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Sharlene Thiagarajah

CEO & Vice President, Technology and Innovation at Telekom Malaysia R&D and Telekom Malaysia


Dr Sharlene Thiagarajah serves as Chief Executive Officer Telekom Research & Development and Vice President, Technology & Innovation at Telekom Malaysia. 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 Masters 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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