Mr. Aung Moe Kyaw is the group chairman of the International Beverages Trading Company (IBTC) Group of Companies, the largest alcoholic-beverage manufacturing and distribution company in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Mr. Aung Moe Kyaw is also a director of Cycle and Carriage Automobile Company Ltd. and APB Alliance Brewery Company Ltd.
Aung Moe Kyaw, the eldest of two brothers, was born in Myanmar in 1964. His father, U Hla Myint, was a government engineer for Myanmar Railways, and his mother, Daw Mya Mya Aye, is a housewife. He received his degree in mechanical engineering in 1986 from the Rangoon Institute of Technology. After university, he worked as an engineer for Alsthom, a contractor of the Myanmar Railways, before joining MTU Marine Engineering in Singapore.
In 1991, Aung Moe Kyaw joined PepsiCo Myanmar as manufacturing manager, where he was instrumental in setting up and managing PepsiCo’s manufacturing facilities. He subsequently worked his way up to become the deputy managing director of MGS Beverages Co., Ltd.
In 1997, Aung Moe Kyaw left PepsiCo Myanmar and became an entrepreneur when he founded IBTC with four friends to manufacture and distribute alcoholic beverages in Myanmar. Starting with sales of 20,000 cases in its maiden year, IBTC has grown to be the market leader in Myanmar with annual sales of five million cases. Aung Moe Kyaw has been instrumental in growing the company from its humble beginnings, and was hands-on in building the company’s brands, developing a nationwide distribution network supported by in-house supply-chain management, and developing a team that currently manages more than 2,500 employees in five manufacturing facilities. IBTC’s products are market-leading brands in Myanmar.
As a prominent entrepreneur, Aung Moe Kyaw also contributes to national efforts through CSR activities and sports promotion. He has actively supported disaster-relief efforts, including for the Cyclone Nargis disaster, providing donations and rebuilding schools that were devastated by the storm. He is a patron of the Public Health Foundation and also initiated the MDC-sponsored nationwide eye-care program that provided free eye checks, medical treatment, cataract operations, and optical aids in rural parts of the country. He serves as the chairman of Hantharwaddy United Football Club and was the team manager of Myanmar’s national football team for the South East Asian Games in 2011 and 2013.
Founded in 1995, IBTC quickly established a reputation for providing customers and consumers with exceptional products and outstanding service. Their first brands, Grand Royal Whisky and Royal Dry Gin, were followed by Eagle Whisky, Grand Royal Special Reserve Whisky, and Hero Whisky, each of which is now an iconic brand in Myanmar.
Today, quality products, great brands, an extensive distribution network, and a responsible approach to business ensure that the IBTC Group is one of the most successful companies in Myanmar.