Leadership that inspires. Leadership that is fuelled by passion and purpose.

Ashwin Muthiah

Founder & Chairman

Ashwin Muthiah is the Founder and Chairman of AM International.

He firmly believes in building businesses that are trusted by society. Today, all the businesses demonstrate a long-term, consistent strategy aimed at delivering business growth while building ethical stakeholder relationships. A firm yet principled businessman, his belief in building businesses that compete in a fair manner based on their superior strategy, products and services is paramount to creating long-term value.

Determination with a focus
Scion of a renowned family of philanthropists and industrialists, Ashwin is a third-generation business leader who has led the group since 2001.

After completing his post-graduation in management studies he gained business knowledge in the family enterprise. He reckoned that consolidating the businesses under a single platform would help establish synergies, boost financial strength and bring accountability for promoting sustainable growth.
Ashwin recognized that re-orienting the group businesses under AM International was the strategic way forward to preserve his family’s legacy in the new millennium. Ashwin’s passion and strategic business acumen acted as the catalyst for a phenomenal transformation.

Simple living and high thinking
Ashwin’s philosophy is best described as “sustainable growth with measured risk taking”.

In his view, fiscal prudence and continuous innovation are the driving forces for sustainable growth in any industry. Thus, consolidating different businesses under the AM International platform has created a nimble and untangled holding structure that invests with conviction to unlock value. Today, every company in the group is focused on creating sustainable business models that are agile and can adapt, change and grow in the long term in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world.

Tradition and technology in co-existence
Ashwin started a new phase of globalization, working with strategic stakeholders, acquiring assets, building a professional leadership team and introducing technology.

This led to significant value creation and business sustainability. He helped strike the perfect balance between traditional business practices and contemporary technology-driven growth.

As the culture of innovation and reinvention gets institutionalized within each business, AM International is emerging as a beacon of progressive management alongside ethical corporate governance.

A businessman with a heart

Ashwin’s philanthropic efforts under the AM Foundation are aimed at addressing challenges in water scarcity and water contamination facing the world in general and India in particular. Under Ashwin’s leadership, the foundation works and explores partnerships with charitable institutions across the globe to bring clean drinking water, prevent contamination in remote parts of India and solving the sanitation crisis.

Ashwin’s appointment as Consul General Ad Honorum for The Philippines and earlier membership of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) recognizes his stature as a respected business leader. Ashwin is a trustee of the Saigon Chettiars’ Temple Trust in Singapore that promotes ancient history, culture and traditions.

He is an alumnus of the famous Loyola College, Chennai.

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