Axiata Appoints New Director to Further Strengthen Board Diversity
Kuala Lumpur, 08 June 2018 – Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata or the Group) announced the appointment of Dr Lisa Lim Poh Lin as the Group’s newest Director to further strengthen its Board diversity mix and expertise. She will join the Board of Axiata as Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) effective 8 June 2018.
Lisa has over 18 years’ of experience in management consulting, academic research and investment management. Prior to this, she was a Fund Manager at ColumbiaThreadneedle and was also the sector leader for Global Telecoms Research. Lisa holds a First Class Honours (BA and MEng) in Engineering and a Ph.D in Engineering from Cambridge University. She was a recipient of Malaysian Public Services Commission scholarship and The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship. She is also a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.
In welcoming Lisa to the Board, Axiata’s Chairman, Tan Sri Azman Hj. Mokhtar said, “We constantly strive to build a Board composition of relevant business expertise, global experience and diversity of backgrounds. As an accomplished Malaysian scholar with high-profile global corporate experience, Lisa’s deep experience in the competitive world of business, technology and finance will significantly contribute to our Board deliberations. We are pleased to have her join us and we look forward to her contributions.”
Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, President & Group Chief Executive Officer of Axiata added, “Being the sector leader of the global telecoms industry of a large fund and a keen advocate of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing, together with the wealth of experience as a global fund manager, Lisa’s experiences will add another dimension to our board composition. At the same time, her passion for nurturing and developing digital talents and entrepreneurs is aligned with Axiata’s aspirations of building a vibrant digital ecosystem within our markets in ASEAN and South Asia.
“I am proud that our Board’s diversity in experiences, gender and international background reflect our highest standard of governance.”
As one of the largest Asian telecommunications companies, Axiata today operates in ten countries, servicing over 320 million subscribers. With a diverse portfolio in mobile network operations, communications infrastructure services and digital services, the Group pieces together the best in innovation, connectivity, and talent in its vision of Advancing Asia.
Axiata has controlling stakes in market leading mobile operators in South East Asia and South Asia. Axiata Group of companies operate under the brand name of ‘Celcom’ in Malaysia, ‘XL’ in Indonesia, ‘Dialog’ in Sri Lanka, ‘Robi’ in Bangladesh, ‘Smart’ in Cambodia and 'Ncell' in Nepal. Further to this, the Group also holds strategic interests in ‘Idea’ in India and ‘M1’ in Singapore.
edotco, the Group’s integrated infrastructure services company, operates in six countries to deliver telecommunications infrastructure services, operating a portfolio of over 25,000 towers (operated and managed) across 5 countries. It aims to be one of the top regional telecommunications tower companies and is committed to responsible and sustainable business operations.
Axiata Digital (“AD”), its digital services arm, captures the rapid growth in internet-based businesses through its portfolio of 24 digital brands, servicing growing demands in mobile money, mobile advertising, e-commerce, entertainment and education.
As a committed and long-term investor, Axiata provides employment to 25,000 people within its operations. In line with its sustainability goals, the Group actively supports and drives young talent development; disaster response and recovery; as well as green initiatives.