A. Wahab Bakar is a Leadership Development Consultant and Master Executive Coach for Executive Development Associates (EDA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Wahab has more than 35 years of substantive corporate experience covering both local corporations and multinational companies ranging from airlines (Malaysian Airlines), oil & gas (Exxon Mobil), mining (Malaysian Mining Bhd), financial institution (CitiBank Malaysia) and food & beverage (Nestle Malaysia – manufacturing & retail).
Whilst HR management is his focus/anchor, his last 13 years involvement as a member of the Executive Committee of Nestle Malaysia/Singapore, has exposed him to the running of the business and participated in the formulation of its strategic direction. He retires as Executive Director of Nestle Malaysia/Singapore.
He spent his career abroad working in Australia and was part of the team in the formation of a global blueprint for organizational changes in Switzerland. He was on mission assignment to Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
Wahab speaks at local and international forum on HR management and represents employer at the meetings and sharing sessions in Singapore, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Brussels, Switzerland, China, India and Fiji.
He is currently a Vice President of Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), Chairman of Excel Minds Consultancy, Managing Consultant of Centre for Executive Education (Malaysia Representative) and serves as Board Members of few companies, amongst others corporations like HRDF of Ministry of Human Resources, Kerjaya Suksess Sdn Bhd a wholly owned subsidiary of Kelly Services OCG and GEMS Sdn Bhd a subsidiary of Talent Corp. He also serves as Business/Corporate/Human Capital Advisor to few other companies. He represents International Organization of Employers (IOE) Geneva based organization for Asia Pacific on the Policy Forum for European Development Corporation.
Upon retirement from active corporate service, he is a Freelance Consultant, Executive Coach (ICF certified), Mentor & NLP Certified Practioner. Whilst he is the subject matter expert in the whole gamut of HR management, his forte is on Organization Cultural Transformation, Performance Management, Talent Management & Development and Executive Coaching & Mentoring.
He is a graduate in Economics (Applied Economics) from University of Malaya, alumni of International Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland and London Business School. Recently been appointed Adjunct Professor of Graduate Business School of University Utara Malaysia. Wahab is also the co-author of the book “Your Dream Job” published in 2009.