Operating Companies'

Management Team

Michael Kuehner

Chief Executive Officer
Celcom Axiata Berhad

  • Age:

    65

  • Gender:

    Male

  • Nationality:

    German

  • Date of Appointment:

    1 September 2016


    Academic/Professional Qualification(s):

    • • Master Degree in Mathematics and Economic Science, University of Cologne, Germany
    • • Executive Program and General Manager Program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    • • Executive Education, Leading Decision Making at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

    Working Experience:

    Michael was appointed CEO of Celcom Axiata in 2016. He was previously the CEO and Managing Director of Robi Axiata from 2009 till 2013. Prior to that from 2007 till 2009, he was the Head of Region for Nokia Siemens Networks, India. He was also the Head of Sub Region of Nokia Siemens Networks, Japan and Korea, in 2007, Managing Director of Siemens Public Communication Networks Ltd., India from 2005 till 2007, and Senior Vice President of Siemens Malaysia from 2000 till 2005.


    Directorships of Public Companies:
    Axiata Group

    Listed
    • • Nil

    Non-listed
    • • Celcom Axiata Berhad
    • • Robi Axiata Limited

    Others

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    • • Nil

    Non-listed
    • • Nil


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    Dian Siswarini

    President Director
    PT XL Axiata Tbk

    • Age:

      48

    • Gender:

      Female

    • Nationality:

      Indonesian

    • Date of Appointment:

      1 April 2015


      Academic/Professional Qualification(s):

      • • Bandung Institute of Technology majoring in Telecommunications
      • • Harvard Advance Management Program, Harvard Business School

      Working Experience:

      Dian was appointed President Director of XL in April 2015. Prior to that, she was Axiata’s Group Chief Marketing and Operations Officer. She also served as the Director and Chief Digital Services Officer from March 2013 and Director of Network Services in 2007. She joined XL in 1996 and started her career as a Radio Network Design Engineer and held numerous key positions in Network and Engineering Department. Her last position was Senior Vice President of Network Planning & Development prior to her appointment as Director.


      Directorships of Public Companies:
      Axiata Group

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      • • PT XL Axiata Tbk (President Director)

      Non-listed
      • • PT XL Planet

      Others

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      • • Nil

      Non-listed
      • • Nil


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      Supun Weerasinghe

      Director/Chief Executive Officer
      Dialog Axiata PLC

      • Age:

        41

      • Gender:

        Male

      • Nationality:

        Sri Lankan

      • Date of Appointment:

        1 January 2017


        Academic/Professional Qualification(s):

        • • Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Accountancy and Financial Management, University of Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
        • • MBA, University of Western Sydney, Australia
        • • Alumnus of Harvard Business School

        Working Experience:

        Supun is the Group CEO of Dialog Axiata PLC, with effect from January 2017. Before returning to Dialog, Supun was the CEO and Managing Director of Robi Axiata Limited in Bangladesh from 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining Robi, Supun served as the Group Chief Strategy Officer (GSCO) of Axiata Group Bhd in Malaysia. At Axiata, he also served as the Head of Network Transformation Strategic Business Unit under which he led the Group Technology, Carrier Collaboration and Axiata Intelligence Unit. Prior to his assignment to Axiata Group in 2013, Supun was the Group Chief Operating Officer (GCOO) of Dialog, He started his career in Telecommunications at Dialog in 1999 and held multiple roles such as Head of Strategy and CEO of the Mobile Business.


        Directorships of Public Companies:
        Axiata Group

        Listed
        • • Dialog Axiata PLC

        Non-listed
        • • Nil

        Others

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        • • Nil

        Non-listed
        • • Nil


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        Thomas Hundt

        Chief Executive Officer
        Smart Axiata Co., Ltd

        • Age:

          39

        • Gender:

          Male

        • Nationality:

          German

        • Date of Appointment:

          1 July 2008


          Academic/Professional Qualification(s):

          • • Siemens AG “Stammhauslehre”, Siemens Zweigniederlassung Leipzig, Germany
          • • “IHK Industrial Business Administration”

          Working Experience:

          Thomas has gained vast experience in the telecommunications industry during his tenure in key management positions with Siemens AG’s Communication Division and Nokia Siemens Networks. Thomas was also a member of the Supervisory Board of Azerfon in Azerbaijan. Since mid-2008, he has been CEO of Smart Mobile, which he grew from green eld, number eight position in the market to number three position, including through the acquisition of Star-Cell in 2011 and the merger with Hello Axiata in 2013.


          Directorships of Public Companies:
          Axiata Group

          Listed
          • • Nil

          Non-listed
          • • edotco (Cambodia) Co., Ltd.
          • • Ncell Private Limited

          Others

          Listed
          • • Nil

          Non-listed
          • • ACL ASEAN Tower Holdco Limited/Golden Towers BTS Corp
          • • European Chamber of Commerce Cambodia


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          Simon Perkins

          Managing Director,
          Ncell Private Limited

          • Age:

            57

          • Gender:

            Male

          • Nationality:

            British

          • Date of Appointment:

            12 April 2016


            Academic/Professional Qualification(s):

            • • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Warwick University UK
            • • Electronic and Electrical Engineering Degree, BSc (Honours), Loughborough University of Technology UK
            • • Chartered Engineer, UK Engineering Council
            • • Chartered Professional Engineer Australia
            • • FIET Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK.
            • • FIEAust Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia
            • • GAICD Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors

            Working Experience:

            Simon has been in telecommunications Industry for over 40 years, with almost half that time spent in the UK in his early career, and half in Australia and Asia. Over the last 15 years, Simon has been in CEO roles managing telecommunication network operators in the region, ranging from start-ups in green-field markets to developing existing businesses. Simon joined Axiata in 2009, initially as CEO for the Cambodia operation.


            Directorships of Public Companies:
            Axiata Group

            Listed
            • • Nil

            Non-listed
            • • Nil

            Others

            Listed
            • • Nil

            Non-listed
            • • ANZ Royal Bank Cambodia


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            Mahtab Uddin Ahmed

            Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer
            Robi Axiata Limited

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              Academic/Professional Qualification(s):

              • • Bachelor of Honours and Masters in Accounting, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
              • • Fellow member of Institute of Cost and Management Accountant of Bangladesh (ICMAB), FCMA & CGMA of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA, UK)
              • • Alumnus, Harvard Business School

              Working Experience:

              Mahtab joined Robi Axiata in 2010 as CFO, the position which he held till 2014. Prior to joining Robi, Mahtab spent 17 years of his career with Unilever where he held various business and finance leadership positions including the post of Finance Director in various operating companies like Unilever Pakistan, Unilever Arabia and Unilever Bangladesh.


              Directorships of Public Companies:
              Axiata Group

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              Non-listed

              Others

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              Non-listed


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              Himanshu Kapania

              Managing Director
              Idea Cellular Limited

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                Academic/Professional Qualification(s):

                • • Alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

                Working Experience:

                Himanshu has been the Managing Director of Idea since April 2011. He has engineered Idea’s fast paced growth making it amongst the top three players and the fastest growing mobile operator in India. Himanshu is a veteran in the Indian telecom industry, contributing to the evolution of the industry, over the last two decades. He has been actively involved in the industry from its early days when India was a two player mobile market to the present times of hyper competition with a dozen global mobile operators competing for the world’s second largest telecom market.


                Directorships of Public Companies:
                Axiata Group

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                Non-listed

                Others

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                Non-listed


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                Karen Kooi

                Chief Executive Officer
                M1 Limited

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                  Academic/Professional Qualification(s):

                  • • Master of Business Administration degree in Investment and Finance (Distinction), University of Hull in the UK
                  • • Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK)

                  Working Experience:

                  Karen was the Acting CEO of M1 from 1 February 2009 to 22 April 2009, having joined M1 as CFO in August 1995. She was a key member of the senior management team responsible for the planning, development and launch of M1’s commercial operations. Prior to joining M1, Karen held various senior financial positions in large public listed companies, including Singapore Press Holdings Limited and City Developments Limited. She has over 30 years of experience in general and financial management.


                  Directorships of Public Companies:
                  Axiata Group

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                  Non-listed

                  Others

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                  Non-listed


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                  Suresh Sidhu

                  Chief Executive Officer
                  edotco Group Berhad

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                    Academic/Professional Qualification(s):

                    • • Degree in Natural Science, University of Cambridge, UK
                    • • MBA from INSEAD, France

                    Working Experience:

                    Prior to joining Axiata, Suresh served as Chief Corporate and Operations Officer of Celcom since 2012. Leading up to his appointment at Celcom, Suresh was Group Chief Officer – Enterprise and Global at Dialog. Suresh first joined Axiata Group Berhad in 2009. Prior to this, he has held many senior roles in strategy, international wholesale, and merger and acquisitions at Maxis Communications Berhad. Suresh also spent over seven years with the Boston Consulting Group in strategy consulting in South East Asia and North America.


                    Directorships of Public Companies:
                    Axiata Group

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                    Non-listed

                    Others

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                    Non-listed


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                    Mohd Khairil Abdullah

                    Chief Executive Officer
                    Axiata Digital Services Sdn Bhd

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                      Academic/Professional Qualification(s):

                      • • BA (Engineering) and MEng, University of Cambridge, UK
                      • • MBA from INSEAD, France

                      Working Experience:

                      Khairil was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Digital Services in January 2015. He first joined Axiata in 2012 and served as Group Chief Marketing and Operations Officer. Prior to Axiata, Khairil was a Partner at Bain & Company, Inc., a leading global management consultancy. He was with Bain for more than 15 years. Prior to joining Bain, Khairil was an operations consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, Management Consulting Services. He was also founder and operations manager of P-Shift Consulting (Southeast Asia) from 1996 till 1997, and manufacturing consultant with PERA Consulting in London and Kuala Lumpur from 1995 till 1996.


                      Directorships of Public Companies:
                      Axiata Group

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                      Non-listed

                      Others

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                      Non-listed


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                      Adnan Asdar

                      Chief Executive Officer
                      Multinet Pakistan (Private) Limited

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                        Academic/Professional Qualification(s):

                        • • Degree in Science (Civil Engineering), Wisconsin, USA
                        • • Masters in Science (Civil Engineering), Minnesota, USA

                        Working Experience:

                        Adnan has over 25 years’ experience in structural and forensic engineering, construction management, quality control and project management. He also plays advisory roles in several non-profit organisations primarily focused on education and health and is on the Executive Council Board for the Citizen’s Foundation, Hunar Foundation and Indus Hospital.


                        Directorships of Public Companies:
                        Axiata Group

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                        Non-listed

                        Others

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                        Non-listed


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