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Board of Directors

  • Westports Holdings Berhad - 262761-A
  • Tan Sri Datuk G. Gnanalingam (Executive Chairman)
  • Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam (Group Managing Director)
  • Tan Sri Dato’ Nik Ibrahim Kamil
  • Tan Sri Ismail Bin Adam
  • Dato’ Yusli Bin Mohamed Yusoff
  • Ip Sing Chi
  • Chan Chu Wei
  • Chan Soo Chee
  • Kim, Young So
  • Ruth Sin Ling Tsim
  • John Stephen Ashworth (Alternate: Ip Sing Chi)     
  • Shanthi A/P Kandiah
  • Andy Wing Kit Tsoi (Alternate: Ruth Sin Ling Tsim)

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.

Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam
Group Managing Director, Westports Holdings Bhd

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 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, UK in 1998. He also holds a diploma in Port Management awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. Datuk Ruben has attended various Executive Education Programmes under the Harvard Business School such as the Senior Manager Development Programme and the Leadership Development Programme.

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 was then appointed to the Board of the Company in July 2005 and was designated as an Executive Director in early 2006 before being appointed as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (‘CEO”) on 15 January 2009. On 1 January 2018 he was re-designated from CEO to GMD.

He is the eldest son of our Executive Chairman, Tan Sri Gnanalingam a/l Gunanath Lingam.

Datuk 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, which is actively involved in the Asean Basketball League. In 2016, Datuk Ruben became a co-owner and Board member of the Los Angeles Football Club.

Outside his professional engagements, Datuk Ruben is involved with many business and industry related groups. He is a member of the National Science Council and also the Deputy President of Kuala Lumpur Business Club Malaysia. He is a member of the Blue Ocean Corporate Council 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, Datuk Ruben is the Vice-President of the Malaysia Basketball Association and a member of the NBA Asia Advisory Board. Besides this, he is also the manager for the Malaysian National Basketball Team.

He is a Director and a shareholder of Pembinaan Redzai Sdn Bhd and Semakin Ajaib Sdn Bhd which in turn hold shares in the Company. He attended all four Board Meetings held during the financial year.