Axiata appoints new Chief Executive Officer at its operations in Bangladesh and Chief Financial Officer in Cambodia.


Kuala Lumpur, 30 October 2013 - Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata), today announced new key management positions in the Group's operations, as part of its ongoing efforts towards developing talent and promoting them from within. As part of this, Mr Supun Weerasinghe will be taking over as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Robi Axiata (Robi), in Bangladesh replacing Mr. Michael Kuehner. Supun will be relinquishing his current role as Axiata's Group Chief Strategy Officer at the end of December 2013. Also moving will be Mr Kanishka Wickrama from corporate centre, assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Smart Axiata (formerly Hello Axiata). Both Supun and Kanishka will be starting their new roles on 1 January 2014.

Supun began his career with the Group at Dialog Axiata in Sri Lanka in 1999. Prior to Axiata, Supun was the Chief Operating Officer (GCOO), of Dialog Axiata Plc, (Dialog) Sri Lanka's mobile market leader. Supun has over 15 years of experience in corporate strategy, business operations, M&A, business transformation, investor relations and regulatory affairs.

Supun is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the United Kingdom, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Financial Management from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He also has a MBA from the University of Western Sydney, Australia and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (AMP 182).

Also being promoted internally is Kanishka Wickrama as the Chief Financial Officer of Smart in Cambodia. Kanishka, who joined Dialog in Sri Lanka in 2007, brings with him more than 9 years of working experience and has been with the Axiata Group since July 2009. In his most recent assignment, he spent 1 year as the Assistant Vice President/Senior Specialist, Corporate Development at the Axiata Corporate Centre.

Prior to his assignment at Corporate Centre, Kanishka spent three years with Hello Axiata in Cambodia in 2 different roles – first as the Financial Systems Manager and later as the Financial Controller. Prior to joining Axiata, Kanishka was working with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Kanishka holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Bangalore University and Master of Business Administration in Finance, Manipal University, India. He is also a certified SAP Business One consultant.

Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Axiata said “Talent management is a key part of the Axiata strategy towards becoming a regional champion. Our relentless focus on leadership development and ensuring our talent gets the right field experience across multiple markets has allowed us to have at hand a pool of capable people ready to take on strategic leadership roles. Supun is an example of a great talent, developed internally over his 14 years with the Group, first at Dialog in Sri Lanka and then at corporate centre, now ready to take on the role as CEO at one of our operating companies. This is also the case with Kanishka who has been with us in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the corporate centre before his assignment as CFO.

Given his experience in the industry and within the Group, Supun will play a crucial role in Robi's future growth, already successfully begun under Michael's leadership. I would like to thank Michael for his tremendous contributions in building the business. Under Michael's stewardship Robi made a dramatic turnaround in financial performance in 2012, outperforming all their targets. As Bangladesh embraces the internet era with the deployment of 3G services, I am confident that Supun and his team will steer the company towards a new phase of growth”.

The management of Axiata looks forward to working with both Supun and Kanishka to further drive the performance of the Group.

Axiata is one of the largest Asian telecommunication companies. Axiata has controlling interests in mobile operators in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia with significant strategic stakes in India and Singapore. India represents one of the fastest growing markets in the world. In addition, the Malaysian-grown holding company has a stake in mobile telecommunication operations in Thailand.

The Group's, including its subsidiaries and associates, has over 215 million mobile subscribers in Asia. The Group revenue for 2012 was USD5.7 billion. The Group provides employment to over 20,000 people across Asia. Axiata's vision is to be a regional champion by 2015 by piecing together the best throughout the region in connectivity, technology and talent, uniting them towards a single goal: Advancing Asia.