Awantec appoints Rezal Rahman as CEO

KUALA LUMPUR: Awanbiru Technology Bhd (Awantec) has appointed Rezal Rahman as CEO, succeeding Dr Abu Hasan Ismail.

In a statement, Awantec said Rezal’s appointment would be effective from Feb 1, 2022.

Rezal, a graduate of Stanford University and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and with experience working in Silicon Valley, was formerly a director of investments, technology sector at Khazanah Nasional prior to helming Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios as CEO.

His portfolio also includes being the COO for technology development and corporate ventures at Sapura Secured Technologies.

Abu will be appointed as founder mentor at Awantec. He will also remain the single largest shareholder of the group and a non-executive board member.

Abu will be on a sabbatical as he has accepted a Senior Research Fellow role in the La Trobe Business School of La Trobe University, where he will be based in Melbourne, Australia for 24 months.

“As founder mentor in the group, Abu will strategically advise the CEO on strategy and support the team in ensuring a smooth transition with key stakeholders ranging from customers, partners, shareholders, bankers, suppliers and many more as he contributes his strength in building alliances and partnership opportunities,” chairman Syed Naqiz Shahabuddin said.