After a career spanning more than three decades in a single company, Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai will step down from his role as Star Media Group’s (SMG) managing director and chief executive officer on Jan 1.
But SMG will remain Wong’s home as he contributes his wide network of contacts and wealth of experience, both locally and internationally, as the company’s group advisor on editorial and corporate relations matters, starting Jan 1.
The company will make an announcement when a suitable successor is appointed. The board expressed its appreciation to Wong for his invaluable contribution to the group.
The 57-year-old, who comes from a generation where hard work and loyalty were the norm, leaves behind a tenure in which he led the company through many tricky political hurdles, religious sensitivities, and social predicaments.
“I am deeply thankful that I was given the opportunity to serve as MD/CEO for six years. That’s a pretty long time in Malaysian corporate life, and more so in a most challenging business like the media.
“The role of a CEO in a Malaysian media company is certainly very different from that of my counterparts in other companies, which is much more straightforward,” he said.
Wong, who describes himself as “old school, yet still eager to learn and adapt”, joined The Star in 1984, earning only about RM300 a month.