Bachelor of Pharmacy, Western Australia Institute of Technology
Diploma in Management, Malaysian Institute of Management
Master of Business Administration, Keele University, United Kingdom
Position on the Board
Independent Non-Executive Director
Working Experience and Occupation
Zaiton had accumulated over 20 years of experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. She began her illustrious career as a pupil pharmacist with the Ministry of Health in 1982. Thereafter, she joined the sales and marketing team of United Italian Trading Corporation in 1984. In 1985, she served as the Assistant Medical Information Manager for the South East Asia Regional Office of Novo Industri A/S. In 1989, when Novo Industri A/S and Nordisk Gentofte A/S merged to become Novo Nordisk A/S, the world’s leading producer of insulin, she was appointed as the Business Development Manager of Malaysia, a post she held until 1993. From 1993 to 1997, she held the position of the Novo Nordisk Country Manager for Malaysia. In 1997, she became the General Manager of Novo Nordisk Pharma (M) Sdn. Bhd. until 2007.
During the long stint with Novo Nordisk, Zaiton helped establish and grew the Novo Nordisk business, mainly in insulin and oral diabetes care, haematology and women’s therapy. She held roles in the areas of general management, sales and marketing, business development and training. In addition, she was involved in lobbying and making presentations to the government.
An expert in her field, she was regularly invited to speak on scientific as well as motivational topics. She has served on the board of several organisations throughout her career, namely as member on the MARA Council (2000-2002) and a director on the Board of Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (2006 to 2008). She was also the former President of the Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia (2005 to 2007).