Tan Sri Dato’ Dr R. Palan, a Malaysian, aged 62, male, is the Founder of SMR Group. He was appointed to the Board on 13th August 2004.
His core interests revolve around helping people learn and perform. Tan Sri, a lifelong learner, pursued his studies at the Federation University, Australia; Harvard Business School, USA; Leicester University, U.K., California Coast University, USA and Madras University, India. The British Institute of Learning & Development, UK conferred on him the Fellowship. He earned the Certified Speaking Professional (“CSP”) award, the highest award in the speaking profession from the National Association of Speakers, USA.
Tan Sri, the author of 16 books, started his career as a lecturer, trainer and HR specialist before taking on senior management roles in marketing and general management with a variety of industries in different countries for several progressive large organisations before embarking upon his entrepreneurial journey. His core focus on education related ventures has been the theme of his entrepreneurial achievements.
Tan Sri founded Yayasan Palan to support Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) initiatives and his voluntary contributions include serving on non-profit organisations both governmental and private. Tan Sri is the Pro-Chancellor of Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (“CUCMS”) and serves as the Group Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of Minda Global Berhad.
He attended all the four (4) Board meetings held during the financial year ended 31st December 2017.
Other than as disclosed above, Tan Sri has no directorship in any other public listed company. He is a substantial shareholder of the Company and he has no direct family relationship with any other Director in SMRT Holdings Berhad, other than Mr Malayandi @ Kalaiarasu, who is his nephew. He is a Director in Special Flagship Holdings Sdn Bhd, a substantial shareholder of the Company. Other than those disclosed in Note 5 on Page 37 (Recurrent Related Party Transactions of a revenue or trading nature) of this Annual Report, he has no conflict of interest with the Company. He has never been convicted of any offence (other than traffic offences, if any) within the past five (5) years or imposed with any public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.