Text by Kohmala Murthy
It is with utmost sadness, we announce the passing of Valiram’s chairman Datuk Jethanand Utumal Valiram.
Datuk Jethanand Valiram who was surrounded by loved ones, passed away peacefully at New York City on Tuesday, July 18, 6.30pm (July 19, 6.30am, Malaysian time). He was 78 years old.
Datuk Jethanand was such a committed, dedicated and progressive visionary which can be seen through the evolution of Valiram. The company’s modest beginnings were in the textile trade.
His entrepreneur zeal and foresight alongside with his progressive vision contributed to Valiram’s growing retail empire which expanded to the opening of the world’s first-ever textile boutique at an airport.
The venture then progressed and proved successful in garnering the commitment of various global brands as the group opened several new concessions at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
In 1996, together with his sons, he steered the company towards the next phase of Valiram’s evolution- lifestyle retail. Valiram today is a known conglomerate of luxury and lifestyle brands with anetwork spanning nine countries and headquatered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In his personal life, he devoted his time to philanthropic initiatives close to his heart. Among them included charitable works and donations to organisations such as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Lions club, Rotary Club among others.
He also served on management committees of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce and held the vice-president role at the Sindhi Association of Malaysia.
Datuk Jethanand is also recognised as a community leader within the Sindhi community having held the position of vice-president role at the Sindhi Association of Malaysia.
His eldest son, Valiram executive director Sharan said, ” He lived a glorious life and went with much dignity. He is a legend and his life was a grand celebration.”
He is survived by his wife Datin Chanpa Kirpalani Valiram. His sons Sharan, Ashvin and Mukesh. Daughters- in-law, Lavina, Monica and Roshan. Grandchildren Neerav, Divesh, Harein, Jiya and Aarav.
Valiram is now known as Southeast Asia’s leading luxury goods and 360° retail specialist for a conglomerate of luxury and lifestyle brands with a network spanning nine countries and headquartered in Kuala Lumpur.
Valiram operates over 350 stores and at the same time representing over 200 brands across various categories from fashion, and accessories, timepieces and jewellery, perfume and cosmetics to confectionery and dining concepts.
Brands under Valiram includes internationally renowned brands such as Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Tumi, Bath And Body Works, Victoria Secret as well as, Swiss Watch Gallery, The Flying Emporium, Luxury Fashion and Vie Beaute and Flow.