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CNBC Celebrates a Decade of Business Excellence with the Asia Business Leaders Awards

Singapore, 5 October 2011– CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its prestigious Asia Business Leaders Awards (ABLA).  The 10 thABLA will be broadcast LIVE globally from the Capella hotel in Singapore on November 24, 2011 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.

Some of the past ABLA winners have included:Steve Chang, Anand G. Mahindra, Shiv Nadar, Nanlan M. Nilekan, S. Ramadorai, Tan Pheng Hock, Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr.) Francis Yeoh and Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala. 

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.

“In the last decade, we've seen significant changes impact our global economy.  The world has evolved to where no market exists independently without concern of the happenings in other regions.  During these times, we've also seen strong and visionary leaders who have elevated corporate Asia's role as a prominent player in the world's stage,”said Satpal Brainch, President and Managing Director, CNBC in Asia Pacific.  “The 10 thABLA aims to commend all the winners over the last decade while also recognizing today’s outstanding leaders who will continue to positively impact the Asian story in the years ahead.”

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

EMC Corporation is the main Presenting Sponsor for the 10 thABLA.  Also sponsoring the event are UPS as the Associate Sponsor, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and Development Dimensions International (DDI) as Knowledge and Research Partners and Capella Singapore as the Official Hotel.  Also supporting the event is the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau.

“The world we live in today is becoming increasingly interconnected and interdependent. Leadership is more vital than ever as companies and countries face new challenges.  It is against this backdrop that we celebrate the 10th CNBC ABLA by recognizing outstanding individuals and various Asian companies for their strong executive leadership and commitment to success. As a company that sees Asia playing a key role in driving our future growth and innovation, EMC is proud to be part of this prestigious worldwide event,” says Steven Leonard, President of EMC Asia Pacific & Japan.

“We are delighted to have EMC Corporation as the presenting sponsor for this year’s ABLA,” Brainch continued. “This annual event is a testament to CNBC’s commitment to the region and we look forward to continuing the award’s long-standing tradition of celebrating excellence in business leadership in Asia Pacific for the 10 thtime.” 

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About CNBC in Asia Pacific
CNBC in Asia Pacific is uniquely positioned to speak to viewers from across the region. Headquartered in Singapore, the network provides eight and a half 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.

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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.

EMC Corporation
EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing.  Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.  Cloud Computing represents a new layering of IT, which represents massive, disruptive change, equaling massive opportunity. EMC has the full set of capabilities and solutions to help you capitalize on this opportunity by establishing a new relationship between business and IT, where IT is delivered as a service, and the focus is all about faster time to market, process automation and real IT agility.

UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.  Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.  The company can be found on the Web at and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit

University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Founded in 1898, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Chicago Booth) is a Nobel Prize-winning powerhouse. It is recognized globally for producing world-changing ideas and extremely  well prepared graduates. Chicago Booth is known for its world-renowned faculty who consistently define new areas of study and shape the way the world does business. It is also the first business school to have a Nobel Laureate on its faculty and is also the first and only business school to have had six Nobel Prize winning faculty members. The Chicago Booth is also the first business school to offer a Ph.D. program in Business back in 1920. And it is also the first to offer an Executive MBA program back in 1943. The Chicago Booth Asia campus in Singapore, which was established in 2000, attracts executives throughout Asia and other countries to its Executive MBA program. The part-time Executive MBA program prepares high-potential managers and experienced professionals for positions of greater responsibility. The program includes joint residential sessions in London, Chicago and Singapore with students from all three campuses that are fully owned by the Chicago Booth. The Executive MBA program offered in the Asia campus (in Singapore) is exactly the same program offered in the London and Chicago campuses and is taught by the same faculty who teaches in all Chicago Booth programs. The Chicago Booth supports an active network of more than 45,000 alumni around the globe. These graduates lead and succeed in every possible industry including some 5,500 CEOs and top officers of firms worldwide. Visit Chicago Booth at .

About DDI
As CNBC’s Research Partner for the Asia Business Leader Awards, Development Dimensions International (DDI) interviews shortlisted CEOs to assess their leadership qualities based on criteria such as strategy formulation and execution, talent management, innovation, culture, and social contribution. Founded in 1970, DDI is a global talent management expert and works with organizations worldwide to apply best practices to hiring/promotion, leadership development, performance management and succession management. With associates in 42 offices in 26 countries, the firm advises half of the Fortune 500. For more information about DDI, visit .

Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB)
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.

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.