Haji Mohd. Sharif bin Haji Yusof, aged 77, a Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of AYS Ventures Berhad on 17 November 2011. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England & Wales, Malaysian Institute of Accountants and Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants.
He started his career with the Selangor State Government Service in l967 as an Accountant, Jabatan Kerja Raya. He was a Corporate Accountant with the Selangor State Development Corporation (now known as Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor) from l968 to l972. In l973, he joined Anglo Oriental Sdn Bhd, a tin mining management company as a Senior Accountant and in l974 he joined Bumiputra Merchant Bankers Berhad (now known as CIMB Investment Bank Berhad) as a Corporate Finance Officer. In l977, he joined British American Life & General Insurance Co. Bhd (now known as Manulife Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad) as a Vice President, Finance and retired in l989 as a Senior Vice President, Finance cum company Secretary. He is currently the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Ireka Corporation Berhad and also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Atlan Holdings Berhad and Axis REIT Managers Berhad.
Oh Chiew Ho, aged 69, a Malaysian, was appointed as the Group Managing Director of AYS Ventures Berhad on 17 November 2011. He is the co-founder of AYS Group and has been the key driving force in steering the corporate direction and growth of the AYS Group besides overseeing the overall operations of Ann Yak Siong Hardware Sdn Bhd (AYSH) since its inception. In 1964, at the age of 19, he joined Hiap Bee Hardware Sdn Bhd as a general helper in the warehouse/store department until 1978, where he moved over to Choo Bee Hardware (KL) Sdn Bhd and was in charge of storekeeping, sales and procurement. With his hard work and dedication, he mastered the trade and built-up good rapport with key customers and suppliers.
In 1982, Mr Oh Chiew Ho co-founded AYSH, started his business in supplying steel and hardware products. In 1993, due to the high demand for construction materials following the economic boom, he incorporated AYS Marketing Sdn Bhd to venture into trading and marketing of building and construction materials. In 1994, he incorporated AYS Metal Products & Engineering Sdn Bhd to manufacture panels and components for sectional tanks. In 1996, he set up CH Yodoform Sdn Bhd to manufacture purlins, steel frames for doors and window. He later established AYS Wire Products Sdn Bhd in 1997 to venture into the business of manufacturing and trading of wire products and expanded its business in 1998 to include wire drawing, straightening, bending and cutting of wire rods and manufacturing of wire mesh products in 2001. Under the leadership of Mr Oh Chiew Ho, AYSH has grown to be one of the leading traders of steel and construction materials in Malaysia.
Toh Tuan Sun. aged 65, a Malaysian, was appointed as an Executive Director of AYS Ventures Berhad on 1 April 2016 and re-designated as Non-Independent NonExecutive Director on 17 May 2016. Mr Toh Tuan Sun has been involved in the steel industry business for the past forty two years where he started off with Malayawata Steel Berhad in 1973. Thereafter, he moved on to Bright Steel Sdn Bhd in 1976 as Sales Manager and subsequently in 1979 was promoted to General Manager with direct involvement in the production expansion programmes and the business strategies of the company. In 1986, he joined Ann Joo Group of Companies to spearhead its business expansion into manufacturing activities. He was the Head of Strategic Business Unit 3 and was involved in manufacturing activities. He was appointed a Director on 11 September 1996 and served as an Option Committee Member.
In 2000, Mr Toh Tuan Sun was promoted as President and Chief Executive Officer of Malayawata Steel Berhad and served as a member of the Audit Committee. In 2003, he was invited to join one of the pioneer steel bar producers of Malaysia, Amsteel Mills Sdn Bhd and assumed the post of Managing Director until he retired in early 2007. Thereafter, he joined Perfect Wiremakers Sdn Bhd as the Managing Director and retired in June 2015 but remains as its Director and Advisor.
Oh Yung Sim, aged 42, a Malaysian, was appointed as an Executive Director of AYS Ventures Berhad on 17 November 2011. He graduated from University of Luton, UK in 2000 with a Bachelor of Degree in Commerce, majoring in Business Administration and Marketing.
He joined AYSH in 2000 as an Assistant to Group General Manager. He has been working on improving the productivity and efficiency of the AYS Group’s operations especially in the areas of information technology and corporate development.
Seow Nyoke Yoong, aged 54, a Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of AYS Ventures Berhad on 17 November 2011. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of New South Wales, Australia in 1984 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Law degree from University of Melbourne, Australia in 1985. She is currently a senior partner of a legal firm and an Independent Non-Executive Director of CYL Corporation Berhad.
Mohamad Fazlin bin Mohamad, aged 44, a Malaysian, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of AYS Ventures Berhad on 17 November 2011. He graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 1995 with a LLB (Hons) Degree.
He started his career with KPMG as a Consulting Assistant in 1996 and remained with KPMG until 2004 where he left as a Managing Consultant. He joined Pharmaniaga Berhad in 2004 as Manager, Business Development and was later promoted to Senior Manager Business Development and Corporate Strategy. He has also held positions in the Indonesian Operations and Middle East Operations of Pharmaniaga Berhad. In 2012, he resigned as the Senior Manager and Head of Vendor Development in Pharmaniaga Berhad to venture on his own business as a Director in Magnus Force Sdn Bhd and Agensi Pekerjaan Intercity Sdn Bhd.
Tay Kim Chuan, aged 56, a Malaysian, was appointed as an Executive Director of AYS Ventures Berhad on 1 December 2012. He is a Chartered Management Accountant (an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK) and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
Upon his graduation from College Tunku Abdul Rahman in the School of Business Studies in 1984, he briefly served in a palm oil milling and plantation company before he joined Bright Steel Sdn. Bhd. as an Accountant in 1985. In 1988 he moved on to the then newly formed Anshin Group until 1997 when he was transferred to serve the holding company in the Ann Joo Group. During his tenure serving companies in the steel sector he has accumulated management experience in the financial and corporate services area. He resigned as the Group Financial Controller of Ann Joo Resources Berhad in 2007 to venture on his own in the field of management services which business he has since relinquished prior to joining AYS Group.
Oh Pooi Foon, aged 36, a Malaysian, was appointed as an Executive Director of AYS Ventures Berhad on 1 December 2012. She graduated from Melbourne University, Australia in 2003 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree.
Upon graduation in 2003, she worked in a hospital in Melbourne as physiotherapist before joining AYSH in 2005 as a Purchasing Executive. In 2009, she was promoted to the position of Procurement Director and is responsible for formulating and evaluating procurement strategies, developing and implementing procurement policies and procedures, analysing trends and market conditions including sourcing, negotiating and entering into contracts with local and overseas suppliers. In 2012, she was promoted to Operation Director and is responsible for the overall operations of AYSH.