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CNBC’s Asia Business Leaders Awards Returns to Singapore

Broadcast LIVE globally in Asia, U.S and Europe

SINGAPORE, 25 October, 2010 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, brings the Asia Business Leaders Awards (ABLA) back to Singapore. The 9th ABLA will be broadcast LIVE globally from the Capella hotel in Sentosa on November 25, 2010 at 8pm (SIN/HK).

CNBC pioneered the prestigious ABLA to salute remarkable business leaders for their continued commitment to excellence in Asia. This event gathers the most influential names in business under one roof to celebrate vision and the spirit of achievement in business leadership.

CNBC’s world-renowned anchor, Maria Bartiromo, will be returning to Singapore to host the ABLA again this year. Bartiromo is the host of CNBC’s “Closing Bell” and the host/managing editor of the nationally syndicated “Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo.” This year’s ABLA will feature interview segments and multiple award presentations.

“It’s been a year where uncertainty and instability from the global financial crisis continues to impact markets around the world. The 9th ABLA would like to recognize those leaders who through vision, innovation and execution are leading corporate Asia forward. ABLA remains a testament to CNBC’s continued commitment to Asia,” said Satpal Brainch, President and Managing Director, CNBC in Asia Pacific.

The awards contended for in Asia Pacific are:
a. Asia Business Leader of the Year
b. Asia Innovator of the Year
c. Asia Talent Management Award
d. Corporate Social Responsibility Award
e. Asia Viewers Choice Award
f. Lifetime Achievement Award

Standard Chartered Bank is returning as the Presenting Sponsor for the 9th ABLA.

Sean Wallace, Group Head, Origination & Client Coverage and Corporate Finance said, “Standard Chartered Bank is once again honoured to be the Presenting Sponsor of CNBC’s Asia Business Leaders Awards. As a Bank, we remain confident of Asia’s long-term growth story and economic outlook. We are also proud to be a long-term partner to the region’s business community. This award, which we are supporting for the second straight year, recognises the growing depth of strong corporate leadership in Asia, a key pillar of the economic strength of the region.”

In addition, sponsoring the event are Lippo Group as Associate Sponsor, BMW as Event Sponsor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Development Dimensions International (DDI) as Knowledge and Research Partners and the Financial Times as the Media Partner. Also supporting the event is the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau.

For more information on ABLA, please log on to our website: www.abla.cnbc.com


About CNBC Asia Pacific

CNBC in Asia Pacific is uniquely positioned to speak to viewers from across the region. Headquartered in Singapore, the network provides nine hours of live Asia-produced programming, which is complemented with coverage of live market action from Europe and the US. CNBC Asia Pacific's channels, which include CNBC Asia, CNBC-TV18 (India), CNBC Pakistan, Nikkei-CNBC (Japan) and SBS-CNBC (South Korea) are available in more than 21 countries across the Asia Pacific region. CNBC Asia Pacific also has a strategic alliance with Shanghai Media Group, which wholly owns a subsidiary, China Business Network, and a collaboration with China Central Television (CCTV). In China, CNBC reaches 400 million homes via CCTV’s Business Channel programme, Global Connection Show. The channels are distributed via satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcast networks, as well as through digital platforms.

More information is available at www.cnbc.com

About CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards (“CNBC ABLA”)
CNBC’s Asia Business Leaders Awards acknowledge exceptional CEOs regionally. Recipients of the awards are stellar individuals, who are visionaries behind today’s outstanding businesses. They epitomize core values of a successful leader - strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight – values that are imperative to carving out powerful businesses in the global economy. ABLA contributes to the development of the business community in Asia as it salutes exceptional regional business leaders for their accomplishments and gives the Asian business community the opportunity to learn valuable lessons from them. The CNBC ABLA not only recognizes these outstanding individuals, but is a platform in which they are able to engage with the business community at large.

ABOUT OUR SPONSORS

Standard Chartered – leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Standard Chartered PLC is a leading international bank, listed on the London, Hong Kong and Mumbai stock exchanges. It has operated for over 150 years in some of the world's most dynamic markets and earns more than 90 per cent of its income and profits in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This geographic focus and commitment to developing deep relationships with clients and customers has driven the Bank’s growth in recent years. With 1,700 offices in 70 markets, Standard Chartered offers exciting and challenging international career opportunities for more than 80,000 staff. It is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity. The Bank’s heritage and values are expressed in its brand promise, ‘Here for good’. For more information on Standard Chartered, please visit www.standardchartered.com

Lippo Group
Lippo Group is one of Asia’s largest diversified services conglomerate. Lippo Group’s core businesses are in property and retail, and the Company also has large business units in multi-media and information technology. Its property subsidiary, PT Lippo Karawaci Tbk (LPKR) is Indonesia's largest listed property company by total assets, revenues, net profit and market capitalization, anchored by a large land bank and solid recurring income base. The Group, with its vision, professionalism, entrepreneurial spirit and solid business divisions, continues to build upon momentum and solidify its ‘leadership premium’. Today, Lippo Group’s regional presence extends across the Asia Pacific region, with operations in Indonesia, Singapore, China, Macau, Hong Kong, Philippines, and South Korea.

BMW
BMW is the world’s most valuable car brand in the world (Millward Brown, Top Branz 2010) and is part of the BMW Group. The BMW Group, is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 24 production facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

The BMW Group achieved a global sales volume of approximately 1.29 million automobiles and over 87,000 motorcycles for the 2009 financial year. The pre-tax profit for 2009 was euro 413 million, revenues totalled euro 50.68 billion. At 31 December 2009, the company employed a global workforce of approximately 96,000 associates. The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last six years.

Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau
The Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB) is a group of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB); an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry spearheading the tourism development of Singapore. It aims to establish Singapore as a dynamic business events destination where people, technology and ideas converge to create great value for customers. As the lead government for the business events sector in Singapore, SECB assists business events organisers, corporations and associations by providing comprehensive and impartial information on Singapore’s meeting and exhibition facilities, incentive venues and industry partners.


Appendix:

Award Categories Definition
Asia Business Leader of the Year
The Asia Business Leader of the Year Award recognizes the business leader who makes his or her vision a reality for the company – driving growth, success and profitability. Qualities including innovation, community service, management skills as well as the leader’s ability to formulate strategies and capitalize on key trends are key judging criteria.

Asia Innovator of the Year Award
The Asia Innovator of the Year Award rewards inventive thinking in business. The award recognizes the leader who has pioneered new business processes, creative solutions and technologies or led an organization that has innovation at its very core and in the process, achieved outstanding business success.

Asia Talent Management Award
The Asia Talent Management Award goes to the business leader who values its workforce and is committed to developing, retaining and nurturing the next generation of leaders.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award
The Corporate Social Responsibility Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the arts, education, the environment and community development. The winner of this award will be judged on the ability to translate a company’s success into benefits for the community and makes societal impact a corporate priority.

Asia Viewers Choice Award
The winner of the Asia Viewers’ Choice Award is chosen by CNBC viewers throughout the region. Viewers are invited to vote for their CEO of choice by email or through the official Asia Business Leaders Awards website.

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors the leader who has, during the course of his or her career, made significant contributions in shaping, growing and developing the economic landscape.

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