Berjaya Corporation Berhad yesterday announced that Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun, the Founder and Adviser to the Berjaya Corporation group of companies, has returned to the Board of Directors of the Company and assumed the position of Executive Chairman with immediate effect.
Datuk Seri Robin Tan Yeong Ching will accordingly relinquish his position as Chairman of Berjaya Corporation Berhad and will continue to remain as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
Tan announced his retirement from the Board of Directors of Berjaya Corporation Berhad on 23 February 2012 citing his wish to focus on his philanthropic work. During this period, Tan has embarked on various charitable and social programmes and initiatives but at the same time he has continued to explore new business opportunities for the Berjaya Corporation group as its Founder and Adviser.
Tan, in a message to the Berjaya Corporation Board said, “As you all know, even during my retirement I have been active in looking for new business opportunities for the Group. Robin has been an excellent Chairman and CEO. He has strengthened the corporate organisation and best practices and the Group has enjoyed steady growth and progress during his stewardship. However, I feel that after being away for five years, it is time I returned to the Board to actively participate in the deliberation and decision-making at the Board level in order to show my commitment and accountability to our stakeholders.”
Robin Tan, in echoing the sentiments of his colleagues on the Board, said, “We welcome the return of Tan Sri Vincent Tan as Executive Chairman of Berjaya Corporation. As the major shareholder of Berjaya Corporation, it is appropriate that Tan Sri takes his rightful place as Executive Chairman of the Company. He started his first business venture way back in 1972 during his early twenties with a car dealership and a construction equipment company while still pursuing his full-time occupation as a life insurance sales agent. With his more than four decades of entrepreneurial experience and his unwavering dedication and commitment to the Group, we have no doubt that he will be able to take the Berjaya Corporation group of companies to even greater heights.”