IN a fast growing company, young and bright talents are highly sought after but TMC Life Sciences Bhd has possibly scored a first in the industry when it decided to hire its youngest chief executive officer (CEO) for one of its subsidiaries.
Wan Nadiah Wan Mohd Abdullah Yaakob (pic) was recently appointed the group’s group chief corporate officer and the CEO-designate of its biggest contributing subsidiary - Tropicana Medical Centre (M) Sdn Bhd.
At 33 years old, she has quickly risen the ranks, where she was at Sunway Medical Centre prior as its chief operating officer where she joined back in 2009.
She was involved in various other departments within Sunway Medical Centre in the business development and corporate communications divisions.
Nadiah was one of the recipients of the Maxis Scholarship for Excellence in Postgraduate Study in 2009 and holds a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.
“It’s a matter of timing and opportunity for me.
“TMC is also poised to move up to the next level, I believe it will be very exciting for me to be working here to be part of TMC’s growth journey,” she says at the interview.
Notably, Nadiah had moved from a larger firm at the Sunway Group to a much smaller hospital outfit.
Being based in Malaysia, she would also help assist TMC group CEO Roy Quek, who is mostly based in Singapore.
At a lunch prior to the interview, Quek says he believes Nadiah could help be a part of TMC’s growth journey and believes that she could achieve much with TMC.
“We had actually shortlisted a few names and Nadiah was one of those we approached.
“As we talked we felt that the chemistry was there the moment we met. Hiring at this level depends a lot on this factor too,” Quek says.
An earlier press release from the company notes that the company valued her valuable experience from her consulting work at the Boston Consulting Group and healthcare background.
Wan Nadiah will take over as CEO of Tropicana Medical Centre from Erica Lam on June 30. — By Daniel Khoo