After weeks of speculation as to who would end up as TM’s new CEO, the telco has appointed Datuk Noor Kamarul Anuar Nuruddin as its new managing director and group chief executive officer (CEO).
Imri Mokhtar, the acting CEO who was said to be the ‘CEO-in-waiting’, will now resume his post as the chief operating officer (COO) of TM, the telecommunications giant said.
Over the past few weeks, an obvious tussle had erupted over the choice of the new CEO of TM. The appointment of the new CEO became a protracted matter following conflicting suggestions from the chairman of TM, namely, Rosli Man and the Ministry of Finance.
In yesterday’s statement, Rosli said: “We look forward to working with him and I am confident that with his wealth of experience, expertise and industry know-how. Noor Kamarul is fully capable to take TM forward into the future and explore new frontiers of growth.”
TM has been without a permanent group CEO for the last one year after Datuk Seri Mohammed Shazalli Ramly left the company in June last year.
The post was held by former acting group CEO Datuk Bazlan Osman for three months before his abrupt departure in November.
Bazlan was replaced by COO Imri, who also assumed the role of acting group CEO.
“Imri will resume his role as the COO to drive the business operations of unifi, TM One, TM Global and information technology and network technology (IT&NT) to better serve our customers.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Imri for stepping up to helm the leadership in transition, especially during the critical period amid the challenging environment, competitive landscape and industry dynamics,” Rosli said.
Noor Kamarul, 60, has 34 years experience in managing telecommunications networks and services in Malaysia and Indonesia focusing on fixed networks, mobile networks and mobile broadband services.
Previously, he had several roles in Celcom driving its turnaround, achieving 31 quarters of growth from 2003 to March 2018.
Noor Kamarul joined Celcom in 2003 as chief technology officer responsible for its network strategic plan.
He was then promoted to chief information technology and transformation officer responsible for developing a transformational IT infrastructure, processes and billing improvement, rationalisation and optimisation plan.
Meanwhile, Noor Kamarul was also assigned as the chief carrier collaboration officer in charge of managing the celco’s collaborations with domestic network facilities providers, telcos and celcos, foreign cellular operators, as well as international carriers for roaming and traffic services.
“We will continue with our ongoing transformation journey and execute the strategic initiatives planned to assist TM in navigating through the current challenges and position us in a more resilient, competitive and sustainable footing,” Rosli said.