Muhtar Suhaili, 39, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC), effective 1 November 2020.

Muhtar Bin Suhail is MTC’s new CEO. Image credit: MTC

Muhtar Bin Suhail is MTC’s new CEO. Image credit: MTC

Muhtar, who has a Master’s degree in Petroleum Technology from Curtin University of Technology, Australia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), is currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Business Administration.

Prior to joining MTC, Muhtar was the Lead Project Engineer in Shell Malaysia where he worked for 15 years and with Perodua Auto Corporation Sdn Bhd prior to that. He is also the Chairman of Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC).

Muhtar has extensive knowledge in managing mega projects, business planning, business improvement initiatives, manpower planning and human resource development. Having work exposure in The Netherlands and Germany, he also has experience in managing engineering design offices.

“I highly believe with his vast experience and knowledge within various industries and multinational organisations, Muhtar will be instrumental in enhancing MTC’s efforts in bringing the Malaysian timber industry to greater heights,” said MTC Chairman Tuan Haji Mazli Zakuan Mohd Noor.

A humanitarian at heart, Muhtar has devoted much of his time in voluntary social work which centres on education and healthcare issues, among others. He has also presented papers and spoken at international arenas on industrial development and people empowerment, especially the youth.