Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim has more than 40 years of experience, including 16 years in information technology (IT), 23 years in telecommunications, and a host of other areas especially in the field of education.
His career began in 1980 as a lecturer in Quantitative Methods at California State University, Chico, USA. He moved back to Malaysia and spent about 12 years in IBM Malaysia from 1981 to 1993. He then became the Managing Director of Digital Equipment (DEC) Malaysia for about four years from 1993 to 1997.
Tan Sri Jamaludin spent about 10 years with Maxis Communications Berhad (“Maxis”) (1997-2007) initially as the Director of Strategy in 1997 when it was still a start-up in the mobile industry, and was later promoted to be the CEO the following year. After Maxis, he joined Axiata Group Berhad as the President & Group CEO for almost 13 years until his retirement in 2020. He transformed it into an iconic regional company, well known in the industry globally, and, from a pure mobile company to 3 different lines of business (Telecommunication, Digital/Internet and Tower Infrastructure) across a footprint of 11 countries in ASEAN and South Asia.
Post retirement, apart from being an Independent Board member of Sunway Berhad, Tan Sri Jamaludin is the Non-Executive Chairman of 3 companies, namely Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd and AirAsia Aviation Group Limited. They are in the public transportation, fast food and airlines industries, respectively; the latter two operated in the ASEAN Region.
Tan Sri Jamaludin had served as a board member of GSMA, the world’s biggest Association of Mobile Operators, and was the Deputy Chairman in 2014. He had also served in several other public and private companies over the last 30 years. He was a member of the country’s Economic Action Council and also the National Digital Economy and 4IR Council (2020-2022), both chaired by the Prime Minister of Malaysia.Jamaludin has served the government in many roles. In March 2020, Jamaludin was appointed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia as member of the country’s Economic Action Council. In November 2020, he was appointed as member of Digital Economy Council and 4IR by the then YAB Prime Minister of Malaysia, with YAB PM chairing both councils. He was involved in various capacities of education including as board member of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia from 2006 to 2008 and Universiti Tun Abdul Razak from 2007 to 2011, respectively. Jamaludin had also served as member of the Board of the government owned venture capital company, Mavcap Bhd from 2001 to 2005.
Over the years, Jamaludin has earned numerous awards and accolades from local and global organisations in recognition of his contributions and achievements.
Jamaludin graduated from California State University in 1978 with a B.Sc. in Business Administration and minor in Mathematics, later obtaining his MBA specialising in Quantitative Methods, from Portland State University, Oregon, in 1980. Jamaludin also spent a year at Oregon State University attending courses in the area of Management Science and Operations Research.