Tan Sri Datuk Gnanalingam
Executive Chairman
Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam Bin Abdullah
Group Managing Director
Eddie Lee Mun Tat
Chief Executive Officer
Vijaya Kumar Puspowanam
General Manager, Marketing & Conventional
Tan Wei Chun
General Manager, Information Technology
Nanthakumar Murokana
General Manager, Container Operations and Resources
Khoo Theng Fei
Assistant General Manager, Finance
Ahmad Damanhury bin Ibrahim
Head of Engineering
G.Ravindran Gunasekaran
Head of Human Resources
Nadarajan A/L Krishnan
Head of Planning Department

Nadarajan A/L Krishnan

Head of Planning Department - Age 43, Male, Malaysian

Mr. Nadarajan A/L Krishnan joined the Westports Group in November 1999. He had started his career as a Traffic Executive and was transferred to container operation as a shift Operation Executive. He subsequently moved to the Planning Department as a Yard Planning Executive. In 2005, he was promoted as the Operation Planning Manager. In 2011, he was assigned to the Yard Planning Section as a Head of Yard Planning section. Currently, he is heading the Planning Department, and he is responsible for the overall yard planning, berth planning, vessel planning and operations of the container gates. He is also involved in succession planning and competencies development for his team members through coaching and training.

Mr. Nadarajan has 20 years of experience in container operations and yard planning. He holds a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Economy from University Malaya, and started his career as a Town Planner with the Shah AlamMunicipal. He has also attended the Senior Management Development Programmeorganisedby the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia in collaboration with senior faculty members of the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, in 2015.

Mr. Nadarajan has no directorships in other public companies and listed issuers. He does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company. He does not have any conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions for any offences within the past five years.

G.Ravindran Gunasekaran

Head of Human Resources - Age 49, Male, Malaysian

Mr. G.Ravindran Gunasekaran joined the Westports Group in January 1996. He started as a Traffic Executive, and then moved to Warehouse and later as a Claim Executive in the Conventional Department. He was subsequently transferred to the Container Department in 1999 as a Vessel Planner and then joined the Yard Planning Team. In 2001, he was absorbed into Container Operation and was assigned various designation and responsibilities such as the Shift Operation manager (SOM), Vessel Operation Manager (VOM), 5th Vessel Operation Manager and Head of Container Operations and Marine.

He assumed his current position as Head of Human Resource Department since September 2018. He is also the chairperson for the Westports Join Consultative Committee (WJCC).

He holds a Bachelor Degree in Anthropology and Sociology from University KebangsaanMalaysia. He attended the Senior Management Development Programmeorganisedby the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia in 2004. Some of the key seminars or courses that he has attended in recent years are Lean Management, Mind Valley Talk, Oracle’s System Integration and KPI and Creation of Objectives for Organization.

He started his career as a Marine Surveyor in SGS Malaysia. To date, Mr. G.Ravindran has 24 years of experience in the field of Logistic and Ports.

Mr. G.Ravindran has no directorships in other public companies and listed issuers. He does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company. He does not have any conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions for any offences within the past five years.

Khoo Theng Fei

Assistant General Manager, Finance - Age 35, Female, Malaysian

Ms. Khoo Theng Fei joined the Westports Group in April 2015 as a Finance Manager. She assumed her current position with effect from January 2017 with the responsibility for overseeing financial related matters of Westports. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Finance from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She is also a qualified Chartered Accountant from Malaysia Institute of Accountants and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She attended the Senior Management Development Programme organised by the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia in collaboration with senior faculty members of the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, in 2016.

Ms. Khoo has more than ten years of experience in the field of accounting and finance. She started her career as a tax consultant with Ernst & Young Tax Consultants Sdn Bhd in 2007. Subsequently, she joined Barry Callebaut Malaysia Sdn Bhd as a Senior Finance Executive in 2011 and was the company’s Costing Manager prior to joining Westports.

Ms. Khoo has no directorships in other public companies and listed issuers. She does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company. She does not have any conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions for any offences within the past five years.

Ahmad Damanhury bin Ibrahim

Head of Engineering - Age 52, Male, Malaysian

Encik Ahmad Damanhury bin Ibrahim joined the Westports Group in July 1995 as a civil engineer and assumed his present position in July 2007. He is currently responsible for the port infrastructures and facilities maintenance, hydrography and dredging, port expansion project developments and other technical feasibility studies.

He holds a Degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University, New York, USA, a Diploma in Port Management from the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and a Masters of Science in Facilities Management from the University of Technology MARA. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia, Board of Engineers Malaysia and Project Management Institute (PMI), USA. He attended the Harvard Business School’s Senior Management Development Programme organised by the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia in collaboration with senior faculty members of the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, in 1998.

Encik Ahmad has performed various port infrastructure development projects and project management roles ranging from design engineer, projects engineer, projects manager and head of projects position for a myriad of engineering projects. Prior to Westports, he worked with a UEM Group subsidiary involved in the planning and construction management of the PLUS and Metramac highway projects. Thereafter, he was attached to a consultancy firm from 1992 to 1995 involved in the Subang Airport Redevelopment project and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport project.

Encik Ahmad has no directorships in other public companies and listed issuers. He does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company. He does not have any conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions for any offences within the past five years.

Tan Wei Chun

General Manager, Information Technology - Age 45, Male, Malaysian

Mr. Tan Wei Chun joined the Westports Group in September 1998 as an Operations Executive and has since been attached to various departments including operations, customer services, gate and logistic operations, berth planning, vessel planning and yard planning prior to assuming his present position in January 2011. He is currently responsible for the overall Information Technology department for Westports.

He holds a Degree in transportation and logistics from the Chartered Institute of Transport and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport since 1997. He attended the Senior Management Development Programme organised by the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia in collaboration with senior faculty members of the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, in 2004.

Mr. Tan has 20 years of experience in areas of capacity planning, strategic yard planning, vessel stowage planning, cargo terminal operations, control room operations, project management and operations information technology development. He is involved in the successful implementation of new Terminal Operating System, development of internal software development and establishing IT support besides introducing new innovations involving digitalisation and automation for Container department. Prior to joining the Westports Group, he worked with Kontena Nasional Berhad from 1993 to 1998 in various positions involving haulage, customer services, container freight station and depot management.

Mr. Tan has no directorships in other public companies and listed issuers. He does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company. He does not have any conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions for any offences within the past five years.

Nanthakumar A/L Murokana @ Murugan

General Manager, Container Operations and Resources - Age 47, Male, Malaysian

Mr. NanthakumarA/L Murokana@ Murugan joined the Westports Group in May 1999 as a management trainee focusing on yard planning. Thereafter, he was transferred to the container operations department in 2003 to manage the operations team. In 2006, he headed the container department as Head of Container Operations overseeing the planning, operations and resource functions. In 2015, he was made Head of Container Logistics department before returning as Head of Container Operations department in 2016. He also focuses on succession planning and competencies development through constant coaching and training.

Mr. Nanthakumar has 20 years of experience in container operations. Prior to joining the Westports Group, he worked for Wal Mart in Detroit, USA, as an Assistant Manager in 1998 before returning to Malaysia in 1999.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Western Michigan University, USA. He did his Major in Operation Management and Minor in Economics.

He attended the Senior Management Development Programme organised by the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia in collaboration with senior faculty members of the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, in 2006. He also obtained a Diploma and Port Management from the University of Cambridge, Local Examination Syndicate in 2001.

Mr. Nanthakumar has no directorships in other public companies and listed issuers. He does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company. He does not have any conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions for any offences within the past five years.

Vijaya Kumar Puspowanam

General Manager, Marketing and Conventional - Age 43, Male, Malaysian

Mr. Vijaya Kumar Puspowanam joined the Westports Group in January 2000 as Gate Operations Executive and has since served under various departments such as gate, vessel operations and terminal planning before assuming his present position in January 2008.

He is currently responsible for marketing activities to meet the Group’s volume projections, grow regional feeder services, encourage logistics businesses to use the terminal more, and lead customer services initiatives. He is also responsible for the Customer Service IT team, which focusses on improving customers experience using the E-Terminal Plus customer portal. The conventional operations report to him as well.

He has 19 years of experience and in-depth terminal operations knowledge. Having served under a few Port Klang Authority (“PKA”) and the Ministry of Transport Task Forces, he is also well-versed in the overall logistics industry matters.

Mr. Vijaya holds a Business Administration (International Business) Degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He attended the Harvard Business School’s Senior Management Development Programme organised by the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia in collaboration with the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, in 2004. He was awarded the ‘Port / Terminal Professional of The Year 2019’ by Global Ports Forum for his contributions to the ports and terminals industry. He represents the Company in the Port Consultative Committee under the purview of the PKA. He is also in the Steering Committee of the Port Klang Operations Task Force, which is chaired by the PKA.

Mr. Vijaya has no directorships in other public companies and listed issuers. He does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company. He does not have any conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions for any offences within the past five years.

Lee Mun Tat

Chief Executive Officer - Age 48, Male, Malaysian

Mr. Lee Mun Tat, Chief Executive Officer of WMSB, is primarily responsible for Terminal Planning, Container Operations, Commercial, Finance, Marketing and Engineering of WMSB. He was also appointed as the Acting Chief Financial Officer on 1 January 2020.

Prior to his current roles, Mr. Lee has held various positions in the company as the Senior General Manager (2017), Head of Commercial (2006 to 2016) and Finance Manager (2003 to 2005). He has extensive working experience in commercial affairs, business development, terminal service contracts, pricing, and statistics as well as credit control.

Mr. Lee began his career in Matsushita Electronics Components (M) Sdn Bhd before joining Jutajaya Holdings Berhad and All Best Furniture (M) Sdn Bhd with the last position as Group Finance Manager.

He holds a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University Australia. Mr. Lee is also a qualified Chartered Accountant from Malaysia Institute of Accountants and a member of the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) in Australia.

Mr. Lee attended the Senior Management Development Programme organised by the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia in collaboration with senior faculty members of the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, in 2004. He has also attended the General Management Programme in Boston US in 2016, and he is an Alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Lee has no directorships in other public companies and listed issuers. He does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company. He does not have any conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions for any offences within the past five years.

Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam Bin Abdullah

Was appointed as Director of the Company on 5 July 2005.
He attended Victoria Institution between 1989 to 1993 and later, Eton College in UK from 1994 until 1995. Datuk Ruben graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK in 1998. He also holds a diploma in Port Management awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. Datuk Ruben has attended various Executive Education Programmes under the Harvard Business School such as the Senior Manager Development Programme and the Leadership Development Programme.

Datuk Ruben started his career as a trainee in WMSB in 1999 before leaving WMSB to set up a Start-up incubator known as The Makmal Group in 2000 until his departure in mid-2005. He was then appointed to the Board of the Company in July 2005 and was designated as an Executive Director in early 2006 before being appointed as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (‘CEO”) on 15 January 2009. On 1 January 2018 he was re-designated from CEO to GMD.

He is the eldest son of our Executive Chairman, Tan Sri Gnanalingam a/l Gunanath Lingam.

Datuk Ruben is the Co-Chairman of Queens Park Rangers Football Club, which participates in the English Championship and is the founder of the KL Dragons, which is actively involved in the Asean Basketball League. In 2016, Datuk Ruben became a co-owner and Board member of the Los Angeles Football Club.

Outside his professional engagements, Datuk Ruben is involved with many business and industry related groups. He is a member of the National Science Council and also the Deputy President of Kuala Lumpur Business Club Malaysia. He is a member of the Blue Ocean Corporate Council as well as the Board of Trustees of Enactus Malaysia. He is a member of the Governing Body of the World Sports Owners Summit. Additionally, Datuk Ruben is the Vice-President of the Malaysia Basketball Association and a member of the NBA Asia Advisory Board. Besides this, he is also the manager for the Malaysian National Basketball Team.

He is a Director and a shareholder of Pembinaan Redzai Sdn Bhd and Semakin Ajaib Sdn Bhd which in turn hold shares in the Company. He attended all four Board Meetings held during the financial year.

Tan Sri Datuk Gnanalingam

Tan Sri Datuk Gnanalingam

was appointed as Director and Executive Chairman of the Company on 1 January 2009. Tan Sri Gnanalingam is also the Executive Chairman of WMSB a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, a position he has held since 2000. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of WMSB from 1995 to 1999.

Tan Sri Gnanalingam attended the Royal Military College from 1960 until 1964 before obtaining his Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Malaya in 1968. He is also an alumni of the Harvard Business School in Boston, US, having attended the School’s Advanced Management Programme in 1983.

Tan Sri Gnanalingam started his career with the British American Tobacco group in 1968 as a sales representative, and was later promoted as Marketing Director in 1980. In 1988, he started G-Team Consultants Sdn Bhd, a marketing consultancy which acted as the Corporate Consultant for the marketing operations of Radio Television Malaysia from 1988 to 2000. In 1994, Tan Sri Gnanalingam successfully secured the concession to operate Westports.

Tan Sri Gnanalingam’s efforts were recognized when he was named Transport Man of the Year in 2001 by the Ministry of Transport, Malaysia. In 2007, he received the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Platinum Award, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (“CILT”) Malaysia Achiever of the Year Award and was admitted as a Chartered Fellow by the CILT, UK. He was also presented with the Outstanding American Alumnus Award 2007 in the field of Logistics and Transport by the American Universities Alumni Malaysia. In 2017, Tan Sri Gnanalingam was awarded as the Value Creator: Most Outstanding CEO by the Edge Billion Ringgit Club for his visionary leadership excellence in transforming Westports as Port Klang’s leading terminal operator.

Tan Sri Gnanalingam previously sat on the National PEMUDAH committee from 2007 until 2012 and reappointed in 2014, a special task force set-up by the then Prime Minister of Malaysia to facilitate businesses in Malaysia by identifying improvements to existing government processes and regulations based on global benchmarking reports and public feedback. He was also appointed a member of the National Export Council in March 2015.

Tan Sri Gnanalingam is a Non-Executive Director and shareholder of Pembinaan Redzai Sdn Bhd and Semakin Ajaib Sdn Bhd which in turn hold shares in the company.

His eldest son, Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, is the GMD of the Company.

He attended all four Board Meetings held during the financial year.