Tuesday, February 7, 2023

More people are expected to leave Maxis while the company looks for a CEO [Insider]

Maxis announced last week that Johan Dennelind will not be taking up the CEO role. A news that surprised some analysts while others believed that Maxis will continue to function “normally” without Johan thanks to its current, strong key management team.

For me however, I was more surprised that Mark Dioguardi gave up COO despite there were rumours that “AK” offered him the CEO role. Personally, I think Mark is the right person for the job to transform Maxis into a better, more consumer-centric operator.

However, I believe his decision maybe family related and I got to respect that. MalaysianWireless reported that Mark will continue to serve Maxis as a consultant at least until August/September. Maxis has yet to confirm.

Nasution Mohammed, who was the Chief Financial Officer has been appointed Joint Chief Operating Officer (COO) with effect from 1 June 2013. The Joint Chief Operating Officers, including Suren J. Amarasekera will report to the Chairman.  Nasution will continue to oversee the Finance function.

But this may not be the only “leadership change” at Maxis since more key people are expected to leave the company this week.

On Friday, MalaysianWireless posted on its Facebook page that two key people from the senior management are leaving the company. They are Ebru Dorman(Head of Home & Broadband Business) & Mohamed Fitri bin Abdullah(Head of Enterprise and Government Business). Maxis did not deny or confirm.

An anonymous source close to the board told us that Kala Kularajah Sundram (Head of Talent & Organisation Development) and Alex Ford who is supposedly the person in charge of transformation may have left the company.

With the possible departure of Ebru & Fitri, it is not clear who will be leading these two important division that drives the growth of Maxis.

When Mark was COO, he was responsible for the company’s network and IT, the development, sales and growth of the SME, Enterprise, Government and Home business. At this point of time, it is unclear if Nasution or Suren will be taking over these roles.

If these changes are true, Maxis may not be just looking for a CEO, it needs to fill up these key positions as well.

Unfortunately, it may not be just these people leaving Maxis, we heard there may be more. MalaysianWireless will be reaching out to Maxis for a comment again.

If there is a restructuring going on at Maxis, I hope the change will not just benefit the company but also the customers.

P.s: The article written on this page is based on information provided by various anonymous source. It cannot be considered accurate or final unless it has been announced by the respective companies. MalaysianWireless should not be held responsible for any in-accurate information published in this article.

Kugan is the co-founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy

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