EY Entrepreneur Of The Year China 2013
Industrial Products Category Winner
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EOY China 2013 Industrial Products Category Winner
SML Group - Chairman
Founded by Simon Suen in 1985, the SML Group has grown into the world’s second largest supplier of apparel branding services with a presence in over 30 countries.
As an innovative and visionary entrepreneur, Simon sought to globalize his business at its founding. In 1997, when others in the industry continued their focus on mainland China, Simon led SML out of Asia to establish a global footprint. Since 2004, SML has made numerous strategic acquisitions in Europe and the US, which have infused the company with new talent, technology and clients that have resulted in a more diversified and expanded business portfolio. With his philosophy of “Pioneer before others; Excel above others; Change ahead of others”, Simon is blazing a new trail once again by setting technology and RFID as the company’s new focus and expanding into logistic operation systems and supply chain management.
Simon Suen, with his unique ability to identify and develop talent, has built an outstanding team. Emphasizing “local teams for a global network,” he transformed SML from a regional manufacturer of woven labels into a global enterprise that provides one-stop technology solutions for retailers worldwide.
Simon has been inspired by the renowned scholar, Professor Jao Tsung-I, and has devoted himself to promote Chinese arts and culture by generously supporting many education and research institutes. He founded the Simon Suen Foundation in 2012 to promote, advance, and preserve Chinese arts and culture.