TM appoints Imri as new MD, group CEO

Imri, a homegrown TM talent, is the best candidate to take TM forward to the next growth phase, Mohd Bakke says

by SHAZNI ONG / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

TELEKOM Malaysia Bhd (TM) has announced the appointment of Imri Mokhtar as the company’s new MD and group CEO effective Aug 1, 2020, following the resignation of Datuk Noor Kamarul Anuar Nuruddin from the post.

The national connectivity and digital infrastructure provider said Noor Kamarul, who joined TM as MD and group CEO on June 13, 2019, leaves TM in a better position despite the current unprecedented challenges amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“On behalf of the board of directors, management and Warga TM, we wish Noor Kamarul the best in his future endeavours and thank him for the valuable contributions he has made to TM over the past 13 months.

“Noor Kamarul has laid the foundation for a robust and exciting future for the company,” TM chairman Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh said in a statement yesterday.

Under his leadership, notably under the Movement Control Order, Mohd Bakke said TM as an essential service provider continued to deliver smooth continuity of connectivity and digital solutions for Malaysians nationwide while ensuring the safety of its employees on the frontlines and stable financial performance.

Meanwhile, commenting on the appointment of Imri as TM’s new MD and group CEO, Mohd Bakke said Imri is a TM homegrown talent with a strong background in strategy and business operations.

“His last positions in TM as COO and acting group CEO before that put him in the best position to take TM forward in our next phase of growth.

“Together with the leadership bench, Imri will be at the helm to navigate TM through the current challenges and position us on a more resilient, competitive and sustainable footing.

“TM is well primed to lead in the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) as the national connectivity and digital infrastructure provider and in enabling Malaysia’s digital economy aspirations,” he said

On another development, Celcom Axiata Bhd CEO Mohamad Idham Nawawi (picture) will take over as Celcom’s interim COO, following Imri’s exit from the post.

“I wish to inform you that our COO Imri will be leaving us at the end of July. He will be returning to TM where he had spent most of his career to take on a bigger role as their new CEO.

“On behalf of all of us at Celcom, we wish to thank him for his leadership and contributions during these past three months. At the same time, we also wish him the very best in his new role and look forward to working together with him through future collaborations with TM.

“In the interim, I will be overseeing the role of COO until we have identified Imri’s successor,” Mohamad Idham said in an email sighted by The Malaysian Reserve.

TM’s shares ended the day unchanged at RM3.98, valuing the company a market capitalisation of RM14.99 billion.