Dato' Sri Zainal Abidin is the current President / Chief Executive Officer of Perodua and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems and Accounting from Pacific Lutheran University, Washington, USA.
Dato’ Sri Zainal Abidin started his career with Perodua back in 1995 in the Cost Control Unit and was directly involved with the introduction and implementation of the production cost structure . Among his notable achievements are his extensive experience and involvement in the formation of the National Automotive Policy (NAP) and dealing closely with the government through various bodies under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) for the purpose of improving the policy on governance planning and corporate body regulation, of which primarily involves automotive industry.
He also played an important role in the establishment of an engine hub (powertrain) in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan, in collaboration with Daihatsu Perodua Engine Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (opened in 2016) and transmission plant of Akashi Kikai Sdn Bhd (opened in 2015). He is also sits in the Board of Director of Universiti Malaysia Pahang as the representative from private sector.