Top companies, executives feted at Asia CEO Awards 2014
Business Mirror by Roderick L. Abad11-14-2014
In celebration of the Philippines as a global economic
powerhouse, outstanding individuals, business leaders and
institutions operating locally and throughout the region were
recognized on Wednesday during the gala night of the Asia CEO
Awards 2014, held at the Solaire Resort & Casino in
Entertainment City, Paranaque.
Impressed by the sterling credentials of this year's winners,
who have contributed significantly to the country's continued
progress, Asia CEO Awards Chairman Richard Mills told the Business
Mirror they plan to expand the annual recognition to enterprise and
team leaders in Southeast Asia, in time for the upcoming regional
economic integration by next year.
"The quality and diversity of companies that [made it to this
year's edition] are encouraging [us] to display them to the world,"
he said. "We want people in the region to start thinking of the
Philippines as a premier business destination for the entire
region. So we plan to have a regional award that will promote that
objective in peoples' minds."
'While he conceded that such remains in the drawingboard, he
noted that next year's awarding ceremonies "will probably include
Regional Company of the Year and Regional Chief Executive Officer
of the Year awards."
The theme of this year's Asia CEO Awards, "Emerging Asia," he
said, is a testament that the Philippines is "determined to play a
big role in the global and regional economy," especially at a time
when the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations will converge as a single economic community by 2015.
"It's definitely a very exciting time for the Philippines,"
Mills said. "You have very strong Filipino companies and
international companies run by Filipinos doing great jobs
Now on its fifth year, the Asia CEO Awards promotes leadership
excellence and teambuilding within organizations, and displays
Filipino business accomplishment to the world's business
Among the 12 award categories given this year, SM Prime Holdings
Inc. won the top most accolade of Executive Leadership Team of the
The SM Group founder and Forbes s richest Filipino, Henry Sy
Sr., was feted with special citation "Lifetime Contributor of the
Year" for the private sector alongside Tourism Secretary Ramon R.
Jimenez Jr. for the public sector.
Other category winners included El Nido Resorts as Hospitality
Destination of the Year; Envirosite Corp. as Technology Company of
the Year;and Philex Mining Corp. as Corporate Governance Company of
P.J. Lhuillier Inc. was awarded CSR Company of the Year, while
San Carlos Solar Energy Inc. was named Green Company of the
The Young Leader of the Year was awarded to KMC MAG Group
Managing Director Michael McCullough. Lars Wittig, country manager
of Regus Philippines, was honored as Expatriate Executive of the
Year; and Roberto Juanchito Bispo, president of
FirstMetroInvestmentCorp., was named as Global Filipino Executive
of the Year.
Generika Drugstore was named Most Innovative Company of the
Year; Fluor Daniel Inc.Philippines the Quality Company of the
Year; and Smart Communications Inc., Top Employer of the Year.
The awards were presented by SPi Global, Smart Communications,
SHORE Solutions, Security Bank, PLDT Alpha Enterprise, Philippine
Airlines, Oracle, NEC, Meralco, KPMG, Jones Lang LaSalle, First
Carbon Solutions and Capital One.