YBhg Datuk Sr Mohd. Salem Kailany was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of UDA Holdings Berhad on 20 September 2019. A highly regarded property player, he has over 25 years’ experience in the property industry covering real estate valuation, project advisory, property development, project management, strategy and mergers & acquisitions, with extensive experience in strategising and leading cross-functional teams to improve strategy, profitability, translating vision into reality, taking initiatives, making tough decisions, and empowering and developing teams.
Prior to his appointment, YBhg Datuk Sr Mohd. Salem was Chief Executive Officer of Permodalan Nasional (PNB) Development Sdn Bhd, a post he assumed in March 2016. Strong financial outcomes were achieved when he led PNBD to be a master land bank by successfully securing strategic sales and purchases. Previous to joining PNBD, from 2007–2016, he was with Sime Darby Property as Senior Vice President (Property, Strategy & Business Development, and Strategic Development), where he had managed 29 townships.
His career started in real estate valuation in 1992 with Jurunilai Bersekutu as Valuation Executive, and a year later, he became Property Executive at Hakimi Associates. Subsequently, his job expanded to project advisory when he left to join Business Focus Sdn Bhd in 1997 and then, Actacorp Holdings in 1998 as Chief Operating Officer. He became Deputy General Manager and Senior Manager of Market Development at Golden Hope Development in 2000. From there, he moved to Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad in 2004 as General Manager (Property) and then Senior General Manager at Guthrie Property Development Holdings Berhad in 2006.
YBhg Datuk Sr Mohd. Salem holds a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Estate Management from MARA Institute of Technology (now MARA University of Technology). In 2008, he attended the Senior Management Development Program at Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia, and in 2013, the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, Boston Massachusetts, US.
He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Felcra Berhad and is a member of the Board Audit Committee, Board Procurement Committee as well as the Chairman of Felcra Properties Sdn Bhd and Felcra Bina Sdn Bhd. From 2012–2016, he was a Board Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Cyberview Sdn Bhd. He was also the Chairman of Syarikat Malacca Straits Inn Sdn Bhd from 2010–2016.