YG BHG Dato' Haji Ameer Ali Mydin
Dato' Haji Ameer Ali Mydin - Hypermarket Chain ( GOPIO International Excellence Award 2010 )
Yg Bhg Dato' Hj Ameer Ali was born on 4 June 1956 in Penang. He is the third in a family of seven siblings. Upon obtaining a scholarship from MARA, Ameer Ali furthered his studies to the United States. He graduated from the Western Michigan University (USA) with a Bachelor degree in Chemistry and a minor in Management in 1979. He pursued a Masters Degree in International Management at the Sonoma State University in California in 1980.
After finishing his studies in USA, being a fresh young graduate, Dato' Ameer was occupied with carving a niche for himself in the banking industry. He joined Malaysia's largest merchant bank, Arab Malaysian Merchant Bank and worked in the Banking division for 8 years.
In 1989, he left the banking profession, with the strong and continuous support from his family members and Staff with a vision to turn his family business into a large empire. The Legacy of MYDIN actually began way back in 1918 by Mr Gulam Husen Jamal, father of Ameer Ali. Mydin, operating in East Coast then, can be Seen branching out by opening its first store in Kuala Lumpur Dato' Ameer had a vision to expand and Transform MYDIN from just an emporium into a gigantic hypermarket.
Since then. Dato' Ameer has developed MYDIN to be the largest wholesaler and retailer in the country operating more than 55 branches nationwide. Dato' Ameer has driven the venture into head on competition with large foreign players and has transpired as one of the largest retail trade among hypermarkets in Malaysia. This has proven to be an achievement for a homegrown business. MYDIN's turnover currently exceeds RM1.3 billion per annum.
Under Dato' Ameer's administration and with the support from his dedicated staff, Mydin has grown as a well known brand in terms of household name. MYDIN evokes images of a place to shop for groceries and a choice of place for many SMEs to get their raw materials and supplies from.
Dato' Ameer carries the persona of great entrepreneur and has gained nationwide popularity among Malaysian. He has won several business awards. Dato' Ameer was winner of the Masterclass CEO of the year 2009 by Kuala Lumpur Chamber of Commerce, Winner of Brand Laureate “SMEs Brand Personality Award 2009" and recently won the Retail-Chain Sector of the year 2010 by Kuala Lumpur Chamber of commerce. He also won the Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur award in 2007.
Dato' Ameer contributes significantly in social work via various corporate social responsibility programs. MYDIN Mohamed Holdings Bhd always extend their assistance to the less fortunate, such as single mothers, orphans and disaster victims. On occasion basis, he gives motivational talks to aspiring entrepreneurs guiding in them with the right knowledge on how to be successful in the business arena.