Kamarul Ariffin assumes CEO role at Cyberview
By Digital News Asia September 3, 2023
- Brings over 30 years of experience across diverse industries to the role
- Aims to collaborate with stakeholders to drive Malaysia's innovative aspiration
Cyberview Sdn Bhd appointed Kamarul Ariffin (pic) as its new CEO, effective from August 14, 2023. He replaces Najib Ibrahim who was the CEO for five years from Dec 2017 to Dec 2022. Dr Hafiz Ibrahim, the General Manager of Megajana, a chilled water utility for Cyberjaya, who was appointed the acting MD during the interim period has returned to his role at Megajana.
A seasoned corporate leader, Kamarul brings with him over 30 years of experience across a variety of fields, both within and outside of Malaysia, as stated by the agency.
"I am honored by the opportunity to share my experience with the team as we work to vigorously operationalize the Cyberjaya masterplan, launched in 2019," said Kamarul. He emphasized the potential for furthering the development of Cyberjaya and looked forward to collaborating with various stakeholders, industry leaders, and government agencies to drive Malaysia's aspirations through innovation.
Cyberview expects that Kamarul's extensive background, which spans property, asset management, engineering & construction, ICT, defense, banking, and logistics over the past three decades, will enhance the company's role in shaping Malaysia's innovative future through Cyberjaya, a preferred tech investment location and a global technology hub.
Before assuming the role of Cyberview's CEO, Kamarul spent several years with Sime Darby Property Berhad (SDPB) in various significant capacities. He held responsibilities in business development, strategic planning, corporate investment, and leadership of business units. In his recent position before this appointment, he was the general manager of Sime Darby Property Selatan Sdn Bhd, and previously, he was responsible for the Malaysian Vision Valley project.
Additionally, during his tenure with SDPB, Kamarul gained valuable international exposure, serving as the Chief Strategic Relations Officer in London for the Battersea Power Station Development Company Ltd. In this role, he represented the Malaysian consortium, comprising Sime Darby Property Berhad, SP Setia Berhad, and the Employee Provident Fund, in the US$11.7 billion (RM54.3 billion) project. His responsibilities included safeguarding the consortium's investments and ensuring desired returns in one of Europe's largest property regeneration projects.
While at SDPB, Kamarul held directorship positions in over 25 companies across various countries and jurisdictions, including Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, and Vietnam.
His career began in 1990 as an operations officer with Public Bank before moving on to the Sapura Group of Companies, where he assumed roles in finance, business development, international business, and strategic development. He also had assignments within the Sapura Group in Vietnam.
Kamarul's academic background includes a Bachelor of Science with honors in Accounting and an MBA in Financial Management, both obtained from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom in 1997 and 1998, respectively. He also holds a Diploma in Accountancy from the Universiti Teknologi Mara.
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