Chairman

Dato' Mahmud Abbas

Dato’ Mahmud Abbas was appointed as HDC Chairman on July 30, 2019.

He has over 30 years of corporate experience, particularly in the property industryPrior to becoming the Chairman of HDC, he was the Chief Executive of Knowledge Economic City (KEC) a Public Listed Property Development Company in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

He was also the Managing Director of Central Spectrum Sdn Bhd (CSSB) for 7 years, before being appointed to KEC.  At Central Spectrum, he was responsible for the Development of Pulau Indah, Selangor.

The landscape of Pulau Indah was transformed with niche Industrial Park Development that he introduced.  The 1st gated and guarded Industrial Park in Malaysia, The Pulau Indah Industrial Park (PIIP), attracted many multi-national companies such as IKEA etc.  

He also developed the Selangor Halal Hub and initiated the development of Selangor Bio Bay. One of the subsidiaries of Central Spectrum that Dato Mahmud started was the Halal International Selangor.

Dato Mahmud was awarded the Chief Executive of the Year in 2017, by Selangor Excellence Business Award, for his contribution in turning around Central Spectrum.  In 2015, Dato Mahmud was recognized by OIC World Today and was awarded the Jewel of the Muslim World Award for his contribution to the Halal Industry and the economic growth of the Ummah.

Dato Mahmud became a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School after completing his 1-year Sloan Fellowship Program in 1992.

He also holds a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Building from Brighton University in 1982.