Tan Sri Datuk G. Gnanalingam
Executive Chairman, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd
- Westports Holdings Berhad - 262761-A
Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Datuk G. Gnanalingam (Chairman)
- Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Dato' Nik Ibrahim Kamil
- Mr Ruben Emir Gnanalingam (CEO)
- Mr Ip Sing Chi
- Ms Chan Chu Wei
- Y. Bhg. Dato' Abdul Rahim Bin Abu Bakar
- Y. Bhg. Dato’ Yusli bin Mohamed Yusoff
- Mr Jeyakumar Palakrishnar
- Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Ismail bin Adam
- Mr Kim, Young So
Ms Ruth Sin Ling Tsim
- Mr John Stephen Ashworth
Tan Sri Datuk G. Gnanalingam, well known as Tan Sri G is a prominent Malaysian businessman
who is the executive chairman of Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd. The Singapore-born
captain of industry grew up in Port Dickson and Kuala Pilah. He gained his early
education in the Royal Military College and graduated from University of Malaya
and Harvard Business School, Boston.
Ruben Emir Gnanalingam
Chief Executive Officer ( CEO), Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Tan Sri G started his career as Sales Representative with the British American Tobacco
group and in a period of 10 years, he became the Marketing Director at the age of
34. After a 19-year stint as the marketing director Tan Sri G then started his own
marketing company, G-team Consultants. The company handles commercial operations
of Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), the national broadcast station. Hailed as a
marketing genius by many in the industry, Tan Sri G proved his prowess by increasing
the revenues of RTM from RM 55 million to RM 360 million during his tenure ship.
In the year 1989, he is acknowledged for his marketing skills once again when as
marketing consultant, he turned the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games into a money-making event.
The Olympic Council of Malaysia Building, built at a cost of RM6 million at that
time, stands testimony to the success. Tan Sri G is also widely regarded as a man
behind such projects like bringing live telecasts of football's World Cup to Malaysian
homes in the 80s.
In 1994, he started Westports from a barren, swampy island and turned it into the
leading container terminal operator in Port Klang today. Under the helm of Tan Sri
G, Westports today is one of the top 5 terminals in the world in terms of productivity
achieved by 100% Malaysian staffs, it holding 70% market share in container throughput
of Port Klang.
He is known for "de-mystifying" general perception of the industry by the public,
making port more public-friendly and creating public-awareness and adopting "garden
port concept" making Westport probably the only such port in the world.
As the chairman of Westports, with his strong leadership and determination, Westports
contributed to Port Klang's world ranking in container volume to advance from 26th
position in 1995 to 13th in 2011.
He have transformed the port into a state of the art multi-cargo seaport terminal
which is powered by the latest and advanced technology and equipments with current
quay length of 3.7 kilometers, which includes 6 container terminals, Westports is
capable of handling up to 9 million TEUs yearly, with the potential to expand further.
Tan Sri G has been rewarded for his efforts as the Transport Man of the Year in
2001. In 2007, he received the Malaysia Tatler 18 Years At The Top Award for his
accomplishment and contributions to society, followed by the SME Platinum Award,
the CILT Malaysia Achiever of the Year Award and elected a Chartered Fellow by the
CILT, United Kingdom.
He was also presented the Outstanding American Alumnus Award 2007 in the field of
Logistics and Transport by the American Universities Alumni of Malaysia for achieving
outstanding entrepreneurial skills and leadership excellence in different industries,
The Brandlaureate Brand Personality Award 2008/2009, Asia Human Resource Development
(HRD) Congress Award and "Old Putra of the Year" on 2010 by Royal Military College.
Tan Sri G was also bestowed a 'Datuk' and 'Tan Sri' by His Majesty, The Yang Dipertuan
Agong, in 1998 and June 2000 respectively.
Besides his career as Executive Chairman, Tan Sri G also held other posts as a Member,
Special Task Force to Facilitate Business (PEMUDAH) and Director of the Government's
Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC). He is also currently the President of
Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia since 2004.
Ruben Emir Gnanalingam Bin Abdullah was appointed as Director of the Company on 5 July 2005. He attended Eton College in UK from 1994 until 1995 and 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 obtained in 2001 and has attended the Leadership Development Programme from 2006 to 2007 at the Harvard Business School in Boston, US.
He started his career as a trainee at the operational level in WMSB in 1999 before resigning to set up a venture capitalist business known as The Makmal Group in 2000. He sold his investments and exited this business in mid-2005.
Ruben Emir Gnanalingam was appointed to the Board in July 2005 and was designated as Executive Director in early 2006 before being appointed Chief Executive Officer on 15 January 2009. His main responsibilities include business development, technology enhancement, process engineering and management of procurement.
He is the eldest son of our Non-Independent Executive Chairman.
He is the Non-Executive Director and shareholder of PRSB, which is a substantial shareholder of the Company involved in management services including port management. He, however, does not handle the day-to-day operations in PRSB and his interest held in PRSB does not affect his contribution to the Company.