KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank, which expects to name its new chief executive officer soon, has so far interviewed five candidates for the post, said chairman Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor in Kuala Lumpur today.
Megat Zaharuddin said the potential candidates were from within Maybank and others with good track records in banking.
The post fell vacant when former president/CEO Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar left to become the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of the Economic Planning Unit.
It has been widely reported that the internal candidates are Maybank’s current officer-in-charge and group CFO Mohd Rafique Merican Mohd Wahiduddin, investment banking head Tengku Datuk Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz and Bank Internasional Indonesia president Datuk Khairussaleh Ramli.
Bursa Malaysia CEO Datuk Tajuddin Atan and Axiata Group Bhd president Datuk Seri Jamaludin Ibrahim were also reported to be on the list of external candidates.
“We are looking for the best candidate and one who clearly understands the challenges,” Megat Zaharuddin told reporters after presenting Maybank scholarship awards totalling RM30 million to 51 students.
He said the Maybank Scholarship Award covers tuition fees, living allowances, and paid practical training, among other things. The 51 were shortlisted from 6,931 applicants.