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CNBC awards Hitachi’s Hiroaki Nakanishi the Asia Business Leader of the Year Award at the 14th CNBC Asia Business Leaders Award Ceremony


Krung Thai Bank's Vorapak Tanyawong wins Thailand Business Leader of the Year Award

SINGAPORE, 29 October 2015CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announced five distinguished winners of the 14th Asia Business Leaders Awards (ABLA) at the awards ceremony held in Bangkok, Thailand. This year, business leaders from Japan and Malaysia shared top honors by taking home a total of four awards.

In recognition of astute business foresight and acumen, vision, innovation, talent management and corporate social responsibility, CNBC awarded ABLA awards to Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (Japan), Hitachi (Japan), IHH Healthcare (Malaysia), Malayan Banking (Malaysia), JG Summit Holdings (the Philippines) and Krung Thai Bank (Thailand).

Asia Business Leader of the Year Award - Hiroaki Nakanishi of Hitachi
Asia Innovator of the Year Award - Dr Tan See Leng of IHH Healthcare
Asia Talent Management Award - James L. Go of JG Summit Holdings
Corporate Social Responsibility Award - Datuk Abdul Farid Alias of Malayan Banking (Maybank)
Lifetime Achievement Award - Tadashi Yanai of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.
Thailand Business Leader of the Year Award - Vorapak Tanyawong of Krung Thai Bank

"CNBC's Asia Business Leaders Award continues to recognize and celebrate the successes of the region's best and inspirational leaders. Congratulations to all winners and shortlisted candidates for your outstanding achievements in a dynamic region," said Mr KC Sullivan, President and Managing Director, CNBC International.

"I am deeply honored to be awarded CNBC's Asia Business Leader of the Year Award 2015. This win would not have been possible without the support from our customers and of course the contribution and hard work of our global talented team. I am delighted that Hitachi's business and CSR activities have been recognized as contributing positively to society, helping to improve everyday quality of life", said Mr Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman and CEO, Hitachi.

"This is the most impressive recognition for all of us in Krungthai Bank to be awarded by most prestigious international business channel, CNBC. Thank you for taking the deep insight review into our organization, this prestigious award will definitely inspire us to reach our three summits goal," said Mr Vorapak Tanyawong, President and CEO, Krung Thai Bank.

Under a stringent, objective and transparent three-phase judging process, nominated business leaders are judged by an independent panel of management strategists, academics and CNBC executives. The judging process consists of a quantitative organization data analysis, face-to-face interviews and final selection of award recipients.

The panel includes CNBC's long-time knowledge partner, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, research partner Development Dimensions International and CNBC's Senior Vice President, International News & Programming, Mr John Casey.

This year, over 200 business leaders and guests from Asia Pacific attended the 14th Asia Business Leaders Award ceremony and The CNBC Exchange, presented by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), held in Bangkok's Siam Kempinski Hotel.

The CNBC Asia Business Leaders Award is an annual award ceremony that recognizes outstanding business leaders who develop innovative strategies and best practices that help to shape the Asian economy and lead the region's growth. As part of the CNBC Asia Business Leaders Award, CNBC organized The CNBC Exchange panel discussion, held on 28 October 2015, that invited Mr Curtis Chin, former US Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank and Asia Fellow of Milken Institute, Ms Kesara Manchusree, President of The Stock Exchange of Thailand and Mr Michael Kurtz, Chief Asian Equity Strategist and Global Head of Equity Strategy of Nomura, to discuss the global challenges and local solutions the region needs to consider.

The 14th ABLA will be broadcast in Asia Pacific on November 6 at 6.00pm (SIN/HK). The award show will also air in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and in the U.S. on CNBC World.

For more information about the CNBC Asia Business Leaders Award, award winners and shortlisted candidates, please visit

Contact Information:

Mike Cheong
Communications Manager, CNBC Asia Pacific
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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.

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