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Kuala Lumpur
21 March 2017

Marking New Era of Leadership as Malaysia’s Convergence Champion 

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) today announced the appointment of Dato’ Sri Mohammed Shazalli Ramly as its new Managing Director / Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from 1 May 2017, following the retirement of Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa as Group CEO of TM with effect from 30 April 2017. 

Concurrently, TM also announced the appointment of its Executive Director / Group Chief Financial Officer (GCFO), Datuk Bazlan Osman as Executive Director / Deputy Group CEO effective 1 April 2017. Meanwhile, its current Financial Controller, Nor Fadhilah Mohd Ali is appointed to cover the duties of the GCFO with effect from 1 April 2017 until the nomination and appointment of a new GCFO.

This new era of leadership, with a strong combination of industry, marketing, financial and operational expertise will continue the solid momentum TM has built as Malaysia’s Convergence Champion.

On behalf of TM, its Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Sulaiman Mahbob expressed his highest gratitude to Tan Sri Zam for his vast contribution and dedicated service to the TM Group during his tenure. “Tan Sri Zam is a true TM career man, from his first job right to the top position of the Company. He left the Company 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 amongst Warga TM – we attribute this as instrumental in driving the Company’s exemplary success. Tan Sri Zam is a consummate TM leader who will be remembered by everyone across the TM Group as a leader of great integrity, passion, charisma and intellect. As he once said: “TM is not just an organisation, it is an institution”, and this is true as the shared purpose and values are carried and displayed by all Warga TM irrespective of rank,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Sulaiman.

Commenting on the appointment of Dato’ Sri Mohammed Shazalli Ramly as TM’s new Managing Director / Group CEO and Datuk Bazlan Osman as Executive Director / Deputy Group CEO, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Sulaiman said: “We are indeed excited with these appointments as it marks new era of leadership for TM as Malaysia’s Convergence Champion. Dato’ Sri Shazalli brings with him the energy, drive and industry know-how to build on the strong foundation established by Tan Sri Zam. Together with Datuk Bazlan as his deputy; this dynamic duo makes for a formidable team. TM remains steadfast in building our ecosystem towards realising our Convergence and “Go Digital” aspirations as we move beyond connectivity into quad play, and new value added digital and smart services.” 

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Sulaiman further added, “Datuk Bazlan has been an important member of our leadership team, ensuring financial discipline as we execute our strategic growth plan. He has been a key figure in driving the success of TM’s transformation. Under his stewardship as Executive Director and Group CFO, the operational performance and financial position of TM have grown from strength to strength, with sustained high returns to investors since demerger. These achievements were recognised by the numerous accolades received by TM, particularly in the fields of corporate governance, corporate finance, risk management and investor relations.” 

“As Group CFO, he has helped develop a strong financial team, responsible for critical investment decisions necessary for the Group to compete effectively in today’s dynamic market environment and create value to our stakeholders. His wealth of experience will be a valuable asset as we continue to accelerate growth through our “Life and Business Made Easier” vision, and we believe that his instincts and business acumen uniquely qualify him to guide TM as the Deputy Group CEO. 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 elaborated.

“The Board unanimously agrees that Dato’ Sri Shazalli’s leadership experience complemented by Datuk Bazlan’s proven ability to deliver results make him the right person to help execute TM’s strategic priorities. The board is very confident that TM has the leadership to drive its success to the next stage of growth. The Group looks forward to continue on our next transformation trajectory into Malaysia’s Convergence Champion and will continue to be guided by our vision “To Make Life and Business Easier, for a Better Malaysia”,” he added.

Under both Tan Sri Zam’s and Datuk Bazlan’s stewardship, TM recorded multiple milestones – overcoming the odds during the demerger exercise in 2008; successfully rolling out the national High Speed Broadband project with global recognition and launched UniFi, the nation's first triple play service in 2010, in a historic collaboration with the Government of Malaysia. Both were instrumental in transforming the structure and culture of TM, and helmed the Company throughout its journey towards becoming Malaysia’s Convergence Champion. In 2015, TM graduated at the top of the class in the conclusion of the 10 year GLC Transformation Programme and to date, we delivered Total Shareholder Return of more than 390% since demerger, with industry-beating revenue growth rates and the highest employee engagement index scores. 

“The entire Board, management and TM employees are tremendously grateful to Tan Sri Zam for his leadership and all his contributions to the Company. We would like to take this opportunity to wish him all the best for his future endeavours. You have indeed made an indelible impact on all of us Warga TM. In a similar note, I welcome Dato’ Sri Shazalli to join TM as its next CEO,” Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Sulaiman concluded.


Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa

Tan Sri Zam, 56, has vast experience in the telecommunications industry spans more than 30 years. His career started in TM where he served for 13 years before assuming key positions in several multinationals, such as Global One Communications and then at Lucent Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd as its Chief Executive Officer. In 2005, he returned to TM as Senior Vice President, Group Strategy and Technology and thereafter was promoted to CEO, Malaysia Business, before being appointed to his current office of Managing Director/Group CEO of TM on 25 April 2008.

Tan Sri Zam also sits on the Board of a number of TM subsidiaries including as Chairman of VADS Berhad, Webe Digital Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd) and TM Net Sdn Bhd, Deputy Chairman of GITN Sdn Bhd and a Director of Universiti Telekom Sdn Bhd.

He was awarded the Business Person of the Year 2015 at the Asian Academy of Management International Conference, organised by Universiti Sains Malaysia in October 2015. He was also named CEO of the Year 2015 at the MSWG’s Annual Corporate Governance Awards Ceremony held in December 2015.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications Engineering from the UK and is also an Adjunct Professor at MMU.

Dato’ Sri Mohammed Shazalli Ramly

Dato’ Sri Shazalli, 55, was most recently the Regional CEO and Corporate Executive Vice President (EVP) for Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata) after being promoted from his previous position as the CEO of Celcom Axiata Berhad (Celcom). Under his leadership, the Company achieved a record breaking 31 quarters of consecutive revenue, subscriber, EBITDA and PAT growth with industry leading subscriber share of close to 14 million subscribers. 

Prior to his appointment at Celcom, he was the Chief Executive Officer of ntv7, Malaysia’s 7th terrestrial TV station, a position he held for 8 years since its launch in 1998. Dato’ Sri Shazalli left his mark in the FMCG industry, prior to his service with NTV7. He served Unilever (1987 – 1993) both in Malaysia and Indonesia, followed by the Malaysian Tobacco Company (MTC) and British American Tobacco (BAT) (1993 – 1996) both in Malaysia and the United Kingdom. He also served as ASTRO Marketing Director for two years where he pioneered the launch of ASTRO digital satellite services in Malaysia.

In recognition of his achievements, Dato’ Sri Shazalli was bestowed the Business Leadership Award 2009: Telecommunications Sector; 2010 as the Masterclass CEO of the Year by Malaysia Business Leadership Award & in 2012 CEO of The Year by PC.Com Reader’s Choice Awards. In 2013, he was also conferred the ‘ICT Personality of the Year’ at the PIKOM Leadership Awards Night. 

Dato’ Sri Shazalli holds a Bachelor of Science (Marketing) from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a Master of Business Administration from St. Louis University, Missouri, USA.

Datuk Bazlan Osman

Datuk Bazlan, 53, assumed the position of Group Chief Financial Officer on 1 May 2005 and was appointed as Non Independent Executive Director on 25 April 2008. He began his career as an auditor with a public accounting firm and held various finance positions in several public listed companies in Kuala Lumpur. In 2001 he joined Celcom Axiata Berhad as SVP, Corporate Finance and Treasury and was subsequently appointed the CFO in 2002 prior to his appointment as TM Group CFO.

In addition to his role in the financial management of the TM Group, Datuk Bazlan also oversees the operations of Global Wholesale and Support Business. He is the Chairman of Fiberail Sdn Bhd and sits on the Boards of several subsidiaries within the Group including webe Digital Sdn. Bhd., UTSB and VADS Berhad.

In 2016, he was awarded Best CFO (Malaysia) at the 10th Annual Alpha Southeast Asia Institutional Investor-Corporate Awards as well as CFO of the Year (Excellence in Financial Planning & Analysis) at the 5th Annual CFO Innovation Awards, on top of the many other accolades given to TM in the fields under his purview. In 2015, he was listed in the Global Telecoms Business 50 CFOs to Watch. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK and a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).

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