What Our Investors & Partners Say Andy Mueller Senior Manager, Asia Pacific for Dieffenbacher Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd "We choose to be based in Greater Kuala Lumpur as this location puts us in close proximity to several Malaysian clients. We can be at their premises within two hours if they need any type of support. Furthermore, office rental rates and salaries are reasonable and business transactions and financial documents are written in English. This makes things easy for a global company like Dieffenbacher”. David Harrington President – Hobsons Solutions & Managing Director (Asia Pacific) "Hobsons chose KL 4 years ago as the location for our Asian headquarters due to its location in the centre of SE Asia, the excellent flight links with the rest of the world and the access to a diverse pool of talent. This decision has proved to be the right one although until we met Invest KL, the reality of opening and growing an office in a culturally different location meant our progress was slower than hoped. Since we partnered with Invest KL our progress has speeded up and our business has grown. Invest KL has helped us make the right local contacts and unblocked many barriers to our successful growth. I would recommend KL as a location to any MNC that is looking for a location in Asia and strongly suggest Invest KL as your partner." Briand Greer President Southeast Asia, Honeywell Honeywell chose Kuala Lumpur as our ASEAN regional hub because of its location in the centre of Southeast Asia, having English-speaking population and a multi-cultural environment. "The Malaysian government is also easy to work with and very focused on becoming a high-income nation by 2020. The Government, together with entities like InvestKL and MIDA, is very supportive of attracting large multinationals wanting to set up regional operations in Kuala Lumpur via the Principle Hub initiative. Our relationship with the Malaysian government is very positive and we are confident of our future here.” Tee Kee Ming Chief Executive Officer, Worldline Asia Pacific "InvestKL promotes Greater KL as a cost effective, great infrastructure and in general, a great place to live, which fits in with our requirement for a hub location. The infrastructure and the availability of talents fits in well with our needs as we believe in connectivity and creativity. As a hub, Greater KL offers a great package of innovative creativity while remaining strong in its tradition which reflects our culture of combining strength of our knowledge in the business and the creative innovation of the future. This is why Greater KL is our preferred hub as our Asia Pacific HQ." Philip Smith Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Insurance Malaysia "In assessing options to site some of our regional functions a few years ago, we looked at a number of factors. Chief among these were access to a well-educated and committed labour force, ease of doing business and connectivity to the rest of our Asia Pacific operations. Greater KL scored well in our assessment and we have been very pleased with our choice; the set-up has been well supported by government agencies, our ability to recruit and retain the people we are looking for has been strong and logistics and transportation were good and are improving each year." Nigel Pool Group Chief Financial Officer, International SOS "The same three things bring us back to Greater KL. First of all, the infrastructure here is first class with a complete ecosystem and that makes a big difference. Talent is our second. The knowledge, drive and enthusiasm from what we see of the Malaysian talent is one of the reasons we come here. Last is the welcome and facilitation provided by InvestKL and the Malaysian government." Jack Cummiskey Vice President and Regional Manager, Turner International "Our decision was guided by three factors, including the potential the Malaysia market offers not only in Greater Kuala Lumpur but throughout the peninsula. In addition, we have found a very business friendly environment which supports our overall growth strategies for the region. In turn, KLIA offers the best access to the South-East Asia region making Greater Kuala Lumpur a natural choice for our regional headquarters." Aric Carlisle Asia Pacific General Manager, Cameron "We relocated our execution centre here from Singapore as we felt that KL was the right place for us at this time. Access to local talent, universities and training that has come from the oil and gas presence here, gives us the opportunity to bring on good people at a competitive cost. Proximity to clients and engineering companies … and being in a central location we can get to anywhere and serve the entire Asia Pacific and even the Middle East market with great ease." Max Bellotti Managing Director, Saipem "Saipem being the world’s largest oil and gas contractor needed a regional hub in South East Asia that provided her with access to a talented pool of experienced professionals, an efficient network to access the regional markets, as well as a large local customer base. Greater KL ticked all the boxes. On top of that Greater KL provides world class accommodation and great logistics and recreational facilities and a sound legislative framework. We know we made the right choice in making Greater KL our regional hub." Steve Jorgensen Vice President of Accounting Shared Services and Internal Control, Huntsman "Talent is one of the reasons we decided to come to Greater KL and to locate our global shared services here. Malaysia’s been identified by numerous companies for that reason. And so, it’s really important for us that Greater KL and Malaysia continue to invest in their youth and the education system continues to provide that level of talent as there are more and more demands for the talent." Richard Fostier President & Chief Executive Officer, Colas Rail "The city (Greater KL) has all the ingredients for successful development in terms of railway and infrastructure perspectives. With the demography, urbanization and strong economic growth, there is a rising need for urban and inter-urban railway and general connectivity in Greater KL. The ease of doing business in Malaysia is a reality and it really makes a difference compared to its neighbouring countries." Scott Dunn Vice President / Strategy & Growth South East Asia, AECOM "The Economic Transformation Programme with its 152 Entry Point Projects is creating new developments and provides an attractive investment backdrop. Positive GDP growth and development, and commitment from the Malaysian government in transforming the city, the latter of which is the core strength and capability of AECOM, makes it a natural progression for us to enter Greater KL. InvestKL has been supportive of our business plans and is able to find other business partners whose work complements what we do" Alexandre de Aquino Pereira Finance and HR General Manager, Vale Malaysia "In Malaysia, there is an interesting pool of graduates and we find local talents every year. "Hires here bring with them expertise in the business processes in the market." Wong Siew Yap Cluster Head of Malaysia and Pakistan, The Linde Group "The aim of the ROC is to bring together the control and operations of our industrial gas plants, not only in Malaysia, but across the Southeast Asia region. Vincenzo Alaimo Head of Region Southeast Asia, AgustaWestland "Greater KL was our natural choice in creating a regional hub for Asia-Pacific because of its strategic location, the availability of skilled manpower and its business-friendly environment. Malaysia in general has an industry-friendly ecosystem. The talent base is also good, with wide usage of English, solid logistics and infrastructure. In considering that a company comprises people who need to live happily in order to work happily, Greater KL provides all that." Craig Tucker Former Director, IBM Global Delivery Centre, Cyberjaya (Malaysia) “This centre is critical to IBM’s ability to offer our clients support at any level local, regional and global to provide the flexibility, scalability and security our clients expect. "We selected Malaysia for our newest facility based on the strong public-private partnership with the country and Cyberjaya, its competitive business model, and the talent and skills that the Malaysian people have to offer. “The global delivery centres are a major component of IBM’s strategy to be a globally integrated enterprise, which allows us to perform work anywhere in the world where we have the right skills and the right environment for business to drive profitable growth. Our new center in Cyberjaya is now a core component of that global network. We believe it will be a model for the delivery of technology services and just as importantly, it will be role model for a public/private partnership that creates new opportunities for Malaysians.” Jamal A. Ainul Chairman, Schlumberger Asia "We are projecting stronger revenue growth from Asia following our investments in Malaysia. "Our manufacturing plant in Penang and regional financial hub in Kuala Lumpur will play a key role in supporting our clients in Malaysia, Asia and the Middle East, and in the expansion of our business in these key markets. "Malaysia is also ideal for our financial hub as it offers highly qualified financial professionals with excellent customer service attitudes. The country is open to attracting knowledge-based activities and offers an excellent business environment, with a Government committed to the development of education and infrastructure." Sanjeev Nanavati Former CEO, Citibank Berhad "Citibank remains committed to our customers and will continue with our investments to grow our business in Malaysia. "Throughout our 50 over years in Malaysia and as one of the leading foreign banks in Malaysia, Citibank has been an active contributor and leading player in the dynamic growth of the local banking industry. "There are significant business opportunities in Malaysia as we look forward to continuing to invest in Malaysia as the economy transforms under the Economic Transformation Programme." John McCabe Senior Vice-President, Worldwide Operations, PayPal "We chose Malaysia as its multi-lingual and skilled workforce is ideal for our regional and global support services. "Our regional center in Kuala Lumpur offers service and support for customers across Southeast Asia. It also provides operational support for our global payment service. "This demonstrates our commitment to offer a safer, more secure online payment platform to millions of customers in the region, especially in Southeast Asia." Naeem Shahab Khan Former CEO, Philips Malaysia "As a facilitator of investments into Greater Kuala Lumpur, InvestKL has been an excellent partner. "Their ability to bring outside-in perspective, understanding of MNCs' constrains and a consultative behaviour is commendable. GKL is also one of the best places to nurture talent for innovation. With a more structured industry driven education system, this can be enhanced." Chin Kuen Keong Managing Director, Epson Precision Malaysia "Greater KL’s ranking as one of the most competitive global cities in South-east Asia has contributed very positively in our RDC setup. In terms of infrastructure and location, we would rank Greater KL as one of the best among our affiliates in Southeast Asia. Its strategic location and good infrastructure facilities support our group’s distribution network in the most strategic and cost-effective way" Mr Hiroyuki Mogi Chairman of Toshiba Transmission & Distribution Systems Asia “T&D technology can be highly value–added and currently manufacturing of complex high voltage (HV) T&D equipment is mostly done in Europe and Japan. “Toshiba Corporation has selected Malaysia as a global supply chain hub, regional full turnkey (FTK) center and an R&D center for its T&D equipment due to the availability of excellent technical resources and its strategic location to address the fast growing ASEAN market for these products. “Malaysia is one of the established T&D markets in the ASEAN region, and established reputation of Malaysian-made products supports the manufacturing requirements in the industry.” James de Caluwe Managing Director, Oleon (Asia Pacific) Sdn Bhd "There is a lot offered here and I can give you a multitude of positive factors that have influenced our decision to move our operational headquarters to Greater KL such as good logistic infrastructure, competitive cost of doing business and connectivity" What Partners Say PwC "Greater KL....is, by general consensus, one of Asia's most dynamic capitals and increasingly a major global city. Kaysuyo Shioya Kaysuyo Shioya, Partner-International and Transaction Tax Services, Ernst Á Young Shinnihon Tax "The growing affluence of the rising middle class in Greater KL is reflected in the increasing demand for international consumer goods. "This is why Japanese investors and retailers have expanded into Malaysia." Matthew Harrington Global Chief Operating Officer, Edelman "It's clear to me that Greater KL is a city determined to remain competitive as host to MNCs who increasingly are being tempted by markets such as Vietnam or even most recently Myanmar. "The trick will be to address some of the more complex infrastructure issues and ensure those interested in Greater KL understand the country's past successes - the energy sector in particular." Yee Wing Peng Managing Director, Tax, Deloittee Malaysia "Malaysia's economic fundamentals and business-friendly policies offer great potential to investors in a region that is set to continue its steady economic growth. "Coupled with its strategic location, Greater KL is poised to be launched as a choice option for the regional operations of various industries."