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Kan Wai Sum

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Chief Executive Officer

Kan Wai Sum, Sabrina is the Chief Executive Officer of MARC. Prior to joining MARC, she was the Head of Credit Strategy of CIMB’s treasury department. Sabrina brings with her 21 years of experience in both the investment banking and rating industries.

Sabrina started her career as a rating analyst with Rating Agency Malaysia (RAM). She then left RAM as Head of Business Development to join CIMB Investment Bank Berhad. During her 13.5 years in CIMB, she served in a myriad of roles encompassing rating advisory, debt capital market coverage and structuring, portfolio management and trading as well as credit analytics. She also had a short stint of 1.5 years in a boutique advisory firm based in Singapore.

Sabrina graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (cum laude) degree, majoring in finance. She also has an MBA from the University of Central Arkansas, USA.

Nor Zahidi Alias

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Chief Economist

Nor Zahidi oversees MARC’s macroeconomic and fixed income research and analysis, focusing on domestic and major economies’ fiscal and monetary policy issues and economic outlooks. As MARC’s Chief Economist, his insights provide sound macroeconomic perspectives for MARC’s credit ratings.

Nor Zahidi commenced his career with a market research firm, Cambridge Reports Incorporated in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. In 1990, he returned to Malaysia to join The New Straits Times Press (M) Berhad as a Senior Analyst. He entered the financial world by joining Kuala Lumpur City Securities Sdn Bhd in 1996. While serving as Chief Economist at Alliance Merchant Bank Berhad between 2001 and 2006, Nor Zahidi was seconded to the Globalisation Team of the then National Economic Action Council (NEAC), assisting the team in monitoring regional developments. Prior to joining MARC, he was the Head of Research/Economist at MCIS Zurich Insurance Berhad.

Nor Zahidi earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Arts in Economics Policy from Boston University, USA.

Rajaseharan Paramesran

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Chief Rating Officer

Rajaseharan was appointed Chief Rating Officer of MARC on July 1, 2014. He joined MARC in 2008, serving as the head of several rating sector portfolios. In his current position, Rajaseharan is responsible for the overall stewardship and development of the ratings operations.

Rajaseharan has over 25 years of experience in the finance industry, beginning his career with United Asian Bank Berhad in 1985. He subsequently joined Rating Agency Malaysia Berhad as an analyst responsible for rating assignments on corporates and financial institutions. His work experience also includes stints with investment banks Peregrine Fixed Income Ltd and BNP Paribas, both in Singapore, where he provided credit research and analytical coverage primarily on Southeast Asian corporates. Prior to joining MARC, Rajaseharan worked with the New Straits Times Group as a senior writer on its weekly property publication section.

Rajaseharan holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree from the University of Malaya and a Master of Business Studies from University College Dublin, Ireland.

Ahmad Feizal Sulaiman Khan

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Chief Business Officer

As Chief Business Officer, Ahmad Feizal leads the Business Origination and Development Division which is responsible for driving the growth of MARC’s rating and non-rating businesses.

Ahmad Feizal started his career in Dublin, Ireland, as an auditor with BDO Simpson Xavier. Upon his return to Malaysia, he joined CIMB Investment Bank Berhad’s Corporate Finance team and later joined Bank Islam’s Capital Markets team. He was instrumental in the recapitalisation exercise of Bank Islam, which saw Dubai Investment Group emerge as a substantial new shareholder of the bank in 2006.

Prior to joining MARC in 2014, Ahmad Feizal was the Head of Wholesale Banking of Century Banking Corporation, the first Islamic bank in Mauritius, where he was credited with the execution of the first Commodity Murabahah Financing and the first Islamic Commercial Certificate (Wakalah) issuance in Mauritius. He also had a stint heading a property development company in Dubai before returning to Malaysia. With a career spanning more than 20 years and across four continents, Ahmad Feizal has accumulated a wealth of experience in various roles in corporate finance, capital markets, real estate and business management.

Ahmad Feizal is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Financial Analysis from the University of Warwick, UK.