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Board of Directors

  • Westports Holdings Berhad - 262761-A
  • Tan Sri Datuk G. Gnanalingam (Chairman)
  • Tan Sri Dato’ Nik Ibrahim Kamil
  • Tan Sri Ismail Bin Adam
  • Dato’ Yusli Bin Mohamed Yusoff
  • Ip Sing Chi
  • Ruben Emir Gnanalingam (CEO)
  • Chan Chu Wei
  • Jeyakumar Palakrishnar
  • Kim, Young So
  • Ruth Sin Ling Tsim
  • John Stephen Ashworth     
  • Shanthi A/P Kandiah
  • Westports Malaysia Sdn. Bhd - 192725-V
  • Tan Sri Datuk G. Gnanalingam (Chairman)
  • Dato' Shahrol Anuwar Bin Sarman
  • Dato' Haji Shahabar Bin Abdul Karim
  • Ip Sing Chi (Alternate: Ruth Sin Ling Tsim)
  • Ruben Emir Gnanalingam (CEO)
  • Chan Chu Wei
  • Ahmayudin Bin Ahmad
  • Chan Soo Chee
  • Ruth Sin Ling Tsim (Alternate: John Stephen Ashworth)
  • John Stephen Ashworth (Alternate: Edith Shih)
  • Shaline Gnanalingam

Tan Sri Datuk G. Gnanalingam
Executive Chairman, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd

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.

Career 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.
Port Involvement 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.
Awards 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
Chief Executive Officer ( CEO), Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Ruben Emir Gnanalingam Bin Abdullah has been a Director of the Company for over 10 years. 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 in 2001. Ruben has attended Executive Education Program by the Harvard Business School like the Senior Manager Development Program and the Program for Leadership Development.

He started his career as a trainee at the operational level in Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd in 1999 before resigning to set up a Start-up incubator known as The Makmal Group in 2000. He sold his investments and exited this business in mid-2005.

Ruben 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.

He is the eldest son of our Executive Chairman.

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, the current champion of the Asean Basketball League. Recently, Ruben became a co-owner and Board member of the Los Angeles Football Club, a Major League Soccer’s newest team which begins playing in 2018.

Outside his professional engagements, Ruben is involved with many business and industry related groups. He is the Deputy President of Kuala Lumpur Business Club Malaysia. He sits on the National Stadiums Board 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, Ruben is the Vice- President of the Malaysia Basketball Association and a member of the National Science Council.

He is the Non-Executive Director and shareholder of Pembinaan Redzai Sdn Bhd (PRSB), which is a major 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.