The British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC) conducted our 4th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 29 June 2022 at J W Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The AGM was attended by 60 members of BMCC.
The AGM began with an official opening by Chairman, Abrar A. Anwar who is the Managing Director, and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia. He presented an overview of the Chamber’s performance in 2021.
“Throughout 2021, we continued to focus on our engagement with our members digitally. However, at the same time, we started to plan for events that can be organised face-to-face in anticipation of the relaxation of the Movement Control Orders and easing of COVID-19 standard operating procedures by the government. Overall, we organised a total of 48 events, with 45 being organised digitally,” he said.
The BMCC successfully retained our membership strength in 2021 as we welcomed 27 new corporate members and retained 85% of our existing members, compared to 82% in 2020.
Although last year remained challenging due to the on-going pandemic, Abrar said the Chamber’s high retention rate of members can be attributed to the extensive value provided to our members in supporting their business needs and growth.
“We continuously served our members by delivering the right value propositions guided by our four pillars of service namely business-to-business networking, creating branding and profiling platforms for members, bilateral trade services and being a collective industry voice,” he added.
For more highlights from 2021, please refer to the BMCC Annual Report 2021.
Following the AGM, Mark Arthun, Managing Director and Site Leader of Smith & Nephew Operations Sdn Bhd, was elected as the new Chairman of BMCC effective 29 June 2022.
Mark succeeded Abrar, who stepped down as Chairman of the BMCC after the completion of a two-year term. Abrar will remain a member of the Board to support the growth of the Chamber. The BMCC thanks Abrar for his stellar leadership and contributions as the Chairman and welcomes Mark as the new Chairman of the BMCC.
During the AGM, the following Board Members were re-elected for another term.
- Andrew Diamond, CEO of Asset Data Solutions Sdn Bhd
- Ivan Tan, Country Chairman of Shell Malaysia Limited
- Prof Mushtak Talib Ali Al-Atabi, CEO and Provost of Heriot-Watt Malaysia University Malaysia
- Dr Sanjeev Panchal, Country President of AstraZeneca Malaysia
- William Addington, Managing Director of TeachSol Sdn Bhd
In addition, BMCC welcomes the following newly elected Board Members.
- Jonathan Pan, Vice President and General Manager Malaysia & Brunei of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Sdn Bhd
- Loh Wei Yuen, Country Head of ICAEW Malaysia
- Martin Haeger MBE, Director of HL Design Group
Nik Tasha Nik Kamaruddin, Senior General Manager (Group Brand Marketing and Communications) of Sunway Berhad was elected as one of two Deputy Chairs. Andrew Diamond continues his role as the other Deputy Chair. Loh Wei Yuen, was elected as the new Treasurer of BMCC.
Congratulations to Mark, new office bearers and all the elected Board of Directors!
BMCC would also like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to Andrew Sill MBE, Managing Director, Country Head of Commercial Banking of HSBC Malaysia; Amanda Powell, Managing Director of KL Kudos Design and Tan Sri Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng who have stepped down from the Board of BMCC.
Andrew has been on the Board since 2009 and served as BMCC Chairman from 2015 to 2020. Amanda is retiring after serving on the Board for more than 20 years and Tan Sri Michael served on the Board since 2019.
Our utmost appreciation to Andrew, Amanda and Tan Sri Michael for their invaluable contributions and guidance to the Chamber during their tenure as members of the Board.