DATUK KAMARUDDIN BIN HAJI AWANG, PRESIDENT KYS BUSINESS SCHOOL
Datuk Kamaruddin bin Awang joined KYS Business School in 2012 during its pioneering years, anointed as its Chief Executive initially and currently its President. Born on 27th August 1948 in Terengganu Darul Iman, Datuk Kamaruddin’s education began at Sekolah Melayu Alor Lintah in Besut, Terengganu. He advanced with his secondary schooling at Tengku Mahmood School, before transferring to the Malay College Kuala Kangsar in Perak to hone his steep interest in accounting.
In pursuance of his passion, Datuk Kamaruddin enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, and obtained his Bachelor of Commerce & Administration in 1973. By 1976, he was already an Associate Chartered Accountant of New Zealand, and a year later, a member of the Associate Chartered Institute of Secretaries & Administrators, U.K. 1982 observed the Malaysian Institute of Accountants admitting Datuk Kamaruddin as one of its Chartered Accountant members.
Amidst his inspiring accolades, Dato Kamaruddin began his career in 1975 as an Accountant with the Ministry of Education, New Zealand, before joining the banking industry for 17 years. Datuk Kamaruddin was a Financial Analyst at Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad in 1977, progressing through the organisation till his instatement as a Group Chief Internal Auditor, when he led the investigation into BMF affairs in Hong Kong and was later promoted to Group Credit Controller, recovering the NPL. Due to his credibility and integrity, Datuk Kamaruddin was appointed as Chief Executive Officer for BBMB Kewangan Bhd, later consolidating with its parent company, Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad, as its Chief General Manager.
Following his tenure with Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad, Datuk contributed to other financial institutions including United Asian Bank, Bank of Commerce (M) Berhad, and Labuan Offshore Bank, before moving into the property industry. He became an Executive Chairman of Metacorp Berhad in 2000, and also held a directorship of ACPI Berhad and Trenergy Berhad.
His interest in education prompted his involvement in the preliminary stage of building up Kolej Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan Malaysia in Melaka. Datuk Kamaruddin was then appointed as a Director at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka in 2002, and was on the board until 2008. He was then designated as a Director at Hektar Real Estate Investment Trust and acted as Chairman of the Audit Committee there before joining KYS Business School in 2012. In addition to tertiary education, Datuk Kamaruddin was the Chairman of the PTA at both his alma maters; SMK Tengku Mahmood Besut, Terengganu (1995-2001) and SK Alor Lintah Besut, Terengganu (1995-2008). The fully residential Sekolah Seri Puteri Cyberjaya saw him as their member of their PTA in 2004 to 2006 before engaging him as their PTA Chairman in 2007 for a year.
Due to his diverse experience and unconditional service to Melaka state, Datuk Kamaruddin was awarded Darjah Setia Melaka in 2001 and Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka in 2002. Despite the string of accolades and vast worldly adventures, Datuk Kamaruddin serves his community responsibility faithfully. His endeavours are recognized from his positions (1991-1994) as Director of Terengganu State Heritage Fund (TWNP) and Director of Permodalan Terengganu Berhad (PTB) along with a Directorship with its subsidiary company, PTB West Wharf Sdn. Bhd. Prior to his service homebound, Datuk Kamaruddin served as the VP of the Malaysian Students’ Association of Victoria, University of Wellington (1974). Additionally, a year later for 2 years, Datuk Kamaruddin was elected Treasurer of International Muslim Association New Zealand (IMAN,NZ).
From his impressive resume, Datuk Kamaruddin maps his experiences to his character and passion for “the qualities of a great man are vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character” (Dwight Eisenhower)