UpClose with MICPA’s New CEO, Novie Tajuddin

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It has been almost 4 months since the Council appointed Novie Tajuddin as Chief Executive Officer of The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) effective April 2, 2018.

With over 22 years of experience, Novie brings a unique set of knowledge and skills, which include an in-depth understanding of General Management, International Marketing, International and Strategic Engagement Strategy, Business Processes, Planning, Financial Analysis, Budgeting, Accounting Operations and Business Development.

Before joining MICPA, Novie was the Chief Operating Officer of Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), an agency under the Ministry of Higher Education. He was responsible for promoting Malaysian Education to international students and overseeing the overall operations of the organisation. He has also served as Director, Strategy & Engagement for Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (Yayasan Peneraju). Novie was responsible for strategic planning and strategic engagement for Yayasan Peneraju and was instrumental in delivering the goals in advancing Bumiputera education.

Prior to Yayasan Peneraju, Novie was the Regional Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Getronics Asia Pacific. He was responsible for leading Corporate Services for the Asia Pacific region covering Finance, Business Control, Human Resources, Procurement and Administration. His other positions held include Senior Finance Manager for Abeam Consulting, Senior Manager – Head of Business Process Outsourcing for The IA Group, and Acting General Manager, Finance Division of MIMOS Berhad. He is currently a Board Member of Technology Park Malaysia, an agency under MOSTI. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from De Montfort University, United Kingdom, and is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and Fellow member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

The Malaysian Accountant recently had the opportunity to find out more about the man who has been tasked to lead the Institute to greater heights.

1. What excites you about working for MICPA?

I see a lot of potential and room for growth for MICPA – not just locally, but also internationally. I’ve always been someone who enjoys taking up new challenges, so this role really excites me! I’m looking forward to working with the team to take the MICPA brand further and to make each and every MICPA member proud of being a ‘home grown’ professional that is recognised internationally.


2. What plans do you have for MICPA?

There are many strategies and action plans to be executed to improve brand awareness and expand collaborations, strategic engagement with stakeholders, pathways to entry into MICPA, digital marketing and much more. I need to prioritise those and achieve them according to plan.


3. Tell us about your life outside MICPA.

I’m married with two children. I always think about the future of my children – whatever I do is for them, and also for the nation. Nation building is a big word, but if every Malaysian does their part, it will contribute a lot! Hobbies-wise, I enjoy watching movies with my family, listening to music, and activities such as bowling and archery.


4. The ultimate way for you to relax would be?

Once in a while, my family and I like to check into a hotel to have a relaxing time together. We are also foodies at heart! We enjoy hunting for good food and enjoying a meal together.


5. Your motto in life.

I always believe in having a ‘Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)’. Once you are positive mentally, it will reflect in everything you do, and the outcome will be positive.


6. Name three things that have shaped your life significantly.

  • My SPM results were not great, mainly because I was a little too active in extra-curricular activities. As disappointed as I was, it taught me a life lesson – I learnt the importance of prioritising and how I should do it. That was a wake-up call for me.
  • My wife and I lost our first child during the delivery. I learnt that life is too short, and we cannot predict our time to leave this earth. Therefore, I’ve always tried my best to contribute towards doing good wherever I can. Helping others is a great satisfaction that cannot be described with words – maybe only with tears and gestures.
  • When I obtained my professional accountancy qualification, I realised that the market and industry looks at you differently as professionals are always held in high regard. This is always why I’m excited to be a part of MICPA. I’m in the right place to influence the next generation into taking up a professional accounting qualification and become a Certified Public Accountant. I assure you that as a professional, your opinions, analyses and strategies carry so much more weight and your voice will be heard!


7. What is your definition of success?

Success is not measured by how far up the corporate ladder you are, how much money or possessions you own, or how much fame you have. Success is very subjective but I define it as any small act that you carry out with positive intentions. Success is about having a “balanced” life that covers your family, career, relationships with people and relationship with God.


8. Where will MICPA ideally be in five years’ and ten years’ time?

In 5 years’ time, I would like to see MICPA as a prominent brand in Malaysia that every single Malaysian can be truly proud of, and in 10 years’ time, to gain international renown.


This article is published on ProspectsASEAN.com with the publisher’s consent. This article originally appeared in The Malaysian Accountant journal (May – June 2018 edition) published by MICPA.


The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) is a professional body for accountants and has been developing the accounting profession in Malaysia for over 6 decades by providing accounting graduates with an avenue to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Since its establishment in 1958, MICPA has played a key role in the setting of accounting standards and technical advisory for the Malaysian regulatory bodies responsible for carving out the business and financial landscape of this nation.

MICPA has more than 3,100 members and over 800 registered candidates. Members of the Institute are professionally qualified “Certified Public Accountants” bearing the CPA qualification title.

For more information on how to become a MICPA professional, visit their website and follow them on Facebook.


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