PETALING JAYA: Heineken Malaysia Bhd has appointed Datuk Seri Idris Jala (pic), the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Government’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit or Pemandu, as its new chairman.
Idris, a former minister, will succeed Tan Sri Saw Choo Boon who is retiring on Dec 31, Heineken said in a statement yesterday.
Saw will remain as group adviser commencing from Jan 1.
“The board and management would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Saw for his contributions to the group and they look forward to his continued contributions in his new role as an adviser in Heineken Malaysia,” it said.
Heineken said Idris is a renowned transformation guru in turning around companies’ performance through his big fast results methodology and transformational strategies that are innovative, rigorous and relevant to today’s demands.
“He has continuously delivered sustainable socio-economic reforms which, in 2014, saw Bloomberg place him among the top-10 most influential policy makers in the world,” it said.
Prior to his Government stint, Idris was managing director and CEO at Malaysia Airlines (MAS) for three years. Before MAS, he spent 23 years at Shell, rising up the ranks to hold senior positions including as vice president of Shell Retail International and vice president of Business Development Consultancy based in the United Kingdom.
This included successful business turnarounds in Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
Idris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies and Management from University Sains Malaysia and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from Warwick University.