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Sharlene Thiagarajah

CEO at TM Research & Development

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Dr Sharlene Thiagarajah currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of TM Research & Development, the innovation hub for TM. Previously, she was the Vice President, Technology & Innovation at Telekom Malaysia where she is responsible for operationalizing innovation within TM Group, with special focus on advanced analytics, smart services platform and device strategy. She is also Chairman of the R&D Value Stream for ACASIA Communications Sdn Bhd, a unique ASEAN collaboration among 7 leading telecommunications provider in the region.

She has more than 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, and holds a PhD in Computer Systems Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia, and a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering (1st Class Hons) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

She started her carrier in 1995 as an RF Engineer at TM Research & Development. She was appointed Head, Antenna Propagation Unit in 2000, where she led the team to commercialize a tri-band antenna system for 3G communications. She was later appointed Head of Division in 2007, before moving to TM Corporate Strategy as General Manager, Strategic Planning and Business Development for the Group. In 2013, she was appointed Head of Strategy for VADS Bhd, before assuming her current role at TM.

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