Board of Directors

Dato' Dr Nirmala Menon

Dato' Dr Nirmala Menon
  • Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Member of Investment Committee 
  • Member of Nomination & Remuneration Committee 

Dato' Dr Nirmala Menon, 62 a Malaysian, is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Sime Darby Berhad. She was appointed to the Board on 15 November 2019.

Dato' Dr Nirmala brings with her over three decades of experience in the insurance and health sectors and has held various leadership positons within the Asian life and health insurance industry. She served as a Medical Officer at Hospital Kuala Lumpur for seven years before commencing her career in the insurance industry.

Dato' Dr Nirmala was the first female Chief Executive Officer in the life insurance industry in Malaysia when she was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of ING Malaysia Berhad, and thereafter as Head of South Asia at ING Asia Pacific Ltd. She has also served as the Executive Vice President and Head of Designated Markets & Health Asia at Metlife Asia Pacific Ltd, where she was responsible for operations in Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar. She was a Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, AXA Affin General Insurance Berhad and Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad.

Dato' Dr Nirmala is currently a Director of Bank Negara Malaysia and Aviva Singlife Singapore. 

Dato' Dr Nirmala holds a Degree in Medicine from the University of Mysore, India.

Directors’ Training and Continuous Education Programme Attended For The Financial Year Ended 30 June 2021
Managing Fraud Risk - Are you doing enough?
Evolutionary Change to Revolutionary Impact - Reimagining a new world post COVID-19
Progressive Board Review & Directors Global Masterclass The Future of Boardrooms: Embracing The New Normal
Beyond Great & Growth in China -Strategies for Thriving in an Era of Social Tension, Economic Nationalism, and Technological Revolution
Asia Pacific’s Time - How Asia Pacific can build a resilient future on five pillars: Advancing the digital economy, enabling regional enterprise growth, rebalancing supply chains, future-proofing labour force, and building a net-zero economy
Future of Coal - Sustainability as an Energy Source; Long Term Strategies of Coal Miners; Impact of China-Australia Trade Dynamics
Malaysian Market Outlook - Commentary on Malaysian capital markets, foreign investment, budget 2021, Covid 19 and political landscape
Healthcare: M&A & IPO Landscape
Healthcare in the post-pandemic world - COVID-19: An opportunity in crisis for healthcare providers
Managing Fraud Risk - Are you doing enough?
Evolutionary Change to Revolutionary Impact - Reimagining a new world post COVID-19