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Axiata chairman Ghazzali to retire on Dec 31


KUALA LUMPUR: Axiata Group Bhd chairman Tan Sri Ghazzali Sheikh Abdul Khalid will be retiring on Dec 31.

The Axiata board has appointed Tan Sri Shahril Ridza Ridzuan to succeed Ghazzali, effective on Jan 1.

“The board of directors would like to thank Ghazzali for his contributi­ons to the company’s growth.

“He is the longestser­ving board member and has steered Axiata through challengin­g times towards greater heights over the years,” said the company in a statement yesterday.

Ghazzali was appointed to the board on March 24, 2008 and assumed the chairman role on Nov 1, 2018, following a short duration as interim chairman from mid-2018.

Under his stewardshi­p, Axiata expanded its footprint in Southeast Asia, not just in its core business of mobile telecommun­ications but also that of infrastruc­ture and digital businesses.

He was also part of the founding board responsibl­e for shaping Axiata into a globally recognised multinatio­nal corporatio­n quality institutio­n.

Shahril was appointed to the Axiata board as an independen­t non-executive director on Nov 29.

Presently, he is a non-executive director of Malaysia Airlines Bhd chairs the board nomination and remunerati­on committee at Malaysia Aviation Group Bhd. He was also managing director of Khazanah Nasional Bhd from Aug 20, 2018 to Aug 19 this year.

Axiata president and group chief executive officer Datuk Izzaddin Idris said Ghazzali had been exemplary in his service to the board spanning 13 years.

“On behalf of the board and management of Axiata, I wish to express our heartfelt respect and gratitude to Ghazzali.”

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Tan Sri Ghazzali Sheikh Abdul Khalid

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