With Ba­zlan as deputy CEO, telco has ‘for­mi­da­ble team’ to drive com­pany to next stage of growth

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IN ar­guably the big­gest cor­po­rate news so far this year, Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) yes­ter­day named Datuk Seri Shaz­a­lli Ramly as its new manag­ing di­rec­tor and group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO), with ef­fect from May 1.

This fol­lows the re­tire­ment of group CEO Tan Sri Zamza­mzairani Mohd Isa on April 30.

TM also an­nounced that group chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Datuk Ba­zlan Os­man had been ap­pointed as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and deputy group CEO, ef­fec­tive April 1.

Chair­man Tan Sri Su­laiman Mah­bob said the board unan­i­mously agreed with Shaz­a­lli’s ap­point­ment, say­ing he was the right per­son to help ex­e­cute TM’s strate­gic pri­or­i­ties.

“The board is very con­fi­dent that TM has the lead­er­ship to drive it to the next stage of growth. The group looks for­ward to con­tinue on our next trans­for­ma­tion tra­jec­tory into Malaysia’s con­ver­gence cham­pion,” said Su­laiman in a state­ment.

A vet­eran telco an­a­lyst said it was about time TM had a CEO who was a big per­son­al­ity and could re­ally bring ex­cite­ment to the group.

“This is timely, es­pe­cially since TM is at­tempt­ing to carve out a share in the mo­bile telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions space with webe. He is a man with lots of ideas, in con­trast to TM’s present lead­er­ship that is seen as con­ser­va­tive,” the an­a­lyst told NST Busi­ness.

Mean­while, Su­laiman said Shaz­a­lli brought with him the en­ergy, drive and in­dus­try knowhow to build on the strong foun­da­tion es­tab­lished by Zamza­mzairani.

“To­gether with Ba­zlan as his deputy, this dy­namic duo makes for a for­mi­da­ble team.”

He also praised Zamza­mzairani for his vast con­tri­bu­tions.

“Zamza­mzairani is a true TM ca­reer man, from his first job right to the top po­si­tion of the group. He left for a short time, but then re-joined the group and de­voted his at­ten­tion in bring­ing TM to where it is now. He has been a trans­for­ma­tive leader and his pas­sion for TM in­spires a sense of be­long­ing and pur­pose among Warga TM.”

Su­laiman also sin­gled out Ba­zlan for his con­tri­bu­tions, say­ing that as group CFO, he had de­vel­oped a strong fi­nan­cial team.

“Datuk Ba­zlan is em­blem­atic of the deep lead­er­ship bench strength we have de­vel­oped at TM, and I could not be more pleased about his ap­point­ment to this crit­i­cal role,” he said.

TM said fi­nan­cial con­troller Nor Fad­hi­lah Mohd Ali would cover the du­ties of group CFO, ef­fec­tive April 1, un­til the ap­point­ment of a new group CFO.

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