KUALA LUMPUR: The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) has appointed Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar, Datuk Yvonne Chia and Vimala Menon as members of its Board of Trustees.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Pemandu Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Idris Jala said the government via the Economic Transformation Programme was committed to meeting the 30 per cent target for representation of women in decision-making positions.

“Beyond just meeting a policy goal, I am confident that these corporate stalwarts will inject more firepower as we enter into the mid-point of our 10-year national transformation journey,” he said in a statement today.

Idris also noted that the three high-profile corporate leaders would bring experience and knowledge from previous leadership roles, enabling them to contribute outside-in, private sector perspectives to further strengthen Pemandu’s initiatives.

“I would urge more companies in Malaysia to walk this path of inclusiveness and diversity.

“Gender balanced boards make good business sense as the participation of women will add greater depth and dimension for more robust governance,” he added.

Zarinah, who is currently Chairman of Malaysia Debt Ventures Bhd, contributed extensively to the development of the Malaysian capital market as the previous Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia.

Chia is an internationally renowned banker who successfully led banking groups through challenging periods of change and growth, while Vimala is a chartered accountant who has held board positions both locally and overseas and senior finance positions in Malaysia. -– BERNAMA