Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift

CEO, Bursa Malaysia Berhad

Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Bursa Malaysia Berhad. He is also the director of all subsidiary companies within Bursa Malaysia Group and serves as a Chairman of Bursa Malaysia Derivatives and Clearing. 

Prior to helming the Exchange, Umar was the Chief Executive Officer/Group Managing Director of MAA Group Berhad from 2006 to 2019. In 2008, he was also appointed CEO of Malaysian Assurance Alliance Berhad (now known as Zurich Insurance Malaysia Berhad). 

Umar commenced his career in finance with Price Waterhouse Chartered Accountants in1986. Following that, he joined the banking industry in1992 as Manager, Corporate Finance for Bank of Singapore (Australia) Limited. 

He then went on to hold numerous positions within the industry before joining Gas Malaysia Sdn Bhd. in 1996 as General Manager, Corporate Finance. A year later, he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Gas Malaysia in 1997. Umar left Gas Malaysia in 2002 to become a Practice Leader for the Utilities Business of Deloitte Consulting in Malaysia. 

In 2004, he joined Maybank as Executive Vice President – Head of Enterprise Financial Services Group. All in all, he has more than 25 years of experience in banking and financial services. 

Umar graduated with a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University, Clayton, Australia in 1985, and is an Associate of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a member of CPA Australia, a Chartered Tax Adviser of The Tax Institute of Australia, and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) in Australia. He is also a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, and a Registered Financial Planner.