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CNBC Marks 25th Year by Bringing the Asia Business Leaders Awards Back to Singapore


ABLA to broadcast globally in Asia, Europe and U.S.

SINGAPORE, 10 October 2014 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, celebrates its 25th year anniversary by bringing the prestigious Asia Business Leaders Awards (ABLA) back to Singapore. This year's ABLA will be held at the St Regis hotel on November 6, 2014 and broadcast on November 15, 2014 at 8pm (SIN/HK). The award show will also air across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and on CNBC World in the United States.

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

"CNBC is proud to bring the Asia Business Leaders Awards back to Singapore," 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."

Some of the past ABLA winners have included: N. Chandrasekaran (Tata Consultancy), Steve Chang (Trend Micro), Carlos Ghosn (Nissan Motor Co Ltd), Tan Sri (Dr.) Tony Fernandes (AirAsia), Shiv Nadar (HCL Technologies), Nanlan M. Nilekani (Infosys Technologies Ltd), Tan Pheng Hock (ST Engineering), Dato' Rohana Binti Tan Sri Datuk Haji Rozhan (Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd), Sir Gordon Wu (Hopewell Holdings), and Tan Sri Dato' (Dr.) Francis Yeoh (YTL Corporation Bhd).

CNBC's Bernie Lo and Oriel Morrison will host this year's ABLA, which will be themed around CNBC's 25th year anniversary. The event will feature highlights from the past 25 years and reflections from CNBC anchors on good leadership. The event will also include entertainment and interviews with the winners across a number of awards.

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. Singapore Business Leader of the Year

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Development Dimensions International (DDI) are knowledge and research partners for ABLA.

For a list of this year's ABLA nominees or more information on the awards, please log on to our website:

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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.