Jeffrey Chew

Jeffrey Chew is the founder and non-executive Chairman of the company.

Jeffrey began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and thereafter, joined Citibank, where he held various roles in customer relationship management, risk management, international offshore banking and product management.

Having joined OCBC as Head of SME Business in April 2003, Jeffrey was subsequently promoted to Head of Business Banking. He was appointed as Director and Chief Executive Officer in August 2008 and helmed the position for 6 years.

Jeffrey is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom and a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. And recently he was conferred as Chartered Banker designation.

He also serves as a member of the Small Debt Resolution Committee, Bank Negara Malaysia, director of Asian Banking School Sdn Bhd (Chairman, Audit Committee) and a member of the ACCA Malaysia Advisory Committee.

Currently, Jeffrey is also the Group CEO of Paramount Corporation Bhd.

Michael Ooi

Co-founder and Director of Peoplender Sdn Bhd.

He has at least 26 years of experience in the legal field. Michael has extensive expertise and experience in conveyancing, banking, construction, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, corporate law and litigation.

Besides his work as a Managing Partner of a law firm, he has been serving as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 2 boards listed on the Bursa Stock Exchange and one private state-owned company. On boards of the public listed companies, he also assumes the role of Chairman of the Nominations Committee, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He started serving as a board member in the public listed companies since 2003.

Michael first graduated from the University of Malaya in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours), majoring in Economics. In 1990, he obtained his Bachelor of Law (with Honours) from the University of London. He was called to the Malaysian Bar and was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1991.

Gary Tan is also one of the co-founders and a Director of Peoplender Sdn Bhd.

He has over 30 years of experience in both business and risk management with particular emphasis on SME lending. Gary is a pioneer in the development of credit programmes & scorecards for the SME market in Malaysia.

In 1997/1998, he co-authored the 1st SME credit programme in Malaysia during his tenure with Citibank Malaysia. He subsequently left Citibank to start the Programme Lending Department in RHB Bank where he developed RHB Bank’s SME Programme Lending Model (PLM).

During his tenure with OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Bhd, he was responsible for developing Malaysia’s first end-to-end SME lending model a.k.a the Enterprise Mass Market Model (EMM Model). The model was the 1st statistically validated credit scorecard & model to be certified as Advanced IRB (internal ratings-based approach) under the Basel III framework by both Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) & the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

Gary Tan