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CNBC Announces 14th Asia Business Leaders Awards Nominees

UNIQLO Founder Tadashi Yanai named Lifetime Achievement Award winner

SINGAPORE, 14 September 2015
CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announced the shortlisted candidates and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for the upcoming 14th Asia Business Leaders Award (ABLA) which will be held on Thursday, 29 October 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award, a total of 45 business leaders from 10 countries will vie for the remaining five awards.

This year, Chairman, President and CEO of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd, Mr Tadashi Yanai will be awarded the ABLA Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions over the course of his 44-year career. Mr Yanai has shaped and developed the economic landscape in Japan and around the world through Fast Retailing Co., Ltd, a public Japanese retail holding company for notable brands like UNIQLO, Theory, Helmut Lang, Comptoir des Cotonniers and more.

"We are delighted that Mr Tadashi Yanai has accepted this year's CNBC Lifetime Achievement Award. His entrepreneurial spirit, contribution to retail and commitment to corporate citizenship is unparalleled,"said Mr KC Sullivan, President and Managing Director, CNBC International.

"It is an honor to be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by prestigious business channel CNBC. I could not have been selected for the award without the contributions of Fast Retailing employees worldwide, and I wish to express my thanks to them," said Mr Tadashi Yanai.

The five remaining award categories are the Asia Business Leader of the Year Award, Asia Innovator of the Year Award, Asia Talent Management Award, Corporate Social Responsibility Award and Thailand Business Leader Award.

India leads the pool of 45 shortlisted candidates with nine individuals in the running, followed by Japan (seven candidates), Thailand (six candidates), Singapore and Indonesia (five candidates each), Malaysia (four candidates), the Philippines (three candidates), Hong Kong and Korea (two candidates each) and mainland China and Taiwan (one candidate each). The five winners will be unveiled onThursday, 29 October 2015.

For the list of shortlisted ABLA candidates, please visit http://abla.cnbc.com/candidates.


Contact Information:
Mike Cheong
Communications Manager, CNBC Asia Pacific
Mike.Cheong@nbcuni.com
D: +65 6326 1123
M: +65 9852 8630


About CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards
CNBC pioneered the Asia Business Leaders Awards (ABLA) in 2001 to salute remarkable business leaders for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies. CNBC is proud to continue the tradition established by the Awards that define and celebrate vision, the spirit of achievement and excellence in business leadership in Asia.

The ABLA distinguishes and honors leaders who have contributed and shaped the Asian economy, and are visionaries behind today's outstanding businesses.

Winners of the Awards exemplify the best in leadership. They epitomize the 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.

For more information on ABLA, please visit www.abla.cnbc.com


About CNBC
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