Dato' Yusli Bin Mohamed Yusoff

Personal Quote

Malaysia is on the verge of an unprecedented transformation. To not change is not an option. Despite our country having emerged relatively unscathed from the global economic crisis, let us not kid ourselves but admit to the fact the operating landscape within the region and beyond has changed considerably.
At Bursa Malaysia, it is our commitment to develop young talents who will become our future leaders tomorrow.
As a frontline regulator, we support and welcome product development initiatives by issuers as this is an integral part towards enhancing the breadth of offerings of the Malaysian capital market.
- Dato' Yusli

Biography of Dato' Yusli

It was during a period of transition and significant change when Dato' Yusli Mohammed Yusoff took the reins of Malaysia's sole stock exchange in February 2004. What was then the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange or KLSE was soon-after renamed Bursa Malaysia following its demutualisation exercise on 14 April 2004.

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TAKING ON THE BULLS AND THE BEARS

It was during a period of transition and significant change when Dato' Yusli Mohammed Yusoff took the reins of Malaysia's sole stock exchange in February 2004. What was then the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange or KLSE was soon-after renamed Bursa Malaysia following its demutualisation exercise on 14 April 2004.

By helming Bursa Malaysia from the very foundation of demutualisation, Dato' Yusli was tasked to ensure that changes are implemented in a way that can successfully enhance the competitiveness of the Malaysian bourse against world-class standards.

While the challenge may seem insurmountable, Dato' Yusli's quiet and controlled demeanour, backed by an unshakable determination to 'get things done', have proven to be a winning formula. His success at Bursa Malaysia was also built on his experience and expertise meticulously cultivated over the years.

Graduating from the University of Essex (UK) with a Bachelor of Economics in 1981, Dato' Yusli began his career as an accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co in London. This allowed him to build a solid base in the world of finance. After working in the United Kingdom for nine years, he returned to Malaysia in 1990. He subsequently held key positions in a number of public listed and private companies in the country's capital, gaining valuable experience in a wide variety of fields.

Dato' Yusli entered the stockbroking industry at the turn of the millennium when he was appointed CEO of CIMB Securities. He was a quick learner and soon familiarised himself with the business. He also sat in the Association of Stockbroking Companies in Malaysia as Chairman from 2003 to 2004.

Throughout his seven constructive years in the driver's seat at Bursa Malaysia, Dato' Yusli has presided over an impressive list of achievements and notable milestones. These include, amongst others, the successful implementation of a new, more technologically advanced trading platform called Bursa Trade; the adoption of the FTSE global methodology in benchmark indices including the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI; the listing of the Exchange's derivatives contracts on CME Globex® electronic trading platform; and the promotion of the Malaysian capital market to Advanced Emerging Market status from its previous Secondary Emerging Market status. All in all, Bursa Malaysia is in a far stronger position today than it was at the very start of its demutualisation exercise.

On top of all these achievements, Dato' Yusli strikes a good balance in his life, spending quality time with his wife and raising a happy family. He has also found the time to pursue the love of sports which he inherited from his parents. He continues to participate in a variety of activities such as tennis, futsal, football, and golf. Above all else, Dato' Yusli has also been committed to giving back to the community in which he serves.

Dato' Yusli's tenure as CEO of Bursa Malaysia officially ends on 31 March 2011.