Palaniappan is currently engaged in a number of Strategic Consulting and Senior Management Coaching projects specializing in strategy and business development, succession planning and management coaching for both owner-managed business and multi-nationals. His current management coaching assignments are in the areas of improving internal and external communication skills, managing and working in ambiguity and change, handling stress and maintaining motivation, leading and visioning, and motivation for peak performance.
He was the Chief Executive Officer of a Regional Manufacturing Group of companies. He developed the company from a single plant with 14 machines and 50 people and sales of USD $5 million to a Regional Group with 2 plants & 1 marketing office in China, 1 plant in Malaysia and 1 plant in Singapore, with more than 140 machines and 450 people and sales of USD $20 million within a 5 year period. He was responsible for the profitability of the Group and, in particular, his primary responsibilities were business development and marketing for new business for both the Singapore and the regional manufacturing plants. Acquired new customers from the US, Europe, China, Japan and India for the Group.
He was previously the Consulting Manager in Arthur Andersen. He was involved in Management & Operations consulting focusing on Change Management, Strategic, Business & Financial Planning, Marketing Planning and Implementation, Performance Measurement Systems, Cost Reduction, Human Resource Management and Organisation Re-engineering.
He was involved in Management Information Systems consulting focusing on Packaged Systems Feasibility Studies, Custom MIS Design, Executive Recruitment, Installation and Training. In addition to managing the change involved in re-engineering, restructuring and streamlining operations, he also mapped out strategies for local and international market development, and strategic, financial and cash flow planning.
In his more than 20 years of working experience, he has worked with local and international clients in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Belgium, Myanmar, India and China in diverse industries such as banking, manufacturing, service and retail industries and owner-managed businesses.
He has been involved in corporate training and consulting in project management, strategic management and change management for companies in the region. Some of the companies he has worked with are: Daimler Chrysler Asia Pacific, Alstom, Capitaland, Fujitsu, DHL Asia, Danone Asia Pacific, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Hewlett Packard, NCS, Reuters Asia, ATOS-Origin, Singapore Telecom, Intel and Singapore Technologies, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore Technologies Group, Infocom Development Authority of Singapore, Singapore Institute of Management, Marketing Institute of Singapore, International Beverages Trading Company of Myanmar, Julia Gabriel Communications, Chiltern House, Brazil Churrascaria to name a few.
Palaniappan has a Master in Counselling from Monash University, Australia and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. He is also a Certified Master Coach by Dr Suzanne Skiffington, one of the leaders of the management coaching field and a member of the International Coaching Council.