Cyberjaya, 1 July 2020 – Dagang NeXchange Berhad (“DNeX”) has announced the appointment of Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir as its Independent and Non-Executive director effective today.

With his performance track record and decades of experience in various industries, Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal is expected to contribute to DNeX’s business growth, according to Chairman Tan Sri Abd Rahman Mamat.

"We are elated to welcome Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal to our board of directors. As we are building a performance-based culture that leads to value creation for all shareholders, it is imperative that we attract high calibre candidates with fresh ideas as well as deep industry experience and competencies to the Group’s Board and management team. We believe Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal has the capability and experience to help the Group reach greater heights,” said Tan Sri Abd Rahman Mamat.

This follows the appointment of Encik Mohd Azhar Mohd Yusof as Acting Group Managing Director as part of the Group’s efforts to drive its business in response to changing economic environment and need for fresh new ideas.

Prior to his retirement on 10 June 2020, Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal was a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Petronas Dagangan Berhad.

He began his career as a Project Engineer with Petronas Gas Sdn Bhd in 1987, before joining Petroliam Nasional Berhad in 1992 as Senior Executive of the company’s Corporate Planning & International Business Development unit. Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal then left to join HICOM Holdings Berhad in 1995, where he assumed various senior positions in the company.

Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal lent his expertise to PERODUA when he was appointed Senior General Manager in 1999. Subsequently, he was appointed Executive Director of PERODUA Auto Corporation Sdn Bhd in 2002, and later promoted to Deputy Managing Director of PERODUA in October 2005.

Thereafter, Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal also held various key positions in established corporations including Proton Holdings Berhad as Group Managing Director, RHB Bank Berhad and RHB Islamic Bank Berhad as Independent Non-Executive Director and Petronas Dagangan Bhd as Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director to name a few.

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