Executive director, Valiram Group
The retail executive also founded a major luxury watch retailer in the region
Sharan Valiram is one of the key figures responsible for turning the Valiram Group into a leading luxury goods and 360-degree retail specialist in Southeast Asia.
The company built by his grandfather in 1935 had its humble beginnings as a textile trader. Three generations later, Sharan and his younger brothers have pivoted the business they inherited from their father into a luxury retailer par excellence, with a footprint in nine territories and managing 200 brands in numerous categories from fashion and accessories, timepieces and jewellery, perfume and cosmetics to confectionery and dining concepts.
In 2001, Valiram ventured into luxury watch retailing and set up its first Swiss Watch boutique in Penang International Airport. Despite having no experience at first in the business of watchmaking, Swiss Watch flourished to become one of the leading watch retailers in the region today, with a portfolio of 50 brands and stores spanning across Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Thailand.
Apart from running the family business, Sharan also serves as a director in the Entrepeneurs’ Organisation (Malaysian chapter), a dynamic network of the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs.
Did You Know?
In September this year, Valiram Group was named by consulting firm Deloitte Malaysia one of the country's Best Managed Companies in 2022.