Mohd. Shah obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and is a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. He is an Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya and is a Licensed Company Secretary and a Trade Mark and Industrial Design Agent.
He was called to the Malaysian Bar in September 1984 and was in private practice in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Corporate and Private Conveyancing, Banking Documentations, Government Licensing and Private Clients.
In September 1996, he joined Nestlé Malaysia as a Legal Manager and was appointed as the head of the Legal Department of the Nestlé Group of Companies in Malaysia and Singapore in 1998. His areas of responsibilities were Legal, Company Secretarial and Government Relations. Mohd. Shah was the Executive Director, Legal & Secretarial of the Nestlé Group of Companies until 30 June 2013.
During his tenure, he has been exposed and participated in various areas of legal and commercial transactions affecting the food industry, including, manufacturing, warehousing, sales and marketing, purchases of landed properties, sale and purchase of shares, licensing of intellectual properties and applications of various types of licences and fiscal incentives from the regulatory authorities.
Mohd. Shah served as the Company Secretary of Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad and all of its subsidiaries and associated companies. He advises the Board of Directors on all aspects and was responsible to ensure adherence to integrity, compliance and governance of the Companies to related corporate compliance and governance requirements. In 2011/2012, he was instrumental in the setting up of a comprehensive and all-encompassing Corporate Compliance Framework for the Nestlé Group of Companies in Malaysia and Singapore.
He was also involved as an industry representative in various dialogues and discussions with the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-Operatives and Consumerism on the drafting of the Competition legislation since 1998, including participating in a PEMANDU Lab, prior to the passing of the Competition Act 2010.
In his capacity as the Executive Director, Legal and Secretarial of Nestlé Malaysia, he initiated a Companywide awareness program to train every employee on the impact of the Competition Act 2010, on the business operations of the Nestlé Group of Companies in Malaysia. He also had the opportunity to supervise the drafting and filing of an application for an individual exemption under the Competition Act 2010, including attending to dialogues with the Malaysia Competition Commission. In the area of Competition Law, his main interest is in the area of Competition Law Training, Competition Law Audit and Investigation and Competition Law Advocacy.
He has held various industry positions, and these include, Chairman of FMM Food Manufacturing Group, Member of FMM Branding & Intellectual Property Committee, Vice-Chair of FMM Ethical Business Practice Committee, Vice-Chairman of ICC Malaysia, Trustee representing ICC Malaysia in ASEAN CSR Network, Country Chair for Malaysia in ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance and Industry Representative in JAKIM Halal Certification Advisory Council.
He is experienced in all aspects of In-House legal issues for a Fast Moving Consumer Goods Industry, Company Secretarial and Corporate Governance and Compliance requirements affecting Public Listed Companies and various aspects of the Competition Act 2010 affecting Companies with dominant market positions in Malaysia. His passion are in the areas of Compliance, Governance and Integrity.
He was attached to a small banking law firm from 2013 to 2016. He served as the Company Secretary of Asian Finance Bank, now known as MBSB Bank from September 2016 to February 2018.
He serves as Prudenz Corporate House as Chief Operating Officer, on part time basis, since July 2018. Mohd. Shah currently sits as Director of a number of companies.