When asked to choose the best executives in Asia ex-Japan,
analysts and money managers covering the region were torn.
In the survey to determine Institutional
Investors 2017 All-Asia Executive Team, respondents
chose only one firm as the top contender in every category of
its sector: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. earned best
CEO, best CFO, best investor relations professional, and best
investor relations company in the regions
technology/semiconductors division the only company to
earn the distinction of sweeping its industry.
In every other industry, first-place spots went to two or
more firms in what proved to be a fiercely competitive
In the gaming and lodging industry, MGM China Holdings
placed first again for its CEO Grant Bowie, investor relations
head Sidney Luk, and overall investor relations team,
solidifying its position as first overall. But Galaxy
Entertainment Group nabbed the best CFO distinction with
finance executive Robert Drake.
Similarly, transportation firm Kerry Logistics Network
topped every category in its industry except for best CFO,
which went to Hong Kong-based Pacific Basin Shippings
Andrew Broomhead. China State Construction International
Holdings also won first in every category in the industrials
division except best CFO, which was awarded to Chinese
conglomerate Fosun Internationals Can Wang.
Wing Kai (William) Ma, who was voted best CEO for his role
as group managing director at Kerry Logistics Network, points
to the firms ongoing expansion plan and recent
acquisitions as some of its key drivers of success, improving
its scale and capabilities. As of the beginning of 2016, the
company was located in 40 countries and territories a
number that has now grown to 51.
The IR team, led by Cheryl Yeung, has also grown
substantially since it was first established at the time of
Kerry Logistics public listing three years ago.
The team has increased efforts in every aspect of
investor relations function since then, Ma says. On
a broader scale, the team consistently promotes greater
transparency and communication with the investment
A spokesman for China State Construction says the firm has
also focused on strengthening its investor relations function,
especially as the capital market structure of Hong Kong, where
it is headquartered, has undergone changes, including the
opening of investment channels connecting Hong Kong and Chinese
stock markets and the strengthening of disclosure requirements.
Its improved investor communications and transparency include
publishing a sustainability report in addition to its regular
operating information updates. For these efforts, Zhike (Jacky)
Zhou was voted best investor relations professional in the
Overall, 53 firms earned the designation of most-honored
company, given to organizations that achieved two or more
top-three positions in the rankings for their sector. In
addition, 15 companies ranked in the top three in each category
for which they were eligible.
China Merchants Bank Co. won best overall in the banking
industry, including a first-place finish for CFO Hao Li. In
health care and pharmaceuticals, CSPC Pharmaceutical Group took
the lead with wins across the best CEO, best IR professional,
and best IR company categories.
Other standouts were Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. of China,
which took first place in all but the CEO category for the
insurance sector; Beijing Enterprises Water Group, whose CEO
Min Zhou, CFO Woon Cheung (Eric) Tung, and IR head Sophia Dui
each earned top marks in the power division; and Sunny Optical
Technology (Group) Co., which came first in the
technology/hardware industrys CEO and IR company
India-based Infosys placed first in the information
technology services and software industry with wins for its
CEO, CFO, and overall investor relations function, while Hong
Kongs China Unicorn took the crown in the
telecommunications sector with first-place finishes across the