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 21st July 2008.

He is a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Axiata Group Bhd, and 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. He 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. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1979.

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 01 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 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, Mr. Weerasinghe functioned as the CEO and Managing Director of Robi Axiata Limited in Bangladesh, the second largest mobile network provider in Bangladesh with 33 million subscribers.

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. He also has an MBA from the University of Western Sydney, Australia and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

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, and functioned as the Group Chief Executive of the company during the period 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. 

During the period 2012- 2014, Dr. Wijayasuriya also functioned as the Founding CEO of Axiata Digital Services. Dr. Wijayasuriya serves on the Boards of several Axiata Group companies and also represents the Axiata Group on the Board of the Global TM Forum. He also serves on the Boards of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology (SLINTEC) and John Keells Holdings PLC. Dr. Wijayasuriya 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 the LMD.       

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

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 from April 2011 to December 2013 and thereafter as the founding Chief Executive Officer of edotco, 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 Group CFO of Axiata, 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 90's, 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. He 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.

Mr. Mohamed Vazir Muhsin

Mr. Mohamed Muhsin

Independent, Non-Executive Director

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

Mr. Muhsin's experience includes working as a Strategic Management Consultant and Director on international corporate and Foundation Boards. Prior to his retirement as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the World Bank, Mr. Muhsin was responsible for aligning information technology with the organisation's business strategy. He successfully implemented major reforms in global telecommunications, video conferencing, information management and enterprise business systems, and the work he accomplished is featured in a Harvard Business School Case Study.

He has also worked in senior positions in the private sector in Sri Lanka and 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 is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

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 serves as the Chairman and visionary leader of apparel manufacturer, MAS Holdings Limited (MAS). He is highly regarded for his astute management vision and governance principles, which has steered MAS into one of the largest and most respected business entities in the region.

Mr. Amalean also serves as Chairman of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology and is an Executive Committee member of the Joint Apparel Association Forum.

He was conferred the title 'Deshamanya' by the President of Sri Lanka, in recognition of his service to the nation through the National Committee of Economic Development and the Task Force for Rebuilding the Nation. In 2011, The Open University of Sri Lanka conferred an honorary doctorate (honoris causa) to him in recognition of his contribution to the country.

Mr. Amalean has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras, India and has completed his executive education at Columbia Business School, USA.

chari TVT

Mr. Thandalam Veeravalli Thirumala Chari (Chari TVT)

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Chari TVT was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 19 September 2014.

He served as the Group Chief Financial Officer of Axiata Group Bhd. from January 2014 for three years during which he was responsible for corporate finance policies, influenced group portfolio strategies, business planning, managing investor relations and mergers and acquisitions. He has been the recipient of awards from Finance Asia Hong Kong and for the best Sukuk issuance awarded by the Central Bank of Malaysia.

Prior to this, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Celcom Axiata Bhd, a subsidiary of Axiata. During his time, he was instrumental for many initiatives that contributed to excellent financial performance of Celcom, making it one of the most profitable companies in Malaysia.  Prior to this assignment, he was the Vice President, Sales, HP Financial Services Asia Pacific and Japan. He had an illustrious career in HP for over twenty years, of which 10 years was in senior finance positions in various countries (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore) and 10 years heading Sales and Marketing for Asia Pac and a large business unit with revenue of close to USD 1Bn.

Mr. Chari holds a Master's in Business Administration from State University of New York at Buffalo, USA. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK (CIMA) and an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA) and Institute of Cost and Works Accountants (ICWA) of 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 01 June 2016.

He is presently the Group Chief Strategy Officer of Axiata Group Berhad, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Mr. Arena has over 22 years' experience in the telecoms, media & technology sectors having held executive roles with global telecom operators – including Vodafone, Orange and British Telecom – as well as for leading strategic advisory firms. He has lived and worked in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand for the majority of the past 16 years providing strategic advice and corporate development support to operators, financial institutions and Government agencies across Asia.

Prior to joining Axiata, Mr.  Arena 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 & 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 is the Director/Chief Corporate Transformation Officer of PT XL Axiata (Indonesia), a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad.

Prior to being appointed to his current role, Mr. Timmermans has held senior positions in XL such as, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining XL, Mr. Timmermans held extensive leadership positions as Vice President Business Control & Investor Relations in PT Telkomsel, Finance Director in PT Bakrie Elektronik (Indonesia) and various strategic senior positions at KPN, a Dutch telecommunications company.

Mr. Timmermans graduated from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, in 1988, majoring in Business Economics and Financing.


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