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Starbucks Coffee Malaysia

Sydney Quays
Sydney Quays
Managing director
Starbucks Coffee Malaysia and Brunei

Since opening its first store on December 1998, Starbucks has celebrated its 16th anniversary here and currently operates 195 stores throughout Malaysia.

Through distinctive training, Starbucks partners (employees) in Malaysia are committed to offering the world’s finest coffee while enriching Malaysians’ lives one cup, one customer at a time.

Managing the business through the “lens of humanity”, Starbucks Malaysia motivates its partners by providing the Starbucks Experience which includes extrinsic elements like rewards, benefits, and opportunities for career development.

Aligning with the Starbucks mission – To inspire and nurture the human spirit, Starbucks Malaysia strives to engage, inspire and develop its partners to achieve their personal best.

American Express (M) Sdn Bhd

Rahul Singh
Rahul Singh
General manager
Kuala Lumpur Global Service Centre

Throughout the company’s 165-year history, service has been one of the hallmarks of the American Express as a premium global brand and its greatest competitive advantage. American Express employees embody the proud heritage of this global brand.

American Express is an employer of choice in Malaysia because of its focus on selection of premium talent, employee development and retention. It enables the career journeys of employees through an environment that allows them the opportunity to unleash their maximum potential.

American Express offers richly diverse experiences with global exposure through an abundance of development opportunities including leadership training, employee interest networks, continuing education assistance and access to mentoring by a diverse leadership team.

DHL Express Malaysia

Christopher Ong
Christopher Ong
Managing director of Malaysia and Brunei

DHL Express is the global market leader in the international express business. They specialise in the door-to-door delivery of documents and parcels worldwide, and they have been perfecting their service for more than 40 years. Key to their success is the strength of their global network.

They have more than 100,000 employees operating in over 220 countries and territories, focused on delivering high levels of service.

What really sets them apart is the international shipping expertise of their people. Their knowledge, coupled with their passion and “can-do” attitude, delivers a truly world-class service and ensures that shipments get to their destination securely and as quickly as possible.

Eco World Development Group Berhad

Datuk Chang Khim Wah
Datuk Chang Khim Wah
Chief executive officer

Eco World Development Group Bhd (formerly known as Focal Aims Holdings Bhd) is a public-listed company involved mainly in property development. Since the end of the previous financial year, EcoWorld has entered into several major acquisitions, which would increase the Group’s landbank from 991 acres to 4,926 acres and grow its gross development value (GDV) to RM47bil.

Through these acquisitions, EcoWorld is set to gain an immediate enlarged and active presence in the Klang Valley, Iskandar Malaysia and Penang with 12 ongoing projects in total and an expanded product range comprising affordable, upgrader and luxury homes, integrated high-rise developments and green business parks.

EcoWorld’s rapid rise in the property development industry has been recognised when the Group took home the “Best Performing Stock” award at The Edge Billion Ringgit Club Awards 2014 and the Notable Achievement Award 2014 at The Edge Property Excellence Awards 2014. Given the vast experience of its management team, the Group is aggressively expanding its reach to include projects in Sydney, Australia and London, Britain.

FedEx Express

Ramesh Kumar Singam
Ramesh Kumar Singam
Managing director of Malaysia and Brunei

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp, is the world’s largest express transportation company and connects every major location in Asia to a global network reaching more than 220 countries and territories.

FedEx Express has been providing time-definite and reliable delivery services to customers in Asia with its global air-and-ground network for 30 years.

In Asia-Pacific, FedEx Express serves more than 30 countries and territories and has approximately 18,000 employees. FedEx Express has been consistently recognised as a world-class company, a technology innovator and an employer of choice.

Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie

Oppenheimer Pinto
Oppenheimer Pinto
General manager

Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie, a 260-room hotel is managed by InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world’s leading hotel companies with 710,295 rooms in over 4,800 hotels in nearly 100 countries around the world. The hotel is owned by DRB-Hicom Bhd, one of Malaysia’s leading corporations.

Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie provides the services for business and leisure travellers, while also offering a comfortable atmosphere where people can relax and enjoy amenities such as restaurants, room service, swimming pool, and fitness centre.

With the casual atmosphere and amenities such as meeting and on-site business facilities, Kids Eat and Stay Free programme, the hotel truly demonstrates the long-standing commitment of the Holiday Inn brand.

Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie is also a two-time recipient of the Aon Hewitt’s Best Employer Malaysia Award in 2011 and 2013.

Marriott International, Malaysia

Robert Frager
Robert Frager
Marriott and Renaissance Hotels Malaysia Business Council

Marriott International Inc has seven hotels in Malaysia which comprises of Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Renaissance Johor Baru Hotel, Renaissance Kota Baru Hotel, JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, Miri Marriott Resort & Spa and Marriott Putrajaya. These properties are also part of the Malaysia Business Council which was formed in 1999.

Marriott has been known for a culture that puts people first. “Take care of associates and they will take care of the customers” has always been their motto. “Our people first” culture has consistently earned them awards and recognition around the globe. Giving associates opportunities to grow and succeed is part of the company’s DNA.

Marriott’s core values make them who they are. As they evolve and grow, the beliefs that are most important to them stay the same – Putting People First, Pursuing Excellence, Embracing Change, Acting with Integrity and Serving Our World. Being part of Marriott International means being part of a proud history and a thriving culture.

Sime Darby Property Bhd

Datuk Seri Abd Wahab Maskan
Datuk Seri Abd Wahab Maskan
Managing director

Sime Darby Property is an established property group focused on becoming the leading developer of sustainable communities. Its core businesses are property development, property investment and asset management. It has operations in five countries, namely Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Vietnam and Australia. Sime Darby Property is a multiple award-winning property group with numerous local and international accolades. It is the first Malaysian property developer to be awarded the International FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Awards twice for its Subang Jaya and UEP Subang Jaya townships. The company has consistently been ranked Top 3 in The Edge Malaysia Top Property Developers Awards since 2009.

S P Setia Bhd

Datuk C.J. Khor
Datuk C.J. Khor
Acting president and chief executive officer

S P Setia is a household name in the property development industry and recognised as one of Malaysia’s leading listed real estate players with a portfolio that encompasses eco-townships, luxury enclaves, high-rise residences, commercial and retail developments.

S P Setia is the only developer that was ranked No. 1 in The Edge Malaysia Top Property Developers Awards for eight times, the only Malaysian developer to have received six FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Awards and eight FIABCI Malaysia Property Awards.

The Group is well-established in the four key economic centres of Malaysia. Its international reach includes Vietnam, Australia, Singapore, China and the United Kingdom.

McDonald’s Malaysia

Stephen Chew
Stephen Chew
Managing director

McDonald’s is a leading “Quick Service Restaurant” chain serving quality, great-tasting food, with a warm and friendly service, in a clean and welcoming environment, all at great value.

In Malaysia, McDonald’s has 12,000 mostly local employees in nearly 270 restaurants nationwide. Its people philosophy is fittingly expressed by founder, Ray Kroc: “We are not a burger business serving people, but we are a people business serving burgers”.

Special recognition awards

Engagement: Marriott International, Malaysia
Diversity & Inclusion (Gen-Y): American Express (M) Sdn Bhd
Diversity & Inclusion (Women): McDonald’s Malaysia

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Published in English daily The Star, Malaysia, 21 March 2015

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