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Started with humble beginnings in sales, Dato’ S.Balakrishnan brought his wisdom abroad to Indonesia to manufacture, distribute and trade tobacco products in both the local and export market in 2011.

Driven by his passion to create impactful businesses, he soon diversified his portfolio and secured distributorship rights for international cigarette brands in the duty-free market.

In 2018, he acquired a logistic and warehousing company specialising in the Southeast Asian duty-free market, seamlessly integrating the key operations under SPDF Group to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness. SPDF Group’s expansion through 12 duty-free outlets across international borders in just 2 years is a testament to his vision and understanding of customers’ demands. With a bold vision to reach 30 outlets in the next 5 years, Dato’ S.Balakrishnan continues to drive SPDF Group to greater heights, paving the conglomerate’s way towards leading in the Asia Pacific region.
SPDF Group Founder & Managing Director

Dato’ S.Balakrishnan

A true embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit, wearing many leadership hats as the Founder and Managing Director of SPDF Group. With his grit and sharp business mind, he is best known for his ability to think creatively and explore new growth opportunities when the timing is right.