MANAGEMENT TEAM

 

 

Leong Kit May
Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director

Nationality/Age/Gender
Malaysian/40/Female

Date first appointed to the Board
15 November 2011

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia
  • Certified Practising Accountant, Australia
  • Chartered Accountant, Malaysian Institute of Accountants
  • Certificate in Real Estate Investment and Finance, Asia Pacific Real Estate Association

Working Experience
Kit May is the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of Axis REIT Managers Berhad. Kit May started her career in the audit industry with Ernst & Young, where she gained audit and accounting experience. In 2001, she joined the UOA group of companies and was involved in the various areas of the group’s property sector operations such as development, construction and investment. She was also involved in the successful listing of UOA Real Estate Investment Trust in 2005. Kit May joined Axis REIT Managers Berhad (“ARMB”) in 2006, and in 2008, was promoted to Chief Financial Officer. In the same year, she spearheaded the project of converting Axis Real Estate Investment Trust (“Axis-REIT”) into the world’s first Islamic Office/Industrial REIT. She continued to climb the corporate ladder and was appointed to the Board of ARMB as an Executive Director in November 2011. In 2012 and 2013, Kit May led the issuance of Axis-REIT’s first Islamic Medium Term Notes (Sukuk) programme. The Sukuk, which had an initial nominal value of RM300 million, was subsequently upsized to RM3 billion in 2015. As part of the Board’s succession plans, Kit May was groomed to be the next Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of ARMB. In preparation for this, she took on the position of Chief Operating Officer of ARMB in 2015, before assuming the role of CEO on 1 January 2016.

Present Directorships in public companies and/or listed issuers

  • Axis REIT Sukuk Berhad

Other Memberships/Appointments/Involvements
Vice Chairman of the Malaysian REIT Managers Association


Nikki Ng
Chief Financial Officer

Nationality/Age/Gender
Malaysian/39/Female

Date first appointed as key senior management personnel
1 June 2012

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons), Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
  • Qualifying Examination, Malaysian Institute of Accountants
  • Chartered Accountant, Malaysian Institute of Accountants
  • Certificate in Real Estate Investment Finance, Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Institute

Working Experience
Nikki joined Axis REIT Managers Berhad (“ARMB”) as an Accountant, and was subsequently re-designated as the Head of Credit Control in 2012. She was promoted to the position of Acting Financial Controller in 2015, and thereafter to Financial Controller in the following year. She assumed her current position as the Chief Financial Officer of ARMB on 18 January 2017. Her responsibilities involve overseeing all the day-to-day operations in the finance department of ARMB, including management reporting, credit control, as well as budgetary control. She works closely with the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director in matters related to corporate finance, capital management, regulatory compliance and treasury functions. Before joining ARMB, she was the Finance Manager of Paxelent Corporation Berhad, where she gained exposure in financial management and corporate planning. Prior to that, she was attached to IGB Corporation Berhad for 6 years.

Present Directorships in public companies and/or listed issuers
None


Siva Shanker
Head of Investments

Nationality/Age/Gender
Malaysian/54/Male

Date first appointed as key senior management personnel
1 January 2016

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Diploma in Estate Agency, Board of Valuers, Appraisers & Estate Agents Malaysia (“Board of VAEA”)
  • Member of the Council of Management of Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents
  • Registered Estate Agent with the Board of VAEA
  • Member of Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia
  • Member of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) Malaysian Chapter

Working Experience
Siva is the Head of Investments of Axis REIT Managers Berhad (“ARMB”), where he is responsible for the investment strategies and property portfolio planning of Axis Real Estate Investment Trust. He also oversees the marketing activities of ARMB. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the property industry, having worked in both large international property consultancies, as well as small local outfits. Siva has been an active member of Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents for many years, and served as its President for the 2013/2015 term. In recognition of his excellent services to the industry, Siva was awarded the Estate Agent of the Year 2014 award by the Board of VAEA. Siva is also an accomplished speaker and real estate trainer. He was instrumental in the massive registration exercise for Real Estate Negotiators, and was personally responsible for training more than 12,000 negotiators in 2013 and 2014.

Present Directorships in public companies and/or listed issuers
None


Rebecca Leong
Company Secretary & Head of Compliance

Nationality/Age/Gender
Malaysian/38/Female

Date first appointed as key senior management personnel
1 January 2016

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Associate of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators
  • Practising Certificate Holder of the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators

Working Experience
Rebecca held office as external Company Secretary of Axis REIT Managers Berhad (“ARMB”) since 20 April 2006 when she was employed under Archer Corporate Services Sdn Bhd (“Archer”), a corporate secretarial firm. During her tenure with Archer, an employment she commenced in February 2004, she handled the corporate secretarial matters for a portfolio of public and private companies ranging from corporate advisory, corporate governance and administration, to corporate compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, as well as listing obligations. Prior to joining Archer, Rebecca was attached to Signet & Co Sdn Bhd, also a corporate secretarial firm, where she gained her initial exposure and experience in corporate secretarial practice. After a 12-year tenure with Archer, ARMB hired her in- house, and she took on the role of Company Secretary and Head of Compliance. She is responsible for the corporate compliance matters of ARMB and Axis Real Estate Investment Trust.

Present Directorships in public companies and/or listed issuers
None


Jackie Law
Head of Real Estate

Nationality/Age/Gender
Malaysian/52/Female

Date first appointed as key senior management personnel
1 December 2012

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Master of Science in Facilities Management, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
  • Certificate of Real Estate Investment Finance, Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Institute

Working Experience
Jackie has held office as Head of Real Estate of Axis REIT Managers Berhad (“ARMB”) since 1 December 2012. In this capacity, she is responsible for the asset management strategies and operations of Axis Real Estate Investment Trust’s property portfolio, including leasing, marketing, evaluation of potential acquisitions, as well as recommending and analysing potential asset enhancement initiatives with a view to enhance the properties in the portfolio. In addition, she oversees the property management aspects covering the delivery of tenant care and services, and has the responsibility of maximising tenant retention, loyalty and satisfaction. Jackie has extensive experience in various areas of real estate management and operations spanning across marketing, lease management, project management and facilities management. She has served in several administrative roles in the Axis group of companies since 1994 in the areas of property development and management.

Present Directorships in public companies and/or listed issuers
None


Lynn Chia
Head of Leasing

Nationality/Age/Gender
Malaysian/35/Female

Date first appointed as key senior management personnel
15 February 2016

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Master of Business, Charles Sturt University
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Computing, University of Winnipeg

Working Experience
Lynn joined Axis REIT Managers Berhad (“ARMB”) as the Head of Leasing in 2016, where she is responsible for the leasing administration of Axis Real Estate Investment Trust’s property portfolio. She works closely with the Head of Real Estate of ARMB in leasing matters and management of tenant care. She has 10 years of working experience in leasing. Prior to joining ARMB, she worked for CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust as Leasing Manager, and Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd as Property Acquisition Manager.

Present Directorships in public companies and/or listed issuers
None


Chan Tze Wee
Manager, Investments & Investor Relations

Nationality/Age/Gender
Malaysian/37/Female

Date first appointed as key senior management personnel
1 January 2016

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Law (LLB), University of Manchester
  • Master’s degree in Marketing, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Working Experience
Tze Wee joined Axis REIT Managers Berhad (“ARMB”) in July 2014. As part of the Investments team that sources for new asset acquisitions for Axis Real Estate Investment Trust (“Axis-REIT”), her key responsibilities include the identification, evaluation and completion of such asset acquisitions through engagement with prospective parties such as real estate consultants, property developers, business councils, as well as industry associations. She also heads the Investor Relations department of ARMB, where she is responsible for the investor relations activities of Axis-REIT with a view to maintain stakeholder engagement through open communication and continuous disclosure with Unitholders of Axis-REIT, analysts and potential investors. Tze Wee began her career in the advertising industry in Saatchi & Saatchi and the Ogilvy Group. She was vice president of investment promotions at Malaysia Property Incorporated, where she led the formation of the market intelligence division and headed the business development agenda for China and new markets. Prior to joining ARMB, she spent two years setting up and running the Shanghai office of a cloud computing software startup with Workflowww International Limited.

Present Directorships in public companies and/or listed issuers
None


Low Ay Keean
Human Resource Manager

Nationality/Age/Gender
Malaysian/42/Female

Date first appointed as key senior management personnel
1 December 2015

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Professional Diploma in Human Resource Management, Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management

Working Experience
Ay Keean joined Axis REIT Managers Berhad (“ARMB”) as the Human Resource Manager on 1 December 2015. Prior to her employment with ARMB, she had served in the human resource departments of several organisations, including Malaysian Bulk Carriers Berhad, Zelan Berhad, Kurihara and Cybervision Sdn Bhd. She is responsible for the full spectrum of human resource and administrative functions in ARMB, which encompass manpower, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, training, employee welfare, industrial relation matters and general office administration.

Present Directorships in public companies and/or listed issuers
None


Selina Khor
Property Manager of Axis Real Estate Investment Trust

Nationality/Age/Gender
Malaysian/58/Female

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Associate Diploma in Valuation, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
  • Registered Valuer and Estate Agent with the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents Malaysia

Working Experience
Selina is the registered owner of Axis Property Services, the appointed Property Manager of Axis Real Estate Investment Trust (“Axis-REIT”) since 1 January 2007. She is responsible for the management of all the properties in Axis-REIT’s portfolio, and works closely with the property management company, Axis Facilities Management Sdn Bhd, in the provision of property management services ranging from property maintenance and management, fit-out projects and enhancement initiatives. She has more than 25 years of experience in the property industry, having been attached to Rahim & Co Chartered Surveyors Sdn Bhd, where she had undertaken various roles such as registered valuer, estate agent and property manager.

Present Directorships in public companies and/or listed issuers
None


Siva Shankar Palany
Head of Facilities Management, Axis Facilities Management Sdn Bhd

Nationality/Age/Gender
Malaysian/44/Male

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Real Estate Management, Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University College
  • Certified International Project Manager, International Academy of Project Management

Working Experience
Siva Shankar is the Head of Facilities Management of Axis Facilities Management Sdn Bhd (“AFM”), where he is responsible for the facilities management and operations of all the properties in the portfolio of Axis Real Estate Investment Trust. He has had more than 20 years of working experience in real estate professional services in Malaysia and Brunei, which include property management, project management, property due diligence and building code compliance. He was previously attached to Jones Lang Wootton Malaysia as a Senior Property Manager, and with Jerudong Park Medical Centre, Brunei, as a Real Estate Manager, before joining AFM in 2011.

Present Directorships in public companies and/or listed issuers
None


Loh Yen Fern
Head of Project Management, Axis Facilities Management Sdn Bhd

Nationality/Age/Gender
Malaysian/45/Female

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Construction Economics, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia

Working Experience
Yen Fern is the Head of Project Management of Axis Facilities Management Sdn Bhd (“AFM”). She is responsible for project management, planning, costing and enhancement work for the properties in Axis Real Estate Investment Trust’s portfolio. She has more than 20 years of working experience in the construction and building industry in Malaysia, where she has specialised in project planning, management, and facilities management. Prior to joining AFM, she was attached to Syarikat Pembinaan Woh Heng Sdn Bhd as a Quantity Surveyor, and FSBM Holdings Berhad, where she started as a Business Analyst before being promoted to be the Head of Business Unit (Properties).

Present Directorships in public companies and/or listed issuers
None