Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Admiral (B) Mohd Anwar Haji Mohd Nor was born in Malacca. After receiving his early education at the Naval Base Secondary School, Singapore, he attended the Officer Cadet School at the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, England, from 1 September 1968.
He served the Royal Malaysian Navy for 38½ years, commanded 6 Ships and also several Shore Bases. He rose to the rank of Admiral and took office as Chief of Navy on August 2003 and later became the first Naval Officer to assume the post of the Chief of Defence Force in April 2005.
Throughout his service with the RMN, Tan Sri Mohd Anwar has attended various sub-specialization courses including Navigation and Direction and Principal Warfare Officer in HMS DRYAD, England. He graduated from the Naval Staff College Rhode Island, USA class 18 in 1981 and Joint Services Staff College in Canberra, Australia in 1988. He also attended the Defence Resource Management Course in Monterrey, Naval Post Graduate School, USA in 1995. He hold a masters degree in Engineering Business Management from University of Warwick, United Kingdom. As a recognition of his Leadership and Management contributions he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Doctor of Management by the Universiti Terengganu Malaysia.
Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Anwar is an avid sportsman representing the Navy, the Armed Forces and Malaysia in hockey. His notable achievement was when he represented Malaysia during the Asian Games, Tehran in 1974. He continued contributing to hockey in various positions including as President of Malaysian Hockey Federation. He is also an avid golfer and has represented Malaysian Armed Forces in the ASEAN Armed Forces Golf Tournament and continues to lead the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) as President.
In 2013, Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Anwar was elected as the President of the Veteran Malaysian Armed Forces Association (NGO) and continues to be President of Retired Malaysian Navy Officers’ Association (RMNOA). On 3rd September 2015, he was elected as the Deputy President of the World Veterans Federation (WVF).
Following his retirement from the Armed Forces in 2007, he was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (Armed Forces Fund Board), Chairman of National Defence University Board (UPNM), Chairman of Titijaya Land Berhad, a public listed company and as a Director of a few private limited companies. He is currently the Chairman for Bahtera Sri Kandi Holdings and its group of companies. He is also the shareholder for Bahtera Sri Kandi Holdings.
His interests includes reading leadership and management books and golf.
Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Anwar is married to Puan Sri Datin Sri Siti Hapsah and blessed with four children; a son and 3 daughters.