AT THE HELM
Ahamad Bin Mohamad graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree in 1976 from the University of Malaya. Hejoined Johor Corporation in June 1979 as a Company Secretary for various companies within the Johor Corporation Group. He was involved in many of Johor Corporation’s projects, including the Johor Specialist Hospital, prefabricated housing project and the Kotaraya Complex in Johor Bahru. He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of KPJ Healthcare Berhad, Malaysia’s largest healthcare group, and New Britain Palm Oil Limited (Papua New Guinea).
Mr. Mohamad is also the Chairman and Director of several other companies within the JCorp Group as well as a Director of Waqaf An-Nur Corporation Berhad, an Islamic endowment institution that spearheads JCorp Group’s Corporate Responsibility programmes, including the unique Corporate Waqaf Concept initiated by JCorp.
Apart from doing well financially, Mr. Mohamad says that the most important factor in accelerating your life towards success is your character.
“Self-discipline combined with honesty will open countless doors to you. Trust is the foundation of all relationships. When people know you and believe in you and are convinced that they can trust you to keep your word and do what you say you will do, they will feel that they are far more likely to get the things they want through you, to get the things they want, faster, sooner, easier and with greater certainty,” he emphasises.
What has he done differently that makes him a leader in his field? “Under my leadership as a Managing Director for more than 20 years, Kulim has grown from a small plantation group operating in Malaysia, into a diversified plantation group with operations spanning over Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Indonesia. Kulim has also been involved in non-traditional plantation business including oleochemicals, food and restaurants. Market capitalisation of Kulim has also multiplied from approximately RM547 million in the mid-nineties to approximately RM4.3 billion currently.”
Finally, what advice would this successful corporate leader give a young person wanting to start their own business? “Do what you enjoy. What you get out of your business in the form of personal satisfaction, financial gain, stability and enjoyment will be the sum of what you put into your business. Design and plan a career path. Planning every aspect of your business is not only a must, but also builds habits that every business owner should develop, implement, and maintain. Prepare for the pitfalls. A good intrapreneurial person will know that failure is part of the idea game.”