Singapore, 24 November, 2011 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, pioneered the Asian Business Leaders Awards to acknowledge exceptional CEOs across the region. 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.
During an award ceremony that was hosted by award winning anchor, Maria Bartiromo, and broadcast LIVE around the world from the Capella Hotel in Singapore, CNBC announced the winners of the 10th CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards.
Asia Business Leader Award – Mr. Carlos Ghosn, Chairman & CEO, Nissan Motor Co Ltd for inspiring growth for his company, while keeping in step with global trends.
Lifetime Achievement Award – N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys whose vision and management abilities have helped steer his company successfully both regionally and in the global marketplace.
Asia Innovator Award – Mr. Richard Tsai, Chairman, Taiwan Mobile Co Ltd for his leadership in an organization that has innovation at its very core.
Asia Talent Management Award – Dr. Pailin Chuchottaworn, President & CEO, PTT nominated for his role as President of IRPC PCL for his personal involvement in supporting and nurturing leadership within the company.
Corporate Social Responsibility Award – Ms. Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director & CEO, ICICI Bank for her ability to translate the company’s success into benefits for the community.
Asia’s Viewers Choice Award – Mr. Ganesh Avyar, CEO of MphasiS Ltd who received the most votes by CNBC’s viewers in Asia Pacific.
"The 10th annual CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards celebrates and recognizes the leaders who have shaped the Asian economy over the last decade and those who will continue to impact the Asian story in the years ahead," said Satpal Brainch, President and Managing Director, CNBC in Asia Pacific. "Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists for their outstanding achievements."
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10th Asia Business Leaders Awards is hosted by:
CNBC in Asia Pacific
CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news, providing real-time financial market coverage and business information to more than 380 million households worldwide. In Asia Pacific, CNBC is distributed to over 70 million households and 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 every weekday, 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 Awaaz (India), CNBC Pakistan, Nikkei-CNBC (Japan) and SBS-CNBC (South Korea) are available in more than 21 countries across the Asia Pacific region. CNBC 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.
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.
Previous CNBC Asia Business Leader Award winners include:
AM Naik Chairman & Managing Director, Larsen & Toubro Ltd (2010)
Frank Ning CEO, COFCO Corporation (2009)
Hirokazu Yoshikawa CEO, Dowa Holdings (2008)
Harish Manwani CEO, Unilever, Asia / Africa (2007)
Anand G. Mahindra Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (2006)
Chen Feng President, Hainan Airlines Company Limited (China) (2005)
Gerardo Ablaza Jr CEO, Globe Telecom Inc (Philippines) (2004)
S. Ramadorai CEO, Tata Consultancy Services (India) (2002)
KV Kamath CEO, MD, ICICI Ltd (India) (2001)
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Asia Business Leader Award 2011
The Asia Business Leader of the Year is awarded to Carlos Ghosn of Nissan Motor for inspiring growth for his company, while keeping in step with global trends. Nissan Motor, Japan’s second-largest automotive industry, operates globally with more than 248,000 employees. Mr. Ghosn is the CEO of Nissan’s unique partnership with Renault, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and he holds the same position in each company individually. Mr. Ghosn is adept at defining a strategic vision and leading his company through a clearly defined vision for the future. After becoming CEO of Nissan in 1999, when the company was near bankruptcy, Mr. Ghosn led a turnaround of legendary proportions. In recent months, since Japan suffered the effects of an earthquake, he has continued to find solutions for the company that have resulted in Nissan Motors leading all Japanese automakers toward hitting their normal production numbers, a feat expected to be accomplished by Nissan in Sept/Oct 2011.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Awardgoes to N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder of Infosys whose vision and management abilities have helped steer his company successfully both regionally and in the global marketplace. Mr. Murthy founded Infosys in 1981 and served as the CEO and as the Chairman and Chief Mentor until 2011, during which time the company was listed on the NASDAQ. He articulated, designed and implemented the Global Delivery Model, which has become the foundation for the huge success in IT services outsourcing from India and led key corporate governance initiatives in India. Mr. Murthy is an IT advisor to several Asian countries and serves on the boards of HSBC, Ford Foundation and the UN Foundation. He also served as a member of the Unilever board between 2007 and 2010, among others. Mr.Murthy topped the Economic Times list of India’s most powerful CEO’s for three consecutive years in 2004 to 2006. He has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India, the Legion d’honneur by the Government of France, and the CBE by the British government. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has about 25 honorary doctorates from universities in India and abroad.
Asia Innovator Award 2011
The Asia Innovator of the Year Award recognizes Mr. Richard Tsai of Taiwan Mobile for his leadership in an organization that has innovation at its very core. Mr. Tsai champions organizational change and presents novel solutions to business challenges. Mr. Tsai has provided leadership throughout Taiwan Mobile’s transition from a telecom company to a digital convergence company, helping to bridge the communication gaps that occur during such a major shift. The changes have led to seeing Taiwan Mobile become the first company in the world to pioneer new efforts that include the integration of music with social networks and location-based social networking. His focus on skillful communication has gone a long way in facilitating smooth operations between domestic and foreign operators in a highly competitive high-tech industry.
Asia Talent Management Award 2011
The Asia Talent Management goes to IRPC Thailand’s Dr. Pailin Chuchottaworn for his personal involvement in supporting and nurturing leadership within the company. IRPC is a pioneer company, Southeast Asia’s first integrated petrochemical business. Dr. Pailin began his career in academic work, and now combines scholarship with his petrochemical expertise to develop leadership in Thailand’s third largest oil refinery company. Dr. Pailin identifies and mentors key leadership talent in IRPC. Under his guidance, IRPC revamped its scholarship and formal education programs in 2009, both ensuring that the organization has the necessary knowledge and skills to support its growth and future direction and to motivate and retain deserving, capable associates by providing them opportunities to develop and grow professionally. Dr. Pailin believes that everyone has the potential to grow and perform at high levels, and he initiates the systems that encourage them to do so.
Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2011
The Corporate Social Responsibility Award acknowledges Ms. Chanda Kochhar of ICICI for her ability to translate the company’s success into benefits for the community. Ms. Kochhar recognizes opportunities to have a potential impact, and makes societal impact a corporate priority, aligning her corporate strategy with an awareness of the possible social impact. ICICI’s Social Initiatives Group, a nonprofit organization set up within the company in 2000, pioneers work in health, education, and access to financial assistance.
Asia Viewers Choice Award 2011
TheAsia’s Viewers Choice Awardgoes to Mr. Ganesh Avyar, CEO of MphasiS Limited. This award is determined by CNBC’s viewers from across the Asia Pacific region, and Mr. Avyar received the highest number of votes from CNBC’s viewers.