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Sore execs after sports day

In the last month of each year, Thai corporate executives are busier than usual, with press conferences and events to share with reporters and employees. But not all end up well.

At Siam Commercial Bank, the annual sports event took place last week.

At president Kannikar Chalitaporn's suggestion, female executives were encouraged to play a more active role - they should not just join the cheerleading team as in previous years. She thought this would spice up the harmony between executives and other staff.

Female senior executives this year had to join a chair-ball match, while some remained cheerleaders. Others also joined other sport matches.

It was fun, but the day after, half of them had to take sick leave. The sports day resulted in more pain than anticipated, and one even had to go to hospital for an injury.

Age matters, plus the fact that many executives cannot find the time for daily exercise.

Next year, Kannikar should consider different sports that match the executives' ages and lifestyles. How about a Monopoly game, or jackstones?

Slow process to materialise plans

During an interview last week with an executive of Impact Arena, Exhibition and Convention Centre, The Nation learned about new plans for Muang Thong Thani.

Since it first took shape about 20 years ago, Muang Thong Thani - a flagship property of the Kanjanapas family's Bangkok Land - has been a project living with too many dreams.

In 1995, before the financial crisis hit Bangkok Land severely, Anant Kanjanapas, who inherited the land from Mongkol, painted a rosy future that Muang Thong Thani would become a satellite city of Bangkok, with blocks of condominiums, shopping facilities and exhibition centres - to be linked up with a monorail.

Years have passed and only parts of that have materialised.

In 2002, Anant again unveiled the plan to turn Muang Thong Thani into a city for Japanese retirees.

Since then, the development pace has been a step by step. It's hoped that the latest plans will materialise more quickly.

CEOs' additional responsibilities

Chief executives these days can't just sit and work behind their desks. Besides social functions to establish and strengthen connections, they are now required to do many extra things.

Recently Supayos Tanglertsampan, the boss of VEO online, helped his team devise a new charitable campaign that the company's clients could join. In return for every "Like", the company donated Bt1 to the Thai Red Cross Society, which is mobilising funds for storm victims in the Philippines.

At PropertyGuru, Singapore's No 1 online property portal, this Christmas will be celebrated with its co-founder and CEO dressing up as a Santa. Steve Melhuish will show up along with his cheery team of Santarinas and Elves to haul festive gifts including portable chargers, calendars and teddy bears to more than 25 real-estate agencies including CBRE, Colliers, Savills, Knight Frank, DTZ, ERA, Propnex, Orangtee, HSR and Huttons.

"At PropertyGuru, we love celebrating Christmas in a very big way," Melhuish mused. "One of our year-end festive initiatives is thanking our real-estate agents who have been such supportive partners to Property Guru. We make it a point each year to visit them during Christmas and show our thanks and gratitude.

"This year, we will visit more than 25 real-estate-agency offices located all over Singapore and surprise them with gifts. While I will be dressed as Santa Claus, my staff including the managing director of real estate agency business, Ms Winnie Khoo, will play the role of Santarina for the day!"

CIMB Thai Bank president Subhak Siwaraksa also has something to do beyond his banking routines. On Friday, the bank in cooperation with the Thai Red Cross Society hosted a blood-donation day, which was as usual open for all who could come to the headquarters in Soi Lang Suan. What would be a better way to tell how necessary blood donation is than to be one of the donors? He said this was for the sake of all country?men.

To these chiefs, there is no more idleness behind their desks.

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