Chairman, Events and Programs Committee, AMCHAM
CEO, Citibank Berhad
Currently Citi Country Officer (CCO) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Citibank Berhad, Sanjeev Nanavati brings with him a wealth of international leadership experience in banking and finance. His extensive knowledge in helming complex and mature businesses will prove to be beneficial towards AMCHAM’s mission in addressing American business needs in Malaysia’s multi-cultural business setting. On a more strategic platform, his cumulative experience in the banking and finance arena will further deepen AMCHAM’s stakeholders understanding of Malaysia’s investment climate and economy.
Sanjeev Nanavati’s involvement with AMCHAM started in October 2007 as a member of the Board of Governors. Since then, his role in AMCHAM has broadened as he was appointed to the role of Chairman for the Events and Programs Committee as well as the Co-Chairman for the Young Enterprise Program.
Prior to his appointment as CEO of Citibank, he was Citi Malaysia’s Country Head for its Institutional Clients Group since 2005. Before moving to Malaysia, Sanjeev Nanavati was Managing Director and Global Head of Citigroup Depository Receipt Services based in New York and Hong Kong, responsible for all aspects of the ADR/GDR product offering globally. He joined the Citigroup Depository Receipt Services Management team in July 2001 and strategically repositioned the business, creating a differentiated value proposition for clients. Prior to joining Citigroup, he was the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for 6 years at one of the largest international banks in India and prior to that worked for 12 years with a major U.S. bank in M&A and Capital Markets, working in the United States and Hong Kong. His product experience extends across debt and equity capital markets; M&A and advisory; lending, cash management and trade; and more recently securities services. Sanjeev Nanavati holds an MBA Degree from Syracuse University in the United States.
DATUK TIM TARIQ GARLAND
Vice President, AMCHAM
Past President, AMCHAM (2002-2005)
Capital Markets Communications Consultant, TBWA Malaysia
Despite earning his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Denver and working for 10 years in the computer systems business, Tim soon came to his senses when he realized that the advertising industry was the playground for the big boys. Tim has mastered the art of leading with a hard head and soft heart. With over 20 years of management and marketing experience, Tim has had a hand in numerous leading Malaysian and global corporate, including Standard Chartered Bank, Bursa Malaysia, Pernod Richard, OSK Investment Bank and several Malaysian government initiatives for MITI and MDEC to name a few.
Tim began his career at Rockwell, where he climbed his way to the top of several international postings serving as Country Manager of Malaysia, SE Asia Sales and Marketing Director as well as the lead for the semiconductor business in Asia. During his 10-year stint at Rockwell, Tim displayed his flair for marketing when he led the brand repositioning exercise for Asia and the roll-out of Rockwell’s Asia Pacific web strategy. Subsequent to that, Tim led the technology practice at consulting firm Mercatela before stepping out and founding Myalo, a digital communications company. Tim sold Myalo to TBWA\TEQUILA IN 2005 and became the head of TEQUILA Malaysia, the digital and public relations arm of TBWA.
After leading the TEQUILA unit through three years of rapid growth, Tim was asked to integrate TEQUILA with its parent TBWA and lead the combined TBWA\TEQUILA Malaysia entity as its Executive Vice President. In October 2011, Tim handed over the reigns to TBWA\TEQUILA Malaysia to focus on developing an ASEAN centric capital markets practice and spend a significant portion of his time with the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce where he currently sits on the Board of Governors.
Tim was also the President from 2002-2005 and for which he received his Datukship from His Majesty, The King of Malaysia for actively developing US-Malaysia trade relationships.
SAKAYA JOHNS RANI
Chairman, Finance and Administration Committee, AMCHAM
Senior Executive Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers
SARAH LOUISE CASANOVA
Managing Director, Golden Arches Restaurants Sdn. Bhd.
Throughout her career with McDonald’s, Sarah has received numerous awards for her contributions. In 1995, she was a President’s Award winner, an award accorded to the top global performers of the system.
In 2001, she received the McDonald’s Worldwide Marketing Achievement Award, and in 2007, McDonald’s (Japan) marketing team received the same award under her guidance. Sarah was also accorded the Charlie Bell award in May 2009, given in recognition of her exceptional leadership and outstanding performance. Under her watch, McDonald’s Malaysia passed a major milestone when it surpassed the RM1 billion mark in sales for the first time ever in 2010.
DATUK NICHOLAS S. ZEFFERYS P.J.N., B.E.E., M.B.A.
Past President, AMCHAM (1999-2002) & (2009-2011)
Datuk Zefferys has served internationally as a Board member on a number of NGO and charitable organizations and has served in elective and appointed positions in government service in the USA. He has conducted seminars, workshops, and lectures at universities, institutions, and conferences globally. Datuk has also authored and contributed to a number of periodicals, books, and other publications. He received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and a Masters in Business Administration from State University of New York at Buffalo. He has also studied at Columbia University, University of Washington, Seattle University, University of Utah, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and the University of Southern California over his career.
He served several years as a midshipman and an officer in the United States Navy. In addition he was an advisor to the joint military commands in Vietnam and Thailand on the deployment of military communication systems in the 1960s.
PAUL ALLEN BROWN
Economic Counselor, U.S. Embassy, Kuala Lumpur
Most recently, he served by advising the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs, and the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, for whom he managed the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. In 2007-2008, he served as Director for G8 and G20 at the National Security Council. Mr. Brown is from south-central Texas, and is a 1985 graduate of Georgetown University’s honors program in international business diplomacy.
He previously served as a Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo from 2001 - 2006 and at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Export Assistance (USEAC) office in Houston, Texas from 1998 - 2000. Prior to joining the Commercial Service in 1998, Stephen worked as a Senior International Trade Analyst from 1998 - 1998 covering unfair (antidumping) trade cases and negotiations in the Department of Commerce's Office of Import Administration in Washington, D.C.
He received a BA in Economics and French from the University of Arizona and an MBA in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Stephen, and his wife Yukiko, arrived in Tripoli in August 2010 for a three-year assignment. Stephen's hometown is Phoenix, Arizona.
DATO' WONG SIEW HAI
Chairman, Malaysian American Electronics Industry (MAEI), AMCHAM
Currently, he is involved in the electronics industry as the Chairman of MAEI and as a Governor of AMCHAM. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors for the Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).
As his contribution to education, he sits on the Faculty Industrial Panel of the Faculty of Engineering, Multimedia University and is a member of the Advisory Peer Group for the School of Science and Technology of Wawasan Open University, Malaysia. He is a member of the Penang Science Council and is leading the Nurturing Pillar. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Kolej Universiti Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn from 2001 to 2006.
Executive Director, Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE)
A dual French and American citizen, he earned his B.A. from UC Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He and his wife, Chantal, are accompanied in Kuala Lumpur by their daughter, Olivia. They also have a son, Glenn, who is a student at UCLA.
STUART L. DEAN “STU”
Chairman, Young Enterprise Program - Central Region, AMCHAM
CEO, General Electric ASEAN, Global Growth & Operations
In August 1991, he was named Business Development Manager, GE International, based in Singapore with responsibilities for Southeast Asia and Australia. In 1993, he became President, GE Capital, Southeast Asia. In February 1995, he became President, GE Indonesia, located in Jakarta. Stu currently has responsibility for all of ASEAN and resides in Kuala Lumpur, where he is a Governor of the Malaysian American Chamber of Commerce. Stu serves as chairman of the Vietnam-US committee of the US-ASEAN Business Council and on the boards of the US-Indonesia Society and the Fulbright Commission in Malaysia and the board of advisors for the Global GE Volunteer Foundation. Last, but certainly not least, he is an active GE Community volunteer and was recognized by Habitat for Humanity for having led house-building projects in Aceh following the tsunami. He received GE’s 2011 Corinne Johnson Leadership Award in recognition of his volunteer efforts. Stu also serves on the Asia Pacific Advisory Board for Junior Achievement.
Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group
General Manager, Assembly Test and Manufacturing
Managing Director, Intel Malaysia
Martin joined Intel Corporation in 1984 as a product engineer of Microcontrollers. Over the past 25 years, he held factory manager and plant manager positions in Malaysia, Philippines and China. The Intel VP and GM have received an Intel Quality Award.
Martin received a bachelor's degree in electrical and systems engineering from Southern Illinois University.
DATUK DR. PADDY BOWIE
Managing Director, Paddy Schubert Sdn. Bhd.
Datuk Paddy was educated at Manchester and Oxford Universities in the U.K. She is a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Management, Institute of Public Relations, Malaysia and the Institute of Directors, U.K. Well known as a speaker and writer, she has addressed numerous international conferences.
MAY T. LIM
Managing Director, World Executive Search Sdn. Bhd.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and a Masters of Science degree in Management from the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a Wellesley Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
J. HUNTER FARRIS
Chairman, ExxonMobil Subsidiaries in Malaysia
He started his career with ExxonMobil in 1991 as a Facility/Project Engineer with ExxonMobil Production Company in Corpus Christi, Texas. Since then, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in various fields including engineering support, operations management, major projects management, crude oil trading and strategic business planning.
He was also the Operations Manager for Esso Exploration and Production Norway AS in Stavanger, Norway where he was responsible for ExxonMobil's Norwegian North Sea operated production. Mr. Farris and his wife Teresa have a son.
He enjoys spending time with his family, motor-cross riding and mountain biking.
MARK THOMAS WHEELER
President and Country Manager of ConocoPhilips Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
Most recently, Mr. Wheeler held the position of Exploration and Development Vice President for ConocoPhillips Indonesia from August, 2002, where he oversaw the development of the company’s major Natuna Sea and South Sumatra projects, as well as the exploration and New Venture activities for the area. During this time, Mr. Wheeler was a member of ConocoPhillips’ Global Exploration Leadership Team, and was responsible for the company’s exploration activities for the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Wheeler joined Conoco in 1980 in Houston, Texas, after receiving an MS with honors in geology from Washington State University.
For undergraduate studies, Mr. Wheeler attended University of California, Berkeley and St. Lawrence University in New York. He and his wife Maureen have two daughters, Sarah and Alexandra, attending SMU in Dallas and ISKL, respectively.
Managing Director, Kraft Foods Malaysia
Sunil has rich and varied experience in sales, marketing and general management in the FMCG industry across many Asian markets. Prior to this role, Sunil was Director of Sales and International Business at Cadbury India, Ltd.(now a part of Kraft Foods). He joined Cadbury India in 2006 and successfully led the unprecedented YOY sales growth that the company had witnessed in five years.
Before joining Cadbury, he was Associate Director (Indirect Trade), Asia & South Pacific Division at Colgate Palmolive, based in HongKong; as General Manager, Global Brands(South Asia) at Guinness UDV–a Diageo Group company; as well as leadership roles at Pepsi Foods Ltd. & Wipro Consumer Products. He is a Commerce graduate from Delhi University and holds a Masters in Management Studies (MMS) from Mumbai University. A fitness enthusiast, music and reading are Sunil’s other passions. He is married and has a daughter.
CEO, Procter & Gamble Malaysia and Singapore
She then joined Procter & Gamble in China as part of the Gillette acquisition in 2006. Prior to coming to Malaysia, her previous assignment was as Managing Director of Male Grooming business in the Greater China region. Shanghai born and raised, Ellie completed her education in the United States at the University of Illinois graduating with an MA in Economics in 1996. ANGEL CHOI Country Manager, Pfizer Malaysia/Brunei. She advanced through several positions within the organization, including product management, strategic planning, and new product planning, and she was Associate Marketing Director for Pfizer Hong Kong before she transferred to her regional role in 2004. Angel is a member of the Board of the Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia (PhAMA) and a member of the Board of Governors of American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). She is also the co-chair of the Policy Committee at PhAMA. Angel holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Master of Business Management from the University of Sydney. In 2005, she also obtained a Bachelor in Law from the University of London.
She then joined Procter & Gamble in China as part of the Gillette acquisition in 2006. Prior to coming to Malaysia, her previous assignment was as Managing Director of Male Grooming business in the Greater China region. Shanghai born and raised, Ellie completed her education in the United States at the University of Illinois graduating with an MA in Economics in 1996.
Country Manager, Pfizer Malaysia/Brunei.
She advanced through several positions within the organization, including product management, strategic planning, and new product planning, and she was Associate Marketing Director for Pfizer Hong Kong before she transferred to her regional role in 2004.
Angel is a member of the Board of the Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia (PhAMA) and a member of the Board of Governors of American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). She is also the co-chair of the Policy Committee at PhAMA. Angel holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Master of Business Management from the University of Sydney. In 2005, she also obtained a Bachelor in Law from the University of London.