Aged 68, Male, Malaysian
Chief Executive Ofﬁcer
Tan Sri Dato' Seri Lee was appointed as the Group's Chairman/ CEO in 1993 and held the position until 2008. On 1 May 2008, he relinquished his role as Chairman but has retained his position as Executive Director and CEO of the Group.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) degree from the University of Malaya and obtained his Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
He is the Chairman of Batu Kawan Berhad, a company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He is also a Director of Equatorial Palm Oil Plc. He also serves as a member on the Board of Trustees of the Perdana Leadership Foundation, Yayasan KLK, UTAR Education Foundation and Yayasan Wesley. He was formerly the Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council.
Tan Sri Dato' Seri Lee is the brother of Dato' Lee Hau Hian and the father of Mr. Lee Jia Zhang. He is deemed connected with Batu Kawan Berhad, one of the major shareholders of KLK, and is also deemed interested in various related party transactions with the KLK Group.
Aged 36, Male, Malaysian
Mr. Lee Jia Zhang was appointed as the Executive Director of KLK on 16 May 2018.
Mr. Lee Jia Zhang holds a Master in Chemical Engineering (Hons) degree (MEng) from Imperial College, United Kingdom. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS). He has also completed the Accelerated Development Program from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Executive Education).
He began his career with Ernst & Young LLP, United Kingdom from 2006 to 2009 and thereafter with KPMG, Kuala Lumpur in 2009 both in audit. He then joined KLK Group in 2010 and has since held various positions in the Oleochemical and Corporate divisions. He started his career in KLK as a Senior Manager and is currently an Executive Director within Group overseeing corporate and business functions including mergers and acquisitions as well as managing few subsidiaries. His last role was a managing director in one of the Group’s oleochemical business units.
Mr. Lee Jia Zhang is the son of Tan Sri Dato' Seri Lee Oi Hian and the nephew of Dato' Lee Hau Hian. Both Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lee Oi Hian and Dato’ Lee Hau Hian are Directors and substantial shareholders of KLK.
Aged 65, Male, Malaysian
Strategy Advisor to the CEO
Mr. Yeow holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Nanyang University Singapore and a Master of Science in Petro-Chemicals and Hydrocarbon Chemistry from University of Manchester, Institute of Science & Technology, United Kingdom. He started his career as an industrial chemist with Sime Darby Edible Oil Pte Ltd and Sime Darby Oleochemicals Pte Ltd, Singapore. Prior to joining KLK, he was with Behn Meyer & Co (M) Sdn Bhd where he was the Group Manager of the Techno-Chemical Division, in charge of specialty chemicals and equipment trading business.
Mr. Yeow has been with KLK Group since 1991 and was appointed as the Managing Director of the Oleochemical Division in March 1998. He has since been re-designated as the Strategy Advisor to the CEO with effect from 1 October 2019, focusing on new merger and acquisition opportunities, technologies and projects for KLK Group.
He was instrumental in setting up the cocoa manufacturing business in 1991, and thereafter, was elevated to the position of Managing Director of Palm-Oleo to overlook the Group’s oleochemical business. Over the years, the team built by Mr. Yeow have together with his dynamic stewardship, been the main impetus for the transformation of KLK Oleo into the global oleochemical powerhouse that it is today.
Mr. Yeow has facilitated the seamless leadership transition of KLK Oleo operations to a younger team, but will remain on the Exco and subsidiary Boards of the Oleochemical Division, in addition to his new executive role as Strategy Advisor to the CEO.
Aged 60, Male, Malaysian
Group Plantations Director
Mr. Patrick Kee was appointed as the Group Plantations Director on 1 October 2017. Prior to his appointment, he was the President Director of KLK’s subsidiaries in Indonesia.
He is an Associate Member of the Incorporated Society of Planters. He joined KLK on 1 February 1982 and has served KLK’s subsidiaries in various capacities from Assistant, Manager, General Manager to Regional Director (both in West Malaysia and Sabah) prior to his posting to Indonesia.
He has attended the Senior Management Development Program conducted by Harvard Business School and Advance Management Program of INSEAD.
Aged 59, Male, Malaysian
Managing Director, Oleochemical division
Mr. Madhev holds an Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master Degree in Engineering Science from University of Malaya.
He is a member of the Board of Engineers Malaysia. He joined KLK Group in 1990 and has been with KLK Group for the past 29 years. Prior to joining KLK Group, he was a faculty member at the Department of Chemical Engineering in University of Malaya.
Aged 65, Male, Malaysian
Executive Director, Property development
Dato’ David Tan is the Executive Director of KLK Land. He joined the Group on 1 January 2013 and is responsible for overseeing the business development, planning and implementation of KLK property projects.
Dato’ David Tan holds a BSc (Hons) in Housing, Building & Planning and MSc in Planning from Universiti Sains Malaysia. He is a Corporate Member of the Malaysian Institute of Planners and a Registered Planner with the Board of Town Planners, Malaysia.
He has more than 36 years of experience in the property industry with 22 years as Head of Property in IOI Group where he was also an Executive Director of IOI Properties Berhad.
Aged 60, Male, Malaysian
Group Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Leong holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) majoring in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Malaya and qualified as an accountant from the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
Prior to joining KLK, he pursued a career in accountancy in the public accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand for 10 years. He has been with KLK Group since 1991 and was appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer on 14 November 2018. Prior to this, he was the Group Chief Accountant.
Aged 50, Female, Malaysian
Ms. Yap has an LL.B (Hons) degree from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. She also qualified as a Barrister-at-Law of the Middle Temple, London, and as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. She is an Associate Member of the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Ms. Yap joined KLK in 2002 as a Legal Manager and was appointed as the Company Secretary of KLK on 2 September 2008 where she oversees the Legal and Secretarial Department. She began her career with a leading law firm in Kuala Lumpur and subsequently joined the private sector as an executive in the legal divisions of the Usaha Tegas Group and Tanjong Plc.