As Asian business leaders descend on Bangkok tomorrow for an event to honour high achievers among their ranks, Dhanin Chearavanont will add another trophy to his collection. At CNBC's annual Asia Business Leader Award ceremony, the Lifetime Achievement A
“The Lifetime Achievement Award is to honour the leader who has, during the course of his or her career, made contributions in shaping, growing and developing the economic landscape,” business-news television channel CNBC said.
In March, Dhanin also received the Channel NewsAsia Luminary Award for lifetime achievement.
Founded in the 1920s, CP today is a global conglomerate covering agriculture, retailing and international trading, telecommunications, property development and chemicals. With 250,000 employees, it generates annual turnover of US$33 billion (Bt1 trillion) from 15 production bases in 15 countries in Asia and Europe.
CP’s agriculture/food division engages in livestock and aquaculture farming along with processing, sales and distribution in Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Turkey and Russia.
As the first foreign investor in China, CP has expanded across that country in feed production, retailing and financial services as well as pharmaceutical and motorcycle manufacturing.
Chosen by Chinese state media as one of the country’s best-known friends, Dhanin is also the inaugural president of the Beijing-endorsed representation of overseas Chinese entrepreneurs.
For his part in promoting close ties with Russia, he has also been awarded a decoration. He is a member of the Harvard Global Advisory Board and Harvard Business School has honoured his contributions in the development of China’s rural sector in a case study on CP’s agribusiness in China over the past years.
His business philosophy is encapsulated in the “Three Benefits Principle” – the people, the country and the company – born out of CP’s long exposure in various developing economies. He firmly believes it to be CP’s mission to transform itself as the “Kitchen of the World” to meet surging demand for affordable, quality food.
CNBC will hand out five other awards to 44 nominees, including nine from Thailand.
Four of them – Business Leader of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Talent Management, and Social Responsibility – are presented on an annual basis. Last year, Pailin Chuchottaworn, president and chief executive officer of PTT, won the Asia Business Leader Award for talent management.
The Thai Business Leader of the Year award was created specially for this year’s event to recognise excellence in leadership in the host country. It will be granted to the business leader from Thailand whose vision and management abilities have helped his company compete successfully in both Thailand and the global marketplace.
Representing Thailand are Ambrose Chan Kam Shin, DSG International (Thailand); Thiraphong Chansiri, Thai Union Frozen Products; Esa Pauli Heiskanen, Glow Energy; Aloke Lohia, Indorama Ventures; Wichien Mektrakarn, Advanced Info Service; Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, Thai Beverage; Adirek Sripatak, Charoen Pokphand Foods; Chaiwat Srivalwat, Tipco Asphalt; and Aswin Techajareonvikul, Berli Jucker.