Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, 60, a Malaysian, was appointed as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (SDP) on 21 November 2017 following the de-merger of Sime Darby Group and the listing of SDP. He has more than 25 years of experience across the full spectrum of the human resources discipline.
Prior to his appointment in SDP in 2017, he was the Group Chief Human Resources Officer (GCHRO) of Sime Darby Berhad, which he joined in 2007. In his capacity as GCHRO, he played an instrumental part in the Sime Darby Group’s merger and demerger exercises in 2007 and 2017 respectively. Over the last decade he had drove several strategic transformation programmes across the Sime Darby Group covering areas such as culture, performance management, strategic talent and sucession management.
He holds a Master in International Affairs degree and a Bachelor in Business Administration degree from Ohio University, United States of America (USA). He has also completed the Senior Management Development Programmes at Harvard Business School and Peter F. Drucker School of Management, Claremont, California, USA.