Driving growth for collaborative success
13 Outstanding Entrepreneurs Named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 China Winners

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9 November 2012, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong - EY today announces 13 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 China (EOY 2012 China) winners. Recognized globally, the awards honour an outstanding group of business leaders who inspired others with their vision, leadership and achievements. In addition, EY will announce the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 China country winners at an awards gala to be held this evening in Beijing. 

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year China (EOY China) is in its seventh year. This year, 13 outstanding entrepreneurs have stood out as EOY 2012 China category winners. They have been drawn from a diverse range of industries, comprising emerging industries, media and entertainment, financial services, life sciences, consumer products, industrial products and services and their achievements through innovation have brought positive contributions to their industry and in the community.

Albert Ng, China Chairman and Greater China Managing Partner of EY, says, “On behalf of EY, I would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s Entrepreneur Of The Year China awards. It has been a difficult year for the global economy and the road ahead is still uncertain and full of challenges. However, our entrepreneurs were brave enough to challenge convention. They reinvented traditional businesses and adopted innovative approaches to bring the companies to the next level. We saw many entrepreneurs adopting different strategies to consolidate their business. Instead of aggressive expansion, many of them invested in branding, R&D, service quality and human capital. The strong foundation they built today will enable sustainable growth in the future. Therefore, our entrepreneurs successfully fought the downturns to drive growth and achieve sustainability. We encourage and recognize their innovative spirit to inspire more entrepreneurs. ”

Joe Tsang, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 China Co-Chairman, says, “China today is making tremendous efforts to change its mode of economic growth by exploring ways to add value, promote sustainable development, and facilitate a global economic recovery and collaborative success. Chinese entrepreneurs are on the frontier of economic transformation, using their experience and collaborating with one another to meet many challenges of the global economic slowdown. With both social benefits and economic efficiency as their goals, they are providing innovative solutions to many critical problems while creating new business opportunities for their enterprises.”

Terence Ho, EY Entrepreneur Of The year 2012 China Co-Chairman, says, “The winners’ entrepreneurial spirit, world-class ideas, guiding principles and teamwork contribute to the exceptional achievements they have made — not only in their own businesses, but also in their respective industry sectors and society at large. Our awards program provides business elites an exclusive platform to network and strategize.”

The theme of this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year China is “Driving growth for collaborative success”. “Driving growth” means finding possibilities for innovation through challenges and developing original products and services in the evolution from “made in China” to “designed by China” and “this is a Chinese brand”. “Collaborative success” is all about performing one’s social responsibilities, which includes taking into consideration the interests of relevant stakeholders in the course of doing business and encouraging continuing global corporate citizenship among Chinese enterprises.

EOY China past winners include Mr. Cho Tak Wong, Chairman of Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co., Ltd., Mr. Liu Yonghao, Chairman of New Hope Group Co., Ltd., Mr. Li Shufu, Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd., Mr. Vincent Lo, Chairman of Shui On Group, Mr. Guo Guangchang, Chairman of Fosun Group and Mr. Robin Li, Chairman and CEO of Baidu.com.

Paul Chow, Judging Chairman for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 China awards, Former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited says: “Today, entrepreneurial spirit is reflected not only in innovation and assurance of corporate sustainability, but also in social corporate responsibility.  The winners of this year are recognized being successful in diverse industries. They demonstrate demeanor of outstanding entrepreneurs. I take great pleasure in offering my heartfelt congratulations to all of them on their achievements.”

This year’s Independent Judging Panel also includes Mr. Cho Tak Wong, Chairman of Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co., Ltd. and the winner of “EY World Entrepreneur of The Year 2009”, Mr. Fang Fang, Vice Chairman, Asia and CEO, China of J.P. Morgan Investment Banking, Mr. Liu Yonghao, Chairman of New Hope Group Co., Ltd., Ms. Mary Ma, Chairman of Boyu Capital, Co-founder and Chairman of City Telecom (H.K.) Limited and Dr. Fred Hu, Chairman of Primavera Capital Group.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year China 2012 Award Winners are:

Media and Entertainment Category Winner

  • Charles Chao, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President, SINA
  • Liu Jiang, President, Trends Media Group
  • Wang Changtian, Chairman, Beijing Enlight Media Co., Ltd.

Financial Services

  • Ma Weihua, Executive Director, Bank President and CEO, China Merchants Bank Co., Ltd.

Life Sciences

  • Che Fengsheng, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group Ltd.

Consumer Products

  • Chen Ying Chieh, Chairman and CEO, Daphne International Holdings Limited
  • Johnny Cheng, Chairman, Veeko International Holdings Limited
  • Annie Yau Tse, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tse Sui Luen Jewellery (International) Limited

Industrial Products

  • Han Xianbao, Chairman and President, Weihua Group Co., Ltd.
  • Wang Xuning, Chairman and President, Joyoung Company Limited
  • Zhang Tianren, Chairman, Tianneng Power International Limited

Services

  • Michael Wu, Chairman and Managing Director, Hong Kong Maxim’s Group

Emerging Enterpreneur

  • Arthur Chow, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, 6waves

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