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Axiata Announces Key New Appointments to Further Strengthen its Management Team and Talent Pool

2016-01-15

Kuala Lumpur, 15 January 2016 - In line with its expansion, Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata) today announced several key appointments to further strengthen its management team and continue in its efforts to improve its talent and human capital development. 

Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, currently CEO of Dialog1 Group in Sri Lanka takes on the additional role of Regional CEO for Axiata to drive synergies within its South Asian footprint which spans Robi2 in Bangladesh; Dialog in Sri Lanka; the Group’s affiliate, Idea3 in India; and upon completion of the proposed acquisition, Ncell4 in Nepal. 

Dr. Hans joined Dialog’s founding management team in 1994 and has been the CEO of the Dialog Group since 1997. Under his stewardship, Dialog has led Sri Lanka’s mobile telecommunication market since 2000. The Dialog Group is also the market leader in the country’s pay television sector and is the leading provider of fixed telecommunications services. Dr. Hans, a renowned digital mobile communications professional, also served as the founding CEO of Axiata Digital Services – the digital services arm of Axiata from 2012 to 2014. He continues to serve on the board of the business unit and several of its digital venture subsidiaries. 

Dominic P Arena, previously Managing Director of AEC Advisory has been appointed as Axiata Group Chief Strategy Officer. Dominic has over 20-years’ telecom industry experience of which 15-years has been in Asia. AEC Advisory is a Singapore-based regional strategic and corporate advisory firm serving telecom, media and financial institution clients in market-entry strategy, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory policy development. Prior to AEC, Dominic was with Value Partners as a global equity Partner and Managing Partner for ASEAN & SAARC regions, and a Director with KPMG Advisory. Dominic replaces René Werner, who has held a dual role as Axiata Group Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Strategy Officer for Celcom and will now focus fully on Celcom. 

Mohd Asri Hassan has been appointed as Group Head of Business Operations. The Business Operations unit will focus on enhancing the performance of Axiata’s new business units, Qorus Alliance, and managing the performance of Operating Companies and coordinating group-wide synergies as well as driving some direct synergies. 

Mohd Asri joins the Group with over 27 years of experience in various management, consulting and entrepreneur engagements in the IT and telecom industries. Mohd Asri was Country President of Motorola Malaysia from 2006 till 2008. He joins Axiata from an entrepreneurial role as Strategic Partner with Capital Partners – an established South Asia private equity company. 

Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, President & Group CEO of Axiata said, “As a result of major expansion and growth, we have taken the opportunity to move our leaders in key roles and to bring in some of the best and brightest regional and global talent to build and strengthen our leadership mix. These appointments are in line with our aspirations to build a world-class organisation. 

“We have always invested in our people with the understanding that this is crucial in achieving continued and sustainable growth. After close to a decade of talent and leadership development across the Group, Axiata is now in a unique position to access talent from within as well as attract high-calibre industry professionals to take up leadership positions. I am confident that this team, with their accomplished track records, will build value for our shareholders and successfully transitions the Group into a new generation telco”. 

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About Axiata 

Axiata is one of the largest Asian telecommunications companies. Axiata has controlling interests in mobile operators in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia with significant strategic stakes in India and Singapore. 

The Group’s mobile subsidiaries and associates operate under the brand name ‘Celcom’ in Malaysia, ‘XL’ in Indonesia, ‘Dialog’ in Sri Lanka, ‘Robi’ in Bangladesh, ‘Smart’ in Cambodia, ‘Idea’ in India and ‘M1’ in Singapore. 

The Group, including its subsidiaries and associates, has over 260 million mobile subscribers in Asia. The Group revenue for 2014 was RM18.7 billion. The Group provides employment to over 25,000 people across Asia. Axiata’s vision is to be a regional champion by 2015 by piecing together the best throughout the region in connectivity, technology and talent, uniting them towards a single goal: Advancing Asia. 

The Group has expanded its portfolio of business which now includes a communications infrastructure solutions and services company called “edotco” and a digital services company, Axiata Digital Services. 

Axiata was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Asia Pacific ICT Award for Best Telecom Group and the Telecom Asia Best Regional Mobile Group 2010 and 2011 for its operations in multiple Asian markets. 

 

1 Dialog Axiata PLC 

2 Robi Axiata Limited 

3 Idea Cellular Limited 

4 Ncell Private Limited