Khairil Abdullah

Axiata Digital Services

Khairil Abdullah is the CEO of Axiata Digital Services, where he leads investments and operations in digital businesses.

He oversees Axiata’s companies and joint ventures in Digital Commerce, Digital Advertising, Mobile Money and Entertainment. Prior to that, Khairil was the Group Chief Marketing and Operations Officer of Axiata Group, a role he assumed upon joining Axiata in 2012.

Khairil joined Axiata from Bain & Company, a leading global management consultancy where he was a Partner. He was with Bain for more than 15 years and worked out of various offices in the firm, including San Francisco, Munich, Sydney, Tokyo and Shanghai. He has built a strong track record of helping his clients in the telecommunications and other industries achieve major improvements to their strategic positions and operational performance. In 2008, Khairil returned to Southeast Asia to help Bain grow its telecommunications practice in the region.

Before Bain, Khairil was an operations consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, Management Consulting Services and also had stints running several tech start-ups.

Khairil holds a BA, MA (Engineering) and MEng from the University of Cambridge, U.K. as well as an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Axiata is one of Asia’s largest telecommunications groups with investments in mobile network operations, network infrastructure and digital internet companies serving over 275 million subscribers in 9 countries across the region.