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Maybank Appoints Khalijah Ismail as Group Chief Financial Officer

30 September 2021

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Maybank is pleased to announce the appointment of Khalijah Ismail as its Group Chief Financial Officer (GCFO) effective 1 October 2021. Khalijah has been the Acting GCFO since 29 June 2021, following the resignation of Dato’ Amirul Feisal Wan Zahir to take up the position of Managing Director at Khazanah Nasional Berhad.


Khalijah obtained her professional qualification with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), United Kingdom in 1989, following which she served in Ernst & Young and then Datapower Sdn Bhd before joining Maybank in 1991. She has had extensive experience in Maybank having served in various lead roles within the Group including Treasury Operations, Corporate & Investment Banking and International Operations, as well as managing Group-wide transformation programmes for the Bank.


Prior to her appointment as the GCFO, Khalijah held the Group Financial Controller position from January 2014 and reported directly to the then GCFO. The key roles under her purview as the Group Financial Controller included managing financial reporting, accounting functions, regulatory reporting, asset quality & impairment assessment, treasury product control functions and strategic procurement for the Group.


She also served as the Chairman of the Group Impairment Review Committee, Chairman of the Management Board of Maybank International (Labuan) Limited, Board Member of Maybank Kim Eng Securities Pte Ltd (MKES) and was a member of other management committees such as the Group Internal Audit Committee, Group IT Steering Committee and Group Property & Procurement Committee, while she remains a member of the Women Mentors Council of Maybank.


Group President and CEO of Maybank, Datuk Abdul Farid Alias said, “Khalijah’s appointment demonstrates Maybank’s strong internal succession pipeline. It also bodes well with our commitment to diversity and equity.


With over 30 years of business and finance experience and proven ability in managing several Group Finance functions, Khalijah will complement and strengthen further our Group EXCO and senior management team towards realising our M25 aspiration and reinforcing our regional financial services ambitions. We look forward to her continued contribution to the Group in a greater and expanded capacity.”