Sopacha Dhumrongpiyawut, the Chief Executive Officer of Gunkul Engineering Public Company Limited (“Gunkul”), is one of the few female leaders in Thailand’s energy space. She has successfully led the Company to grow at a remarkable rate since the Initial Public Offering of the company. Her outstanding track records speak for itself and has earned her an award this year for “Best Company Performance Awards” and “Best CEO Award”, SET Awards 2015 from the Stock Exchange of Thailand.
Her impressive entrepreneurial track was built on a series of calculated risk. This outstanding individual has proven that being a woman is not a handicap when it comes to leadership. Under her management, Gunkul has successfully expanded into Thailand’s renewable energy space as one of the few first movers in this industry, which allows Gunkul to stand tall today as Thailand’s leading integrated energy company who has complete value chain, ranging from supplying wide range electrical equipment, constructing and operating internal and external power plants.
Graduated from Faculty of Nursing, Sopacha had put tremendous efforts to stand right where she is today. From the beginning, Gunkul Engineering Public Company Limited started as an importer and supplier of electrical equipment in order to support the fast growing of Thailand economy. At that time, Sopacha worked as Managing Director of the company. With her breadth of vision, Sopacha has foreseen the expansion of renewable energy in Thailand. She not only escorted the company into a new venture as a leading renewable energy power producer but also directed the company to expand at an exceptional rate along with the formation of strong subsidiaries to facilitate the expansion of the business.
The company set up G.K. Assembly Co., Ltd. in 1992 to produce and assemble protective equipment used in the electrical power transmission system. Later, G.K. Power Products Co., Ltd was established to produce low and high-voltage electrical equipment. The years passed and all subsidiaries and affiliate related renewable energy business grew even larger such as solar and wind construction, and power plant business in Thailand, namely Gunkul Chubu Powergen, G-Power Sources, NK Power Solar, Rang Ngern Solution, Wind Energy Development, and Greenovation Power. In 2013, we expanded into Japan’s solar power producer business through our subsidiaries namely Sendai Okura Solar Godo Kaisha and Kimitsu Mega Solar Godo Kaisha. To further support our green business, Gunkul also penetrates to LED business, and Gunkul LED Lighting, which support the business operations of Gunkul to grow even faster.
Under Sopacha’s leadership, the company was registered in the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 2010. One year later Gunkul was included in the SET100 index and later included in the calculation of the MSCI Global Standard Indexes. In the current position as CEO, Sopacha has dedicated herself to the company’s future growth. She has committed to strengthen the company’s position as Thailand’s number one leading renewable power producer. She also envisions the company to expand the business internationally.
Besides achieving in the business, Sopacha focuses on the teamwork. She mentioned that “ the key to success is teamwork, no one is capable of accomplishing big thing alone. To the contrary, we require skills of each individual in various fields to work together in harmony to achieve our goal successfully while enhancing the stability of the company. Our success has just begun, we anticipate to succeed and achieve further tomorrow. Obviously, that’s not all of it, we too expect our colleagues and network to grow together hand in hand.”
“GUNKUL strongly believes that the driving force behind the organization’s success is its human resources hence we give high importance in developing our human resources continuously in order to promote their creativity and hence enhance their work outputs. We therefore rest our hope in our employees and are confident that our manpower possesses high levels of knowledge, abilities and skills that are sufficient for carrying out excellent business.”
In addition, Sopacha takes into consideration every dimension of corporate social responsibility for sustainable development by organizing projects and activities that benefit the society. The Company realizes that it is its responsibility to the society therefore it involves in activities such as Scholarship for students in the Community as well as Employee’s Children, Financial Support for School and Community Building Social Responsibility Awareness.
Sopacha Dhumrongpiyawut has proven that women are effective leaders by the ability to develop strategic perspective in running the business successfully in a male‐dominated industry. Still, she maintains that leadership is not a question of gender, but of the ability to overcome fear in making new changes, and build it into an epic legend.