Man at His Best

Valiram patriach passes on

Chairman Jethanand Utumal Valiram transformed the luxury retailer.

BY Editors | Jul 21, 2017 | Culture

Datuk Jethanand Utumal Valiram

The chairman of retail specialist Valiram Datuk Jethanand Utumal Valiram passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 18 in New York City. He was 78 years old.  Jethanand was the family patriarch took over the family business aged 16, with the sudden death of his father. The Valiram group started out in the textile trade before moving into yarn manufacturing, and fabric and garment re-export. Under Jethinand, it moved into lifestyle retail in 1996, opening the world’s first textile boutique at an airport. This venture won the confidence of global brands that led to the group opening several new concessions at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, before expanding into travel and downtown retail. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Valiram now has presence in nine countries.

Jethanand remained involved in the business as chairman and advisor while devoting his time to philanthropic initiatives for organisations such as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Lions Club, and Rotary Club. He served on the management committees of the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce and held the vice-president role at the Sindhi Association of Malaysia. He is survived by his wife, Datin Champa Kirpalani Valiram, sons, Sharan, Ashvin and Mukesh, daughters-in-law, Lavina, Monica and Roshan, and grandchildren, Neerav, Divesh, Harein, Jiya and Aarav.