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Career Path: General Manager, International SOS (Malaysia)
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I am a seasoned corporate sales and business development professional with experience of over 20 years. I've been fortunate to experience working in various industries, ranging from Shell in Oil & Gas, International SOS in Health & Medical to PETRONAS in Motorsports development. Over these years, and the industry exposure, I have been able to build a dynamic experience, gaining invaluable knowledge and most of all, cross industry network and friends. It didn't occur to me how corporate sales was suitable for me during my college days, up until I landed my first job and realised, apart from what the courses taught me, it also helped me improve my interpersonal skills to better suit the corporate world and gain sales.

What are you doing now?

I am a General Manager & Business Development Director, for International SOS Malaysia currently. I am also a certified senior DUCATI DRE instructor for Malaysia. I train riders on the techniques of riding at the track correctly in my spare time. Additionally, I was also two times national superbike champion under 1000cc category in 2007 and 2010.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I have to admit, apart from the reputation and the affordable course, the name played a big role in my decision. 

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

My experience so far is one of pride that I have been able to be apart of my university. The dedication and hard work that has been put into my time there has so far allowed me to succeed in many ways. I have to say the University has a come a long way to becoming not just a reputable University, but one that I am truly proud to be associated with. Study here, you can't go wrong.

What was the best thing about your course?

The lecturers, they were great! Many of them shared a lot of industry relevant knowledge and on how open they were, that really encouraged a level of motivation for me to learn better.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Being a graduate from Northumbria, the association as an ex-student was a booster to employment chances but most of all, it helped build me to a better prepared Individual for the corporate world.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Business communications, Management and Interpersonal skill helps me in many ways in my business development goals.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

You can't go wrong..but make the most out of it!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Challenging, building and memorable. 

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