By DASHVEENJIT KAUR
The government has appointed Surina Shukri (picture) as the new CEO of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) effective today, replacing Datuk Yasmin Mahmood who resigned in December 2018.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said Surina — who has spent over 20 years in the US working with various multinational firms — is given a three-year contract to lead MDEC.
Surina graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Economic Science and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering.
She was employed by JP-Morgan Chase & Co and start-ups in the financial, natural resources, energy and technology sectors.
“I am confident Surina will strive to continue strengthening MDEC with her leadership and experience, bringing MDEC to a higher level, not only in Malaysia but on the world stage,” Gobind said.
Yasmin had on Dec 7, 2018, announced she would step down as the CEO effective Jan 15, 2019, after helming the organisation for more than four years.
A new role and a tech venture in Indonesia was the reason stated by Yasmin for her departure.
MDEC is the lead agency in driving the digital economy in the country under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.
Since its inception 22 years ago, MDEC’s mission has been to develop the nation’s digital economy.
Its implementation efforts are centred on driving investments, building local tech champions, catalysing digital innovation ecosystems and propagating digital inclusivity.