Gan Thiam Chai

Kawan Food Bhd

Gan Thiam Chai is the Executive Chairman of Kawan Food Bhd ("Kawan Food"), one of Malaysia’s leading exporters and largest manufacturers of frozen Asian food delicacies.

Gan’s business started in 1976 as Kian Guan Trading, a sole proprietorship supplying homemade pastries to local grocers and supermarkets. Over the last four decades, Gan has transformed the small business he founded as a young man into a modern frozen fare company with a huge range of products sold around the world.

Kawan Food is currently looking towards increasing its footprint locally and globally by focusing on increasing and improving distribution channels, prioritizing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives as well as driving digitalization to improve efficiency and service quality. 

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