Growing up in the 70’s traditional male gender preferred environment that lived by Confucian family ethics, a young Siew Lian, armed with a pharmacy degree from the prestigious King’s College, London University, had resigned herself to a pharmaceutical career in England. Little did she know that her late father’s sharp business acumen and practicality would require him to recognize her potential and ask her to come home to assist him in the birth of what was to be one of the most successful business empires in the world, the Genting Group. Her father was the prominently successful businessman, the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong.
For almost 20 years, Siew Lian, oversaw the development and expansion of Genting Highlands Resort or Resorts World Genting as it is now called from a 100 room hotel to more than 5000 rooms; building a staff force from a mere 60 to 6000 by the time she left. Today, it is one of the most successful integrated leisure and entertainment casino resorts in Asia with a market capitalization valued at USD$ 7 Billion and presence in New York, Miami, London, Manila, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Siew Lian literally managed and administered the casino and its treasury operations, the hotels and personnel of the whole 12,000 acre development. She also developed manuals for the hotel and more importantly the casino operations and made the casino the first ever in South East Asia to be computerized.
Call it instinct or business genetic advantage, Siew Lian, although began her career with little experience or knowledge, realized, that in order to make Genting Highlands a success, she needed a buy-in from all the staff right from the lowest levels. She was after all armed with the huge responsibility of managing the operations of the whole resort. From early on, she made sure that she championed the cause of welfare management of her staff, especially those from the lower levels.
Among her legacy, together with the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, they were one of the first few Malaysian companies to develop a share option scheme that rewarded loyal and long serving staff from bus boys, cooks and croupiers to senior managers; a policy still practiced today.
In 1990, Siew Lian left the family business to spend time with her three children, June, Justin and Jacqueline Leong who graduated from King’s College, University of London, Oxford University and Cambridge University.
Today, she pursues her natural passion in the financial markets where she is Chairperson of her own successfully manage family office. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Yayasan Lim (The Lim Goh Tong Foundation) and a Trustee of the Cancer Research Initiative (CARIF), the only private cancer research in Malaysia, and the Federation Family Planning Association of Malaysia.