Digi CMO Praveen Rajan will assume CEO related duties and responsibilities on an acting basis as CEO Albern Murty takes a temporary leave of absence due to family health reasons. Murty (pictured left) is expected to return in the second half of the year. The telco said in a Bursa filing that Murty remains active in his role in the corporate exercise pertaining to the proposed merger of Digi and Celcom Axiata, and will continue to be available to the management and board of directors during this time.
Rajan (pictured right) took on the CMO in 2020 replacing Loh Keh Jiat. He was previously CDO and head of Digi-X and also held other various senior positions within Digi's marketing division during his time with the company. They include head of postpaid, head of corporate strategy and broadband, head of product marketing, and head of channels and regional management. He has more than 20 years of experience in the telco and accounting industries. He also worked at Mobile-8 in Indonesia and PwC before joining Digi.
Talks to merge Digi and Celcom came up last year and the new company will be known as Celcom Digi. In April this year, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) raised preliminary concerns about potential market competition resulting from the proposed merger, and Axiata Group and Digi were asked to submit comments, information, and remedies on MCMC's assessment. Both parties were asked to collectively address competition concerns across areas including mobile and low-speed fixed broadband and data services as well as mobile voice and person-to-person messaging services, The Edge Markets said.
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