Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (FGV) has appointed Dato’ Zakaria Arshad as Group President and Chief Executive Officer; and Non-Independent Executive Director effective 1st April 2016.
FGV Chairman Tan Sri Haji Mohd Isa Dato’ Haji Abdul Samad said: “With this new appointment, FGV will continue to strengthen its position as a global sustainable agribusiness player.”
Dato’ Zakaria holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Economics) from Universiti Sains Malaysia and attended executive business courses from Harvard Business School and Pembroke College, Cambridge University.
A Fellow of the International Society of Nanoscience, University of Cambridge UK, Dato’ Zakaria is also Vice Chairman of Palm Oil Refinery Association of Malaysia (PORAM) and sits on the Board of Trustee, Malaysia Palm Oil Council (MPOC).
A son of a settler from FELDA Palong 1, Negeri Sembilan, Dato’ Zakaria has served FELDA Group for the past 32 years since 1984 including FELDA Rubber Industries Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Cocoa Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, FELDA Rubber Products Sdn Bhd and FELDA Marketing Services Sdn. Bhd.
He was then appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Delima Oil Products Sdn Bhd prior becoming Head of Palm Downstream in January 2014.
Dato’ Mohd Emir Mavani Abdullah ends his three-year tenure as FGV Group President and Chief Executive Officer on 31 March 2016.
Tan Sri Haji Mohd Isa, who is also the chairman of FELDA, said: “On behalf of FGV Group, we would like to thank Dato’ Mohd Emir for his invaluable contribution especially on charting the transformation framework to pave the way for FGV to be an important global powerhouse today.”