Kishu Tirathrai

Kishu Tirathrai

Tan Sri Kishu Tirathrai is a prominent Malaysian businessman of Indian descent. He more best known for his textile business as the chairman and managing director of the famous Globe Silk Store.

He is credited with the consolidation and expansion of a family business – the Globe Silk Store – into a household name. He presently leads the Tirathrai Group of Companies which have diversified from textile and apparel merchandising and retailing into manufacturing and real estate development.

Tan Sri Kishu has served the Public Sector in various capacities :

  • Director of Bank Negara Malaysia
  • Director of the National Productivity Corporation
  • Director of the Malaysian Industry – Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT).
  • Founding Chairman of the Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)
  • Exco Member of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation.

Tan Sri Kishu also served as a director of the Malaysian Industrial Development Corporation (MIDF), Sampoorna Holdings Bhd. and the Kuala Lumpur City ASMIC Unit Trust Management Bhd.

As a firm believer in “win-win” business relationships, Tan Sri Kishu used the Globe Silk Store as the first example of a company practicing ‘smart partnership’ – a term which he actually coined. Tan Sri Kishu was one of the key players behind the first Langkawi International Smart Partnership Dialogue and has been an active participant and member of the Joint Executive Group (JEG) since, both in Langkawi and in Southern Africa.

He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Management prestigious Court of Fellows. He is the patron of the Educational, Welfare & Research Foundation Malaysia.

He was recently selected to be part of the high-level corporate advisory council set up to help steer the Iskandar Development Region (IDR) in south Johor.

Tan Sri Krishi Tiratai was sentenced to 3-months jail for contempt of court. Kishu, his wife Puan Sri Mona Kishu and two sons, Vinod and Bushan, were found guilty of interfering and obstructing an order of sale for their shop building in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur. In 2005, the Globe Silk Store closed down after 75 years in business. Many disgruntled workers stage a picket in front of the shop store because they were not given their wages.


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