November 25, 2019

Influential Brands, a think-tank research and business platform which identifies, engages and recognises “The Champions of Excellence” throughout Asia, has named and recognised the leadership and foresight of six prominent executives from Asia, at the 7th edition of 2019 Asia CEO Summit & Award Ceremony held at the Chatrium Riverside Hotel.

Asia’s Top Employer and Award Recipient: Ms Angel Ding, Managing Director, Angliss Singapore

Under the category of 2019 Asia’s Top CEO, Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia Group and Tan Wang Cheow, Founder and Executive Chairman of Food Empire were awarded the highest accolade of the night. Suriyon Sriorathaikul, Managing Director of Beauty Gems Group and Pavarisa Chumvigrant, CMO of Finn Mobile were recognised as “Thailand’s Outstanding Leaders”. The two prominent women who bagged the title of “Thailand’s Influential Woman of the Year” were Nualphan Lamsam CEO of Muang Thai Insurance and Apaporn Kosolkul, Media Influencer of Thai Rath.

Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia Group said, “I am thrilled to be recognised as Asia’s Top CEO by Influential Brands. I’d like to share this honour with our Allstars who have made AirAsia what it is today. Most companies don’t realise that their biggest asset is often people, that they’re only ever as good as those they employ. This is why for 18 years, I’ve been focused on doing my best for them, turning raw diamonds into diamonds, and I am proud to say that even with 24,000 staff, we’re generally a happy company.”

Jorge Rodriguez, Managing Director of Influential Brands said, “The C-Suite Executives that have been awarded as Top CEOs, Influential Women and Outstanding Leaders are highly respected in their respective industries and we are proud to recognise their leadership and influence.  It has been also our honour to recognise Top Influential Brands that have been able to delight consumers gaining their trust and loyalty. Finally, the accolade of Top Employer is a true testament of their best-in-class HR practices and a great culture making them the best employers to work for.”

The event, which was jointly organised by NEO Target, had around 300 prominent C-suite executives from over 100 leading companies across the region including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines in attendance. Chuan Leekpai, President of the National Assembly of Thailand and Former Prime Minister was the Guest-of-Honour at the ceremony.

Under the category of 2019 Asia’s Top Employers, 18 companies from Asia were awarded primarily based on employees’ anonymous feedback, while under the category of 2019 Asia’s Top Influential Brands, 43 companies from Asia were awarded primarily based on consumer insights and surveys covering five countries and more than 5000 respondents.