KUALA LUMPUR – Khazanah Nasional Bhd has appointed Datuk Dr Nirmala Menon (pic) to its board of directors.
The appointment was made at Khazanah’s board meeting on Tuesday, the Government’s strategic investment fund said in a statement.
Dr Nirmala has over three decades of experience in the insurance and health sectors.
She was executive vice-president and head of designated markets & health (Asia) at MetLife Asia Pacific Ltd, where she was responsible for operations in Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Myanmar.
She was Malaysia’s first woman chief executive officer (CEO) in the life insurance industry, having served as head of South Asia at ING Asia Pacific Ltd and president and CEO of ING Malaysia Bhd.
A trained physician, she obtained a First Class Distinction in her degree from the University of Mysore, India.
She served as a medical officer at Hospital Kuala Lumpur for seven years before starting her career in the insurance industry, the statement added.