Datuk Wira Azhar bin Abdul Hamid, was appointed as the Group Managing Director of Malakoff on 1 May 2016.
Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid began his career in the United Kingdom where he served British Telecom Plc as an Internal Auditor Manager from 1989 to 1991. He then joined Malaysian Co-Operative Insurance Society Ltd as Head of Internal Audit and later as Head of Finance prior to joining the Sime Darby Berhad ("SDB") Group in 1994. Datuk Wira Azhar then left the SDB Group and was appointed as Group Chief Executive of Pernas International Holdings Berhad from November 2001 till October 2002.
In 2003, Datuk Wira Azhar returned to the SDB Group as Business Development Director in Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd and since then, had assumed various key positions within the SDB Group, amongst others, the Managing Director of Tractors Malaysia Holdings Berhad, Managing Director of Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd and Acting President & Group Chief Executive overseeing the entire SDB Group's operations until August 2010. Datuk Wira Azhar then joined Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd as its Chief Executive Officer from 2011 till 2014. Datuk Wira Azhar is now the Chairman of Tradewinds Corporation Berhad after he relinquished his position as the President/Group Managing Director of Tradewinds Corporation Berhad.