Tan Sri Zarinah brings with her legal, corporate, and regulatory experience from the many years spent in the corporate sector and public service.
She is the former Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), a position she held for six years until her retirement in March 2012. She was before this, the SC’s Deputy Chief Executive from December 2001.
During her tenure at the SC, Tan Sri Zarinah had focussed efforts to establish a sound corporate governance culture amongst public listed companies, closing gaps and elevating standards by encouraging the integration of principles, ethics & values into the decision-making process as well as ensuring board diversity to promote inclusive growth. She served as Vice Chairman of the Emerging Markets Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions and was a member of the Monitoring Board of the IFRS Foundation, established to enhance the public accountability of the Foundation. She also served two terms as Chairman of the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum, a network of capital market regulators established under the auspices of the ASEAN Capital Finance Ministers Forum to promote the development of ASEAN capital markets. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Institut Integriti Malaysia from 2004 to 2012.
Tan Sri Zarinah began her career in the Malaysian legal and judicial service, where she served as a magistrate, senior assistant registrar and solicitor in the Public Trustee Department and in the Attorney General’s Chambers. She joined Shell Malaysia in 1979, where she spent 22 years in various capacities across the company’s business interests in Malaysia. She headed the legal, human resources, corporate affairs and HSE functions of Shell Malaysia as well as an integral member of its business re-engineering team and oversaw Shell Malaysia’s organisational effectiveness function. Tan Sri Zarinah was also a member of the boards of directors of several Shell entities in Malaysia as well as the Group’s Global Diversity Council. She retired as Deputy Chairman of Shell Malaysia in 2001 to join the SC.
Tan Sri Zarinah is currently a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Razak School of Government, Yayasan Hasanah, Amanah Warisan Negara and the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.
She is also a Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA, Chairman of Universiti Malaya and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, United Kingdom.
She had also served as Chairman of Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad, a director of PETRONAS and Permodalan Nasional Berhad, a member of the Academic Advisory Council of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS and a member of the Advisory Board of the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority.
An advocate of gender diversity, Tan Sri Zarinah is a Founding Chairman of the 30% Club Malaysia Chapter, a business campaign to help drive higher women representation in leadership positions and on corporate boards.
Tan Sri Zarinah holds an LLB (Hons.) from Universiti Malaya.
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