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Nurturing Business Sustainability

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Dato’ Sri Hj. Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir

Current Positions

  • Bioalpha Holdings Berhad (Executive Director)
  • RHB Bank Berhad & RHB Islamic Bank Berhad (Non-Executive Director)
  • Brainy Bunch Islamic Montessori (Executive Chairman)
  • WiEdu Sdn Bhd , WiEdu Sales & Marketing Sdn Bhd (Managing Director, Executive Chairman)
  • Duta Klasik Sdn. Bhd. (Executive Chairman)
  • Minsyam Sdn. Bhd. (Executive Chairman)
  • CMS Consortium Ecotour Sdn Bhd (Executive Chairman)
  • DFRAN Research Technologies Sdn Bhd (Executive Chairman)
  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) (UTM Premier Fellow, Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International))

Awards & Recognition Received (2006 – 2011)

  • Darjah Kebesaran Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang Yang Amat Dimulia - Peringkat Kedua Darjah Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (DSAP)
  • Yang Amat Mulia - Peringkat Pertama Darjah Sri Indera Mahkota Pahang (SIMP)
  • New Strait Times’ Automotive Man of the Year
  • International Business Leader in Automotive Sector at 2010 Middle East Business Leadership Summit and Awards
  • Masterclass Bumiputra CEO of the Year at 2nd Malaysia Business Leadership Awards 2010
  • Darjah Kebesaran Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang Yang Amat Dimulia - Peringkat Pertama Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (SSAP)
  • BrandLaureate Brand Icon Leadership Award 2011
  • Global Leadership Award for Automotive Category

Professional Experience

  • PROTON Holdings Berhad
    • Group Managing Director, January 2006 – May 2012
    • Managing overall business operations of PROTON Holdings Berhad and its subsidiaries. Responsibilities encompass, amongst others, full Profit & Loss responsibility for the Group; develop and implement strategies to create growth and bottom line improvement; streamline operational processes through the implementation of continuous improvement tools and techniques; leading & developing the senior management team under the overarching theme of turning PROTON around from a domestic OEM to an established regional player with a distinct branding character and globally competitive product line.
    • Held 6 chairmanships positions:-
      • Chairman of PROTON Cars (UK) Limited
      • Chairman of PROTON Cars Australia Pty Ltd
      • Chairman of PROTON Singapore Pte Ltd
      • Chairman of PT PROTON Edar Indonesia
      • Chairman of PROTON Motor Pars Private Joint Stock
      • Chairman of Exedy (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
    • Held 14 directorships positions:-
      • Director of PROTON Holdings Berhad
      • Director of Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd
      • Director of PROTON Tanjung Malim Sdn Bhd
      • Director of PROTON Marketing Sdn Bhd
      • Director of PROTON Edar Sdn Bhd
      • Director of PROTON Motors (Thailand) Co. Ltd
      • Director of Miyazu (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
      • Director of Yayasan PROTON
      • Director of Lotus Group International Limited
      • Director of Group Lotus Plc
      • Director of Lotus Holdings, Inc
      • Director of Lotus Cars USA, Inc
      • Director of Lotus Engineering, Inc
      • Director of Lotus F1 Team
  • Perodua Auto Corporation Sdn Bhd
    • Deputy Managing Director, October 2005 – December 2005
    • Executive Director, Jan 2002 – September 2005
    • Senior General Manager, Nov 1999 – December 2001
  • Hicom Holding Berhad
    • Chief Executive Officer (May 1999- October 1999)
    • General Manager (August 1997-April 1999)
    • Senior Manager (February 1995-July 1997)
  • Petroliam Nasional Berhad
    • Corporate Planning and International Business Development Unit, Senior Executive (1992-1995)
    • Petronas Gas Sdn Bhd - Project Engineer (1987-1992)


  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering (1985), University of Maryland, USA

Social Responsibility Roles

  • Nazir (Chairman), Masjid Al-Falah USJ 9 (2009 – current)
  • CEO Faculty for CEO Faculty Program, Ministry of Education Malaysia
  • Panel member of Social Impact Committee, Malaysia Innovation Agency
  • Ahli Jawatankuasa Induk, Anugerah Akademik Negara (AAN), Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia
  • Adjunct Professor for:
    • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Graduate School of Business
    • Universiti Utara Malaysia, Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business