Kerry, the world’s leading taste and nutrition company, recently launched the Kerry Kuala Lumpur Centre to grow its Global Business Services team which supports businesses in APMEA and Europe and consolidates local teams in one location.
Officiated by Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari, the opening of the RM15.89M (€3.5M) centre further cements Kerry’s commitment to Malaysia in creating over 400 new jobs, facilitating knowledge transfer and upskilling local hires, while at the same time driving Kerry’s sustainability ambition.
Providing multi-functional digital services and solutions across human resources, regulatory affairs, finance, marketing, customer service, supply chain, digital enablement, continuous excellence and data management, the Kerry Kuala Lumpur Centre is modelled closely after the organisation’s Global Business Services Centre in Mexico covering North, Central and Latin America. The centre’s strategic location in Malaysia allows Kerry to recruit and develop top talent to the organisation, while providing long-term career prospects in Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and beyond.
Commenting on the opening, Ms Marguerite Larkin, Executive Director and Group Global Chief Financial Officer, Kerry Group said: “The setting up of the Kerry Kuala Lumpur Centre is a strategic move for Kerry with the availability of talent, excellent infrastructure and transport links, varied languages, affordable cost, and geo-political stability in Malaysia.
“As we celebrate 50 years in business, we are pleased to expand our presence here to hone skilled digital talent to support our move up the value chain beyond traditional global business services. To this end, we invested in a bespoke world-class collaboration space to provide a stimulating, flexible, and engaging work environment for our teams so that they can bring their best work every day.”
Over the past two decades, Kerry has established two offices and five state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Selangor, Johor and Penang which currently employ more than 2,200 people. The sites in Malaysia produce customised food and beverage solutions for food products, sauces, syrups, emulsifiers, and infant formula for local consumption as well as export across the region.
Malaysia constitutes Kerry’s largest workforce within APMEA, demonstrating the organisation’s long-term commitment to the country.
Commenting on Kerry’s presence in Selangor, Amirudin said: “We are delighted to have Kerry operate its Global Digital Business Services Centre in Selangor to provide various multi-functional digital services and solutions, which are aligned with the State’s First Selangor Plan’s (RS-1) aspiration and key strategies. This Global Digital Business Services is certainly an important phase not only for the Kerry Kuala Lumpur Centre but also for Selangor as it positions itself as the destination of choice for both local and foreign players to set up their global business services, manufacturing operations and businesses in Selangor.” – The Health