Tun Mahathir confirms the appointment of TM’s CEO

It appears that the CEO stalemate at TM is almost over. Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir, has confirmed that a CEO for the telecommunications has been appointed however, the premier is tight-lipped on the person is.

He told reporters during the Hari Raya open house at the Prime Minister’s official residence that “He (TM’s CEO) has been appointed. I don’t think, they have not announced yet, but I think he has been appointed.”

Tun Mahathir didn’t reveal the person but he indicated that it isn’t Imri Mokhtar, the current acting Group CEO. Imri, who was formerly the Executive Vice President for unifi was appointed to the current role since November 2018 after the resignation of the previous acting Group CEO, Datuk Bazlan Osman.

Datuk Bazlan Osman (left) with TM’s current acting CEO, Imri Mokhtar (right).

TM has been operating without a permanent Group CEO since Dato Sri Mohammed Shazalli Ramly resigned in June last year. It was recently reported that the Ministry of Finance recommended Imri as the permanent CEO but TM’s new Chairman Rosli Man has reportedly stonewalled the appointment.

It has been said that Rosli Man’s possible pick for the top job include Burhanuddin Yusof (formerly of Axiata), Noor Kamarul Anuar Nuruddin (former CTO of Celcom), and Dr Farid Mohamad Sani (former CSO of TM and current TM director representing Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s interest).


Alexander Wong