Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid (Datuk Wira
Azhar), age 55, a Chartered Accountant by training, is the Group
Managing Director of Malakoff Corporation Berhad. He joined the company
on 1 May 2016.
Prior to this appointment, Datuk Wira Azhar was the President/Group
Managing Director of Tradewinds Corporation Berhad before relinquishing
the said position to be the Chairman of Tradewinds Corporation Berhad.
He was the Chief Executive Officer of Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn
Bhd (MRTC) from 2011 to 2014. MRTC is a Government of Malaysia owned
company and is the owner and developer of the first rail MRT
infrastructure in Malaysia, due to begin operations in Kuala
Lumpur/Klang Valley by 2017.
Datuk Wira Azhar is also a shareholder and founder of CBS Maju Sdn Bhd,
Fortune Allbest Sdn Bhd and Chelsea Capital Sdn Bhd, private
investment/advisory companies focusing on the Oil & Gas, Power,
Hospitality and Oil Palm sectors.
Prior to 2010, Datuk Wira Azhar was with Sime Darby Berhad, a Malaysia
conglomerate with interest in Oil Palm and Rubber Upstream and
Downstream businesses, Property, Heavy Equipment, Automobile Assembly
and Distribution, Engineering, Utilities and Healthcare. Prior to
leaving the Sime Darby Group in September 2010, he was Managing Director
of Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd. In addition to this position, during
the last few months of his tenure at Sime Darby, Datuk Wira Azhar was
also the Acting President & Group Chief Executive, overseeing the
entire Group’s operations.
Datuk Wira Azhar began his senior executive career in 1989 in the United
Kingdom, where he served British Telecom Plc as Internal Audit Manager.
He returned to Malaysia in 1991 and joined Malaysian Cooperative
Insurance Society as Head of Internal Audit and later as Head of
Finance. In 1994, he joined Sime Darby Group serving Sime Tyres
International Sdn Bhd as Financial Controller, Sime Conoco Sdn Bhd as
Business Development Director and the Group’s Engineering, Oil & Gas
Division as Group General Manager.
He then left the Sime Darby Group and was Group Chief Executive of
Pernas International Holdings Bhd, a then Malaysian listed company, in
November 2001, a post he held until October 2002.
In 2003, Datuk Wira Azhar then returned to Sime Darby Group, as Business
Development Director in Sime Plantations Sdn Bhd. The following year,
in 2004, he assumed the role of Managing Director of Tractors Malaysia
Holdings Bhd. Concurrently, he was Sime Darby Group’s Divisional
Director for the Heavy Equipment Division for Asia Pacific, covering
China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.
Datuk Wira Azhar then transferred to Sime Plantations Sdn Bhd as
Managing Director, and concurrently held the post of Sime Darby Group’s
Divisional Director for Plantations & Food Division of Sime Darby
Berhad. Following the merger of Sime Darby, Golden Hope Plantations and
Kumpulan Guthrie in November 2007, Datuk Wira Azhar was appointed
Managing Director of Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd, and EVP/Head of Sime
Darby’s Plantation & Agri-business Division.
Currently, Datuk Wira Azhar serve as Independent Director of publicly
listed Icon Offshore Berhad, Hume Industries Berhad and Hong Leong Bank
Berhad. He is also a Board member of the State Economic Development
Corporation for the State of Perak Darul Ridzuan.
Between 2007 and 2010, Datuk Wira Azhar also served as Chairman of the
Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA), Board member of Malaysia Palm Oil
Board and the Malaysian Palm Oil Council.
Datuk Wira Azhar was awarded the “Darjah Paduka Tuanku Ja’afar” (DPTJ)
by His Royal Highness, The Yang DiPertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul
Khusus, AlMarhum Tuanku Ja’afar Ibni AlMarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman which
carries the title “Dato” in 2007.
In addition to this, he was awarded the “Darjah Cemerlang Seri Melaka”
by His Excellency Governor of the State of Melaka, TYT Tun Khalil
Yakcob, in 2013, which carries the title “Datuk Wira”.
Since his appointment as director during the year, Datuk Wira Azhar
attended seven out of seven Board meetings of the Company held in the
financial year ended 31 December 2016.
Datuk Wira Azhar holds 531,700 ordinary shares in the Company. He does
not have any family relationship with any Director and / or major
shareholder of the Company nor any conflict of interest with the
Company. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past 10
years, other than traffic offences, if any.