Tan Sri James Foong Cheng Yuen
Independent Non-Executive Director
LL.B. (Hons), University of London
Doctorate of Laws, University of the West of England
Tan Sri James Foong, a Malaysian, aged 72, joined the Board of Paramount on 25 May 2016. He is also a member of the Audit and Nominating Committees.
He graduated from the University of London with LL.B. (Honours) in 1969 and was called to the English Bar by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 1970. Subsequently, he was called to the Malaysian Bar as an advocate and solicitor in 1971. In 2009, he was made Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London, and in 2011, he was conferred an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree by the University of the West of England.
From 1971 to 1990, Tan Sri James was engaged in private legal practice in both criminal and civil law, majoring in insurance law. While in private practice, he acted as legal adviser to numerous guilds and associations in Malaysia, and was also a commissioner of oath and notary public.
In 1990, Tan Sri James was appointed as a Judicial Commissioner, and was elevated to the High Court Bench in 1992. He then served as a High Court Judge at the Kuala Lumpur (Criminal Division), Johor Bahru, Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur (Civil Division), Ipoh, and Kuala Lumpur (Family Division and Civil Division) Courts. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2005 and subsequently to the Federal Court (Malaysia Supreme Court) in 2009. As a Federal Court Judge, he was made a Managing Judge of the Civil Division of the High Court in Kuala Lumpur and of the High Court and Subordinate Courts in the state of Penang. He retired from the Malaysian Judiciary on 25 February 2012.
Currently, he also serves as Chairman of the Ombudsman for Financial Services, set up under the initiative of Bank Negara Malaysia.
Other than Paramount, Tan Sri James's directorship in public companies include Genting Berhad and Only World Group Holdings Berhad.