KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional Bhd president and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh has emerged the proud winner of Malaysia's CEO of the Year 2008 Award.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak presented the award to Che Khalib at a ceremony last night.
In his speech, Najib reminded CEOs that their role was more demanding now and they needed to be proactive when tackling issues.
"Common sense and good judgment matter more than ever," he said, adding that a CEO's constituency was not just shareholders and the board of directors.
"Their actions and behaviour are closely watched. They are expected to rise to the challenge and steer their organisations out of troubled waters."
He added that the business world was witnessing massive upheaval and scandalous revelations so much so that it called for a re-examination of the corporate culture and the way business was conducted.
Najib reminded CEOs that loyal and hardworking employees were the best assets of any organisation and urged them to retain them as good workers were difficult to find.
"Train and equip your staff with skills to enhance efficiency and competitiveness to face the rapidly changing and increasingly hostile economic environment."
At an earlier briefing, chief judge and Deloitte Malaysia Sdn Bhd managing director Azman Mohd Zain said the search for Malaysia's CEO of the Year 2008 began in September last year.
According to Azman, Che Khalib was chosen from a list of 92 nominations, which took an army of people two months to shortlist five names.
The judges looked at six areas, including the CEO's skills and contributions, financial management, marketing management, operations management, development management and involvement in community, environment and nation-building activities.
"The pinnacle of it all is the style of leadership, the stamina as to which leadership deals with the many obstacles it faces," Azman said.
Che Khalib led TNB to register a record profit of RM4.2 billion in financial year 2007.
He also introduced various management initiatives, which have led to a total saving or value creation of more than RM2.6 billion since taking over in 2004.
"This is really something that I had wanted for my staff in TNB, because really this is recognition of the good work that we have been able to achieve in the past five years," Che Khalib said.
He also had a simple message to give to aspiring corporate leaders, and that was of humility, hard work and walking the talk.
"There are no short cuts to success, nothing can substitute for hard work. If you work hard and stay humble, there is really nothing that can stand in your way up."
Che Khalib received the coveted Malaysia's CEO of the Year 2008 Trophy, a premium watch from EPOS by Woo Hing and an exclusive complimentary American Express platinum charge card membership.
The card is packaged with a one million membership rewards points by Maybank, which can be used to redeem up to a return business class ticket to Europe or USA and a Business Times mock-up page.
The 14th edition of the Malaysia CEO of the Year Award was organised by Business Times, the business section of the New Straits Times, in association with Maybank, the sole issuer and manager of the American Express charge cards.
Other official partners include Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Hewlett Packard and watchmaker EPOS.
Source: New Strait Times online
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