JCorp likely to appoint CEO before year-end

JOHOR BARU: Johor Corp (JCorp) is likely to appoint a new president and chief executive officer before year-end.

Chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who is Johor Mentri Besar, said JCorp would not have to wait until the last day of the year before appointing a new CEO.

He said apart from the five JCorp senior executives proposed by former CEO Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim, who retired last Thursday, the Johor state investment arm would also look at other candidates.

“We are open... and not limited to only the JCorp senior executives,” Ghani told reporters yesterday after the opening of a workshop on new technologies and research and development for Iskandar Malaysia organised by the Iskandar Malaysia Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Research Centre.

Ghani said the board meeting next month would, among other things, discuss the appointment of the new CEO.

Asked whether acting CEO Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim, would eventually be appointed as the CEO, Ghani just smiled. Kamaruzzaman, 46, who has been with JCorp for 18 years, had assumed Muhammad Ali’s duties effective July 29. Muhammad Ali quit after helming the corporation for 28 years.

The senior executives proposed by Muhammad Ali to be his successor were KPJ Healthcare Bhd managing director Datin Paduka Siti Sa’adiah Sheikh Bakir, Kulim (M) Bhd managing director Ahamad Mohamad, QSR Brands Bhd and KFC Holdings (M) Bhd managing director Jamaludin Md Ali and Sindora Bhd managing director Rozan Mohd Sa’at.

Outsiders tipped to helm JCorp include Tabung Haji group managing director Datuk Ismee Ismail, UDA Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Jaafar Abu Hassan and Amanah Raya Bhd group managing director Datuk Ahmad Rodzi Pawanteh.

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