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PPSM Director–Dato Dr Abdul Samad Mohamed
Apart from his strong experience base in management, Dato Samad also has specialised exposure in the area of organizational transformation and human resource re-engineering. He has been involved for more than 20 years in programs of organizational reform and turn-around, and employee re-training associated with Malaysia’s 2 earliest port privatization programs. He has developed specialised skills in the area of preparing and leading the workforce in dealing with changes and optimization of human resources in a changing environment.
Dato Samad is a self-taught person having begun his career as a dock worker and risen through the ranks to become the head of a State port authority. He subsequently progressed to become the first Malaysian CEO to head Klang Container Terminal Bhd, Malaysia's first privatized port and the first port operating company to be listed on the main board of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange. Dato' Samad is a strong proponent of life-long learning having gone through this very path in his own career development. He has developed a unique learning model based on his personal experience and which he aptly tagged as Continuous Action Learning for the Improvement of Personal Horizon (“CALIPH”). He has delivered talks on the subject.
Dato' Samad has often been invited to speak on the soft skills of management particularly organizational reforms and transformational leadership. He has spoken at international seminars and conferences in the USA and Canada, Africa, Australia and Europe. In Asia, he has spoken in Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Brunei and Sri Lanka. He has also provided consultancy and advisory services on port equipment management to the Chittagong Port Authority under the Malaysian government’s technical assistance program as well as collaborated with a World Bank-appointed consultant in the provision of a special training package for members of the Indian civil service. He has also appeared in several local television talk-shows.
Dato’ Abdul Samad is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and a Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management, United Kingdom. He served for two terms as the President of CILT Malaysia and a member of its international council. He has also served for a term on the Membership Committee of the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH).
Dato’ Samad was named Transport Man of the Year 1998 by the weekly trade and shipping paper Straits Shipper. He was selected by Hong Kong-based Cargonews Asia as the recipient of the Life-Long Achievement Award under the Year 2002 Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards. Dato’ Samad is a member of the advisory panel of the Malaysia Institute of Transport (MITRANS), University Teknology Mara (UiTM). He has also served for a term as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Accounting and Management, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).