KUCHING: Zolkipli Mohamad Aton has been appointed CEO of Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) and also Controller of Wild Life and Controller of National Parks and Nature Reserves, effective Jan 1 this year.
His appointment comes in the wake of the recent announcement on restructuring of forestry agencies by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Zolkipli has been part of the Sarawak Forestry Corporation Sdn Bhd (SFCSB) management team for more than 20 years and is one of its few pioneer staff members.
He joined the Corporate Services Division in May 1999 and was involved in the formation, establishment and launching of SFC and SFCSB.
Since then, he has held various positions within the company as Manager in Human Resource (HR) Department, Head of Sustainable Forestry Compliance Division (SF&C), Head of Strategic Planning and Special Projects (SP&P) Division and in January 2018 was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of SFCSB.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Forest Management from Iowa State University, USA in 1984 and obtained a Master of Science in Wildland Resource Science (Forest Economics) from the University of California, Berkeley, USA in 1986.
He joined STIDC for four years as an executive and was later promoted to Divisional Executive Officer in Miri. He left STIDC and joined Sarawak Shell Bhd for nine years in Human Resources prior to joining SFCSB in 1999.
Reflecting on his appointment, Zolkipli said: “I am honoured and excited to have been appointed to lead SFC to the next level – new frontier in biodiversity conservation.”