Mohammad Azlan Abdullah (pictured) has stepped down from his role as the CEO of The New Straits Times Press (NSTP), with effect from 28 February 2017. He will assume the position of group CEO at a government-linked investment company in Malaysia specialising in infrastructure development.
Replacing him is Abdul Jalil Bin Hamid, who has been appointed as CEO of NSTP, with effect from 1 March 2017. He will report to the group managing director of Media Prima, Amrin Awaluddin and will be responsible for the overall operations of NSTP. In his new role, he will also focus on strengthening the core business of NSTP while pursuing new opportunities to improve the performance of Media Prima.
Hamid has been group managing editor of NSTP since 2011 and has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism and communications. In the past, he has held positions in the Prime Minister’s office, the Securities Commission Malaysia, Reuters and Bernama. He also sits on several advisory panels and the board of Bernama.
Meanwhile, Yushaimi Maulud Yahaya, has also been promoted to the role of group editor, New Straits Times (NST) and will manage the overall operations of NST. He has over 26 years’ experience, and in the past, has held key positions including editor-in-chief of the Malay Mail, group editorial advisor for the Redberry Group before becoming the executive editor (News) for NST in 2012.
“The new appointments will help further strengthen NSTP’s print and digital offerings. It also mirrors our strong succession plan enabling smooth handover of responsibilities and operations, where we will continue our aggressive efforts to expand our digital initiatives to generate new revenue sources moving forward,” Utama Haji Ismail Haji Omar, chairman and independent non-executive director of NSTP, said.
“Hamid has done an incredible job over the past six years with Media Prima and possesses deep familiarity with the brands as well as the editorial, commercial and operational aspects of NSTP. I am confident that he will contribute immensely in delivering operational efficiency and bringing new levels of success to NSTP,” Abdullah said.
“Abdullah has contributed immensely to the Group where he played a pivotal role in laying the foundation for growth at Big Tree Outdoor, and executed key transformation initiatives leading towards higher efficiency, cost management and overall integration of NSTP to the group,” Amrin Awaluddin, group managing director of Media Prima, said.
He also added that Abdullah has contributed significantly to digital initiatives at NSTP in response to the increased demand for online content as evident by the increased traffic for online news portals, social media sites, digital publications and other internet based content platforms such as the digital versions of BH, Harian Metro and New Straits Times.