Axiata Appoints New Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at its Bangladesh Operations


Kuala Lumpur, 3rd August 2009 - Axiata Group Berhad (formerly known as TM International Berhad) (“Axiata”), today announced a new key management position in the Group's Bangladeshi operations, Axiata (Bangladesh) Limited, with Mr. Michael Kuehner as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He will join September 1st, taking over the role officially on October 1st. The assignment is part of Axiata's ongoing efforts to strengthen management at its operating companies (OpCos), with a focus on recruiting the best talents as well as grooming new talents. Michael will replace the incumbent CEO Jefri Thambi who will be joining the senior management team in one of Axiata's Operating Companies after completing his term.

Michael has had an extensive career in the telecommunications and IT industry spanning more than 30 years with executive positions in Sales and Marketing, Service and Project Management in various international locations. Prior to taking up the appointment with Axiata he was the Head of India/Nepal Sub-Region with Nokia Siemens Networks and instrumental in strengthening operational capability and driving post merger integration. Michael has spent considerable time in Asia, first as SVP in Siemens Malaysia, Managing Director of SPCNL Ltd India and Head of Japan/Korea Sub-Region with Nokia Siemens Networks. As Managing Director of Siemens India he was responsible for implementing the successful turnaround strategy in a fiercely competitive market which saw top line increasing by 30% in the first year. He has a track record in building strong teams, growing market share and driving operational efficiency.

Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Axiata said “Given his experience in the region especially in India, renowned for its highly competitive and cost efficient telecommunications industry, Michael will play a crucial role for Axiata Bangladesh's turnaround plan, already successfully begun under the previous CEO. Michael's appointment will complement the recently assembled management team which includes the Chief Technology Officer, previously with Ericsson, and Chief Commercial Officer from Grameen Phone. I would like to thank Jefri for his tremendous contributions in stabilising and turning around the business and to agreeing to stay on another month to ensure the smooth transition and handover. We are confident that Michael and his team will steer the company towards a new phase of growth and efficiency.”

The management of Axiata looks forward to working with Michael and his team to further drive the performance of the Group.


About Axiata


Axiata is one of the largest Asian telecommunication companies, focused in high growth low penetration emerging markets. Axiata has controlling interests in mobile operators in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia with significant strategic stakes in India, Singapore and Iran. India and Indonesia are amongst the fastest growing markets in the world. In addition, the Malaysian grown holding company has stakes in non mobile telecommunication operations in Thailand and Pakistan.

The Group's mobile subsidiaries and associates operate under the brand name ‘Celcom' in Malaysia, ‘XL' in Indonesia, ‘Dialog' in Sri Lanka, ‘AKTEL' in Bangladesh, ‘HELLO' in Cambodia and ‘Idea' in India, ‘M1' in Singapore and ‘MTCE' in Iran (Esfahan).

As of December 2008, The Group's, including its subsidiaries and associates, has over 90 million mobile subscribers in Asia. The Group revenue for 2008 was RM11.3 billion. The Group provides employment to over 25,000 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 people, uniting them towards a single goal: Advancing Asia.

Axiata Group Berhad was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2009 Asia Pacific ICT Award for Best Telecom Group

About Aktel

Axiata (Bangladesh) Limited is a public limited company incorporated in Bangladesh. It is a 70:30 joint venture formed in 1996 originally between TM International Berhad and AK Khan & Co. Ltd., a Bangladesh corporation with diversified businesses, now with NTT DOCOMO, INC. Axiata Bangladesh is currently the third largest mobile telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh with a 24% market share representing nearly 10 million subscribers, according to Frost & Sullivan.