Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha

Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha
Group Managing Director
Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha, 53, a Malaysian, was appointed as Group Managing Director in July 2019 to lead the Group in it's overall operations. 
He began his career as a Trainee Accountant/Auditor with Wellers, Accountants, Oxford, United Kingdom in 1988 where he led various audit and taxation engagements until 1990. He then joined Shell Refining Company (FOM) Bhd in 1991 as Head of General Accounts and later as Project Accountant. In 1993, he assumed the position of Area Accountant for Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd (Southern Region) and subsequently held the role of Indirect Tax Advisor for Shell Malaysia Ltd until his resignation in 1997. At Shell group of companies, he was responsible for credit appraisals and control of customers’ accounts in the region. He was also involved in formulating strategies for all Shell companies in Malaysia to minimise the effects of indirect taxation and maximise efficiency. He spearheaded the company’s strategy to maximise local material sourcing and equipment.
He joined Guthrie Property Holding Sdn Bhd in 1997 as Finance and Administration Manager and worked with the Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad group of companies until 2007. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of Highlands & Lowlands Berhad and Guthrie Ropel Berhad, two listed companies within the Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad group from 2006 to 2007. In 2001, he was a key member of the team that acquired and later restructured Minamas Plantation, Indonesia.

After the Merger in 2007, he joined SDPB as Head of Plantation Upstream Malaysia where he managed about 340,000 hectares of plantation with 40,000 employees at all the estates and palm oil mills of the SDPB Group across Malaysia. In 2013, he left SDPB to set up Xcellence Alliance Sdn Bhd and Chemara Palmea Holdings Bhd, vehicles for investment in plantation as well as providing investment advisory services. He later joined SDPB in 2016 as Head, Plantation Services and Special Project. He was then appointed as Chief Operating Officer, Upstream in 2017 to lead the Plantation Upstream business of SDPB. He was appointed as Deputy to Managing Director & Chief Operating, Upstream on 1 January 2019. In this role, he assisted the Managing Director with the overall running of the SDP Group and led the Plantation Upstream business.
He undertook his Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) studies at Trent Polytechnic (Nottingham Trent University), Nottingham, United Kingdom and later obtained his ACCA qualification from Emile Woolf College of Accountancy, London in 1990. In 1996, he was admitted as a member of the ACCA. He became a Fellow of the ACCA in 2001. He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, a member of Incorporated Society of Planters since 2006 and the President of the Malayan Agricultural Producers Association since 2017.

Training Programmes Attended for the Period from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
Date of Training Title of the Seminar/Workshop/Course Presenter/Organiser Mode of Training
25 June 2019 PNB Leadership Forum 2019 Permodalan Nasional Berhad Forum
9 October 2019 MIRA Evening Talk and Networking: US-China Trade War – its impact on Business and Consumer in Asean Malaysian Investor Relations Association Talk

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