Malaysia’s startup agency MaGIC has announced the appointment of Ashran Ghazi as its new CEO.

On 1 May Ghazi replaces founding chief executive Cheryl Yeoh, who left the agency in January this year after a year and nine months in office.

Ghazi is well-known among local and regional entrepreneurs, MaGIC said. He is chairman of the government’s New Entrepreneurs Foundation, a unit that supports digital and creative businesses. He has also served as a board member of the government’s SME Corp.

In 2011 he co-founded Joota, a content marketing tool that raised US$2.1 million of investments. Prior to that he started television streaming service called Asiastream.

Ghazi is a graduate of University of Michigan, USA, starting his career with a subsidiary of oil company Petronas.

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