Malaysia’s leading fully-integrated media group, Media Prima has made the the following appointments to its Board of Directors (the “Board”) effective 1 October 2019.
1. Dato’ Iskandar Mizal bin Mahmood Group Executive Director, Media Prima Berhad Dato’ Iskandar Mizal bin Mahmood has been appointed Group Executive Director, reporting to the Group Managing Director. Dato’ Iskandar has over 30 years of experience with several companies ranging from multinationals to government-linked companies, spanning from investment banking to the technology sector.
He will bring this experience to assist the Group in its transformation and turnaround initiatives. He currently serves on the boards of Theta Edge Berhad and Globetronics Technology Berhad. From April 2017 to January 2019, he served as the Group Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and a board member of Granatum Ventures Sdn Bhd, the holding company of Khazanah Nasional Berhad’s creative and media sector, with a portfolio of operations including Iskandar Malaysia Studios, content creation and content financing/investment.
He played a key role in turning around the company and bringing international content production companies into Iskandar Malaysia Studios in 2018. He was one of the key figures in the production of Paskal The Movie, one of Malaysia’s highest grossing box office movies, where he was an Executive Producer.
Dato’ Iskandar was also a Member of the Lembaga Tabung Haji Investment Panel from 2016 to 2018. He served as the Managing Partner and Director of Ethos Consulting Sdn Bhd, a consulting firm that specialises in strategy, value creation and investment advisory. He was formerly the Group CEO of Pos Malaysia Berhad, and Group Director of DRB-HICOM Berhad.
He served as the Managing Director and CEO of Manipal Education Malaysia Sdn Bhd, founding CEO and a Board member of the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation Sdn Bhd, and CEO and a Board member of Malaysian Technology Development Corporation Sdn Bhd. Dato’ Iskandar has held several senior management positions and portfolios within Malaysia Airport Holdings, as well as served leading financial institutions including Bumiputra Merchant Bankers Berhad and Commerce International Merchant Bankers Berhad.
He began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co in 1989. Dato’ Iskandar graduated from Boston University, United States of America, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Accountancy.
2. Encik Mohamad bin Abdullah Non-Independent Non-Executive Director, Media Prima Berhad Encik Mohamad bin Abdullah has been appointed as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director.
He is currently the Managing Director of Percetakan Nasional Malaysia Berhad. He also serves as the Chairman for MPH Group (M) Sdn Bhd and TMR Media Sdn Bhd, and holds directorships in several private companies within the Al-Bukhary Group of Companies.
He has over 30 years of experience in corporate senior management positions and investment banking. This includes cultural and business transformation, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and structuring in the public transport, hotel, facility management, real estate, healthcare, logistics, and media and printing industries.
Encik Mohamad served as the Managing Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad, Chief Operating Officer of UEM Land Sdn Bhd, Group Chief Financial Officer of Faber Group Berhad, General Manager of Corporate Affairs at Park May Berhad, Group Corporate Finance and Audit Manager of Kejora Holdings Sdn Bhd.
He commenced his accounting career as an audit assistant with Azman, Wong, Salleh & Co in 1984 and later joined Arab-Malaysian Merchant Bank Berhad. Encik Mohamad graduated from the University of Bath, United Kingdom, with a Masters in Business Administration.
The latest appointments reflect Media Prima’s commitment towards implementing strategic actions to accelerate the Group’s vision to become Malaysia’s leading digital-first content and commerce company. Datuk Syed Hussian Aljunid, Group Chairman of Media Prima, said: “On behalf of the Board of Media Prima, we are delighted to welcome Dato’ Iskandar and Encik Mohamad.
Together, they bring a breadth of experience and specialised professional qualifications to the Group. We believe they will contribute greatly towards delivering value to our shareholders.”