Dato’ Norman Abdul Halim was exposed to the world of business at the early age of 20, after graduating with a Diploma in Accountancy from a renowned college. Armed with a vision, his first foray was in 1992 with a modest capital of RM2,000, whereupon he put to practice the knowledge he had accumulated together with his natural instincts and flair for marketing to bring the KRU Group of Companies to life and almost immediate success. Since then with his strategic leadership, he has masterminded success after success, putting his unique combination of skills, talent and business acumen to the test.
These numerous achievements resulted in him receiving the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award in 2007 from the Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Awards. Today, more than twenty years later, he has propelled the Group to the forefront of the world of media and entertainment both domestically and across foreign shores.
To support KRU’s expansion in the domestic and international markets, Dato’ Norman founded KRU Academy in 2012 as a vocational college specializing in skills related to entrepreneurship and the creative industry. Now, KRU Academy is one of the leading private vocational colleges supporting the national agenda in supplying skilled talent pool not only for KRU Group of Companies but also for the creative industry at large.
Norman’s expertise is sought by many other organizations as reflected by his posts in numerous associations including, Vice President of the Malaysian Film Producers Association, IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) Main Board and Asia Pacific Board Member and many more. His tireless efforts in the fight against piracy led to him being presented with the MPA Asia – Pacific Copyright Educator (A.C.E.) Award in recognition of his important contribution in working alongside the Motion Pictures Association of America in raising awareness of the importance of promoting content protection in the country.
As the Group’s Executive President, both his business and creative skills are leveraged upon. His creative skills can be seen via his role as Executive Producer of all KRU’s feature films, documentaries, television programmes and music products. Meanwhile his business skills shine through as he oversees the Group’s numerous ventures, expansions… and its positioning, both today and tomorrow.