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 has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, beginning her illustrious career in 1982 as a pupil pharmacist with the Ministry of Health. Two years later, she joined the sales and marketing team of United Italian Trading Corporation. She then moved to Novo Industri A/S in 1985, where she served as the Assistant Medical Information Manager for the South East Asia Regional Office. 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, Zaiton was appointed as its Business Development Manager for Malaysia, a post she held until 1993. From 1993 to 1997, she led Novo Nordisk’s Malaysian operations as its Country Manager. This was followed by a 10-year stint as General Manager of Novo Nordisk Pharma (M) Sdn. Bhd.. During this time, Zaiton helped to establish and grow Novo Nordisk’s 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, Zaiton has been a regular speaker on scientific as well as motivational topics. She was a member of the MARA Council from 2000 to 2002, a director of Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation Sdn. Bhd. from 2006 to 2008, and a former President of the Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia from 2005 to 2007.