KUALA LUMPUR, 12 June 2018 – Media Prima Berhad (“Media Prima” or the “Group”) is pleased to announce the appointment of YBhg Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad as Group Chairman of the Board of Directors (the “Board”), effective today. The Group is also pleased to announce the redesignation of YM Raja Datuk Zaharaton Raja Zainal Abidin as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and the appointment of Mohd Rashid Mohd Yusof to the Board as Independent Non-Executive Director.
Datuk Mohd Nasir first joined the Board on 26 February 2016. He was the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed as Interim Group Chairman on 21 May 2018. The Board said it has conducted a thorough appointment process for the Group Chairman position and believes Datuk Mohd Nasir is the most suitable candidate to lead Media Prima forward as it embarks to become Malaysia’s leading digital-first commerce and content company.
In light of Datuk Mohd Nasir’s new appointment, he will resign from the following positions within Media Prima – as the Chairman of the Group’s Audit Committee, a Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a Board Member of Synchrosound Studio Sdn Bhd. He will be appointed as a Member of the Risk Management Committee and will remain as the Chairman of Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad.
As the new Group Chairman, Datuk Mohd Nasir brings with him over 30-years of experience in the areas of finance, accounting and management. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”) United Kingdom and a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (“MIA”). He holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
He began his career as a Trainee Accountant with Tenaga Nasional Berhad in 1979 and moved on to hold various positions in the Finance Division. He served as the CEO of Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad, a position he held since 2001 until his retirement on 1 June 2011.
Datuk Mohd Nasir also sits on the Boards of CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, CIMB Bank Berhad, MIMOS Berhad, SIRIM Berhad and Prokhas Sdn Bhd. He is the Chairman of UKM Holdings Sdn Bhd, Chairman of SIRIM Tech Venture Sdn Bhd and a member of the Board of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia besides being a member of the Board of Trustee of Yayasan Canselor UNITEN.
The Board is also pleased to announce Raja Datuk Zaharaton’s redesignation as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director. She first joined the Board on 13 August 2015 and served as Independent Non-Executive Director. She is currently the Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
Raja Datuk Zaharaton holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from University of Malaya and a Masters in Economics from the University of Leuven, Belgium. A former civil servant for 34 years, her last Government post was as Director General of the Economic Planning Unit specialising in policy analysis and financial evaluation.
Upon retirement, she served as Chairman of Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd, Chairman of Ninebio Sdn Bhd, and Chairman of Global Maritime Ventures Berhad. She is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Taliworks Corporation Berhad and Yinson Holdings Berhad.
The Board said it welcomes the appointment of Mohd Rashid as Independent Non-Executive Director. He will also be appointed to the following positions within Media Prima – as the Chairman of Audit Committee, Member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Board Member of Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad.
Encik Mohd Rashid also brings years of experience in finance, accounting and management. He is a member of the ACCA and held various positions within Petroliam Nasional Berhad (“Petronas”) including Managing Director and Chief Executive Director of Engen Limited, Head of Group Treasury, Head of Group Internal Audit, and Vice President of Supply Chain and Risk Management. Mohd Rashid also sits on the Boards of Scicom (MSC) Berhad, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad, and UMW Oil and Gas Corporation Bhd.