Former MCMC chairman Halim Shafie joins Axiata board


  • Telcos
  • Friday, 30 Oct 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Axiata Group Bhd has announced the appointment of former Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Tan Sri Dr Halim Shafie as an independent director effective Nov 1.

The company has also named Syed Ali Syed Salem Alsagoff, the nominee of Permodalan Nasional Bhd on Axiata’s board, as a non-independent director effective the same date.

Halim, 71, was chairman of the MCMC from 2006 to 2009 before taking up the position of Telekom Malaysia chairman from 2009 to 2015.

He is currently chairman of MSD Innovation Sdn Bhd, a start-up deploying Internet of things (IoT) in the agriculture sector and also serves as an adjunct professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Syed Ali, 45, was part of Bumi Armada Bhd's turnaround team between 2006 and 2009. He oversaw oil and gas-related investments at Ekuiti Nasional Bhd in 2010-2011.

In a statement, Axiata Group chairman Tan Sri Ghazzali Sheikh Abdul Khalid said Halim and Syed Ali were two very capable professionals who would enhance Axiata’s board capabilities and bring new insights required to chart the group’s next-level growth.

"Dr Halim is a respected industry veteran who despite retirement continues to be at the forefront today through his involvement in the Malaysian tech start-up ecosystem.

"Having witnessed first-hand the evolution of our mobile telco industry from Day 1 in his two terms as chairman of MCMC, and now steering current-day agricultural IoT projects, he is well-placed to guide Axiata forward,” he said.

Ghazzali said that Syed Ali had a strong background in investments, as well as in leading regional expansion and driving operational excellence in the challenging oil and gas industry.

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