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Welcome remarks by Moira Forbes, Executive Vice President, Forbes Media, President and Publisher, ForbesWoman
Welcome remarks by Francesco de Ferrari, Head of Private Banking, Asia Pacific, CEO, Southeast Asia, Credit Suisse
Session I – Leading from the top
For next generation tycoons, inheriting a family business is not just about making strategic corporate decisions for the business. It is also about protecting and preserving the family and its legacy. This process involves hard work and often comes with tremendous pressure from the unspoken obligations and expectations to sustain the family business. For this group of leaders who have taken over the reins of their family business, what challenges do they face? How do they balance continuity with innovation? How do they develop their own unique leadership style and gain credibility within the organization? What strategies have been helpful for them in managing risks and setbacks? This panel explores these topics with a group of dynamic leaders, and asks them what it’s like to lead from the top.
Bernard Fung, Managing Director and Head of Family Office Services and Philanthropy Advisory, Asia Pacific, Private Banking & Wealth Management, Credit Suisse
Jayadev Galla, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd., Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Jeongdo Hong, President and CEO, JoongAng Ilbo and JMnet, Founder, President & CEO, JTBC
Noni Purnomo, President Director, Blue Bird Group Holding
Jonathan Tahir, Deputy Chairman, Mayapada Group
Andrew Tseng, Chairman, Grape King Bio
Session II – The generation gap - Doing it their way
Some of the next generation tycoons who have joined the family business are very tech-savvy, innovative and enterprising. Often they will strive to do something significant and special when they join the family business. Some may want to foray into new markets, launch new products; others may want to invest in new technologies or explore different marketing approaches via social media. While some family businesses are receptive to changes, others may be more conservative in developing new ideas. What do these next generation leaders have to do to get their ideas accepted? In pursuing their goals, how do they balance tradition with innovation? This panel explores how the next generation tackles the issues in reinventing the family business.
Nicolas Bijan, Director, House of Bijan
Winnie Chiu, President and Executive Director, Dorsett Hospitality International
Christian Gonzalez, Head of Asia Pacific, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), CEO, Manila International Container Terminal (MICT)
Marlene Nang, Director, KBZ Group of Companies
Anderson Tanoto, Director, RGE Pte Ltd.
Session III – Taking the path less traveled
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference,” wrote Robert Frost. Convincing the next generation to take over the family business can be challenging. For young scions, some may wish to strike out on their own, some want to define their own identity separate from their parents, while others may wish to pursue a career completely different from the family business. Having a wide and rich range of experiences may sometimes matter more to them than continuing the family legacy. For this group of individuals who prefers to pursue their own calling, what challenges do they face as they follow their passion?
Goodwin Gaw, Managing Principal and Chairman, Gaw Capital
Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, Chief Executive Officer, Westports Malaysia
Yen Kuok, Founder and CEO, Guiltless
Erick Thohir, Chairman, Mahaka Group
Session IV – Family values - Staying true to the core
Family values play a powerful role in most family-owned businesses – they influence how key decisions are made, how a family business is governed and are instrumental in creating a strong sense of identity. Some companies even extend the influence of family values to benefit the communities in which they operate in. What are some of the core values behind leading family-run companies in Asia? How are they influencing business strategies? What impact do family values have on the profitability of the family business? How do family businesses ensure that core values get passed on to the next generation and do these values evolve over time?
Roongchat Boonyarat, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Malee Group PCL
Nirvana Chaudhary, Managing Director, CG Corp Global
Eric Fok, Vice President, Fok Ying Tung Group
Ho Ren Hua, Chief Executive Officer, Thai Wah Group
Arif P. Rachmat, Chief Executive Officer, PT. Triputra Agro Persada