PETALING JAYA: TELEKOM MALAYSIA BHD (TM) announced the departure of Tan Sri Sulaiman Mahbob as the chairman the company with effect from Nov 30 and the appointment of a new chairman, Rosli Man, effective yesterday.
“We are happy to welcome Rosli as the new chairman of the TM board. With his experience and knowledge, we look forward to his guidance and leadership for the company, under the helm of Imri Mokhtar, the recently appointed acting group CEO,” the board said in a statement.
Rosli has more than 32 years of experience in the telecommunication industry, before he resigned as TM’s independent non-executive director back in 2008.
He has since then been doing consultation works until he was appointed as its chairman yesterday, according to a Bursa Malaysia posting.
Rosli first joined the telecom industry in Jabatan Telekom Malaysia in 1976 as assistant controller where he gained wide exposure in telecom services including the task to implement the country’s first mobile telecom service, i.e. ATUR 450.
“He then moved to the private sector by joining the Fleet Group as its group manager, technical Services in 1985. From 1988 to 1996, he was instrumental in setting up the first privately-owned telecom company in Malaysia, the then Celcom (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, catering to the cellular telecom business,” it said.
“He left Celcom as its president in 1996 to join Prismanet Sdn Bhd as managing director and held the position until November 1998. In July 2000, he joined Natrindo Telpon Sellular (NTS), the GSM 1800 cellular operator in East Java, Indonesia as chief operating officer. He left NTS in January 2002,” it added.
On Sulaiman’s departure from the group, the board said it noted that he was an exemplary role model in civil service and a well-respected economist.
“He has brought his vast experience in the fields of government, economics and corporate to benefit the TM group for the last three years. In his time at TM, his focus on corporate governance, integrity, corporate responsibility and sustainability; and ultimately on the role of TM as a partner in nation-building, has left a lasting mark on all of us at TM. This also extends to his contribution in education as the chairman of Multimedia University,” the board said.
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