MR TIAH JOO KIM
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Joo Kim holds a Master of International Business from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has been at the helm of TA Global Berhad as the Chief Executive Officer since 1 January 2016.
An innovator firmly focused on breaking away from the conventional methodologies of the industry, Joo Kim sees innovation as fundamental to the company’s mission. Under his visionary direction and strategic leadership, the property arm of TA Group has successfully developed and is still developing a formidable portfolio of urban spaces, many of which are rising to their calling to be icons of their cities.
One of them is the Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver, developed for West Georgia Development Limited Partnership (in which TA Global Berhad and Birkbeck Trust share equal interests). More than just a luxury hotel, the now completed 69-storey landmark is a showcase of craftsmanship and classic discipline. As a matter of fact, its architectural design and significance have taken the international spotlight through numerous accolades, including but not limited to the Best International Hotel Architecture of International Property Award 2017-2018 and Forbes Five-Star Hotel Award 2018.
Hardly one to rest on his laurels, Joo Kim’s seemingly unending thirst for new ideas and new forms has him set out to reimagine the skyline of Kuala Lumpur as well. Presently, he is spearheading multiple developments in the capital, totalling 162 acres with an expected gross development value of RM14.2 billion. The most notable one is Damansara Avenue, a 48-acre master-planned community housing residential, commercial and various lifestyle components all in one. Its second residential phase, the service apartment Ativo Suites, is currently under construction and will feature 2 towers with 668 units.
Other plans in the pipeline include ALIX Residences in North Kiara and a luxury lifestyle hotel brand that will sit atop a 2.47-acre site at the epicentre of KL’s Golden Triangle. Highly strategic locations aside, these projects will introduce many authentic design and lifestyle concepts never before seen in Malaysia. They are expected to create a positive disruption in the way traditional residence and hospitality are defined and thus raise the profile of TA Global as the local real-estate game changer.
Joo Kim is the eldest son of Datuk Tiah Thee Kian, who is also the Executive Chairman and a substantial shareholder of TA Global Berhad. His mother is Datin Tan Kuay Fong who is the Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of TA Global Berhad.