Published on: Friday, March 15, 2013
Kuala Lumpur: Former Public Service Department (PSD) director-general Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah has been appointed Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) chairman, succeeding Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi whose tenure lapsed on June 30, 2009.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also Finance Minister, made the three-year appointment, which took effect on March 1.
BSN said Abu Bakar, with his vast experience in the civil service can help the bank management realise their vision to turn BSN into a viable banking institution.
Abu Bakar started his career in the civil service in 1977 at the International Trade and Industry Ministry as an assistant director (domestic trade), a post he held until 1982.
He was later promoted to principal assistant director (Motor Vehicle Industry Development) in the same ministry and served in the post until 1986 and was subsequently transferred to the Defence Ministry where he served until 2001.
In 2001, Abu Bakar was appointed secretary to the Klang Valley Development Planning Division in the Prime Minister's department.
In 2004, he was appointed Federal Territory Ministry deputy secretary-general and was promoted to Defence Ministry secretary-general in 2007 before being elevated to PSD director-general in 2010. - Bernama