Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, 59, a Malaysian, was appointed as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (SDPB) on 21 November 2017 following the demerger of Sime Darby Group and the listing of SDPB. He has more than 25 years of experience across the full spectrum of the human resources discipline.
Prior to his appointment in SDPB in 2017, he was the Group Chief Human Resources Officer (GCHRO) of Sime Darby Berhad which he joined in 2007. As GCHRO, he develops and executes the Group’s human resources strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the Group, specifically in the areas of succession management, talent management, performance, cultural and organisation transformation and remuneration 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.