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Asia Pacific integrated enterprise networks and technology solutions vendor, Pacnet, has appointed a former AT&T executive to a newly created role of Chief Human Resources Officer to ensure human resource programs fully support the company’s recently announced new, worldwide strategic direction.

Pacnet CEO, Carl Grivner, announced the appointment of Syed Ali Abbas, replacing Anne Adam, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, who will leave the company.

“We are thrilled to welcome Syed and the perspective he brings to Pacnet. He joins us at a pivotal moment as we undertake large-scale changes to gear our business to capitalise on evolving market opportunities. We are fortunate to have him join our team.”

Grivner said Abbas’ responsibilities would include maintaining the highest standards for attracting, retaining and developing talented professionals across Pacnet’s worldwide operations, and “further focusing the HR team on organisation development and transformation.”

Abbas, who will be based in Singapore, takes up his position at Pacnet next January, with Anne Adam remaining in her role until then to facilitate the management transition.

Prior to joining Pacnet, Abbas worked for AT&T for 11 years, most recently as Executive Director of Human Resources for the Asia Pacific region. He also worked in human resources for KPMG’s consulting arm in India.

Grivner said Anne Adam’s tenure at Pacnet spanned 11 years and included executive positions in customer service in addition to human resources.

“Pacnet places great emphasis on attracting and nurturing its human capital, thanks in part to Anne’s leadership. In particular, she was a tremendous steward during the recent changes to our organisation. We are grateful for her service and contribution.”


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