Maheswari Kanniah is currently the Executive Director/Group Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer of Kenanga Investment Bank Bhd. She reports to the Board of Directors and amongst others, plays an advisory role to the Board and Senior Management on all the regulatory, governance, ethics, fraud, risk and compliance related matters pertaining to
the Kenanga Group. She also serves as the Chairman of the Group Tender and Procurement Committee and member of the Executive Committee and Talent Management Committees of the Kenanga Group. Prior to joining Kenanga, Mahes also served at RHB Banking Group from mid-2002 to 2007 and Maybank from 1978 to All in all, she has been in the financial institution for the past 42 years.
Mahes is currently serving as a Governor on the Board of the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance . She was also the Chairman of the Compliance Committee of Malaysian Investment Banking Association (MIBA) and the Advisor for MIBA’s Compliance Newsletter from 2009 to 2014 March. She has also represented MIBA to give her views on various consultation papers and table discussions with the SC, Bursa and BNM and served on SC’s Steering Committee for the formation of the Alternate Dispute Resolution for the Capital Market and was a Member of the Licensing Examinations Review Committee of the Securities Industry Corporation from 2012-2014. Mahes also served as a Member of the
Finance Accreditation Agency Moderation Committee for the discipline of Corporate Governance. With 42 years in the financial industry, Mahes has conducted various investigations in the capital market areas and AML. She was instrumental in Kenanga’s corporate partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), being the first company in Malaysia and South East Asia to partner with the ACFE.
On the national and community front, Mahes was an active sportswoman. In the early 80s, she captained the Malaysian Hockey Team at various international games. She is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, UK (FCIS) and the Malaysian Association of the Institute of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She is also a Certified
Fraud Examiner (CFE) registered with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, US and a Chartered Governance Practitioner with the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, UK.