Love For Job Keeps Mogan in Industry For 20 Years

Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd’s (F&N) glass division general manager Mogan Muniandy loves what he does.

And that has kept him in the glass business for 20 years. Mogan started his career in the glass industry in Malaysian Sheet Glass Bhd(MSG) in 1986. Never one to turn down a challenge, Mogan decided to leave MSG to become the general manager of Kuala Lumpur Glass Manufacturers Co Sdn Bhd (KL Glass) in May 2000. “Joining KL Glass was a big challenge for me.At 39, I was leaving my comfort zone in MSG to head a company which had been unprofitable in the past two years.

“It was a challenge to manage and turn around the company. However, heading a company was what I always wanted to do and I told myself opportunity only knocked once,” he recalled.

KL Glass returned to the black under Mogan's stewardship. Four years later, he was promoted to general manager of F&N’s glass division.

His involvement in the glass industry does not stop at F&N. Mogan has been the treasurer and secretary of the Glass Manufacturers' Association of Malaysia since 1987.

He is also the secretary-general of the Asean Federation of Glass Manufacturers and has held the position for three terms.

“I have become entrenched in the business. The glass industry is like a small family to me. I know the glass manufacturers and suppliers – practically everyone in the business, including our competitors. I have made many good friends,” Mogan said.

He is very grateful to Datuk Paul Low, who recruited him at MSG.

“He got me involved in the glass associations and taught me good values. He told me three things before I left the company – first, always be humble; second, learning is a never-ending process; and third, have faith in God.

“I was at a young, impressionable age, and his advice had a lot of impact on me. He is someone I will never forget. I also received a lot of advice from my predecessor Leslie Struys, who is currently a director of F&N Holdings Bhd. I have known him for 19 years,” Mogan said.

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Date: 7 July 2006

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