(Executive Chairman and Group Managing Director – Age 46, Male, Malaysian)
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 the 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, the UK, in 1998. He also holds a diploma in Port Management, awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. Datuk Ruben has also attended various Executive Education Programmes under the Harvard Business School, including the Senior Manager Development Programme and the Programme for Leadership Development.
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 then re- joined the Company as a Director in 2005 and was later appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 15 January 2009, a position he held until 31 December 2017 before being appointed as the Group Managing Director for Westports Holdings Bhd on 1 January 2018.
Datuk Ruben is the Owner and Vice-Chairman of Queens Park Rangers Football Club, which participates in the English Football League (EFL). He is also a founder and Board Member of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) which is a member of the US Major League Soccer (MLS). He also serves as an Executive Council Member of the Football Association of Selangor. He also founded and co-owns the KL Dragons, which participates in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). Datuk Ruben serves on the Board of the ABL and is also a member of the NBA Junior Asia Advisory Board.
He was appointed as a Director of Bintang Capital Partners Berhad on 1 October 2018 and with effect from 1 January 2019, he was appointed to the Board of the Malaysian Productivity Corporation. On 1 September 2020, he was also appointed to the Board of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) as a Professional Representative. He was appointed as the Company’s Nominee Director to Port Klang Cruise Terminal Sdn Bhd on 23 September 2021.
Outside his professional engagements, Datuk Ruben has involvement in many other business and industry-related groups. He is the Deputy President of Kuala Lumpur Business Club Malaysia and a Member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). From a charitable perspective, he also serves as the Chairman of the QPR Community Trust. He has been appointed to the Westports Foundation on 5 September 2019 and joined the CEO Action Network (CAN) as one of the Steering Committee members since 2020.
He is the eldest son of our Executive Chairman, Tan Sri Datuk Gnanalingam A/L Gunanath Lingam. He is also a Director of Pembinaan Redzai Sdn Bhd and Semakin Ajaib Sdn Bhd, which in turn hold shares in the Company. Datuk Ruben is also a shareholder in Semakin Ajaib Sdn Bhd. He attended all four Board Meetings held during the financial year
Chan Soo Chee
Mr. Chan Soo Chee was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 January 2018. Prior to his appointment on the Board of the Company, he was a member on the Board of WMSB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, until his resignation on 1 January 2018. He was redesignated to Senior Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 March 2022.
He holds a Masters in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Marketing from the University of Leicester. He also attended and completed the Executive Management Programme by Penn State University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Mr. Chan started his career in the maritime industry and has over 35 years of experience spanning South East Asia, Africa, South and West Asia. He qualified as a Master Mariner from the Government of Great Britain in 1987 prior to joining Orient Ocean Container Line (“OOCL”) Hong Kong and Japan, first serving as a Fleet Captain and later serving the OOCL Head Office in Hong Kong with responsibilities across a broad portfolio covering Operations, Audit & Risk, Consortium and Corporate Strategic Planning. Mr. Chan also represented OOCL on the Steering Committee leading to the formation of the Consortium of the Global Alliances comprising 5 major international shipping lines. In 1997, Mr. Chan was appointed as the Regional Director of OOCL Singapore and later appointed as the company’s Regional Managing Director in 2004, overseeing more than 30 countries across South East Asia, Africa, South, and West Asia. He then joined China Sonangol International Singapore as its Chief Executive Officer in 2015. He retired from the active day-to-day operations management in China Sonangol, whilst maintaining an advisory role in the sea transportation business community.
Mr. Chan is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee upon his appointment as the Board committee member on 1 January 2018 and the Committee was renamed as Audit Committee on 1 January 2022. Mr. Chan was appointed as the Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee on 1 March 2022. Mr. Chan has no family relationship with any director or major shareholder of the Company nor has any conflict of interest with the Company. He attended all four Board Meetings held during the financial year.
Sing Chi IP
Mr. Sing Chi IP was appointed as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 5 April 2013.
Mr. IP graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Coventry University, UK in 1979.
Mr. Ip has over 40 years’ of experience in the maritime industry, having joined Sun Hing Shipping Co., Ltd. in 1979 as an account executive. Subsequently, he joined Hongkong International Terminals Limited in 1993 as General Manager of commercial and was the Managing Director of the company from 1998 to 2011. In 2005, he was appointed as Director of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (“Hutchison Ports”), and is currently the Group Managing Director of Hutchison Ports.
Mr. IP is also an Executive Director of Hutchison Port Holdings Management Pte. Limited, the Trustee-Manager of Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (a business trust listed on the Singapore Exchange) and the Chairman of Yantian International Container Terminals Limited. In addition, he is a Non-Executive Director of both Orient Overseas (International) Limited and COSCO SHIPPING Development Co., Ltd., companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
He was a member of the Hong Kong Port Development Council until the end of December 2014 and was the founding Chairman (in 2000-2001) of the Hong Kong Container Terminal Operators Association Limited.
Hutchison Ports, through South Port Investment Holdings Limited, is a major shareholder of the Company. Mr. IP is not involved in the management and day-to-day operations of the Company. He attended all four Board Meetings held during the financial year.
Ms. Shanthi Kandiah was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 August 2017.
She holds a Masters in Law from King’s College London, a Bachelor of Law (Honours) Degree from University of London as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Competition Economics from King’s College London.
She founded Shanthi Kandiah Chambers (SK Chambers) in 2014, a law firm providing niche legal and regulatory services in new, evolving, and complex areas of law and regulation namely competition law, the full spectrum of telecommunications and multimedia laws, privacy and data protection matters, cybersecurity laws as well as capital market laws and exchange rules.
Ms. Shanthi began her career in Securities Commission Malaysia in 1993 where she was part of the pioneer team that oversaw seminal law reform initiatives towards modernising and strengthening the Malaysian capital market. She was intimately involved in the development of the Finance Committee Report on Corporate Governance and the first Malaysian Code of Corporate Governance in 2000. She has also co-authored Malaysia’s reports for the World Bank and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Ms. Shanthi is a member of the Nomination, Remuneration, and Corporate Governance Committee upon her appointment as the Board committee member on 1 January 2018 and resigned on 31 December 2021. On 1 January 2022, she was appointed as the Chairman of the Risk Management Committee and a member of the Sustainability Committee.
She was appointed as the Company’s Nominee Director to Port Klang Cruise Terminal Sdn Bhd on 1 December 2021.
She has no family relationship with any director or major shareholder of the Company nor has any conflict of interest with the Company. She attended all four Board Meetings during the financial year.
Diana Tung Wan LEE
Ms. Diana Tung Wan LEE was appointed as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 January 2022. She is a qualified accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from University of Melbourne. She is an Associate of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.Ms. Lee was appointed as Non-Executive Director of Hutchison Port Holdings Management Pte. Limited, the trustee-manager (“Trustee-Manager”) of Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (“HPH Trust”, a business trust listed on Singapore Exchange) on 1 January 2022 and is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (“Hutchison Ports”).
She has extensive experience in financial and accounting matters as well as financial reporting and regulatory compliance. Prior to her appointment as Chief Financial Officer of Hutchison Ports, she had been the Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations Officer of the Trustee-Manager since May 2016 after having been appointed as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Trustee-Manager in February 2011. Ms. Lee was also the Finance and Legal Director and Company Secretary of Yantian International Container Terminals and served as a member of HPH Trust Exco, a committee of executives that determines the strategy for HPH Trust.
She was appointed as a member of the Risk Management Committee on 1 January 2022.
Hutchison Ports, through South Port Investment Holdings Limited, is a major shareholder of the Company. Ms. Lee is not involved in the management and day-to-day operations of the Company.
Datuk Siti Zauyah Md Desa
Datuk Siti Zauyah was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 January 2022. Prior to that, she was appointed to WMSB on 17 May 2021 and resigned on 31 December 2021.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Quantity Surveying from the University of Reading, United Kingdom in 1982 and obtained Diploma in Public Administration from the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) in 1989. She later obtained a Master in Business Administration (International Banking) from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom in 1995 and attended the Oxford High Performance Leadership Programme at Said Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) in 2010.
Datuk Siti Zauyah began her career in civil service in 1982 as a Quantity Surveyor with the Public Works Department and later moved on to hold several other positions with a higher learning institution and several private sectors before pursuing her Diploma in Public Administration at INTAN. Upon graduation, she joined the Ministry of Finance Malaysia (MOF) and served in the Contract Management Division as Assistant Secretary from 1989 to 1993 before pursuing her Master and graduating in 1995. She continued to serve as Assistant Secretary with the Tax Division and Finance Division at MOF before being promoted as Principal Assistant Secretary in 2001.
In 2003, she was seconded to the Asian Development Bank, Manila as Director’s Advisor until August 2006. Upon her return, she continued her service with MOF in the Loans Management Division and was appointed as the Deputy Secretary (Economy, Public Transportation and Infrastructure), Investment, MOF (Inc.) and Privatisation Division in April 2008. She was promoted as Secretary, Loan Management Division in November 2012 and later as Secretary, Government Investment Company Division on 13 January 2014 and subsequently serve as Director of National Budget, National Budget Office from 12 December 2014 until 1 February 2016. Datuk Siti Zauyah was then appointed the Deputy Secretary General (Policy) from 2 February 2016 until her retirement on 13 November 2019.
Datuk Siti Zauyah is currently a Director of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Cagamas Holdings Berhad, Cagamas SRP Berhad and a Member of Board of Trustee of Capital Market Development Fund.
She was appointed as the Chairman of the Sustainability Committee on 1 January 2022 and a member of the Audit Committee on 1 March 2022.
Ahmad Zubir Zahid
Encik Ahmad Zubir Zahid was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 January 2022. Prior to that, he was appointed to WMSB on 17 May 2021 and resigned on 31 December 2021.He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, United States. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Accounting from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in 1996.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is an Associate of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a Business Valuation Specialist of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is also a holder of a Capital Markets Services Representative’s Licence issued by the SC for the regulated activity of advising on corporate finance and a licensed approved company auditor by the Ministry of Finance.
Encik Zubir is currently a Director of Zulu Capital Sdn Bhd, a private equity fund management company registered with the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) that he co-founded in 2014 that invests in unlisted companies primarily in the food and beverage and retail industries. He is also an Executive Director of Thinkat Advisory Sdn Bhd, a boutique corporate finance advisory firm licensed by the SC. He also managing partner of Zubir Chang & Co. PLT is a limited liability partnership and a licensed audit firm.
En Zubir was an independent Director of Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd from April 2016 to March 2021. He has over seven years of experience within the offshore oil and gas industry, as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of three separate offshore construction companies. Before setting up Zulu Capital Sdn Bhd and Thinkat Advisory Sdn Bhd, he was CFO of Daya Offshore Construction Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Daya Materials Berhad that provides subsea construction services. Prior to that, he was CFO of Labuan Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd, an offshore and marine services contractor, and SapuraAcergy Sdn Bhd, a seabed-to-surface engineering and construction contractor. These two companies were joint venture companies within the Sapura Energy Berhad group of companies.
Prior to joining the oil and gas industry, he spent over a decade in the financial services industry as a management consultant, investment banker, and auditor with Ethos Consulting, ECM Libra, CIMB Investment Bank, and PwC Malaysia, respectively.
He was appointed as a member of the Risk Management Committee on 1 January 2022 and as the Chairman of the Audit Committee on 1 March 2022.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohd Khairul Adib was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 September 2022. Prior to that, he was appointed to WMSB on 15 February 2022 and resigned on 1 September 2022.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri served as Director-General of the Public Service Department from 1 October 2019 to 16 January 2022. Prior to that, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri was the Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Transports (MOT) from August 2017 before being promoted to the Secretary-General of the MOT in January 2019.
He has served at the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development, Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, Embassy of Malaysia in Japan and the High Commission of Malaysia in London. Upon his return, he served at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, followed by the Ministry of Education, as well as the Secretary General of Malaysia National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Malaysia National Point of Contact for the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) Malaysia.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohd Khairul Adib graduated with a Bachelor of Science and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. He also holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Saitama University, Japan, under a Japanese Government Scholarship.
In January 2022, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri was conferred the Japanese Decoration, The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by the Emperor of Japan for his contributions to the Look East Policy through people-to-people exchange and cooperation in the field of transportation between Malaysia and Japan.
He is currently the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia, Malaysian Qualifications Agency and Board Chairman of MMAG Holdings Berhad.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri was appointed as a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee on 1 September 2022.
Dato’ Tengku Marina Tunku Annuar
Dato’ Tengku Marina was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 September 2022. Prior to that, she was appointed to WMSB on 1 January 2022 and resigned on 1 September 2022.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from London University, United Kingdom. She started her career as a Public Relations Officer in Malaysia Airlines, United Kingdom. She joined Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad as Corporate Communication Manager in October 1988. She subsequently held several senior positions with Nestle Malaysia and Nestle S.A. Currently, she is the Asia-Pacific Head, Corporate Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Nestle S.A, a post she has held since July 2016.
Dato’ Tengku Marina attended the Nestle Leadership Programme in London Business School, United Kingdom; Business Sustainability Management Courses from the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership and various courses from The Graduate Institute, Geneva.
Dato’ Tengku Marina is currently a Director of MISC Berhad and S P Setia Berhad.
She was appointed as the member of the Sustainability Committee on 1 September 2022.
Ms. Shaline Gnanalingam was appointed as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 9 June 2023.
Ms. Shaline has a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge. Additionally, she earned a Master of Business Administration (honours) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She has also attended various Executive Education Programmes at Harvard Business School, including the Senior Manager Development Programme.
She began her career as an Executive with Maybank Investment Bank Berhad in 2003, her notable involvement in the merger of companies that formed the largest listed property and second-largest plantation company in Bursa Malaysia at that time. In 2005, she joined Khazanah Nasional Berhad as an Associate Investment, managing a local aviation portfolio involving a business turnaround plan and banking portfolios in India. During her tenure at Khazanah, she also designed and implemented an endowment plan for a non-profit organization that focused on medical and humanitarian aid. In 2008, she left Khazanah as Assistant Vice President of Investment.
Currently, Ms. Shaline serves as the Chief Investment Officer at Pembinaan Redzai Sdn Bhd, a major shareholder of the Company since 2008. In this role, she oversees a diverse portfolio that includes investments in hedge funds, private equity funds, property, and direct investments in start-ups and mature businesses across various sectors and geographies. She was previously a director at WMSB from 1 August 2017 until her resignation on 31 March 2023.
Ms. Shaline Gnanalingam is the daughter of our Executive Chairman, Tan Sri Datuk Gnanalingam A/L Gunanath Lingam, and the sister of our Group Managing Director, Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam bin Abdullah. She also holds director positions in Pembinaan Redzai Sdn Bhd and Semakin Ajaib Sdn Bhd, both of which hold shares in the Company.
Mr. John Stephen Ashworth was appointed as Alternate Director to Mr. Ip Sing Chi, a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company, on 1 July 2016.
Mr. Ashworth graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He started his career as a Chartered Accountant for Peat Marwick in London. Between 1992 and 2001, Mr. Ashworth worked for CK Hutchison Holdings Limited and the Hutchison Ports group in a number of senior finance and management positions. Between 2002 and 2010, he was Asia Pacific Chief Financial Officer for the Constituency Management Group, the marketing communications division of the U.S. listed Interpublic Group.
Mr. Ashworth was appointed Managing Director, South East Asia for Hutchison Ports in January 2017. Prior to his current position, he was Managing Director, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam between 2015 and 2016 and Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports Indonesia between 2010 and 2014. He is also a Director of Westports Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.
Hutchison Ports, through South Port Investment Holdings Limited, is a major shareholder of the Company. Mr. Ashworth is not involved in the management and day-to-day operations of the Company.
Andy Wing Kit Tsoi
Mr. Andy Wing Kit Tsoi was appointed as Alternate Director to Ms. Diana Tung Wan Lee, a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company, on 1 January 2022.
Mr. Tsoi graduated from York University in Canada with Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 and Master of Business Administration degree in 1991 before he started his career in ABN AMRO Bank N.V. Hong Kong where he held various senior positions between 1992 to 1997. Thereafter, he joined Debt Markets Division of BNP Paribas Hong Kong as an Associate Director where he was responsible for loan syndication prior to joining Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (“Hutchison Ports”) in 1998.
He was appointed as Hutchison Ports’ Regional Director for Pakistan, Oman, and Saudi Arabia in 2011 and since 2012, he had added management responsibilities for United Arab Emirates and Tanzania.
Mr. Tsoi has been the Managing Director, Middle East & Africa since January 2014 overseeing Hutchison Ports’ business in Pakistan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, and Tanzania.
Hutchison Ports, through South Port Investment Holdings Limited, is a major shareholder of the Company. Mr. Tsoi is not involved in the management and day-to-day operations of the Company.
Mr. Lee Mun Tat (Eddie), Chief Executive Officer of WMSB, is primarily responsible for controlling and overseeing across multiple divisions covering Terminal Planning, Container Operations, Commercial, Finance, Marketing and Engineering.
Prior to his current role and responsibility with WMSB, Mr. Eddie has demonstrated his competency by holding different management roles including the Senior General Manager (in 2017), Head of Commercial (from 2006 to 2016) and Finance Manager (from 2003 to 2005). Before joining WMSB, Mr. Eddie started his career with Matsushita Electronics Components (M) Sdn Bhd, after which he joined Jutajaya Holdings Berhad and All Best Furniture (M) Sdn Bhd with his last position as Group Finance Manager. All these previous roles have equipped him with extensive working experience in the areas ranging from commercial affairs, business development, terminal service contracts, pricing, and statistics as well as credit control.
Mr. Eddie received a Bachelor Degree in Business at Edith Cowan University in Australia. He has been active in undertaking the professional programme, including participated 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, and also attended the General Management Programme in Boston US in 2016. In addition, he is an Alumnus of the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Eddie is also recognized as a qualified Chartered Accountant from Malaysia Institute of Accountants and a member of the Certified Practising Accountants in Australia (CPA Australia).
Mr. Eddie 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.