Telekom Malaysia Berhad (“TM”) has officially appointed Dato’ Noor Kamarul Anuar Nuruddin as its new Managing Director (MD) / Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) / Executive Director (ED), a nominee of its Special Shareholder, Minister of Finance, effective 13 June 2019.
Then Acting CEO Datuk Bazlan Osman rejected an offer to a more permanent fixture, choosing instead to relinquish his interim position as well as resigning as Executive Director.
Former Astro Malaysia Group CEO Rohana Rozhan was initially tipped for the top post, one of three external candidates being considered. According to sources close to the matter, two internal TM candidates were also being considered for the post, including TM’s Chief Strategy Officer Dr Farid Mohamed Sani.
The official new guy
According to the official press release from TM, Dato’ Noor Kamarul, 60, has a vast experience of 34 years in managing telecommunication networks and services in Malaysia and Indonesia, focusing on fixed network, mobile network and mobile broadband services. He has led the strategy, planning and implementation of projects ranging from Greenfield network, 3G, 4G to merge of cellular networks.
He was also a member of Celcom Asiata Berhad’s (Celcom) senior management team who drove the turnaround of Celcom’s performance; the company achieved 31 quarters of consecutive growth from 2003 to March 2018. He first joined Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad in 2003 as Chief Technology Officer responsible for Celcom’s Network Strategic Plan.
“On behalf of the Board and Management, we welcome Dato’ Noor Kamarul on board. We look forward to working with him and I am confident that with his wealth of experience, expertise and industry know-how, Dato’ Noor Kamarul is fully capable to take TM forward into the future and explore new frontiers of growth. We will continue with our ongoing transformation journey and execute the strategic initiatives planned to assist TM in navigating through the current challenges and position us in a more resilient, competitive and sustainable footing.”Rosli Man, TM Chairman
Rosli on behalf of the board and management of TM thanked Imri Mokhtar who stepped up to helm the leadership in transition. Imri will resume his role as the Chief Operation Officer (COO) to drive the business operations of unifi, TM ONE, TM GLOBAL and Information Technology & Network Technology (IT&NT).
The official appointment of Dato’ Noor Kamarul will add some stability to the government-linked company as it continues its transformation journey amid the challenging environment and competitive landscape.