General (Rtd) Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Ismail was formerly Malaysia’s Chief Defence Forces (CDF) from 1995 until his retirement in 1998, after 38 years of military service. He graduated from Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, United Kingdom in 1961 and subsequently attended professional and management development courses at several institutions including The Land Forces Command and Staff College, Canada; the United Nation International Peace Academy, Vienna; the National Defence College, India and INTAN Malaysia. His military service saw Key Command and Staff appointments at all levels of the Armed Forces. As CDF, his responsibilities included key roles in Malaysia’s Regional and International Defence Relations. Tan Sri was Chairman of Affin Holdings Berhad and Affin Bank Berhad from 1999 to 2017. Tan Sri was also on the Board of Directors of Affin Islamic Bank, ABB Trustee Berhad, EP Engineering Sdn Bhd and Global Medical Alliance Sdn Bhd. Tan Sri Ismail displays strong board chair leadership as he sets the Board’s tone, direction and culture. Tan Sri Ismail creates the appropriate environment to allow for full engagement by all members of the Board for effective Board discussions and decision making. Tan Sri Ismail possesses a high level of leadership experience to lead effective Board oversight function.