Mr. Steve Paolo Bertamini
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia
Stefano P. Bertamini (Steve) joined Al Rajhi Bank in Saudi Arabia from May 2015 to December 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure, the banks market capitalization in Saudi Arabia doubled to over USD 45 billion and profits grew 65% to 3.1 billion. In 2020 Steve was appointed as an Advisor to the Board of Al Rajhi Bank Saudi Arabia. He was appointed Non-Independent Executive Director to Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia Board in 25 February 2016 and has recently been re-designated Non-Independent Non-Executive Director.
Before his appointment at Al Rajhi Bank as CEO, Steve was the Group Executive Director and CEO for Global Consumer Banking at Standard Chartered and a member of the Board of Standard Chartered PLC between 2008 and 2014. He was responsible for Retail Banking, Wealth Management, SME and Private Bank with operations across 44 countries.
Steve was the executive global sponsor for employee volunteering for Standard Chartered from 2010-2012 and from 2013 he became the executive sponsor for driving diversity and inclusion for 89,000 staff and 127 nationalities.
Previously, Steve spent 22 years with GE, most recently as Chairman and CEO of GE North East Asia and became a GE Officer in 2006. He was also responsible for GE's acquisition and merger business in the Asia-Pacific region from 2004 and President of GE Capital Asia from January 2001-2008.
Previously he also served on the Board of several publicly listed companies including the United Group and Tesserent in Australia and Standard Chartered in the UK.
Born in Munich, Germany and grew up in Europe, North Africa and North and South America, Steve graduated from University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor's degree of Business in Finance and Management in 1985 and earned his MBA at the University of North Texas in 1991.
Mr. Ow Chee Hong
Independent Non-Executive Director
Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia
Ow Chee Hong was appointed to the Board as of 6 October 2015.
Born in 1966 in Malaysia, Chee Hong holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting and Computer Science) from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (1989). Upon graduation he started his career in Kassim Chan (now Deloitte Malaysia) in 1989 as an auditor, specialising in financial and IT audits of banks and insurance organisations. In 1993, Chee Hong left Deloitte to pursue a career in Information Technology, focused mainly in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions. He spent 4 years with Oracle Corp. Malaysia (1996 to 2000) as a major accounts business manager, where he was responsible for managing large conglomerates operating in the financial industry, telecommunications, healthcare and education industries.
In 2000, Chee Hong re-joined Deloitte Malaysia to head their Technology Consulting practice, and was admitted as a Partner in 2004. During his 12 years tenure with Deloitte Consulting Malaysia, he built a strong but niche consulting practice focused on IT Advisory engagements such as strategic IT planning, programme management of large IT Transformation initiatives, business process blueprinting, performance management framework, IT due diligence and business requirements mapping. His clients were primarily in the financial industry ranging from retail banks, insurance companies to unit trusts and assets management entities. He also has similar experience in public sector, energy and manufacturing industries.
In February 2012, Chee Hong left Deloitte to start a boutique consulting firm that provides business and technology advisory. Being a Fellow member of CPA Australia, he is also well versed with financial management, risk management, valuations and financial due diligence.