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.
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 is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Westports
Malaysia. He joined Westports in 2005 and served as the Executive Director from
2006 till 2010. As the CEO of Westports, he leads the organization in terminal operation,
commercial, marketing, finance, information technology, process engineering and
all key areas of the port.
He graduated with a BSc (Hons) Economics from the London School of Economics &
Political Science. Ruben also has a diploma in Port Management from the Cambridge
Board and has attended several business and management courses at the Harvard Business
Outside his professional engagements, Ruben is also involved with many business
and industry related groups, such as Harvard Business School Alumni Club Malaysia.
He is also a board member of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club Malaysia.
He was recently awarded the 'Emerging CEO of the Year' for his leadership qualities,
continuous improvement and innovative ideas to ensure welfare of the employees.
Ruben also received the Entrepreneur Par Excellence 2012 award from Malaysia Tatler