Malaysia’s capital seen as a strategic hub to grow medical services business
(from left) David Ng, Dr Pascal Rey-Herme, Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed and Arnaud Vaissie officiating the opening ceremony
International SOS, the largest international healthcare, medical assistance and travel security risk services company in the world, recently launched its South and Southeast Asia (SSEA) Medical Services Operational Headquarters (OHQ) as well as its Global Corporate Shared Services (GCSS) Centre for Asia Pacific.
The ceremony was officiated by Malaysia’s Minister of International Trade and Industry and was attended by SOS co-founders Arnaud Vaissié and Dr Pascal Rey-Herme, as well as General Manager of International SOS Malaysia, David Ng.
Both International SOS SSEA Medical Services OHQ and GCSS Centre are located at NU Tower, KL Sentral.
“We began in Southeast Asia 30 years ago when we established operations in Jakarta and Singapore, and have always been committed to the region,” said Vaissié. “We are very proud today to launch our new SSEA Medical Services OHQ and GCSS Centre in Malaysia’s capital city as we look forward to growing together with Southeast Asia.”
Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, whose ministry is leading the initiatives for ASEAN in 2015 concurred, “We see the investment as a boost to the ASEAN region through Malaysia, as improved medical response services are provided for the world and a growing ASEAN market via International SOS unique infrastructure and resources. Malaysia is proud to be part of the International SOS growth story, which sees our citizens contributing to global life-saving operations while gaining high-value skills that grow our economies.”
Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed and Arnaud Vaissie signing the plaque to commemorate the new office premise ceremony
When asked why International SOS chose to move some of its regional headquarters to Malaysia from Singapore, both founders stated that, “the company chose to move our regional headquarters to Malaysia for the same reason large companies come to us: the blend of Malaysia’s world-class infrastructure and talent availability, cost-competitiveness, and ability to take the international best practices and apply it to its uniquely local market.”
International SOS has 11,000 employees across 92 countries serving 60 percent of the Fortune 500 companies as well as NGOs, governments and educational institutions around the world. Its total committed investments in Malaysia of RM71.67 million will create more than 200 additional high-skilled jobs by 2020.
In conjunction with its 30th anniversary globally, and almost 20 years operating in Malaysia, the company also donated RM30,000 to Hospis Malaysia.