Were you able to nominate your Company’s CEO this year? Asia CEO awards has finally announced its outstanding companies and individuals who made it to the list of finalists across its 13 award categories.

The event just got bigger and better on its 6th year with 1200 expected attendees. It’s going to be a night of not just glitz and glamour but of course, a get together of Asian Companies’ cream of the crop  who have made significant contributions in helping build the Philippines into one of the fastest growing economies in the world. One of the largest events of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, the Asia CEO Awards promotes leadership excellence and team-building within organizations and highlights Filipino business accomplishments to the world’s business leaders.

The 6th Asia CEO awards will be on the evening of November 11 at the grand ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Manila.

The nominations officially closed last September 28, 2015 and the much anticipated list of finalist was finally announced last October 20, 2015 by the Asia CEO Awards esteemed Board of Judges led by its Chairman, Richard Mills, who shares that every year he and his fellow judges are finding it more and more challenging to choose the final list of winners.

The largest number of individuals and management teams were nominated this year. We’re seeing more and more leaders and companies rising in the Philippines, and they’re possessing skills and leadership styles that are at par with global standards,” shares Mills.“It has been our primary goal to promote the Philippines as an attractive investment destination and a valuable source for world-class leaders. The fact that we are finding it harder each year to come up with a winner out of all the quality nominations we’ve been getting, speaks a lot about the progress made in human resource development in the country,” he adds.

Asia CEO Awards

The frontrunners

This year submissions were received from a wide range of industries including banking and finance, real estate, maritime, mining, insurance, energy, business process outsourcing (BPO), tourism, healthcare, and the public sector, to name a few.

Each year, the Asia CEO Awards recognizes management teams and individuals across the following 10 award categories:

KPMG Executive Leadership Team of the Year. Open to any profit-making organization, the award recognizes the executive management team for its success in overseeing a business enterprise either within the Philippines or outside of it. The 10 teams who made it to the list of finalists demonstrate exceptional leadership skills that maximize stakeholders’ values. This year, the finalists are Clark Development Corporation, Concepcion Industrial Corporation, Hedcor, Inc., Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc., Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, Megaworld Corporation, PAG-IBIG Fund, Philex Mining Corporation, Pointwest Technologies Corporation, and Security Bank Corporation.

SyncHRony Global Top Employer of the Year awards any Philippine-based organization that achieved important employer success while overseeing a business enterprise either within the Philippines or outside of it. Eight companies comprise thefinalists, namely ADP Philippines, Inc., ANZ Global Services and Operations Manila, Inc.,Capital One Philippines Support Services Corporation, Cognizant Technology Solutions Philippines, Inc., HSBC Electronic Data Processing (Philippines), Inc., IBEX Global Solutions Philippines, Inc., LBC Express, Inc., and TATA Consultancy Services (Philippines), Inc.

Smart Enterprise Global Filipino Executive of the Year Award. Open to anyFilipino citizen or person of Filipino descent, the accolade recognizes individuals who achieved proven success in the Philippines or outside of it. This year, nominated executives include the following: Andrew Tan, chairman of Alliance Global Group, Inc.; Arnel Paciano Casanova, president and CEO of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority; Arthur Tugade, president and CEO of Clark Development Corporation; Arthur Tan, president and CEO of Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc.; Gilda Pico, president and CEO of Land Bank of the Philippines; Marlon Rono, president of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation; Oscar Reyes, president and CEO of Manila Electric Company (MERALCO); Darlene Marie Berberabe, president and CEO of PAG-IBIG Fund; Frederick Go, president of Robinsons Land Corporation; Alberto Villarosa, chairman of Security Bank Corporation; and Riza Mantaring, president and CEO of Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) Inc.

JLL Expatriate Executive of the Year Award recognizes any non-Filipino who achieved measurable success while overseeing a business enterprise within the Philippines. The finalists comprise five exemplary expat executives, namely Mark Woolfrey, managing director of ANZ Global Services and Operations Manila, Inc.; Tom McCormick, COO of Capital One Philippines Support Services Corporation; Pushkar Misra, president and CEO of Hinduja Global Solutions Philippines, Inc.; David Sutherland, global CEO of International Care Ministries; and Michael Raeuber, group CEO of Royal Cargo, Inc. Awarded to any Philippine-based organization that demonstrate the highest standards of excellence in customer satisfaction, the ADP Service Excellence Company of the Year Award counts eight organizations among its finalists: Acquire BPO, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Healthway Medical Clinics, Inc., Infosys BPO Ltd., Lorma Medical Center, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, Regus Global Service Center, and Seda Hotels.

Recognizing innovation that enhances not only an organization’s business processes, but also benefits society as a whole, the SHORE Solutions Most Innovative Company of the Year Award includes the following innovation-led enterprises among its finalists: Bronzeoak Philippines, Inc., LBC Express, Inc., My Checkpoints (Mo-Anima, Inc.), and WiPro Philippines.

The candidates for the Capital One Young Leader of the Year Award shines the spotlight on young leaders, no older than 35 years of age, who have accomplished remarkable achievements in their field. Out of the following nine finalists, it is much anticipated who will come out on top: Raymond Arnedo Abrea, president and CEO of the Abrea Consulting Group, Inc.; Scott Stavretis, CEO of Acquire BPO; Delfin Agnelo Wenceslao, director, president and CEO of D.M. Wenceslao and Associates, Inc.; Iyah Enciso, CEO of FAD School for Modelling; Mario Berta, founder and CEO of Flyspaces.com; Leandro Legarda Leviste, president and CEO of Solar Philippines; Apollo Tiglao, president and CEO of Subic Water and Sewage Co., Inc.; Bryce Maddock, CEO of TaskUs; and Clarissa Isabelle Delgado, CEO of Teach for the Philippines, Inc.

Recognizing outstanding achievement in the field of sustainability and environmental protection, the ADEC Innovations Green Company of the Year Award is open to both corporate and non-corporate organizations. The following six companies comprise the finalists: Accenture, Inc., Emotors, Inc., Hedcor, Inc., Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation (MIESCOR), Ten Knots Development Corporation/El Nido Resorts, and Tuks+Oil Technology.

One out of seven companies that focus on Information and Communications Technology, Bio Technology and Material Science, Sciences and Math and Engineering will be awarded the Technology Company of the Year Award. These include Accenture, Inc., CreditBPO Tech, Inc., Eco-Systems Technologies, Inc., Elabram Systems Group, Freelancer.com, TATA Consultancy Services (Philippines), Inc., and 24/7 Philippines.

The I-Remit Heart for OFWs Company of the Year Award recognizes private and public corporations that implement specific programs that produce a positive and significant effect to Filipino overseas foreign workers and their families. The six finalists are ACM Landholdings, Inc., ASKI (Alalay sa Kaunlaran) Global Ltd., Ayannah Information Solutions, Inc., PAG-IBIG Fund OFW Center, PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies, and The Global Filipino Investors, Inc.

Because social commitment to the Filipino people should never go unrewarded, the ICM CSR Company of the Year Award seeks to highlight significant efforts made in promoting environmental protection and awareness, livelihood programs and youth development projects. Thirteen exemplary organizations comprise the finalists: ADP Philippines, Inc., ANZ Global Services and Operations Manila, Inc., BPI Foundation, Capital One Philippines Support Services Corp., Citinickel Mining and Development Corp., Cognizant Technology Solutions Philippines, Inc., Convergys Philippines, Dell Philippines, HSBC Electronic Data Processing (Philippines), Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Megaworld Foundation, Inc., PMFTC, Inc., and Wipro Philippines.

Open to ASEAN-based organizations engaged in the hotel and resort industry, the Philippine Airlines Hospitality Destination of the Year Award highlights outstanding companies that have successfully promoted ASEAN tourism and showcased the genuine hospitality and flourishing cultural heritage of the ASEAN region. Four stellar companies are vying for the top spot: Acacia Hotel Manila, Marriott Manila, New World Makati Hotel, and Nurture Wellness Village.

With the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) finally coming into fruition end of this year, the much anticipated TCS ASEAN Company of the Year Award duly recognizes the organization that has achieved significant business growth and expansion across the world’s currently most dynamic region. The finalists of this award, all demonstrating their commitment in introducing and boosting ASEAN economic capabilities and competitiveness within the region, include Hedcor, Inc., Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle Philippines, Inc., Multimedia Development Corporation, Pointwest Technologies Corporation, and Wipro Philippines.

Presented by PLDT Alpha Enterprise, the Asia CEO Awards is set to be one of the biggest events of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.

The world’s business leaders will definitely have their eyes on the Philippines on the night of the annual gala event, which will promptly begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, at the grand ballroom of Marriott Hotel Manila.

Established as a natural outgrowth of the Asia CEO Forums, the largest regular networking event for the Philippine business community, the Asia CEO Awards undergoes a very stringent judging process, with its Board of Judges comprising such industry movers and shakers as Dr. Bernie Villegas, distinguished Filipino economist; Don Felbaum, former president of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; Edward Chang, president of the Korean Chamber of Commerce Philippines; John Casey, former president of the Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines; Jun Palafox, principal architect of world-renowned architectural design and planning firm, Palafox Associates; and Oscar Sanez, San Miguel vice president – International, and former CEO of Business Processing Association of the Philippines.

To learn more about the awards, log on to www.asia-ceo-awards.org.