The BrandLaureate Brand ICON Leadership Awards’11: YM Tengku Dato’ Paduka Noor Zakiah Bte Tengku Ismail
YM Tengku Dato’ Paduka Noor Zakiah Bte Tengku Ismail is a steadfast woman who is led by a strong passion and commitment in her quest for success. She has a pioneering spirit that turns visions into reality and ideas into innovation. She is a woman of great substance; she inspires and is a source of emulation for all.
She received The BrandLaureate Woman of the Year Brand ICON Leadership Award 2011 as her achievements are second to none, being the first lady Bumiputra stockbroker in Malaysia when she acquired a stockbroking firm, Hallam & Co, as partner.
In 1973, she co-founded K & N Kenanga Sdn Bhd and became its Executive Chairman when the company was public listed in 1996. She held on to this position until 2010 when she was designated as Non Executive Chairman. Under her stewardship, she has succesfully built K & N Kenanga to be one of the leading stock broking firms in the country and its evolution into an investment bank.
Tengku Dato’ Paduka Noor Zakiah is credited with being instrumental in the development of the Stockbroking industry, especially when Bursa Malaysia (then Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange) was still in its infancy. She was the first Lady Member to be accepted by Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.
She was a Founder Member of the Malaysian Stockbrokers Association (now known as the Association of Stockbroking Companies of Malaysia or ASCM) and was its President for 11 years until 1997. She is an Honorary Life Advisor of the ASCM.
Tengku Paduka Noor Zakiah is a well recognised and notable figure in the financial/stockbroking industry and is often invited to share her knowledge and views on the industry.
On the community front, she is also an Honorary Life Member of Selangor Cheshire Home, a home for the disabled, elderly and abandoned children. She helped set up the Women’s Institute in Kuala Lumpur during the British Administration. She represented and formed the 1st Women’s Institute in Kelantan. She was a Member and past President of the Women International Council.
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