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Albern Murty appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), 1st Malaysian CEO of Digi

Albern Murty has been promoted the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Digi, effective April 1, 2015. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Telco.

Albern Murthy, the new Digi CEO effective April 2015.

Albern Murthy, the new Digi CEO effective April 2015.

The appointment makes Albern Murty the 1st Malaysian to become the CEO of Digi. He will be replacing current Digi CEO Lars-Ake Norling, who will be appointed CEO of dtac (Total Access Communication PCL), Telenor Group’s business unit in Thailand. Telenor Group owns 49% of Digi.

“I’m pleased to announce the appointment of some of Telenor Group’s most experienced executives to our two biggest companies in Asia. Albern has grown through the ranks of Digi, and has contributed strongly to the company’s relentless customer focus and its innovative Internet for All approach. He has played a central role in driving the company’s operations and results in his time with the senior management team at Digi, and is a proven and capable business leader. Digi today is a company with a clear vision, a well-established strategy, and a solid foundation for future growth, and I am confident that under Albern’s leadership the company will continue to succeed,” says Sigve Brekke, Chairman of Digi.Com Bhd and Head of region Asia, Telenor Group.

“At the same time, the Board of Directors wishes to express our thanks to Lars-Ake for his effective contribution to the company as CEO. dtac is currently in the middle of a major drive to become Thailand’s leading internet provider, and an experienced telecoms executive like Lars-Åke brings all the vital competencies required to continue that journey,” said Brekke.

Albern Murty has been with Digi since 2002. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer on January 1, 2014. As Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) prior to this position he was responsible for driving the company’s overall revenue growth. He has held previous management roles as Head of Strategy & New Business, and Co-Chief Marketing Officer. Before Digi, Albern Murty held key business and commercial management roles in Lucent Technologies across the Asian region. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Bachelor of Science in Advertising Management from Portland State University, Oregon, USA, and has completed executive management programmes at INSEAD and London Business School.

“Heading Digi in Malaysia is both an honour and a true privilege for me,” said Albern. “DiGi has a strong market presence in Malaysia, and possesses a solid track record of performance excellence and innovation. I look forward to working with my highly talented and passionate colleagues in Digi to drive the next phase of our growth story, and most importantly to continue to delight and inspire our customers every day. On behalf of all Digizens, I also thank Lars for his good leadership and look forward to working with him as part of the wider Telenor Asia family.”

“I have had a truly enriching experience leading Digi, and being part of the vibrant and progressive Malaysian telecommunications industry,” said Norling. “I am confident that Digi has all the right ingredients to become the best mobile internet provider for mass market, and that in Albern the organisation has an experienced and capable leader to drive success. I wish him and all my colleagues in Digi the best for the future.”

Digi is the third largest Telco in Malaysia with a subscriber base of 11.4 million as of 2014.

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