MY / Nathan Kandapper


Nathan Kandapper - Partner


Nathan is an experienced and seasoned business leader with more than 25 years of general management and business leadership experience. An engineer by training, he moved up to business management in his thirties and has diverse leadership experience in country and regional roles in B to C and B to B, and both American MNC and Malaysian conglomerate business environments. His core strengths are in people and talent management, work across cultures in bringing out the best in individuals and teams to overcome challenges, deliver results and chart business growth. These enabled him to deliver strong results in various leadership roles over the years while, coaching and developing the many people and teams he has managed in his diverse career.

Throughout his leadership career, Nathan has been valued for his coaching and mentoring skills. He was often requested to coach senior peers in sister companies and was also sought out by his own direct and indirect team members. Over the years, he has built coaching expertise in improving personal performance, managing culture and other organisational challenges, and for career development. Nathan is now focusing on his passion to develop leaders, harnessing his strong and diverse experience as he undertakes leadership coaching and development assignments. The coaching advantage that Nathan brings is that he is able to connect with and empathise with CEO’s and senior leaders, as he has deep understanding and personal experience of the many challenges and issues that CEO’s and business leaders face.

Leadership Development Experience

Nathan was the Managing Director of Guocera Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s leading ceramic tiles manufacturer. He joined the Hong Leong Group, as CEO of Malaysian Newsprint Industries Sdn Bhd, before moving to Guocera. Prior to this he was with Kimberly Clark, an American Fortune 500 consumer products company, for 29 years. He was the Managing Director of Kimberly-Clark Malaysia/Singapore. His long career in Kimberly-Clark started in project management, moving on to production management, and various business management roles based in Malaysia, Singapore, as well as the regional HQ in Bangkok.

Other Relevant Experience

In his role as Group General Manager and Director for Kimberly-Clark’s Asia Pacific Professional business, he managed teams and markets in more than 10 countries. In his various Kimberly Clark and Hong Leong leadership roles, he has had the opportunity to lead in managing start-ups, managing major business issues and crises, delivering continuous sales and profit growth, and developing people and teams.

Education, Qualifications & Certifications

  • BSc (Hons) in Production Engineering from University of Birmingham, England.
  • Coaching Practitioner workshop – IAC