Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (“Bank Islam”) welcomes Tan Sri Dr Ismail bin Haji Bakar as its new Chairman with effect from 1 August 2020. Tan Sri Dr Ismail bin Haji Bakar succeeds Datuk Zamani Abdul Ghani who retired from the Bank on 1 March 2020 after 9 years of service.

Tan Sri Dr Ismail bin Haji Bakar was appointed the 14th Chief Secretary to the Government on 29 August 2018 before retiring in December 2019. He has over 30 years of extensive experience in the civil service having served several important portfolios including Secretary-General of the Finance, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and Transport Ministries as well as Budget Director at the National Budget Office of the Ministry of Finance. He was also a Senior Advisor to the World Bank Group, Washington DC from 2008 until 2010.

Tan Sri Dr Ismail bin Haji Bakar holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) degree from Universiti Malaya, and a Master of Business Administration as well as a doctorate from the University of Hull, United Kingdom.

Bank Islam’s Chief Executive Officer, Mohd Muazzam Mohamed said, “Bank Islam extends our appreciation to the former Chairman, Datuk Zamani Abdul Ghani for his meaningful contribution to the development of Bank Islam. We are delighted to welcome Tan Sri Dr Ismail as our new Chairman to the Board of Directors. With his vast knowledge and experience in a diverse portfolio, this appointment is timely as the Bank is charting its future course in making Bank Islam as the ultimate Islamic bank of choice. We look forward to his able leadership in steering the Bank to greater heights.