MCMC appoints Gerard Lim as Chief Officer, Digital Industry Development & Commercialisation
By Karamjit Singh January 9, 2019
- Responsible for planning and development of digital industry and commercial roll out
- As regulator & developer of TMT industry, MCMC too is evolving as reflected by hire of Lim
THE Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has appointed Gerard Lim Kim Meng as Chief Officer, Digital Industry Development & Commercialisation effective 7th Jan 2019.
[Sentence & headline amended to reflect correct designation.]
Lim joins MCMC from his previous position as CEO of Atilze Digital Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Yen Global Bhd that specializes in Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.
In his new role, Lim will be responsible for the strategic planning and development of the digital industry and economy and commercial roll out plans. He will also lead the strategic collaboration, communications and engagement with industry and related institutions.
Al-Ishsal Ishak, chairman of the MCMC says, “Gerard Lim brings with him rich experience and foresight into the convergence of the Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) industry. In addition, his network comprise the needed contacts in telecoms, e-commerce and media sectors.”
With over 25 years experience in the TMT industry, Lim has implemented many successful digital transformation and innovative e-solutions for various government agencies, GLCs, telecom operators and multinational corporations. He has also served in various companies including Webe Digital (a subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia), Axiata, Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), other private corporations and startups.
Al-Ishsal notes that the communications and multimedia industry (encompassing communications/telcos, postal/courier and media/broadcasting) has progressed beyond pure access, connectivity and the traditional way of business, into value-added digital services and solutions.
“Prime examples we're familiar with – telcos today are the backbone of digital services with the advent of Internet Protocol. Postal/courier services are an imperative in e-commerce. Media/content today is two-way, interactive, non-linear, social as we know it.”
The MCMC, he says, is cognizant of these industry developments that are taking place at an exponential rate, adding that futurist had already envisioned all these since June 1994 when Netscape introduced its first browser of the world wide web. “And subsequently in August 1996 when our Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad launched the MSC (Multimedia Super Corridor), Malaysia has always been ahead of the curve,” he reminds us.
As regulator and developer of these digitalising industries, MCMC too is evolving as reflected by its hire of Lim as chief officer, Digital Industry Development & Commercialisation, Al-Ishsal says.
Lim holds an executive MBA from Open University Malaysia (OUM) and a certificate in Big Data Business Analytics from Harvard Business School.