Board of Directors

Dato' Dr Nirmala Menon

Dato' Dr Nirmala Menon
  • Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Member of Risk Management Committee 

Dato' Dr Nirmala Menon, 60, 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.

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

Dato' Dr Nirmala currently sits on the Board of Bank Negara Malaysia and Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad.  She was an Independent Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad and AXA Affin General Insurance Berhad.