PayNet's Board Members

Payments Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PayNet) has a seven-member Board of Directors comprising of representatives from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Financial Institutions and industry experts. The Board of Directors is primarily responsible for the governance and management of the business as well as to ensure the financial health of the Company. The Board is assisted by three Board Committees, namely the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Board Risk Committee and Board Rules Committee.


Among others, the responsibilities of the Board are as follows:

  • Formulate and establish the broad policies governing the operations of PayNet Group.

  • Establish the corporate objectives, as well as to review, approve and guide the formulation of the corporate strategies and business plans, budget and monitor its implementation.

  • Oversee the management of the company business to maintain the corporate performance, involving monitoring of the performance of the institution.

  • Oversee human resource management, performance monitoring of key personnel, succession planning and training programs.

Datuk Ahmad Hizzad was appointed as Chairman of the Board on 11 October 2018. He also acts as Chairman of the Group Board Rules Committee.

Datuk Ahmad Hizzad was an Assistant Governor with BNM before his retirement in 2018. He was previously seconded to Labuan Financial Services Authority (Labuan FSA) as Director-General for 6 years before he came back to BNM in October 2017. Prior to his secondment to Labuan FSA, Datuk Ahmad Hizzad served as the Director of several departments in BNM including Payment Systems, Financial Sector Development and Islamic Banking & Takaful.

Datuk Ahmad Hizzad holds a Masters in Business Administration from St Louis University, St Louis, Missouri and Bachelor in Business Studies from Eastern Illinois University, Illinois, both in the United States of America.

Dato’ Sri Abdul Farid was appointed as a Board Member on 1 August 2017. He is also a Member of the Group Nomination & Remuneration Committee.

Dato’ Sri Abdul Farid is currently the Group President and Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Maybank Berhad.

Dato’ Sri Abdul Farid has over 20 years of experience in investment banking, corporate finance and capital markets, having served with various investment and merchant banks. He also was named CEO of the Year at the ASEAN Business Awards Malaysia 2015, which recognises outstanding enterprises in the ASEAN business community.

Dato’ Sri Abdul Farid is the Chairman of The Association of Banks in Malaysia and ASEAN Bankers Association and the Vice Chairman of Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers. He has also been appointed as the Co-Chairman/member of the Emerging Markets Advisory Council of The Institute of International Finance, Washington DC. He is also a member of Visa Asia Pacific Senior Client Council and the Board of Visitors of Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business.

Dato’ Sri Abdul Farid holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and Masters in Business Administration (Finance) from University of Denver, both in the United States of America. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School. He is also a Chartered Banker, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers.

Mr. Philip Tan has been a Board member since the formation of PayNet on 1 August 2017, having previously served on the Board of Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation Sdn Bhd (“MyClear”) from 2009. He is the Chairman of the Board Group Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a Member of the Board Group Rules Committee. He also acts as the Chairman of MEPS Currency Management Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of PayNet.

Mr. Philip Tan was a Managing Director in Citigroup where he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Emerging Market (EM) Sales & Trading, Asia Pacific of Citibank NA and as Director of Risk Treasury, Asia Pacific in the Regional Office in Singapore. Prior to 2001, he was the Financial Markets Head and Country Treasurer of Citibank Berhad and a Director of Citibank Malaysia (L) Limited.

Mr. Philip Tan has close to three decades of experience in the field of banking and finance, principally in the areas of Treasury and Risk Management. Prior to 1995, Mr Philip Tan spent 14 years with the MUI Group in Malaysia where he served in various senior management positions.

HMr Philip Tan is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia, an Associate Fellow of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers and an adjunct faculty member of Financial Institutions Directors Education.

Mr. Michael Walters has been a Board Member since the formation of PayNet on 1 August 2017, having previously served on the Board of Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation Sdn Bhd (“MyClear”) from 2013. Mr. Michael Walters is the Chairman of the Board Group Audit Committee and a Member of the Group Audit Committee.

Mr. Michael Walter has 30 years of experience globally in cards and payments, having held entrepreneurial, leadership and advisory roles across a wide range of organisations - from start-ups to multinationals - with a particular focus on strategic, commercial, product and technology functions.

Mr. Michael Walters currently advises payment schemes, government agencies, financial institutions and major merchants in relation to payment products and technologies, having sold littlepay - a UK based transit payments processor which he founded - in late 2017. Prior to littlepay, Michael led a fintech fund (Allectus Capital) with numerous investments in payment businesses globally, having joined Allectus from portfolio company eNett International, a travel-industry B2B payments organisation where he was the Chief Operating Officer. From 2002 to 2011, Michael was a Partner (Executive Director) with global payments consulting firm Edgar, Dunn & Company, where he worked with payment schemes, transaction processors, financial institutions and vendors - particularly in the Asia Pacific region.

Mr Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Australian National University majoring in management accounting and information technology, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Encik Mahizzan was appointed as a Board Member on 25 February 2019. He acts as the Chairman of Group Risk Committee and is also a Member of the Group Nomination & Remuneration Committee.

Encik Mahizzan has 32 years of working experience in network and information system development, internet service provider (ISP) operations and security consulting. He has, amongst others, expertise in cyber security and has played roles in the setting up of cyber security infrastructure such as NISER (before it became Cyber Security Malaysia) and DigiCERT. He has also worked in a major mobile communications company, and prior to his retirement had assisted in the setting up of ALTEL, Net2One and MYTV Broadcasting.

Encik Mahizzan holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Wales, Swansea.

Dato’ Dr. Fadhlullah was appointed as a Board Member on 19 February 2021. He is also a Member of the Group Nomination & Remuneration Committee.

Dato’ Dr. Fadhullah is currently the Chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). He had previously served as the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Perdana University. Not a stranger to MCMC, he had also previously served as its Commission Member as well as its Chief Officer of Network Security, New Media Monitoring, Compliance and Advocacy.

Dato’ Dr. Fadhlullah has served in the Ministry of Health, and was part of the web-shaper team for the Telehealth and Multipurpose Card during the early years of the Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). He later joined Telekom Malaysia Berhad, and last served as its Chief Corporate and Regulatory Officer.

Dato’ Dr. Fadhlullah is a founding member of the Communications and Multimedia Content Forum (CMCF) and the Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX). In 2010, he moved to the Prime Minister’s Office’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) and served as its Director for National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) on Communication Content and Infrastructure, Agriculture and Rural Development. There, he also served as the Chief Communications Officer for Strategic Communications for the government.

A medical doctor by training, Dato’ Dr. Fadhlullah received his medical degree from the National University of Malaysia in 1988. He graduated with a Masters of Medicine in Public Health from the National University of Singapore in 1992, and an MA in Health Management Planning and Policy with distinction from the University of Leeds in 1996.

Ms. Chin See Mei was appointed as a Board Member on 27 July 2021. She is also a Member of the Group Risk Committee and Group Board Rules Committee.

Ms. Chin See Mei has over 28 years of experience in the technology field and last served as the General Manager for Industries in IBM. She worked with large enterprises across multiple industries such as banking, oil & gas, travel & transportation, telecommunications and government agencies to explore and deploy leading edge technologies such as hybrid Cloud, mobile, IoT, AI/data analytics and Blockchain in creating competitive advantage.

During her career, Ms. Chin See Mei had worked with IT experts from around the world and the local ecosystems to develop innovative, secure and scalable technology solutions, which help leading organisations to remain progressive and sustainable. She brings with her a deep understanding and knowledge of the crucial intersection of business and technology to optimise operations, enhance efficiency and enrich customer experience.

Ms. Chin See Mei started at IBM as a system engineer and developed her career through leadership positions in services delivery, technical support, sales and operations. Her passion for talent development especially in preparing for the future of work in the era of Industrial Revolution 4.0 led her to be an advocate of purposeful reskilling of resources to meet the changing needs of the industries.

Ms. Chin See Mei’s passion for women leadership development and in promoting diversity led to her contribution to ICAEW’s Women In Leadership programme and mentor for Lean-In Malaysia.

Ms. Chin See Mei graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics and attended the Executive Education at INSEAD.

Cik Nora Junita was appointed as a Board Member on 11 November 2021. She is also a Member of the Group Audit Committee and Group Risk Committee.

Cik Nora Junita is an accomplished Finance and Strategy professional with over two decades of sound experience, including driving multi-million dollar and regional M&A, business turnaround and change management, especially in telecommunications. She has over a decade of senior leadership experience, having first been appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Aktel (now known as Robi Axiata), the second largest mobile operator in Bangladesh, in 2007. In 2010, she took on the role of Vice President and Head of Treasury and Investor Relations for Axiata Group Bhd.

In 2012, Cik Nora Junita was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd until 2014, when the company was acquired by Telekom Malaysia Berhad. She then moved into the role of Chief Financial and Corporate Affairs Officer for the new entity, Webe Digital Sdn Bhd, until 2018. She then ran her own consultancy business until 2021 when she was appointed the Chief Financial Officer of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDEC).

Cik Nora Junita has experience as a Board Director, Chairman of the Board Audit Committee and member of the Board Nomination Committee of a public listed telecommunications and digital services company. She has served on the board of various private limited companies including in construction and engineering and investment and consultancy services.

Cik Nora Junita is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and Business and Finance Professional with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Malaysia Institute of Accountants, the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia and LeadWomen.