- First appointment as Group Chairman-designate on 13 June 2019
- Appointment as Group Chairman on 1 July 2019
- Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Datuk (Dr) Syed Hussian brings with him over 30-years of professional experience in the insurance and technology sectors, as well as an in-depth understanding of emerging technologies and expertise in corporate transformation.
He began his career with The American Malaysian Insurance Sdn Bhd in 1982. In 1986, he was promoted as the Penang Branch Manager. In 1989, he was promoted as the company’s Senior Regional Manager covering Penang, Perlis, Kedah, and Perak.
Datuk (Dr) Syed Hussian had served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of companies in the Media Prima Group. He was a Director of Merit Idea Sdn Bhd, and had served as a Director at Primeworks Studios Sdn Bhd, Media Prima Digital Sdn Bhd, Metropolitan TV Sdn Bhd (“8TV”), and Ch-9 Media Sdn Bhd (“TV9”). Datuk (Dr) Syed Hussian was formerly a Director of Tanjung Offshore Berhad, AWC Berhad, Efficient E-Solutions Berhad, and Amanah Raya Reit Berhad.
He is currently the Group Chairman of Western Digital Sdn Bhd. He is a Director of all the subsidiaries of Western Digital Malaysian Operations including Western Digital Media (Penang), SanDisk Batu Kawan (Penang), Western Digital Substrate Johor and Kuching. He is also serving on the Board of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (“UNIMAS”).
Datuk (Dr) Syed Hussian holds a Diploma in Insurance from the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS), in Tokyo, Japan, in 1988 and a Certificate in Insurance from Institut Teknologi MARA in 1982. He attended a Government Entrepreneurial Program at ASIA BUNKA Kaikan Tokyo in 1985. He also attended a Management Program course at Re GMBH in Cologne, Germany, in 1991.
He received a Honorary Doctorate Degree in Engineering Technology from Universiti Teknologi Teknikal Malaysia Melaka in 2019.