KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Idris Jala has been named the chairman of Heineken Malaysia Bhd (formerly Guinness Malaysia Bhd) beginning January 1, 2017.
Idris, a former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, succeeds Tan Sri Saw Choo Boon who is retiring on December 31.
Idris is also the managing director of the Big Fast Results Institute in addition to helming Pemandu.
According to The Star, the brewer described Idris as a renowned “transformation guru” who has raised companies’ performance through his “big fast results” methodology and transformational strategies that are “innovative, rigorous and relevant to today’s demands.”
“He has continuously delivered sustainable socio-economic reforms which, in 2014, saw Bloomberg place him among the top 10 most influential policy makers in the world,” said Heineken Malaysia
Idris was hired as managing director/CEO at Malaysia Airlines (MAS) for three years up to 2009 to turn around the airline that was affected by prolonged losses from operational inefficiencies.
He was then recruited into the Najib administration.
Before that, he held various management positions in Shell for 23 years, rising up the ranks to hold senior positions including vice president (Shell Retail International) and vice president (business development consultancy) based in the UK.