SINGAPORE, 30 March 2005 - Breaking new ground, a woman enterpreneur has won the top Singapore Business Award (SBA), the organisers The Business Times and DHL announced today.
Ms Olivia Lum, 44, Group CEO and President of Hyflux Ltd, one of Asia’s leading water and fluid treatment companies, is the Businesswoman of the Year, the first in the SBA’s 20-year history.
The former laboratory chemist, who sold her condominium and car to start Hyflux in 1989, is the driving force behind the company’s rapid growth and business expansion, especially since its listing four years ago. The
company, which started as a three-person outfit and now employs 600 staff, has a market capitalisation of over $900 million today. Hyflux was named the Enterprise of the Year in the 2004 Singapore Business Awards.
"For her outstanding drive, vision and entrepreneurial achievement in building Hyflux Ltd into one of Asia’s most dynamic and innovative water and fluid treatment companies with its own brand of menbrance technology."
Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year is Mr Jackson Tai, 54, Vice Chairman and CEO of DBS Group Holdings and DBS Bank. Jackson, whose family left Guangzhou in the 1940s to settle in New York’s Chinatown, took on
various odd jobs as a young lad, including washing dishes and waiting on tables at Chinese restaurants, and later a drummer in a rock band, to supplement his family’s income.
Mr Tai, who joined DBS Bank in 1999 after he retired from J.P. Morgan, steered DBS through the tumultuous changes and turned it into the largest bank in Singapore, which posted record earnings of $2.02 billion in 2004.
"For his exemplary leadership in steering DBS to become one of Asia’s most dynamic financial services groups."
The Enterprise Award goes to Petra Foods Ltd, which manfactures and sells branded chocolate confectionery products to over 30 countries. Established in 1984 by the Chuang family, it is the world’s fourth largest cocoa
ingredients manfacturer. Mr John Chuang, CEO of Petra Foods, has been instrumental in the company’s phenomenal growth. Petra Foods was listed on the SGX mainboard in November 2004.
"For its enterprise and far-sightedness in transforming itself into one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of cocoa ingredients, with factories in six countries and customers in over 30 countries."
The winners will receive their awards from President S.R. Nathan, at a black-tie dinner this evening (30 March) at the Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore.
The annual Singapore Business Awards, which honour outstanding achievers in the Singapore’s business community, is jointly organised by The Business Times, a business daily published by Singapore Press Holdings, and DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company.
The winners are chosen by a panel of judges drawn from industry, academic and official agencies.
Mr Scott Price, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express Asia Pacific, said: "This prestigious award, which has come to represent the pinnacle of success and the gold standard in business, was first conceptualised by the
Business Times and DHL 20 years ago, to fulfill our responsibilities as good corporate citizens and to illustrate the depth of talent that exists here in Singapore by highlighting the successes of the nominees.
"Today, we seek to recognise the outstanding achievements of a group of individuals who have etched a deep impression on Singapore business in 2004. While hailing from very diverse backgrounds, these extraordinary
individuals share between them common traits of leadership, foresight and entrepreneurial spirit.”
Mr Alvin Tay, Chairman of the SBA organising committee and Editor of The Business Times, commenting on this year’s winners, said: "I am especially happy to note that for the first time in 20 years, a woman has won the top
Singapore Business Award. Our congratulations to Olivia Lum. Her sheer grit and ability to seize opportunities won the judges over. She is a good role model for all up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
"In Outstanding CEO of the Year Jackson Tai, we have yet another good example of a foreign talent who has done great work in Singapore, and especially at DBS. And in John Chuang’s Petra Foods, Singapore has a cocoa
processing company that ranks fourth in the world - certainly no mean feat."
Details of the winners and their profiles are given in attached.
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