Ahmad Azhar, 54, holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, USA. He has also attended the Strategic IQ programme at University of Harvard Business School, USA in 2010.
He began his career in 1987 as an engineer in Agilent Technologies (formerly known as Hewlett Packard). He then joined management consulting firm, Accenture in 1990 servicing a portfolio of clients in Malaysia, Asia and the Middle East in various industries from communications to high technology, oil and gas and the public sector. His experience includes strategic planning and change management, business and operations support systems, enterprise resource management, revenue and customer relationship management.
Ahmad became a Partner at Accenture in 2000 before joining Telekom Malaysia (TM) as Group Chief Information Officer on 2 August 2004. He was later appointed TM’s Programme Director of the High Speed Broadband (HSBB) Programme in 2008, and contributed to the successful launch of UniFi in March 2010. He assumed various positions in TM Group, Chief Strategy Officer of TM from 15 July 2010 until December 2011, CEO of VADS Berhad from 1 January 2012 until 31 January 2015 and TM’s Chief Customer Advocate on 1 February 2015. Ahmad was appointed as Chief Digital Officer on 4 October 2016 to head TM Digital Transformation initiatives throughout the Group whilst continue to serve as Chief Customer Advocate. He ceased to be Chief Customer Advocate on 15 May 2017 to fully focus on his role as Chief Digital Officer.
He also served on a few subsidiary boards, namely VADS Berhad, MMU Synergy Sdn Bhd and TM InfoMedia Sdn Bhd. On 26 July 2017, he was appointed as a member of National Library Advisory Board of Malaysia.