Human Resources Director, Freescale Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia and Singapore
Contribution to HR Community
2008

A HR practitioner for nearly two decades, Khalis Rahim is an innovative HR professional; coming in with extensive HR experience from the consulting, disk drive, FMCG and semiconductors industries, he engages unconventional approaches in organisation transformation, talent development and change management efforts. 

Today, Khalis has been instrumental in Freescale Malaysia's transformational efforts into becoming a high performance organisation. Starting from his own "backyard", he set out to transform his HR organisation from operational to that of a strategic nature. Khalis innovatively developed the line managers to own the daily non-strategic HR roles by leveraging on technology, processes and systems. 

A strong proponent of management development, Khalis relentlessly drives the Management and Supervisory Development Programmes for all managers and line supervisors. These programmes have positively impacted gross margins, quality and the building of a high performance culture. 

Khalis energetically champions the Talent Mindset in the organisation through development and implementation of Talent Lifecycle Management, cultivating a talent resource for Freescale and our nation. He believes in building an inclusive workplace where everyone's talents are leveraged on. In recognition, Freescale Malaysia was accorded the Most Promising, Caring Employer Award and Exemplary Female Employee (Executive Category) Award in 2007 and recently the Asia Pacific BrandLaureate Award (Manufacturing - Semiconductors), 2008. 

With a keen understanding of the business, Khalis helps drive the implementation of Lean Manufacturing - a business strategy enabling operational excellence. Freescale is weaving positive manufacturing yields today and is confident its manufacturing performance will go to the next level. 

Khalis architects and drives strategic industrial relations to create a high performance culture within the organization. 

Coaching and mentoring are his passion. Khalis invests his weekends in imparting knowledge and sharing experiences with budding and aspiring HR professionals at an institution of higher learning. Khalis also serves as a member of the MEF Industrial Relations panel.