BRITISH American Tobacco Malaysia Bhd’s appointment of Norliza Kamaruddin to its board as its latest independent non-executive director (INED) is a reflection of commitment to performance growth, diversity and sustainability by the country’s only listed cigarette manufacturer.
Norliza, 56, whose appointment took effect on April 30, is an award winning senior communications specialist with more than 25 years of experience in Malaysia and other markets.
In tandem with her appointment, Norliza has also been appointed as a member of BAT Malaysia’s nomination and remuneration committee as well as the company’s audit committee.
As a whole, Norliza makes up two women directors in BAT Malaysia’s seven-member board. She joins non-independent non-executive director Datuk Christine Lee Oi Kuan (its former legal and external affairs director) who has been sitting on the company’s board since March 1, 2012.
In her previous role as the global head of strategic communications for PETRONAS, Norliza was responsible for overseeing the communications strategy, corporate branding, sustainability and reputation management for the national oil corporation in more than 30 countries.
Norliza is now the managing director in FTI Consulting Malaysia, a global public listed business advisory firm based in the US. She is also the Industry adjunct professor for strategic communications at Multimedia University Malaysia.
Aside from BAT Malaysia, she also holds directorship in Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Bhd and Sedania Innovator Bhd.
“The wealth of experience and skill-set that Norliza brings to the table will be an invaluable asset to the board of directors of BAT Malaysia,” commented BAT Malaysia’s chairman Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat.
“In addition to her leadership and fiduciary duties as a board member, we will also be looking to Norliza’s experience in the areas of sustainability and communications to help us deliver our corporate purpose of A Better Tomorrow.”
Norliza said she looks forward to contributing to BAT Malaysia’s corporate purpose of A Better Tomorrow alongside her fellow board members.
“It is a privilege to be appointed to the board of BAT Malaysia,” she shared. “I am inspired by the company’s excellent track record in corporate governance as well as being a leading employer with a multitude of awards for talent development and initiatives for women in the workforce.” – May 8, 2021