed companies on the Main Market of Bursa Securities, namely Unisem (M) Bhd, Scicom (MSC) Bhd and Leong Hup International Berhad. She is also a Board Member of J.P. Morgan Chase Bank Berhad.


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About AIA PUBLIC Takaful Bhd.

AIA PUBLIC Takaful Bhd. (AIA PUBLIC Takaful) is jointly owned by AIA Bhd. (AIA), Public Bank Berhad (PBB) and Public Islamic Bank Berhad (a wholly-owned subsidiary of PBB). Incorporated on 11 March 2011, AIA PUBLIC Takaful leverages on AIA and PBB Group’s leadership positions as well as established infrastructure and distribution networks in the insurance and banking industries to drive growth and increase the Family Takaful penetration in the domestic market. AIA PUBLIC Takaful is committed to offering the right Shariah solutions to meet the different life stages needs of its customers.

About AIA

AIA Group Limited and its subsidiaries (collectively “AIA” or the “Group”) comprise the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. It has a presence in 18 markets – wholly-owned branches and subsidiaries in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR(4), Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan (China), Vietnam, Brunei and Macau SAR(5), and a 49 per cent joint venture in India.

The business that is now AIA was first established in Shanghai more than a century ago in 1919. It is a market leader in Asia (ex-Japan) based on life insurance premiums and holds leading positions across the majority of its markets. It had total assets of US$326 billion as of 31 December 2020.

AIA meets the long-term savings and protection needs of individuals by offering a range of products and services including life insurance, accident and health insurance and savings plans. The Group also provides employee benefits, credit life and pension services to corporate clients. Through an extensive network of agents, partners and employees across Asia, AIA serves the holders of more than 38 million individual policies and over 16 million participating members of group insurance schemes.

AIA Group Limited is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the stock code “1299” with American Depositary Receipts (Level 1) traded on the over-the-counter market (ticker symbol: “AAGIY”).