CIMB appoints Rubern Chandran from Lendlease to bolster sustainability team

Chandran joins the Malaysian finance group as assistant vice president for group sustainability.

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CIMB, which runs the Cooler Earth Summit sustainability conference, has ramped up its green ambitions in recent years. It became the first bank in Malaysia and Southeast Asia to commit to phasing out coal from its portfolio by 2040. Image: CIMB

Malaysian finance group CIMB has hired Rubern Chandran from property firm Lendlease to strengthen its sustainability team.

Rubern Chandran

Rubern Chandran, assistant VP, group sustainability, CIMB. Image: LinkedIn

Chandran joins as assistant vice president for group sustainability. He will report to Elaine Chan, director, group sustainability. 

CIMB has ramped up its sustainability ambitions in recent years. It became the first bank in Malaysia and Southeast Asia to commit to phasing out coal from its portfolio by 2040, and is targeting for net-zero emissions by 2050.

The bank is also mobilising RM30 billion towards sustainable financing by 2024.

Chandran was previously country sustainability manager at Lendlease Malaysia. He joined the real estate firm in 2018 as sustainability manager for the Tun Razak Exchange, an upscale development in Kuala Lumpur.

Before joining Lendlease, Chandran worked in a variety of roles as a green building and sustainability consultant. He was a board member of the Malaysia Green Building Council.

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