KUALA LUMPUR, 9 April 2014 – The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has been at the forefront of the business tourism industry since opening its doors in June 2005. Although the industry is often perceived as male-dominated, this is not the case at the Centre which practises a flat corporate structure to facilitate career advancement and development opportunities regardless of gender.
According to Mr Alan Pryor, the Centre’s General Manager, “developing people has always been one of the Centre’s main objectives and we constantly strive to be the ‘Employer of Choice’ so our team members want to remain with us for the long term. And a flat corporate structure means there is no glass ceiling to stop female team members from moving up the ladder.
“At present, we have 113 women or 36%; out of 318 team members, in middle to top management positions, many of whom have worked their way to where they are today. We’re very proud of them and they make great mentors for our younger team members.”
Security Executive Natalie Ann Xavier is one of these successes. Joining the Centre’s Security Department as a security officer when the venue opened in 2005 and in a field that was relatively new to her, Natalie was a bit intimidated by the superior knowledge of her more experienced male colleagues and this put a lot of pressure on her. “This (pressure) made me persevere and work harder. I was promoted in 2010 and become the Centre’s first female security supervisor.”
Being in the hospitality industry, Natalie said the Centre’s policy on security is to ‘enforce with a smile’. “This in turn, has helped me develop a more tactful and psychological approach when dealing with difficult guests and given me skills which are also helpful outside of my workplace.” Natalie was recently awarded the Best Employee of the Year Award 2013 (Facilities Division) for her outstanding performance.
For Tiffany Chung, Floor Manager – Exhibitions, “women can break into any industry; be it male-dominated or not, as long as they are willing to work hard to meet their goals.”
With nine years in the exhibitions sector, Chung shared that, when it comes to managing her team (who are mostly males), it is important to earn their trust and respect. “One way is to let them know I am always behind them in times of need, to provide support and back-up. I also like to assure them that their welfare is taken care of and they can come to me for advice and guidance at any time.”
Joining the Centre in November 2008 as Assistant Manager for Safety, Health and Environment (SHE), Rasima Abdul Rashid was promoted to SHE Manager in 2011. Tasked with providing professional advice on all matters pertaining to SHE and to ensure that all clients understand and adhere by the Centre’s SHE regulations, Rasima said her most memorable moment to date was when, “in 2009, our General Manager, Datuk Peter Brokenshire assigned me the responsibility of obtaining ISO14000 (environment management systems and standards) certification.
“This was the ideal opportunity to prove myself and although it meant long hours and hard work, I committed myself to the undertaking wholeheartedly and in February 2010, the Centre was ISO14000 certified.” Rasima’s efforts were acknowledged by the Centre when she was presented the ‘Best Employee of the Year 2010 (Facilities Division)’.
Alan Pryor added, “the Centre is renowned for its excellent service and our female employees make a large contribution to this. We take great pride in their achievements and recognise their contribution to the Centre’s success. Finding and then retaining the right talent is key for an organisation such as ours and as such we strive to create an open corporate culture for both male and female team members.”
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Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Tel: +603 2333 2888
Fax: +603 2333 2882
Charles Chaplin or Listiari Suyanto
TQPR (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Tel: +603 2092 4300
Fax: +603 2092 5972
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About the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is a component of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and is managed and operated by Convex Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture company between KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd and AEG Ogden Pty Ltd, Australia.
A winner of numerous awards including the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Best PR Award, rAWr (Recognising Award Winning Results) Awards 2013 for ‘Purpose Built Convention & Exhibition Centre Award For Excellence’ in the Business Events category; Kuala Lumpur Mayor Universal Access Award 2013; Meeting Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA) 2012 for ‘Best Print Advertising Campaign (Gold)’ and the MICE Report Awards 2012 for ‘Best Convention Centre in Asia’; the Centre is a wholly-owned facility of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Sdn Bhd which in turn, is owned by KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS).
The Centre has ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, EarthCheck Bronze status (environment) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Certification (HACCP) recognition, the international food safety system for international convention facilities and five-star hotels. It is also the first in Asia to receive the ‘Gold’ AIPC Quality Standards certification.
Comprising two auditoria (seating 3,000 and 500 respectively), 12,310 sqm of Exhibition Halls including a 2,600 sqm standalone marquee, a Grand Ballroom which seats 2,000 diners, a Banquet Hall for 500, a Conference Hall for 1,800 and 20 other meeting rooms, the Centre provides 22,659 sqm of function space in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
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