TalentCorp promotes COO Shareen to CEO, Johan back to EPU

  • Current CEO Johan’s secondment ended May 30, returns to EPU
  • Prior to TalentCorp, Shareen was at Khazanah and Mercy Malaysia
TalentCorp promotes COO Shareen to CEO, Johan back to EPU

TALENT Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp) has announced the promotion of chief operating officer Shareen Shariza Abdul Ghani (pic above) to the role of chief executive officer (CEO) with effect June 1.
Shareen replaces Johan Mahmood Merican, whose secondment to TalentCorp ended yesterday (May 30), after more than five years as CEO.
Johan will be returning to the Economic Planning Unit of Prime Minister’s Department to take up a new role as a deputy director-general, where his portfolio will include human capital, TalentCorp said in a statement.
Under his leadership, TalentCorp has spearheaded public-private partnerships to connect leading employers with talent that Malaysia needs, driving greater industry-academia collaboration to improve graduate employability, the agency said.
This included leveraging on the Returning Expert Programme (REP) to support employer efforts to match global Malaysian talent with job opportunities in Malaysia.
Johan also led public-private collaborations to improve employers’ access to highly-skilled expatriate talent through the Malaysia Expatriate Talent Service Centre (MYXpats Centre).
Meanwhile, Shareen brings with her over 20 years of experience in a wide range of industries including the retail, capital market, social and humanitarian sectors, as well as in the corporate sustainability space.
Before joining TalentCorp, she was the director of corporate responsibility at Khazanah Nasional Bhd, where she helped shape the sovereign fund’s corporate responsibility strategy and implemented a number of key national programmes, TalentCorp said.
Prior to that, she was chief operating officer at Mercy Malaysia, where she served in humanitarian missions to Darfur, Sri Lanka, Iran, Aceh and remote areas throughout Malaysia.
Shareen has been part of TalentCorp since its early years, in her capacity as Khazanah’s representative on the board of directors of GEMS Malaysia Sdn Bhd, the TalentCorp subsidiary responsible for upskilling Malaysian graduates through the Graduate Employability Management Scheme (GEMS).
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