Board of Directors

Dr. Wee Cho Yaw – Chairman Emeritus and Honorary Adviser

Dr. Wee Cho Yaw
Chairman Emeritus and Honorary Adviser

Dr. Wee Cho Yaw, visionary, banker extraordinaire, community pillar and celebrated pioneer, is highly regarded in Singapore and internationally.

Dr. Wee became a director and the Chairman of UOB Malaysia in 1994 soon after the Bank was incorporated as a subsidiary of United Overseas Bank Limited of Singapore.  He retired from the Board in April 2019 after more than 25 years of service.

Dr. Wee is a veteran in the banking, insurance, real estate and hospitality industries. He has received many accolades for his business achievements and support of education, community welfare and the business community in Singapore. Among the awards conferred on him are the Distinguished Service Order, Singapore National Day Award (2011), ASEAN Business Advisory Council Legacy Award for Singapore (2017) and Honorary Doctor of Letters from the National University of Singapore (2008) and Nanyang Technological University (2014).

Dr. Wee was conferred the title of Chairman Emeritus and Adviser when he stepped down as Chairman of the Bank in 2013. Upon his retirement as director in April 2019, the Board appointed Dr. Wee as Honorary Adviser in recognition of his many years of dedicated service and wise counsel. Dr. Wee remains as Chairman Emeritus and Honorary Adviser of UOB Malaysia to share his wealth of experience and insight with the Board and Management.

Board of Directors

Dato’ Jeffrey Ng Tiong Lip
Board Chairman
Independent

Dato’ Jeffrey Ng was appointed to the Board on 16 June 2014 as an Independent Non-Executive Director and thereafter he was appointed as the Board Chairman on 2 January 2019. He is also a member of the Audit Committee.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, Melbourne. Currently, he is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, as well as member of the Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants, Fellow member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia & New Zealand and Fellow member of the Malaysian Institute of Directors. In 2003, he was accorded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Malaysia Australia Business Council and awarded REHDA Personality 2015 for his contribution to the real estate industry in 2015.

Dato’ Jeffrey Ng is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Sunway REIT Management Sdn Bhd (manager of Sunway REIT which is listed on Bursa Malaysia). He is also Chairman of the Real Estate Housing Developers Association (REHDA) Institute, Chairman of the Malaysian REIT Managers Association (MRMA), Chairman of Sunway Lagoon Club Berhad, a Director of SunREIT Capital Berhad, SunREIT Unrated Bond Berhad, SunREIT Perpetual Bond Berhad, Urban Hallmark Properties Sdn Bhd and Swissglade Sdn Bhd. He is also a member of the Board of Studies – Master of Real Estate Development, University Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Prior to joining Sunway REIT Management Sdn Bhd, he was the Executive Director of Sunway City Berhad (now known as Sunway Berhad). He was the former Managing Director of AP Land Berhad.

Dato’ Jeffrey Ng has also held various positions in non-governmental associations, among which he is the Patron & Past President of REHDA Malaysia and past Chairman of REHDA Wilayah Persekutuan (KL) Branch. He was also a past panel member of the Appeal Board under the Federal Territory (Planning Act 1982) appointed by the Ministry of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing.

Wee Ee Cheong
Deputy Chairman
Executive

Mr Wee was appointed to the Board on 23 March 1994 and thereafter he was appointed as Deputy Chairman on 25 July 2001. Mr Wee is a member of the Nominating Committee.

A career banker with 40 years’ experience in the UOB Group, Mr Wee joined United Overseas Bank Limited of Singapore (“UOB Singapore”) in 1979 and has been a director of UOB Singapore since 1990. He is currently the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UOB Singapore.

He is Chairman of United Overseas Bank (China), Chairman of United Overseas Bank (Thai) Public Company and President Commissioner of PT Bank UOB Indonesia. He also holds directorships in United Overseas Insurance Limited.

Active in industry development, Mr Wee is the Chairman of The Association of Banks in Singapore, a Director of ASEAN Bankers Association and a Vice Chairman of The Institute of Banking & Finance. He is also an honorary council member of the Board of Governors of the Singapore-China Foundation and an honorary council member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He was previously deputy chairman of the Housing & Development Board, a member of Visa AP Senior Client Council and a director of the Port of Singapore Authority, UOL Group, Pan Pacific Hotels Group and United International Securities.

In 2013, he was awarded the Singapore Public Service Star by the Singapore Government for his contributions to the financial industry.

A keen art enthusiast, Mr Wee is the Patron of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. He is also a director of the Wee Foundation.

Mr Wee holds a Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) and a Master of Arts (Applied Economics) from American University, Washington, DC.

Fatimah Binti Merican
Independent

Puan Fatimah was appointed to the Board on 3 November 2014 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. She is the Chairperson of the Nominating and Remuneration Committees. She is also a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committees.

Puan Fatimah was appointed Independent Director Paramount Corporation Berhad since 2 July 2018.

She holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Studies from University of Westminster (formerly known as Polytechnic of Central London). She is a Certified NLP Coach from The American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Puan Fatimah continues as a mentor in the TalentCorp / ICAEW Women in Leadership Malaysia programme, as well as a group coach in the same programme. She chaired the Human Capital Council, Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2012 to 2014.

With over 35 years in a Fortune 500 company, she has vast experience in management and information technology, having worked locally, regionally and globally. She started her career in Esso Malaysia Berhad from 1977, and thereafter worked for ExxonMobil group of companies (after the merger between Exxon and Mobil) in managing global teams to support all of ExxonMobil’s downstream and chemical IT applications. From 2008 to 2014, she was responsible for finance related activities of ExxonMobil’s subsidiaries in Malaysia.

During her working career, she was the Vice President and Director of ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc. She was also member of Management Committee. She was also the Alternate Chairperson for the Audit and Controls Committee, Chairperson of Board of Trustees for ExxonMobil Education and Scholarship Fund and a sponsor for Malaysian Women’s Interest Network and the ExxonMobil Employee Volunteers Programme in Malaysia.

Puan Fatimah was also the former Executive Director of Esso Malaysia Berhad, a company listed on the Bursa Malaysia and an Independent Director of IJM Plantations Berhad.

Ching Yew Chye
Independent

Mr Ching was appointed to the Board on 1 June 2018 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He is the Chairman of the Risk Management Committee and a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nominating Committees.

Currently, he is an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of AIA Bhd since May 2017 and AIA General (AIAG) Berhad since July 2018. He was appointed to the Board of AIA Bhd as Independent Non-Executive Director in November 2015. He is a member of the Nominating, Remuneration, Risk Management and Audit Committees in AIA Bhd as well as AIAG Berhad. Mr Ching is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Genting Plantations Berhad (GENP) and YTL Starhill Global REIT Management Limited. He is also a member of Audit and Risk Management Committee in GENP and a member of the Audit Committee in YTL Starhill Global REIT Management Limited.

He was also a former director of Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad, Avenue Invest Berhad and China Yuchai Limited.

Mr Ching holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from the University of London, UK. In 1982, he joined Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. From 1997 until his retirement in 2007, he assumed various regional senior management roles in Accenture, including Managing Partner of the Financial Services Industry Group in Asia, Geographic Council Chairman for Asia, Managing Partner for the South Asia Region and Managing Partner for the Government Industry practice in China. He retired from Accenture as Senior Partner in May 2007 after a successful career spanning of more than 24 years of service.

Datuk Phang Ah Tong
Independent

Datuk Phang Ah Tong was appointed to the Board on 2 January 2019 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Risk Management, Nominating and Remuneration Committees.

Currently, he is the Chairman of Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and Internet of Things Institute (MARii), an agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. He is also an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of JF Technology Berhad and an Independent Non-Executive Director of Apex Healthcare Berhad, Inari Amertron Berhad, UMS Holdings Limited and Media Prima Berhad.

Datuk Phang holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics (Honours) from the University of Malaya and has attended several notable Senior Management Programmes, namely Harvard Business School and ‘Institut European d’Administration des Affaires’ (INSEAD). He has had a distinguished career in the civil service of Malaysia, spanning 36 years in promoting foreign and domestic investments and assisted in developing the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia under the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), where his last held position was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, before his retirement in 2017.

He has also served in various capacities including being the Assistant Trade Commissioner for MIDA London and Director of MIDA New York. During his tenure in MIDA, he played an active role in shaping the economic landscape of Malaysia through his involvements in the First Industrial Master Plan (1986-1995), the 10th and 11th Malaysian Plan for the manufacturing sector and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

Ng Wei Wei
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (UOB Malaysia)

Ms. Ng Wei Wei was appointed as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UOB Malaysia on 1 May 2022. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Ng was the Deputy CEO of UOB Malaysia. 

Ms. Ng is a career banker with over two decades of experience having held various senior leadership roles at global financial institutions in Malaysia and Hong Kong. During the initial phase of her career, she was attached to the Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad and UOB Malaysia. 

Subsequently, Ms. Ng served in HSBC Bank in Malaysia and Hong Kong (HSBC), where she held several senior country and regional leadership positions spanning across business functions namely Commercial, Corporate and Transaction Banking. In Hong Kong, she was responsible for driving the Global Trade & Receivables Finance business covering ten countries in the Asia Pacific region. 

Ms. Ng rejoined UOB Malaysia in June 2019 as the Managing Director and Country Head of Wholesale Banking where she was instrumental in growing the wholesale business. She was subsequently promoted to be the Deputy CEO of UOB Malaysia on 1 July 2021 and was entrusted to oversee Retail Banking, Channels and Digitalisation as well as the Risk Management functions while continuing to lead the Wholesale Banking business. 

Ms. Ng is currently a Council Member of both The Association of Banks in Malaysia and the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with double major in Accounting and Management from the Monash University of Melbourne, Australia.

Audit Committee

  • Datuk Phang Ah Tong (Chairman)
  • Dato' Ng Tiong Lip, Jeffrey
  • Fatimah Binti Merican
  • Ching Yew Chye

Risk Management Committee

  • Ching Yew Chye (Chairman)
  • Fatimah Binti Merican
  • Datuk Phang Ah Tong

Remuneration Committee

  • Fatimah Binti Merican (Chairperson)
  • Datuk Phang Ah Tong
  • Ching Yew Chye

Nominating Committee

  • Fatimah Binti Merican (Chairperson)
  • Wee Ee Cheong
  • Ching Yew Chye
  • Datuk Phang Ah Tong