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Dato' Dr. Ir. Annuar Mohd Saffar, DSDK, AMKChief Executive Officer of KXP Holding Sdn. Bhd.

YBhg Dato' Dr. Ir. Annuar Mohd Saffar is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KXP AirportCity Holding Sdn Bhd, a special purpose vehicle established by the State of Kedah to design, plan and manage development of Kulim International Airport (KXP). He was the former President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Kulim Technology Park Corporation (KTPC), Kulim Hi-Tech Park, in Kedah, Malaysia from 2013-2018 .

Dato' Annuar studied at University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri, United States of America, on a PETRONAS scholarship in 1980. He graduated with three degrees; Bachelor of Science Industrial Engineering (Magna Cum Laude & Honors Scholar in Engineering, 1984), Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (1986), and Master of Business Administration (in Finance, 1986).

Upon returning from USA in 1986, he was posted by PETRONAS to a subsidiary company, ASEAN Bintulu Fertilizer (ABF), in Sarawak, where he worked as project engineer and plant engineer. During his employment at ABF too, he undertook an overseas assignment as Resident Engineer in Dortmund, Germany in 1990.

In 1993, Dato' Annuar left PETRONAS to take up the position as Director (Industry & Technology), Technology Park Malaysia, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, where he worked in various capacities including as vice-president for technology development, before joining Kulim Technology Park Corporation (KTPC) in 1999.

Dato' Dr. Annuar received his Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) degree from University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia in October 2015. In September 2012, Universiti Malaysia Perlis conferred an Honorary Masters Degree in Engineering for his contribution to the university. The Universiti Utara Malaysia appointed him as adjunct professor (quantitative sciences) in 2018. Dato' Dr. Annuar was also instrumental in getting KTPC Board to provide RM 5.0 million R & D endowment to Universiti Sains Malaysia, and Universiti Malaysia Perlis, to conduct research and analytical works in resolving common industry problems at Kulim High Tech Park. The endowment to the two universities (RM 2.5 million to each university) was approved in 2017 during his leadership at KTPC.

Dato' Annuar is also a fellow and alumni of two prestigious universities, namely Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA and University of Oxford UK, through participation in the universities' professional programs.

Dato' Dr. Ir. Annuar Mohd Saffar, DSDK, AMKChief Executive Officer of KXP Holding Sdn. Bhd.

YBhg Dato' Dr. Ir. Annuar Mohd Saffar is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KXP AirportCity Holding Sdn Bhd, a special purpose vehicle established by the State of Kedah to design, plan and manage development of Kulim International Airport (KXP). He was the former President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Kulim Technology Park Corporation (KTPC), Kulim Hi-Tech Park, in Kedah, Malaysia from 2013-2018 .

Dato' Annuar studied at University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri, United States of America, on a PETRONAS scholarship in 1980. He graduated with three degrees; Bachelor of Science Industrial Engineering (Magna Cum Laude & Honors Scholar in Engineering, 1984), Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (1986), and Master of Business Administration (in Finance, 1986).

Upon returning from USA in 1986, he was posted by PETRONAS to a subsidiary company, ASEAN Bintulu Fertilizer (ABF), in Sarawak, where he worked as project engineer and plant engineer. During his employment at ABF too, he undertook an overseas assignment as Resident Engineer in Dortmund, Germany in 1990.

In 1993, Dato' Annuar left PETRONAS to take up the position as Director (Industry & Technology), Technology Park Malaysia, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, where he worked in various capacities including as vice-president for technology development, before joining Kulim Technology Park Corporation (KTPC) in 1999.

Dato' Dr. Annuar received his Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) degree from University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia in October 2015. In September 2012, Universiti Malaysia Perlis conferred an Honorary Masters Degree in Engineering for his contribution to the university. The Universiti Utara Malaysia appointed him as adjunct professor (quantitative sciences) in 2018. Dato' Dr. Annuar was also instrumental in getting KTPC Board to provide RM 5.0 million R & D endowment to Universiti Sains Malaysia, and Universiti Malaysia Perlis, to conduct research and analytical works in resolving common industry problems at Kulim High Tech Park. The endowment to the two universities (RM 2.5 million to each university) was approved in 2017 during his leadership at KTPC.

Dato' Annuar is also a fellow and alumni of two prestigious universities, namely Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA and University of Oxford UK, through participation in the universities' professional programs.

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Dato' Peter HalmVice President & Chief Financial Officer of Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn. Bhd.

Dato' Peter Halm is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn. Bhd. He has over 36 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, starting his career with Siemens Stammhausslehre in 1982 in Munich, Germany, and continuing in Planning and Controlling Division for Power semiconductors. He has held various leadership positions across the company including Sales controlling in Berlin, Germany; Head of Business Administration Marketing for Opto Semiconductors, Munich; Commercial Manager for Assembly and Testing in Malacca, Malaysia; and Director of Finance & Business Administration Infineon Microcontroller ICs.

Dato' Halm has been instrumental in overseeing the start-up and development of Infineon Technologies' Wafer Fab in Kulim, Malaysia, since 2005; and works closely with various stakeholders, including government agencies, to drive local investments. He was conferred the Dato Setia DiRaja Kedah (DSDK) state award, which carries the title "Dato'", in 2015, in recognition of his contribution to the economic growth of Kedah, Malaysia.

Dato' Halm is currently the Chairman of the Kulim Industrial Tenants Association (KITA) and Vice Chairman of the Semiconductor Fabrication Association of Malaysia (SFAM).

Dato' Peter HalmVice President & Chief Financial Officer of Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn. Bhd.

Dato' Peter Halm is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn. Bhd. He has over 36 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, starting his career with Siemens Stammhausslehre in 1982 in Munich, Germany, and continuing in Planning and Controlling Division for Power semiconductors. He has held various leadership positions across the company including Sales controlling in Berlin, Germany; Head of Business Administration Marketing for Opto Semiconductors, Munich; Commercial Manager for Assembly and Testing in Malacca, Malaysia; and Director of Finance & Business Administration Infineon Microcontroller ICs.

Dato' Halm has been instrumental in overseeing the start-up and development of Infineon Technologies' Wafer Fab in Kulim, Malaysia, since 2005; and works closely with various stakeholders, including government agencies, to drive local investments. He was conferred the Dato Setia DiRaja Kedah (DSDK) state award, which carries the title "Dato'", in 2015, in recognition of his contribution to the economic growth of Kedah, Malaysia.

Dato' Halm is currently the Chairman of the Kulim Industrial Tenants Association (KITA) and Vice Chairman of the Semiconductor Fabrication Association of Malaysia (SFAM).

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