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CNBC’s Asia Business Leaders Awards Returns to Thailand


12thABLA to broadcast globally in Asia, Europe, and U.S.

Singapore, 31 October 2013 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, celebrates the 12th anniversary of its prestigious Asia Business Leaders Awards (ABLA) in Thailand this year. The 12th ABLA will be held at the Conrad Hotel in Bangkok on November 14, 2013 and broadcast globally on November 28, 2013 at 8pm (SIN/HK).

CNBC created 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: N. Chandrasekaran, Steve Chang, Carlos Ghosn, Anand G. Mahindra, Shiv Nadar, Nanlan M. Nilekani, S. Ramadorai, Tan Pheng Hock, Tan Sri Dato' (Dr.) Francis Yeoh, and Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala.

CNBC's Bernard Lo, Martin Soong, Christine Tan and Deirdre Wang Morris will host this year's ABLA which will feature interviews with the winners across a number of awards.

"CNBC is proud to bring the 12th Asia Business Leaders Awards back to Thailand," said KC Sullivan, President and Managing Director, CNBC International. "Over the years, the awards have recognized exceptional business leaders who have helped shape the Asian economy. This year's ABLA continues that tradition by honoring leaders who through strength, innovation and foresight are leading corporate Asia forward."

The awards are given in the following categories (in alphabetical order):

a. Asia Business Leader of the Year

b. Asia Innovator of the Year

c. Asia Talent Management Award

d. Corporate Social Responsibility Award

e. Lifetime Achievement Award

f. Thailand Business Leader of the Year

The destination host for the 12th ABLA is the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). Also sponsoring this year's ABLA are C.P Group as the event sponsor, Bangkok Post as the print media partner, and University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Development Dimensions International (DDI) as knowledge and research partners.

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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.


Thailand Conventionand Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) - the government's leading edge agency - has been the key to success for a wide range of global & regional business events since 2004. With our key strategic model, Growth Driver; TCEB works as your strategic business partner, delivers creative ideas, and provides solutions from our capable resources for every scale and various customised business events.

TCEB has formed numerous collaborations and networks linked to open up grand new chapters of business opportunities, and to strategically enhance every business success with special care that will spur lasting advancement and achievements. Our goal is equipping the business event industry at national, regional, and global stage for continuous development, long-term growth and sustainable success.

C.P. Group

Established since 1921, the Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) is a leading Thai multi-national conglomerate that operates 3 core businesses in agro-industry and food, marketing and distribution, and telecommunications. CP invests in 16 countries and employs over 280,000 people around the world. CP connects on a global scale with developed and emerging economies through partnerships that introduce modern management, technology, capital and marketing. Our '3-Benefit Corporate Value' ensures that wherever we operate, it will always be to the benefit of the country, its people and then the company.

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Founded in 1898, the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business is an intellectual powerhouse and is one of the most prestigious institutions in the United States. Our academic programs consistently rank among the top 10 schools in surveys worldwide. We launched the world's first EMBA program back in 1943 to provide business professionals with the most-up-to-date management education. The same EMBA program which connects high-powered executives is offered in our campuses in Singapore, London and Chicago.

Development Dimensions International (DDI)

For over 40 years, DDI has helped the most successful companies around the world close the gap between where their businesses need to go and the talent required to take them there. Our areas of expertise span every level, from individual contributors to the executive suite, including Success Profile Management, Selection & Assessment, Leadership & Workforce Development, Succession Management and Performance Management. DDI's comprehensive, yet practical approach to talent management starts by ensuring a close connection of our solutions to your business strategies, and ends only when we produce the results you require. DDI is an essential partner wherever you are on your journey to building extraordinary talent.


Award Categories Definition

Asia Business Leader ofthe 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.

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.

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.

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.

Thailand Business Leader of the Year

The Thailand Business Leader of the Year Award is specially created for this year's ABLA to recognize excellence in leadership in the host city of this prestigious event. This Award recognizes an exceptional business leader from Thailand whose vision and management abilities have helped steer his/her company successfully in both his/her home country and in the global marketplace.