A very well-deserved award!
Malaysia’s business tycoon Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam has recently been bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Business Review ASEAN Awards 2022. This award celebrates the corporations, government agencies and leaders who are the backbone of our economy, whose milestones are the foundation of our regional prosperity and whose aspirations are in line with our national vision of growth and progress.
The founder of Westports Malaysia and Executive Chairman, G. Gnanalingam is also known as the country’s first homegrown marketing guru for steering his company to become Asia’s leading cargo and freight player.
Co-founded with Ahmayuddin bin Ahmad on securing the concession in 1994, the group owns a 60-year concession to operate and expand its container terminals in Pulau Indah and Port Klang, which will end in 2054. Westports is one of three main port operators in the Strait of Malacca.
Through his visionary leadership, Westports has become one of the mega-transhipment hubs in the world.
The 78 -year-old visionary pioneer’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. The Malaysian industry leader 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 Gnanalingam was named 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.
The corporation’s success story is nothing short of phenomenal, as it is now the leading mega transhipment hub in Malaysia for the main shipping lines. The success is also attributable to deep channel and wharf, linear berth, high productivity, dedicated and vibrant employees and connectivity to more than 350 ports around the world.
The corporation’s business tagline, “Proven, Trusted, Friendly,” stands in good stead as it continues on the road towards continuous growth and expansion.
“The bold, visionary leadership and business acumen of Tan Sri Gnanalingam exemplifies the ability of Malaysian top executives to stay the course through all sorts of business adversity – Shanggari Balakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer, MORS Group”