DATO' AZMAN BIN MAHMOOD, Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Dato’ Azman bin Mahmood, a Malaysian, born in 1951, is the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of i-Stone Group Berhad. He began pursuing his professional qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales on a part time basis from 1971. He was then admitted as an Associate with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales in July 1981 and as a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants in 1987.
In February 1971, he joined Safferys & Co as an Articled Clerk and subsequently joined Lim, Ali & Co in 1975 as a Branch Manager where he was involved in performing various financial audit assignments for companies. In 1979, he joined RD Neville & Co in Essex, England as an Audit Manager, where he was responsible in planning and conducting internal control and audit. In 1981, he joined MMC Services Limited in London, England as a Tin Trading Operations Manager, where he was responsible for overseeing the overall tin trading operations of the company covering Europe.
In February 1983, he left MMC Services Limited and returned to Malaysia to join MUI Bank Berhad (now known as Hong Leong Bank Berhad) in February 1983 as its Senior Manager, where he was mainly involved in the planning and setting up of new branches for the bank. He left MUI Bank Berhad and joined Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad in July 1983 as its Finance Controller to lead the Finance Division, where he was responsible for the overall financial and accounting affairs of the company up until his departure in 1990.
In 1991, he was appointed as the Managing Director of Worldwide Holdings Berhad, where he was responsible for the overall corporate direction and business strategies as well as overseeing the day-to-day operation of the company.
In 1994, he was appointed as the Executive Chairman of Fine Access Sdn Bhd, which was then a family investment holding company with interest in investment of quoted securities/property holding. In 1996, he left Worldwide Holdings Berhad and in 1997, he was appointed as a Corporate Advisor to Crystalville Sdn Bhd, a property development company.
He was appointed to our Board on 1 October 2018. Currently, he is the Independent Non-Executive Director of Jaks Resources Berhad and Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Cocoaland Holdings Berhad. He also sits on the boards of several other private limited companies.