Dato' Seri Mukhriz Mahathir
A graduate of Boston University, USA and Sophia University, Japan. A former bank executive, telco infrastructure provider and Co-Founding Chairperson of the ISC Group from 1994 to 2003 when he started his political career and subsequently became the Deputy Minister of International Trade & Industry of Malaysia and currently, again, the Chief Minister of his home state of Kedah, Malaysia's oldest state.
TAN SRI RAFIDAH AZIZ
A Bachelor's and Master's Degree holder in Economics from the University of Malaya, and was in Government Service for 32 years before becoming the longest serving Minister of International Trade & Industry of Malaysia from 1987 to 2008 and Chairperson of Air Asia X. She initially served as Chairperson of the ISC Group from 2009 to 2011 and of ISC Innovators from 2011 to 2013 after ISC ended its joint-venture in TBWA-ISC.
TUNKU DATO' KAMIL IKRAM BIN TUNKU TAN SRI ABDULLAH – CHAIRMAN
Grandson of Malaysia's first King, Tunku Dato' Kamil completed his Diploma (OND) Hotel & Catering Management in 1976 and Professional (HCIMA) Hotel Management in 1978. He also went on to earn a Diploma in Marketing in 1979. In the summers, he trained and worked at the 3-star Regent Place Hotel in London's West End and later at the Chewton Glen, a premium 5-star hotel in New Forest, Hampshire. In 1990, he graduated with an Executive MBA from Boston University, Graduate School of Management, in the United States.
Tunku Dato' Kamil has been involved in his family’s diversified business organisation, Melewar, since the early 80s as its Group Operations Director. Following the acquisition of two public-listed companies, Granite Industries Bhd and Malaysian Assurance Alliance Berhad (now known as Zurich Insurance Malaysia Berhad) in the mid-80s, he was appointed as their Special Projects Director and oversaw several ventures, covering different industries and disciplines. He also briefly served on the Board of TDM Bhd during his “teething” years in the 80s.
Since then he has had vast industry experience (in hospitality, marketing and PR, construction and land development, travel and tourism, restaurants and F&B projects, transport, beverages and bottling) but most importantly is able to leverage on connections in local and federal government circles, and government-linked organisations. And as his family enterprises’ Associate Director of Business Development, Tunku Dato’ Kamil also spends his time evaluating new projects including finalising plans to develop his beachfront property in Cherating, Pahang.
He is also the past President of the Negeri Sembilan Cricket Association, sits on several Boards of the Melewar Group as a Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director and is a Member of the Group’s Risk Management Committee. He also is on the Board of several other private limited companies, including as a Director and Chairman of ISC Innovators.
AUSTEN ZECHA – CO-FOUNDER/PRESIDENT & CEO
Austen Zecha has been a pioneer and a major presence in the local and regional advertising scene for nearly a half-century. He has helped bring literally millions to these shores with the creation of one of the international tourism industry’s most famous and recognisable slogans: 'Malaysia, Truly Asia'. That thematic line is 20 years old in 2019 and still going strong!
A Malaysian Permanent Resident born in Indonesia of Dutch, Indonesian, Czech and Chinese ancestry, schooled in elite secondary and tertiary schools in the United States, and launching his earlier journalistic and speechwriting careers for Robert F. Kennedy, Austen’s worldview is both broad and deep. He is a marketing maven, maverick and - with a little bit of Mad Men thrown in - has founded and helmed 11 advertising, design and public relations entities which formed part of, or were later sold to, leading multinational agencies' entries into the region.
Innovation, combined with a dynamic, nimble, and robust approach has distinguished Austen’s leadership style. Not just staying ahead, but thinking beyond. And the international president of TBWA\Worldwide, the worldwide agency he sold his last agency to, even referred to him as a "unique...charismatic leader" within that leading worldwide network.
He is one of the first to adopt an integrated, multi-disciplinary communications strategy for his clients. He also recognised early on the transformative nature of separate, independent media companies as well as digital and social media entities. And today he regards the trending decline of large global agencies replaced by smaller, lean-and-mean management consultancies as a welcome “disruptor", including management and financial consultancies' buying creative agency networks.
All of which he has incorporated into his latest and perhaps most personally gratifying undertaking - ISC Innovators. It’s all there in the name: Integrated. Strategic. Communications. Innovative. To which Austen adds copious portions of love, enthusiasm, passion and an incredible Southeast Asian network for the advertising business.
And be warned - around him, it’s contagious.
PAUL LINGAN – EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Paul practically grew up in the world of advertising, having spent lots of time in agencies where his mother worked as Executive Creative Director around the region in the 70s and 80s. By the time the 90s rolled around, Paul initially started in client service but then successfully switched to copywriting with the enthusiasm of a new grad and the knowledge of an advertising veteran.
After more than 25 years in the industry, Paul has grown (not in height, unfortunately, but in experience) by working on an exciting mix of global brands such as AIA, Citibank, Motorola, JW Marriott, Westin, Haagen-Dazs, Microsoft, Pedigree and Whiskas, Standard Chartered Bank, Audi, IKEA, Panasonic, Chivas, Salem, Winston and Camel, to name only a few. He has also worked on high-profile Malaysian brands such as 'Malaysia: Truly Asia', the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange, PROTON, Telekom Malaysia, DiGi mobile, OSK and the Sepang F1 Circuit, among others. Paul was part of the team that created, nurtured and built the ‘Malaysia: Truly Asia’ campaign, the most awarded tourism campaign in the world to-date, quadrupling Malaysia’s tourism arrivals to more than 25 million visitors and quintupling the country’s tourism receipts to more than RM56 billion from 1999 to 2010.
Prior to joining ISC Innovators, Paul was the Deputy Executive Creative Director at TBWA\TEQUILA Malaysia, and before that the Creative Director at ISC. Since becoming ISC Innovators’ GM/ECD in 2012, Paul also was “seconded” as the ECD to both Bates Malaysia and Chuo Senko from 2012 until 2014. And he currently serves as ISC Innovators’ representative to the Malaysian 4As.
On weekends, Paul is either catching up on much needed sleep, getting involved with the KL Saracens Rugby Club or failing miserably at golf.
Kyongna Pak – GENERAL MANAGER
Born in Japan to Korean parents and with working experience across almost all of Asia, Kyongna brings a wealth of well-travelled knowledge and skills to K&L-ISC. Malaysia is the latest addition to her international portfolio under K&L, having spent time as Account Executive, Manager and Director in Tokyo, Delhi and Singapore. Kyongna’s core competencies are many: new business development, key account management, strategy and creative direction, production & supplier management … and her favourite, client relations (can we count ‘cocktails’ under core competencies?). Kyongna has managed national, regional and global marketing & advertising campaigns for the likes of Nikon, Bridgestone, Pigeon, Idemitsu, and other global brands, overseeing all aspects of creative and communications work.
Before delving into “agency life”, Kyongna spent almost ten years coordinating concerts and handling artists’ arrangements for a leading promotions & events company in Tokyo. Her passion for arts, music and the creative industries made for a natural switch into the world of advertising, not to mention proficiency in ‘people skills’ after dealing with artists and their entourages (although she says there can be just as many divas in the boardroom too!). Her work took her to over 20 countries, planning and promoting tours and concerts for the Moscow Philharmonic, Lithuania National Philharmonic, Spain National Philharmonic, National Ballet Spain, and world-renowned jazz music artists.
In her spare time, Kyongna enjoys yoga, salsa, and cocktails – not all at the same time (yet).