Datuk Zainal Abidin Ujud

Datuk Zainal Abidin Ujud, Malaysian
Independent Non-Executive Director

Datuk Zainal Abidin Bin Ujud was appointed to our Board on 29 August 2014. He has extensive experience in the plantation sector having worked with the Federal Land Development Authority (“FELDA”), Felda Holdings Berhad (“FHB”) and various subsidiaries of FHB in a career that spanned for over 37 years. He started his career in 1976 as Procurement Executive in FELDA, moving up the corporate ladder within FELDA, FHB and its various subsidiaries over the years. Datuk Zainal retired as Senior Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Felda Transport Service Sdn Bhd (”FTSB”) in January 2013. FTSB is principally involved in the business of transportation and logistics. His work experience was mainly in the area of transportation and logistics, administration and human resource management within the plantation sector.

Upon graduating in Bachelor of Business Administration, Economics in Universiti of Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1976, Datuk Zainal joined FELDA in April 1976 as Procurement Executive where he was mainly involved in the land clearing contracts division where he was in charge of securing contractors to develop lands for plantation. He served in this position until December 1979. In January 1980, Datuk Zainal was selected and granted study leave by FELDA to pursue a post graduate programme in Business Administration at the Katholieke Universiteit Lueven, Belgium and he obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Finance in March 1983.

Upon obtaining his MBA, Datuk Zainal was appointed as Senior Executive in Human Resource department in Felda Mills Corporation (formerly known as Perbadanan Kilang) in March 1983 where he organised various training programmes for the staff of FELDA Holding Group. Felda Mills Corporation is principally involved in the business of milling of palm fruit bunch. He served in this position until December 1983. In January 1984, he was transferred to Human Resource Department of Felda Mills Corporation and was promoted as a Manager where he managed all aspects of human resources, including payroll, training, recruitment, appraisals and development of scholarship programmes. He served in this position until May 1988. Datuk Zainal joined FTSB in June 1988 as Assistant General Manager in charge of logistics and transport operations in the company. He was subsequently promoted as the Deputy General Manager in January 1995 and to General Manager in August 1995 where he continued to carry out similar duties albeit with more responsibility in improving the effectiveness and efficiency.

Datuk Zainal was then promoted as the Senior General Manager of FHB in January 1999 where he was in charge of the administration and human resource of the company. Datuk Zainal’s main job responsibilities includes payroll processing, developing training programmes and organising training courses, recruitment, and appraisals involving more than 13,000 staff (excluding plantation workers). Datuk Zainal then transferred from FHB in June 2000 to join Felda Trading Sdn Bhd (“Felda Trading”). Felda Trading is principally involved in the business of selling of sundry products. Datuk Zainal then worked in Felda Trading from July 2000 to July 2004 where he acted as Senior General Manager and was subsequently promoted to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director of Felda Trading in January 2001. In September 2003, Datuk Zainal was selected for Harvard Training Programme by FHB at Boston, United States and successfully completed and obtained a certificate in Advance Management Development Program (AMDP). He attended the programme from February 2003 until October 2003.

During the period from August 2004 to July 2006, Datuk Zainal served in various positions including FHB as Director of Human Resources, and various subsidiaries of FHB namely Felda Marketing Sdn Bhd as Executive Director, Felda Plantation Sdn Bhd as director in charge of Administration and Human Resource. Felda Plantation Sdn Bhd is principally involved in the business of plantation of palm oil. Datuk Zainal re-joined FTSB in May 2006 as its Executive Director and CEO. He was promoted as Senior Executive Director of FTSB in May 2011 and he continued to hold the CEO position until his retirement on 1 January 2013. He also served as a Transport Safety Committee Member of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board from January 2008 until December 2010.