Datuk Azzat Kamaludin
 

Datuk Azzat Kamaludin

Chairman / Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director

Datuk Azzat Kamaludin was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata as Chairman and Director on 21 July 2008.

Datuk Azzat was a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Axiata Group Berhad until his retirement on 23 May 2018. Datuk Azzat is a partner in the law firm of Azzat and Izzat, Malaysia.

Datuk Azzat served as an administrative and diplomatic Officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia from 1970 to 1979 and has also served as a member of the Securities Commission, Malaysia from 1993 to 1999. Datuk Azzat is presently a Director of several public listed and private limited companies in Malaysia.

Datuk Azzat graduated from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, with degrees in Law and in International Law, and was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of the Middle Temple, London in 1970. Datuk Azzat was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1979.

 
Dr. Shridhir Sariputta Hansa Wijayasuriya
 

Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya

Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director

Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 19 January 2001.

Dr. Wijayasuriya joined Dialog Axiata’s founding management team in 1994, and subsequently functioned as the Group Chief Executive of the Company from 01 September 1997 to 31 December 2016. Dr. Wijayasuriya was appointed to the role of Regional Chief Executive Officer for the South Asia Region of the Axiata Group in January 2016 and also holds the position of Corporate Executive Vice President of the Axiata Group.

Dr. Wijayasuriya serves on the Boards of several Axiata Group Companies and also on the Board of John Keells Holdings PLC as an Independent, Non-Executive Director. Dr. Wijayasuriya is presently the Vice Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and is also a past Chairman of GSM Asia Pacific – the regional interest group of the GSM Association.

In 2016, the GSMA, the worldwide association governing the Global Mobile Industry, honoured Dr. Wijayasuriya with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Asian Mobile Industry’ Award – the highest honour at the Asia Mobile Awards. In 2008, Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya was named the ‘Sri Lankan of the Year’ by Sri Lanka’s premier business journal, LMD.

Dr. Wijayasuriya holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK, a MBA from the University of Warwick UK and a PhD in Digital Mobile Communications from the University of Bristol, UK. Dr. Wijayasuriya is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology of the UK (IET), and a Chartered Professional Engineer.

 
Supun Weerasinghe
 

Mr. Supun Weerasinghe

Group Chief Executive/Non-Independent, Executive Director

Mr. Supun Weerasinghe was appointed as the Group Chief Executive and as a Member of the Board of Dialog Axiata on 1st January 2017.

Mr. Weerasinghe commenced his career in telecommunications at Dialog Axiata in 1999 and held multiple roles, such as Head of Strategy and CEO of the Mobile Business before being appointed as Group Chief Operating Officer of Dialog Axiata in 2010.

In 2013, he was seconded to Axiata Group Berhad, in Malaysia as its Group Chief Strategy Officer. At Axiata, he also served as the Head of Network Transformation Strategic Business Unit under which he led Group Technology, Carrier Collaboration and the Axiata Intelligence Unit. From January 2014 to October 2016, he functioned as the CEO and Managing Director of Robi Axiata Limited in Bangladesh, the second largest mobile network provider in Bangladesh with 33Mn subscribers.

Mr. Weerasinghe serves on the Boards of subsidiary and associate companies of Dialog as well as Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology (SLINTEC) and UNGC Network Sri Lanka.

Mr. Weerasinghe is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Financial Management from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Mr. Weerasinghe also holds an MBA from the University of Western Sydney, Australia and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

 
Mr. Mohamed Vazir Muhsin
 

Mr. Mohamed V. Muhsin

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Mohamed V. Muhsin was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 14 June 2006.

He is a former Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the World Bank where he was responsible for aligning information technology with the organisation’s business strategy. Mr. Muhsin successfully led the implementation of major reforms in enterprise-wide business and information systems, global telecommunications and video conferencing. The work he accomplished is featured in the Harvard Business School Case Study, Enabling Business Strategy with IT at the World Bank.

Mr. Muhsin has also worked in senior positions in the private sector in Sri Lanka. He served for several years as the Group Financial Director of Zambia’s Industrial and Mining Conglomerate (ZIMCO) and as advisor on state enterprise reform in the office of the then President of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.

Mr. Muhsin’s experience includes working as a Strategic Management Consultant and Director on international corporate and foundation boards. He is also the Chairman of the Islamic Community Centre of Potomac in Maryland, USA. He is a freelance columnist and journalist.

Mr. Muhsin is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

 
James Maclaurin
 

Mr. James Maclaurin

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr. James Maclaurin was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 10 May 2011.

Mr. Maclaurin currently serves as an Advisor and Consultant to various telecoms and technology companies in Asia and Europe. Prior to this, he functioned as the Group Chief Financial Officer of Axiata Group Berhad from April 2011 to December 2013 and thereafter as the Founding Chief Executive Officer of Edotco Group Sdn Berhad, the infrastructure spinout of Axiata. Mr. Maclaurin has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years and has held a number of senior finance leadership positions including CFO for Africa and Central Europe at Vodafone, Group CFO of Celtel, the pan-African mobile operator, Group CFO of UbiNetics, the 3G technology developer and EVP Finance of Marconi, the UK-based telecoms vendor. In the mid 90s he worked in Asia and served as the Finance Director of General Electric Co. of Singapore and prior to this he was the Finance Director of the General Electric Co. of Bangladesh. Mr. Maclaurin currently serves on the boards of a number of international public listed and private limited companies.

Mr. Maclaurin is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and holds degrees in Engineering and Finance from Scottish universities.

 
Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean
 

Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Mahesh Amalean was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 15 May 2014.

Mr. Amalean is the Chairman and Co-Founder of MAS Holdings (Private) Limited (“MAS”), South Asia’s largest manufacturer of intimate and sportswear which provides design-to-delivery solutions to leading global fashion brands. Headquartered in Sri Lanka, the company has 53 manufacturing facilities located in 16 countries, providing employment to over 99,000 associates.

Mr. Amalean was conferred the title ‘Deshamanya’ [Pride of the Nation – an honour awarded by the Government of Sri Lanka for “highly meritorious service”] in 2005 by the President of Sri Lanka in recognition of his service to the nation.

In 2011, the Open University of Sri Lanka conferred an honorary doctorate (honoris causa) to Mr. Amalean in recognition of his contribution to the country. In 2013, Mr. Amalean was one of five global business leaders recognised with a UN Award at the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) inaugural Leadership Awards presentation where he received the award for Cultural Change for Empowerment. He was ranked amongst the Top 20 Progressive Asian Leaders by the World Business Magazine.

Mr. Amalean was honoured with the ‘Humanitarian Award’ at 2019 Femmy Awards organised by the Underfashion Club in New York, for his contribution in empowering people and uplifting communities.

He is a visionary leader and is engaged in nurturing teams, uplifting communities and committed towards creating a sustainable future for the next generation. He strongly believes in attracting and investing in talent for future growth and has mentored several young leaders.

Mr. Amalean completed his executive education in Strategic Leadership from Columbia University in New York (USA); and holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras (India).

 
Mr. Dominic P Arena
 

Mr. Dominic Paul Arena

Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Dominic Paul Arena was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 1 June 2016.

Mr. Arena is presently the Group Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer of Axiata Group Berhad, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Mr. Arena has over 24 years’ experience in the telecoms, media and technology sectors having held executive roles with global telecom operators – including Vodafone, Orange and British Telecom – as well as for leading strategic advisory firms. Mr. Arena has lived and worked in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand for the majority of the past 17 years providing strategic advice and corporate development support to operators, financial institutions and government agencies across Asia.

Prior to joining Axiata, he was the Group Managing Director of AEC Advisory, a regional strategic and corporate advisory firm headquartered in Singapore serving telecom, media, technology and Government clients in strategy, market entry, M&A, transformation and regulatory policy. Preceding this he has held several senior corporate advisory roles as a global equity Partner of Value Partners Management Consulting, as Regional Director APAC for BT Global Services consulting group, as a Director of KPMG in Australia and a Director with KPMG Consulting in SE Asia in charge of Telecom and Media advisory.

Mr. Arena’s experience as a trusted strategic adviser spans a broad network of international and regional operators in the Telecom, Media, Satellite and Digital Services industries as well as the government sector, and he has been widely published and referenced in the media.

Mr. Arena holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering Management (Dip. Eng. Prac., Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

 
Mr. Willem Lucas Timmermans
 

Mr. Willem Lucas Timmermans

Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Willem Lucas Timmermans was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 10 May 2017.

Mr. Timmermans served as a Director and Chief Corporate Transformation Officer of PT XL Axiata TBK, a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad, from 2006 until March 2018.

Mr. Timmermans commenced his career as an Expert in Finance at TVM Insurance Company and held strategic positions in KPN Netherlands from 1988 until 1997. Mr. Timmermans furthered his career and served as Finance Director of PT Bakrie Elektronik (Indonesia) and was appointed Vice President Business Control and Investor Relation of PT Telkomsel prior to his appointment as Director and Chief Financial Officer of PT XL Axiata (Indonesia) in 2006. In 2011, he served as a Director and Chief Operating Officer and in 2015 as Director and Chief Strategic & Transformation Officer of XL.

Mr. Timmermans also served as a Non-Executive Director of Celcom Axiata Berhad from 2011 to 2017.

Mr. Timmermans holds degrees in Business Administration from the Business Administration and Economics School from the State University Groningen, Netherlands and Business Economics and Financing from the State University of Groningen, Netherlands.

 
DATO’ MOHD IZZADDIN IDRIS
 

DATO’ MOHD IZZADDIN IDRIS

Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director

Dato’ Mohd Izzaddin Idris was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 9 August 2018.

Dato’ Izzaddin currently serves as an Independent, Non-Executive Director of Axiata Group Berhad.

Dato’ Izzaddin has almost 30 years of experience in the fields of investment banking, financial and general management having served in various senior positions at Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad, Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad and Southern Bank Berhad. In September 2004, he was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer/Senior Vice President (Group Finance) of Tenaga Nasional Berhad, a position he held until 30 June 2009. Thereafter, he was appointed as the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Group Berhad where he served until 6 October 2018.

Dato’ Izzaddin is also a Director of Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre, a non-profit organisation established by Bank Negara Malaysia dedicated to executive education, research, coaching and advisory services in the areas of leadership development and corporate governance.

Dato’ Izzaddin holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (First Class Honours in Finance) from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Public Accountants (CPA), Australia and a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).

 
VIVEK
 

VIVEK SOOD

Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director

Mr. Vivek Sood was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 16 February 2019.

Mr. Sood is the Group Chief Financial Officer of Axiata Group Berhad, a position he has held since 2017.

Prior to joining Axiata, Mr. Sood held various leadership roles in the telecommunications and financial industry, as Executive Vice President and Group Chief Marketing Officer of Telenor Group Inc., Chief Executive Officer of Telenor India, Chief Executive Officer of Grameenphone Bangladesh, Chief Financial Officer of Telenor India and Chief Financial Officer and as Chief Operating Officer of Tata AIA Life Insurance.

Mr. Sood holds a Bachelor in Commerce from the University of Delhi and is a Qualified Chartered Accountant.