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KUALA LUMPUR: FGV Holdings Bhd has appointed Datuk Haris Fadzilah Hassan as group chief executive officer with effect from Wednesday.

FGV said the board also welcomed three new members of the management team. They are Datuk Mohd Hairul Abdul Hamid, Mazri Abdul Rahim and Dr Christina Ooi Su Siang.

This would see Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid, who was the interim group CEO, relinquishing the post and return to his original role in FGV as chairman.

“As a listed company FGV has a responsibility to its shareholders to create and deliver value. The Transformation Plan that we have in place today sets the direction for the company and our management team lead by Haris, will drive FGV forward. I have full confidence in their ability to deliver results,” Azhar said.

“Haris comes to FGV with 28 years of experience in the corporate sector, especially in strategy and change management. Most recently, he was director, commercial & land management in Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) and a key member of the team that successfully completed MRT Corp’s phase 1, under budget and ahead of schedule,” he said.

Prior to MRT Corp, Haris worked in the plantation industry in various leadership roles, first with Golden Hope Plantations Bhd as head of strategy and business development, and subsequently with Sime Darby Plantation Bhd as head of its downstream operations.

FGV said Haris years of experience in the plantation industry and his expertise in change management are crucial skillsets to drive FGV’s transformation plan and to deliver on aggressive targets that have been set by the board.

Haris obtained his Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami, US with a double major in International Business Management and Management Information Systems.

Mohd Hairul, an accountant by training, and has several years of experience in effective financial and tax management having served most recently as chief financial officer (CFO) in MRT Corp.

Mazri served in the area of human resources for various multinationals throughout his career, which included postings in Europe and in Asean. He has served fast moving consumer goods manufacturers in several areas, including HR operations, compensation and benefits, and organisational development.

As for Ooi, she brings to FGV, more than two decades of procurement management experience, notably in procurement transformation management, another critical part of FGV’s recovery and transformation plan.

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