Two candidates have been identified as front-runners for the new top post at Proton replacing Tengku Mahaleel Ariff. They are Hicomobil Sdn Bhd’s chief executive officer Norzahid Mohd Zahudi and DRB-HICOM’s group director for services Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahim.
(L-R) Norzahid Mohd Zahudi, Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahim
Norzahid joined Proton as regional manager for Europe in 1993. He had also served the Malaysian Mining Corp, Protek Consultant Engineers Sdn Bhd and McDermott Engineering and later Ranhill Bersekutu Sdn Bhd.
He was a director and general manager of Trisilco Sdn Bhd where one of his tasks was to implement international marketing strategies for the company.
Rashid was a former chief operating officer of DRB-Oriental-Honda Sdn Bhd and was instrumental in maintaining the market share of Honda cars in Malaysia.
Both of them seem to have good background in engineering and the automotive industry.
However, Proton chairman Datuk Mohammed Azlan Hashim also said there could be a possibility for a foreigner to be appointed as the CEO of Proton, as long as the CEO could understand what’s required for the company to make progress.