WESTPORTS HOLDINGS BERHAD

Tan Sri Datuk Gnanalingam
Executive Chairman

Tan Sri Datuk Gnanalingam

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Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam Bin Abdullah
Group Managing Director

Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam Bin Abdullah

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Tan Sri Dato’ Nik Ibrahim Kamil
Independent Non-Executive Director

Tan Sri Dato’ Nik Ibrahim Kamil

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Tan Sri Ismail Bin Adam
Independent Non-Executive Director

Tan Sri Ismail Bin Adam

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Chan Soo Chee
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Chan Soo Chee

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Sing Chi IP
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Sing Chi IP

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Chan Chu Wei
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Chan Chu Wei

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Shanthi Kandiah
Independent Non-Executive Director

Shanthi Kandiah

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Kim, Young So
Independent Non-Executive Director

Kim, Young So

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Datuk Siti Zauyah Md Desa
Independent Non-Executive Director

Datuk Siti Zauyah Md Desa

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John Stephen Ashworth
Alternate Director to Sing Chi IP

John Stephen Ashworth

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Diana Tung Wan LEE
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Diana Tung Wan LEE

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Andy Wing Kit Tsoi
Alternate Director to Diana Tung Wan LEE

Andy Wing Kit Tsoi

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Ahmad Zubir Zahid
Independent Non-Executive Director

Ahmad Zubir Zahid

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WESTPORTS MALAYSIA SDN. BHD.

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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 independent Direcor of Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd from April 2016 to March 2021. He was has over seven years’ 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.

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.

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 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.

John Stephen Ashworth

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.
 

Shanthi Kandiah

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.

Ruth Sin Ling Tsim

Was appointed as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 16 November 2015.She is a qualified accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is an Associate Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Fellow Member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants British Columbia of Canada.Ms. Tsim was appointed as Non-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) on 1 January 2017 and is currently the Group Chief Financial Officer of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (“Hutchison Ports”) s sim has extensive experience in the accounting and finance profession, and specializes in internal auditing and controls, as well as financial analysis and reporting. Prior to joining the Hutchison Ports Group in 2001, Ms. Tsim has over 20 years of experience in professional practice in public accounting firm and several different industries in the commercial sector with roles in financial controllership.

Hutchison Ports, through South Port Investment Holdings Limited, is a major shareholder of the Company. Ms. Tsim, however, is not involved in the management and day-to-day operations of the Company. She attended all four Board Meetings held during the financial year.

Kim, Young So

Mr. Kim, Young So was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 5 September 2013.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Korea University, South Korea in 1985 and subsequently obtained his Masters in Business Administration from George Washington University, USA, in 1988. He also attended executive courses at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Mr. Kim began his career with Banque Paribas as a Manager of the corporate banking division in 1989. He joined Dow Chemical Korea Ltd in 1992 as a Credit Manager and was subsequently promoted to a Treasurer in 1994. In 1996, he joined Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd. as a General Manager and was subsequently promoted to a Managing Director for South East and West Asia. In 2009, he started an investment advisory business known as Braintrust Partner Co., Ltd. and has been the Executive Managing Director since then. Mr. Kim is also a member of the Investment Committee of RRJ Capital group.

He was appointed as a member of the Sustainability Committtee on 1 January 2022.

Mr. Kim 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.

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 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.

Chan Chu Wei

Ms. Chan Chu Wei was appointed as a Director of the Company on 15 December 2000.

Ms. Chan obtained a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from University Sains Malaysia in 1977 and has attended the International Senior Managers Programme by Harvard Business School in Boston, USA, in 1993, as well as the Advance Management Programme by Templeton College in Oxford, UK in 1997.

She began her career with Tourist Development Corporation of Malaysia as Assistant Director in 1977 and moved on to join Malaysian Tobacco Company Berhad a year later, where she had working experience in the company’s human resources and marketing divisions over a 10 year period.

In 1988, she became a General Manager in G-Team Consultants Sdn Bhd, which acted as the Corporate Consultant for the marketing operations of Radio Television Malaysia. Ms. Chan joined WMSB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company in 1994 as an Executive Director and assisted in drawing up the blueprint proposal that secured the concession for Westports. She oversaw both marketing and operational leadership roles for WMSB up until 2008, especially in container operations and she resigned from WMSB on 31 December 2021. Since 2014, Ms. Chan has been a Non-Executive Director of PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd.

Ms. Chan was re-designated as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company in 2008. She is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee upon her appointment as the Board committee member on 1 January 2018 and resigned on 31 December 2021. Ms. Chan was appointed as a member of the  Nomination and Remuneration Committee on 1 January 2022.

She is a Non-Executive Director of Pembinaan Redzai Sdn Bhd, which is a shareholder of the Company, resigned on 1 July 2021. She 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 an Independent Non-Executive Director of Piraeus Port Authority S.A., a company listed on the Athens Exchange, 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.

Tan Sri Ismail Bin Adam

Tan Sri Ismail bin Adam was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 30 August 2013.

Tan Sri Ismail obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) Degree from University of Malaya in 1972, a Diploma in Public Administration from University of Malaya in 1975 and a Masters of Arts (Economics) from Vanderbilt University, USA, in 1979. He attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in Boston, USA, in 2002.

He started his career in 1972 as an Officer of the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Service and was posted as an Assistant Director in the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Throughout his career with the civil service, he held senior positions including Chief Administrative Officer in the Department of Statistics Malaysia, Director General of the National Productivity Corporation (now known as the Malaysia Productivity Corporation), the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health and the Director General of Public Service. He retired from civil service in 2010.

Currently, Tan Sri Ismail is an Independent Non-Executive Director of YTL Power International Berhad. Tan Sri Ismail served as Group Chairman of Prasarana Malaysia Berhad from September 2011 until his retirement in August 2017 and Independent Non-Executive Director of BIMB Holdings Berhad from September 2011 until his retirement in January 2020.  

Tan Sri Ismail is currently a member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Corporate Governance Committee upon his appointment as the Board committee member on 1 January 2018. Effective 1 January 2022, the Committee was renamed as Nomination and Remuneration Committee. 

Tan Sri Ismail 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.

Tan Sri Dato’ Nik Ibrahim Kamil

Tan Sri Dato’ Nik Ibrahim Kamil was appointed as Director of the Company on 7 September 1994 and was an Independent Non-Executive Director since 8 April 2013. He was redesignated to Senior Independent Non-Executive Director on 6 February 2018 until 28 February 2022.

He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Georgetown University, Washington D.C., US in 1966. He has extensive managerial and business experience in various industries ranging from mining, petroleum, media, manufacturing, merchant banking and finance, port management to golf resort development.

He commenced his career in 1966 as Assistant Company Secretary with Associated Mines Sdn Bhd. Subsequently he joined Shell Malaysia Sdn Bhd in 1967. In 1971, he joined The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad (“NSTP”) as Assistant General Manager and was with the company until 1991 where his last position held was as Managing Director of the NSTP Group.

Tan Sri Nik was an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of OCB Berhad until 31 December 2021. His previous appointments in Malaysian public listed companies were Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Octagon Consolidated Berhad, Chairman of QSR Brands Bhd and Non-Executive Independent Director of Camerlin Group Berhad. He also sits on the board of several other private limited companies. He was also Chairman of Southern Investment Bank Bhd.

Tan Sri Nik currently serves as the Chairman of the Nomination, Remuneration and Corporate Governance Committee, renamed as Nomination and Remuneration Committee on 1 January 2022 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, renamed as Audit Committee on 1 January 2022. He resigned from both Committees on 28 February 2022.   

He 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.

Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam Bin Abdullah

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 to 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 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 was appointed to the Board of the Malaysian Productivity Corporation (MPC) on the 1st of January 2019. On the 1st of September 2020, he was also appointed to the Board of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) as a Professional Representative. He has been recently 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 in 2019 was appointed by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) as one of three (3) members representing Malaysia for the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).  In 2020, he joined the CEO Action Network (CAN) as a Steering Committee Member.  CAN is a coalition of leaders with a purpose to shape policies, win stakeholders, and create a favourable ecosystem for sustainable businesses and sustainable development in Malaysia.

From a charitable perspective, he also serves as  the Chairman of the QPR Community Trust and has been appointed to the Westports Foundation on 5 September 2019.

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.

Tan Sri Datuk Gnanalingam

Tan Sri Datuk Gnanalingam

Tan Sri Datuk Gnanalingam was appointed as Director of the Company on 1 January 2009 and as the Executive Chairman on 1 September 2013. 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 Datuk 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, USA, having attended the School’s Advanced Management Programme in 1983.

Tan Sri Datuk 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 Datuk Gnanalingam successfully secured the concession to operate Westports.

Tan Sri Datuk 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 Datuk 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 Datuk 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.

In 2020, Tan Sri Datuk Gnanalingam was appointed to the Economic Action Council (“EAC”), which comprise members from the government and private sectors. The EAC has been tasked to ensure economic sustainability, find ways to stimulate the economy, recommend short and medium-term plans to ensure economic growth, and ensure that the EAC’s decisions are being executed efficiently.

Tan Sri Datuk Gnanalingam is a Non-Executive Director of Pembinaan Redzai Sdn Bhd. He is a major shareholder of the Company through his indirect interest in Pembinaan Redzai Sdn Bhd. He is also a Director of Westports Foundation.

His eldest son, Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, is the Group Managing Director of the Company.

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