PETALING JAYA: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) has appointed Datuk Kamarulzaman Zainal as its new chief executive officer, starting on Monday (Oct 21).
In a statement, the rail service company said Kamarulzaman will be replacing Mohd Rani Hisham, whose contract ended on Sept 15 after two years of service.
Kamarulzaman, 56, was appointed to the KTMB board in August 2016.
He was previously working at the Malaysian-Industry Government Group for High-Technology (MIGHT) for 13 years, with his last position as the senior vice-president of industry intelligence.
Prior to that, he held various positions during his 21-year career with the Royal Malaysia Air Force, and was involved in an exchange programme with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Kamarulzaman has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas in the United States, before he joined the air force as an engineer in 1985.
“With his experience and expertise in managing the government’s strategic assets, KTMB is certain that Kamarulzaman is able to shoulder the responsibility of being the main leader of the company, ” the statement further added.
KTMB has been undergoing a restructuring exercise to turn around the company.
It reportedly managed to return to profitability for the first time in over 20 years in its financial year, ending Dec 31,2017.