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Forty-five Companies Named as HR Asia’s Best Companies to Work For

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia/PRNewswire/ — HR Asia, Asia’s most authoritative publications for HR professionals, has announced 45 companies in Malaysia as the best companies to work for, as ranked by employees across the country.

In its fourth year running, winners of the award are selected from 280 shortlisted companies, based on a proprietary survey that assesses the company’s working environment, HR practices, employee engagement and the resulting job satisfaction. In total, 8960 employees took part in this year’s HR Asia Employee Input Survey (EIS). The award covers 12 markets across Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Malaysian companies named as the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia include Bank Rakyat, Employees Provident Fund, Great Eastern Life Assurance, RHB Banking Group and Top Glove Corporation Berhad.

“This is one of the most structured and extensive survey on employee engagement and workplace practices in this region. Through this survey, HR Asia has discovered that many of these companies — both local and international — have workplace practices that are on par with the best in the world,” said Dato’ William Ng, group publisher and editor-in-chief of Business Media International, the publishers of HR Asia.

The EIS has discovered that among employees of the Best Companies to Work For:

89% are happy to be at their company
87.5% feel motivated in their work roles
81.7% have a strong sense of ownership of their jobs
The survey has also discovered that:

Employees know clearly what is expected from them at work (average score of 3.99 of 4.00)
Employees agree that having good friends at work are important (3.89)
Employees are willing to go the extra mile if they can contribute to the success of the organisation (3.88)
Words of Wisdom

Some of the winners for the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia Award offered their quotes on the meaning of their participation and what the award meant to them. According to one of the winners, HK Koay, President of AUO SunPower, human resources has played a pivotal role in inspiring both the workforce and company direction. The growth of any company revolves closely around the capacity of their human resources. He cited, “What makes a great workplace is the people and their bond. I am grateful to have a close knitted team that not only achieved the Best Place to Work in Asia, but also created a family here. We would like to thank HR Asia for giving us this recognition. The award has bolstered all our internal efforts in making our workplace happy and safe for all our employees.”

Other winners are quoted on their opinion of the role played by human resources in their respective company.

“To be accorded this honour reaffirms our belief in taking care of our employees first, so they can take care of the business as customers will never love our bank until our employees love it first,” says Farid Basir, Chief Human Capital Officer of Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad.

“I am very proud that Experian Malaysia has been presented with this award, which recognises the hard work and consistent effort of our team and reflects the best of their combined skills and capabilities,” says Lysette Randall, Human Resources Director for Asia Pacific of Experian (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

“For 50 years, we’ve been nurturing Malaysian talent in Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Healthcare, Manufacturing and Business Services. We want our career development and employee care to be the best in Malaysia, so that our people can work every day to build healthy communities through helping people do more, feel better and live longer,” says Stacy Wallace, General Manager of Glaxosmithkline Malaysia.

“Life as you know with a LIFE Company, is precious. Therefore engaging with and nurturing the growth potential of its staff remains central to Great Eastern Life’s talent agenda. We are delighted that our efforts in providing a conducive work climate for our employees have been recognised with this award. We will continue to champion Making Life Great (MLG) initiatives that promote meaningful relationships and work-life balance to enhance the lives of the Company’s greatest assets — its people,” says Dennis Tan, Senior Vice President and Head of Human Capital of Great Eastern Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad.

“At Habib, our loyal employees are our greatest asset. We are true to our core values in encouraging personal development and giving our employees the experience that Habib offers which is strongly guided by our Brand Promise: Investing in Happiness,” says Dato’ Sri Meer Habib, Group Managing Director of Habib Jewels Sdn Bhd.

“Hatten Group’s success story is as great as the people who work with us and strongly believe in what the company’s vision, mission and values stand for. The hearts of all our employees beat as one in togetherness to propel the company forward,” says Dato’ Colin Tan June Teng, Executive Chairman and Group Managing Director of Hatten Group Sdn Bhd.

“We are honoured to receive the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2016 Awards and we are elated and grateful for being acknowledged for the second time. This award is dedicated to our people who have given their full commitment and devotion in driving the Company to where it is today. With this recognition, we will continuously strive to create an organization with an enviable working culture and one that assures career as well as personal development growth for our people,” says Dato’ Ahmad Zaini Othman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Building Society Berhad.

“HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia – 2016 award for Sysmex Malaysia will certainly complement the recent announcement from Forbes magazine ranking Sysmex Corporation as # 28 on the 2016 List of Most Innovative Companies in the world,” says Albert Tan, Managing Director of Sysmex (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

“This award has given us a yardstick to measure our achievement, not in sales performance, but in the way we make our employees feel towards their work, our relationships and the connections we have with each other. Looking forward, there are so many things we could do to improve work-life balance. Thanks for this Best Employer Award,” says Leon Chuah, Managing Director of Thai Odyssey Sdn Bhd.

Full List of Malaysian Recipients of the HR Asia Best Companies To Work For In Asia 2016


Company Name



AbbVie Sdn Bhd



Ambank Group

Financial Services


APM Automotive Holdings Berhad

Manufacturing / Automotive


Arvato Systems Malaysia Sdn Bhd



AUO Sunpower Sdn Bhd

Manufacturing / Energy


Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad

Financial Services


Basf (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd



Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company Sdn Bhd

Food & Beverage


CCM Duopharma Biotech Berhad

Pharmaceutical / Manufacturing


Chemopharm Sdn Bhd

Healthcare Equipment / Healthcare Services / Manufacturing


Coca-Cola Bottlers (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Food and Beverage


Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad

Financial Services


Elken Sdn Bhd

Multi-Level Marketing


Employees Provident Fund

Social Security


Experian (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Information Services


Glaxosmithkline Malaysia

Healthcare / Pharmaceutical


Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad

Financial Services / Insurance


Habib Jewels Sdn Bhd

Jewellery Retailing


Hatten Group Sdn Bhd



Imperial Garments Sdn Bhd



Jakel Trading Sdn Bhd



Kimberly-Clark Malaysia

Fast Moving Consumer Goods and Regional Finance, Procurement and IT Shared Services


Lendlease Projects (M) Sdn Bhd

Property & Infrastructure


Les’ Copaque Production Sdn Bhd

3D Animated & Film


Malaysia Building Society Berhad

Financial Services


Manulife Insurance Berhad

Financial Services / Insurance


Matrix Global Schools



Measat Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd

IT / Communications


Pharmaniaga Berhad

Pharmaceutical / Healthcare Services


Puma Sports Goods Sdn Bhd

Wholesale and Retail


Qi Group Malaysia

Multinational Conglomerate


RHB Banking Group

Financial Services


Sama-Sama Hotel Kl International Airport



SAS Institute Sdn Bhd



Sunway Lagoon Sdn Bhd

Hospitality / Entertainment


Syarikat Air Melaka Berhad (Samb)



Sysmex (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Healthcare Equipment


Texas Instruments Electronics Malaysia Sdn Bhd



TGV Cinemas Sdn Bhd



Thai Odyssey Sdn Bhd

Healthcare Services


Top Glove Sdn Bhd



UHY Advisory (Kl) Sdn Bhd



UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd

Automotive / Manufacturing / Oil & Gas / Engineering


Unilever Malaysia



Wipro Unza (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Manufacturing & Commercial

About HR Asia

HR Asia is Asia’s largest circulating publication for senior HR professionals. With over 50,000 copies distributed every issue, and an online and offline audience exceeding 200,000. HR Asia is the go-to brand for HR professionals seeking quality business intelligence and industry updates. HR Asia is published by Business Media International, a regional leader in B2B intelligence.

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November 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm

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Just Over A Week to Go! Accessing Opportunities for Business in Asia

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia/PRNewswire/ — With just over a week to go before the regional conference “TRADING UP: Accessing Opportunities for Business in Asia” gets underway in Kuala Lumpur, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Malcom Turnbull expressed his support for the conference and its goals. The regional gathering which is designed to addressing the evolving business dynamic between Asia and Australia has become increasingly important as the businesses looks to compete for increased market share.

In a written statement received from the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcom Turnbull which recognized the work done by Australia Business Asia ahead of next weeks program, “The 2016 Australian Business Asia Conference comes at an historic time for the economic development of the countries within our region.” The message which was received earlier this week also went further to say “Thank you to Australian Business Asia for its continued work to foster business opportunities between Asia and Australia, and I wish all delegates every success in capitalizing on this potential.”

The Chairman of Australian Business Asia, Leigh Howard stated “The Australian Business Asia conference is about accessing business opportunities in Asia and Australia, participants have a chance to access business leaders, speakers and delegations from Australia and from around Asia. Business should take advantage of this conference travel to Malaysia, to participate in this ground breaking conference while enjoying the best that Malaysia has to offer.”

“Australian Business Asia has put together a host of international speakers who have practical experience driving business in Asia. This not only represents an excellent opportunity to learn from industry leaders, but also to network and engage directly with them. After the conference, delegates will be able to enjoy a performance from Kate Cerebano at our gala dinner,” concluded Leigh Howard who is also the Chairman of the Malaysia Australia Business Council.

Headline Speakers include business leaders and political leaders that are shaping various aspects of business dynamic in Asia and Australia, they are:

YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of Trade & Industry, Malaysia
Benyamin Ismail, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X Berhad, Malaysia
Derek Kidley, Chief Executive Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Consulting, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand
Stuart Mendel, Managing Director of Tun Razak Exchange Lifestyle Quarter, Lendlease
Mr Jonathan Yabut, The Apprentice Asia Winner
Tim Harcourt, The Airport Economist
Kate Harden, Chief Executive Officer of the International Alumni Job Network
Peter G. Fanning, Foreign Legal Consultant of Hutabarat Halim & Rekan Lawyers, Indonesia
Chau Ta, President of the Australian Chambers of Commerce in Vietnam (AusCham)
Joining the conference will be delegations from the 17 AustCham from around Asia and delegations from Australia looking for business partners, distributors, agents and new market opportunities in Malaysia and around the region.

The delegate fees for attending the conference are AUD330/MYR990 and conference plus gala dinner with Kate Ceberano AUD430/MYR1,300 only.

To sign up for the conference, visit


Ms. Farra Alia
Media Relations
Australia Business Asia & MABC Secretariat:
C-26-3A, 3 Two Square, No 2 Jalan 19/1, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: (603) 7960 9490
Fax: (603) 7960 9489

Conference Website:

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November 3, 2016 at 4:26 pm

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CFLD Hosts Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak at Flagship Development Gu’an New Industry City

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — CFLD, an international leader in new industry city developments, hosted a group of high-ranking Malaysian government officials on a tour of Gu’an New Industry City yesterday. Members of the Malaysian delegation were led by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

The walkabout at Gu’an New Industry City is part of efforts to enhance cooperation between Chinese and Malaysian companies, in line with CFLD’s commitment to grow its footprint in the ASEAN market.

In 2015, China remained as Malaysia’s largest trading partner with trade increasing by 11.1% from 2014 to reach RM230.9billion[1] — a position it has held for the last seven years since 2009. China is both the largest export market for Malaysian exports and Malaysia’s largest importer.

CFLD has been harnessing its core competency of building industry city and mixed-use developments in the expansion of its footprint in the Southeast Asian region. As a mark of confidence in the region’s growth, CFLD set up its international headquarters in Singapore earlier in June 2016, with its Malaysian branch opening later this month.

The half-day delegation visit comprised a tour of incubator, biomedical, and e-commerce business facilities, as well as public amenities such as lakes, parks, and cycling centers in Gu’an New Industry City, which is recognized in China as a leading live-work-and-play model for urbanization. CFLD has, over the past 14 years, transformed the county from a rural town into an innovation-driven industry smart city that is business-friendly, green, sustainable and livable.

According to a high-level spokesperson in CFLD, “Our track record of developing award-winning industry cities in China, and our consistent ability to attract local and international investments and generate employment with our developments, are a testament to CFLD’s experience and capabilities as a leading provider of integrated urban solutions. The Southeast Asian region is an important area for business expansion for CFLD, boasting untapped potential in industry development. We hope to bring the same success to our projects with key partners in the region such as Malaysia.”

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November 3, 2016 at 4:18 pm

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“GoBear” Reaffirms Its Status as Top Financial Metasearch Platform, Expanding Services to Meet Every Lifestyle Financial Needs

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BANGKOK, Thailand /PRNewswire/ — “GoBear” (, a global Financial Metasearch Engine, builds on its success in the Thai market by planning to offer a more extensive range of financial products to meet the needs of consumers, while also highlighting its status as the center of accurate and unbiased information, with the consumers’ needs and benefits in mind.

Synn Navamananda, Country Director GoBear (Thailand), explained that GoBear has been tremendously successful, and is planning to expand its services to meet the consumers’ needs and make GoBear the go-to platform for consumers, where they can search and compare information before making a decision on financial products.

In the first year, GoBear offered car insurance options, before adding other services. Today, GoBear collects information about financial products in four categories namely car insurance, allowing consumers to compare prices and coverage plans in only 30 seconds, travel insurance, helping travelers choose the plan that works for them at a reasonable price to minimize risks while travelling, credit card, which helps consumers pick the credit card that suits their spending style and offers the best rewards, and personal loans, which helps calculate actual interests and fees so that they can make the best decision. For personal loans, the service includes loans and cash cards. All of these services meet the needs of Thai consumers.

GoBear’s mission is to offer financial products, which are commonly perceived to be complicated, in a simple and accessible way, so that the consumers can access accurate information on smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

GoBear today has been well-received by the Thai consumers, becoming the top financial metasearch engine in Thailand, with more than 3.6 million users within just one year after its launch. Its success is partly due to the changing behavior of Thai consumers. People today prefer easy access to service information, and customers compare various products before making a decision, and they do so using their convenient choices such as their smartphones. Another factor is GoBear’s extensive base as it covers products that meet most of the consumers’ lifestyle financial needs. Additionally, it gives non-biased information, focusing on the consumers’ best interest. The website is also secure and reliable, as GoBear’s partners are leading insurance and financial institutions.

Looking at Thai people’s lifestyle, it was found that Thai people’s access to the Internet has grown significantly. Currently, 56% of the Thai population uses the Internet. Among those, 86% of them use the Internet on a daily basis. Interestingly, among Thai Internet users, 45% of them access the Internet using their smartphones, a 30% increase from 2015. This information, coupled with Thai people’s changing behavior, indicates that GoBear has a lot of potential for growth.

Synn talked about future plans for GoBear, “Our next step for the next three years is to expand our services as a financial metasearch platform to include other financial products for a more extensive service, such as home loans, health insurance, life insurance and funds. The core of our expansion is the consumers’ needs. All of this will make GoBear a global brand of financial metasearch that meets all the lifestyle financial needs of the consumers.”

About GoBear:

GoBear is a financial metasearch website which provides information about car insurance and travel insurance based on prices and coverage. The website does not directly sell insurance, but redirects users to the actual website of the insurance companies or representatives.

GoBear’s headquarter is in Singapore, managed by a team of experienced and knowledgeable staff with expertise in banking and e-commerce. The goal is to change the process of online purchase through price comparison and concise information.

Source: GoBear (Thailand) Co.,Ltd

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November 3, 2016 at 4:13 pm

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Industry, Academia and Government Join Hands to Explore the Intelligent World at Huawei Innovation Day Asia-Pacific

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Huawei today co-hosted the Huawei Innovation Day Asia-Pacific in cooperation with the Committee for Sydney and the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN).

The theme of the event was ‘Brilliance of Exploration’ and it attracted over 150 experts and researchers from many different industries, institutions, government agencies and representatives of the media. They discussed how to face up to the unknowns of the intelligent world, how to create an open ecosystem that includes industry, academia, government and research, and how to drive the development of the entire industry through innovations in technologies and ecosystems.

Greg Hunt, Australia’s Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, officially opened the Innovation Day and discussed the role of government in technological innovation. Mr. Hunt said that exploration and innovation were vital for the progress of society, “Innovation at this moment in our history is driving 60% of our national productivity, and is the fundamental driver of national productivity, which is the driver of jobs, growth, and opportunities.”

“ICT is the backbone, along with science, of the whole innovation space. For us as a government, we are involved in innovation and driving this forward as a means of helping the economy, helping individuals, and improving quality of life. Under the Innovation and Science Agenda, we bring young people into innovation and science through a program worth more than 100 million dollars,” he added.

At the Huawei Innovation Day Asia-Pacific, leaders from the ICT industry and researchers from leading universities shared their experience of joint exploration and innovation in various industries. Speakers included the CEO of the Committee for Sydney; the CIO of Asia Pacific and Japan for SAP; the CTO of Fujitsu Australia Limited; and the Chief Strategy Officer of Vodafone Australia. University speakers hailed from Stanford University, National University of Singapore, and University of Sydney.

Li Jinge, President of Huawei Asia Pacific, said in his speech that future explorations in ICT would require inputs from all parties, because there are many unknowns in creating an intelligent society. Li said that Huawei’s growth and success were a result of its spirit of dedication and customer centricity.

Huawei’s own explorations do not come out of nowhere, but are based on the company’s insights into the future and its determination to create value for its customers.

Li said, “Huawei’s determination in this area has never changed. Huawei promotes extensive collaboration between industry, academia, government, and research, which is the basis for creating a healthy and sustainable ICT ecosystem. Industry, academia, government, and research must explore innovation together to discover new pathways into the future.”

Ecosystem innovation is the only way for companies to create an intelligent world. Huawei aims to nourish the ‘soil and energy’ of the ICT ecosystem that will enable the intelligent world of the future. It will push the entire industry forward, and support ongoing social progress through strong, strategic alliances.

Building OpenLabs is part of Huawei’s strategy for creating an ICT ecosystem. Huawei aims to leverage the power of OpenLabs to bring together leading global and regional business partners, develop solutions and innovation capacity for industries, expand the market, and share the benefits. Huawei’s OpenLabs are located all around the world.

At the Huawei Innovation Day Asia-Pacific, Huawei said that to date, it has launched six OpenLabs for enterprise business, located in Munich, Mexico City, Dubai, Singapore, Moscow and China, and has worked extensively with over 400 solution partners worldwide. In addition, Huawei also plans to establish an OpenLab in Bangkok, the second of such OpenLabs in the Asia Pacific region, in early 2017.

Talents are the key to discovering a new world. How can we explore the uncertainties in the intelligent world of the future? Huawei’s strategy is to blow open the top of its talent pyramid and exchange energy with the world. The company will unleash the potential of talents to translate technological innovation into tangible value for the industries it serves.

Universities and research institutes are important partners in Huawei’s open collaboration. They are sources of Huawei’s basic technologies and an important pillar supporting its platform innovation. At the Huawei Innovation Day Asia-Pacific, Huawei unveiled the latest progress of the Huawei Innovation Research Program (HIRP), designed to drive partnerships with leading universities worldwide.

To date, this program has supported over 1,200 innovation research projects at over 300 universities in more than 20 countries around the world. In the Asia Pacific region, it has built a presence in countries including Australia, South Korea, Japan, and Singapore. In addition, this program has attracted two Nobel laureates, over 100 fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and thousands of experts from around the world.

Furthermore, Huawei’s global ‘Seeds for the future’ program offers a broader platform for university students, helping them increase their professional skills and broaden their global horizons. It aims to inspire more of them to explore and build an intelligent world. This program was officially included and funded by the Australia governments ‘New Colombo Plan’.

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

For more information, please visit Huawei online at or follow us on:

Source: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

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November 3, 2016 at 3:48 pm

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The Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong Is Now Officially Rebranded As Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — With a new face unveiling, the Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong is excited to announce it has been rebranded as Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong on 29 October 2016. To celebrate its new name, the hotel has been given a bright new look, complete with a top-to-bottom makeover for all its guestrooms, lobby, and other facilities. With a refreshing new look comes a refreshing new residential experience to deliver what really matters for the discerning traveler be it for business, family, or leisure. Expect to experience the new Dorsett Wanchai that is stylishly playful, beyond thoughtful, and with a taste of the urban.

Stylishly Playful

454 Newly Renovated, Playfully Designed Rooms and Suites

The Dorsett Wanchai will continue showing its playful side through its modern and quirky interior design, making staying at the hotel a fun and relaxing experience.

The spotlight however continues to shine on the hotel’s one-of-a-kind “signature” rooms. With the revamp, now they are even better. The hotel offers 8 types of stylishly designed rooms and suites ranging up to 48 sq. m. The signature Grand Deluxe Course View Room offers a breathtaking view of the Happy Valley racecourse in front of the hotel, while its award-winning Ocean Park Family Suite, Sony 4K/3D Experience Suite, and OSIM Massage Suite offer guests something they are not able to experience in other Hong Kong hotels.

Hotel guests will also be invited to experience the Dorsett Wine Hour every Friday evening where they can enjoy a complimentary range of handpicked New and Old World wines to pair with scrumptious local snacks for an exquisite East Meets West experience right here at Dorsett Wanchai. The hotel hasn’t forgotten the kids either, they can get their sugar hit with an enormous selection of candies at the Dorsett Candy Bar.

Beyond Thoughtful

Personalized Services to Create the Unique Dorsett Experience

The next greatest thing following the name change is crafting a unique experience for every traveller through personalizing one’s stay with beyond thoughtful services such as a 24-hour Full Stay, a Guaranteed One-hour Response for in-house guests, and free premium Wi-Fi. Free use of a smart phone that includes unlimited 3G internet, Wi-Fi hotspots, and free local and IDD calls to 10 countries both in and outside of the hotel ensures every guest always stays connected.

For a more personalized experience for families with children, the Fantastic 4 Family package ensures all a family’s needs are catered for including the Family Quad Room that can sleep up to 5 people. This room hosts an extensive range of thoughtful amenities such as branded body and haircare products, snack boxes, and in-room “sweet surprises”.

As Anita Chan, General Manager of the hotel says:

“The name change is more than just an upgrade of the hotel infrastructure. Our new credo comes with a new motto, ‘Delivering What Matters To You’ reflects our commitment to creating an unique experience by giving extra services to meet every individual’s needs while travelling.

“We have seen a number of new initiatives rolled out in the past year such as the Dorsett 3 Wishes promotion where guests can pick an additional 3 value-for-money offers from a host of complimentary services such as 3-hour access to Airport Lounge, room upgrade, and a dim sum meal at Tim Ho Wan Michelin-starred restaurant, and the list goes on. Regardless of whether you are travelling with kids in tow, a solo traveler or a busy executive who wants to make the most of their stay, you can be sure to enjoy a unique and individualized experience while staying at our hotel.”

A Taste of the Urban

Experience city life with all Hong Kong has to offer

To fully experience the vibrant urban life of Hong Kong, guests can immerse themselves in what the city is famous for: shopping and eating! To this end, the hotel has created an Eat & Shop Like a Local travel guide, where guests can find information on the most up-to-date eateries within a 5-minute walk or a 10-minute drive, as well the latest boutiques, shopping malls, and department stores in and around the hotel. This guide is constantly devised and “road-tested” by hotel staff.

Both business and leisure travellers can make the most out of the hotel’s strategic location. Located between Causeway Bay and Wanchai, the urban entertainment hub of Times Square and the shopping hub of Sogo Department Store are just an 8-minute walk away. Local dining and bar areas in Wanchai that provide the perfect blend of the old and the new are also within a 5 or 10-minute walk. The hotel also provides a complimentary shuttle bus service covering 16 major attractions on Hong Kong Island.

Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong

The award-winning 4-star Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong is conveniently located between Wanchai and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island giving its guests easy access to all business, shopping, and sightseeing destinations in the city. The hotel is a mere 8-minute walk to the MTR stations, Times Square and a 10-minute drive from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong offers 8 types of rooms and suites ranging up to 48 sq. m. The signature Grand Deluxe Course View Room offers a breathtaking view of the racecourse in front of the hotel. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available to 16 destinations via five routes and all rooms are equipped with 200Mbps high-speed Wi-Fi internet. Other facilities include Dining Place Restaurant that serves the finest Guang-dong and Huaiyang dishes, the 3T Bar, a gym room, and various meeting spaces. Visit:

About Dorsett Hospitality International

Dorsett Hospitality International is an off-shoot of Far East Consortium Limited. With three brands under its umbrella, the upscale and midscale Dorsett Hotels & Resorts and d. Collection comprising a range of charismatic boutique hotels; and the value-led Silka Hotels; the group currently owns over 30 hotels in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia including ten more scheduled to open within the next two years including one in the United Kingdom. For more information on Dorsett Hospitality International, visit:

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November 3, 2016 at 3:32 pm

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Cardinal Health Announces New Strategic Distribution Agreements to Expand Cordis’ Cardiovascular Product Offerings in Asia Pacific

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Cardinal Health has entered into two new distribution agreements that will enable Cordis, its interventional vascular business, to expand its cardiovascular portfolio in Asia Pacific.

Cardinal Health has expanded its current distribution agreement with Biosensors, which enables Cordis to be the exclusive distributor for Biosensors’ coronary interventional products in Japan. The company also signed a distribution agreement with Kaneka that enables Cordis to distribute Kaneka’s percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) balloon catheters in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Latin America (LATAM) and Asia Pacific, including China, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. These agreements further strengthen Cordis’ robust product offering in the interventional cardiology space and overall position in the Asia Pacific region.

“This is a pivotal step in our ambition to expand Cordis’ strong and diversified portfolio of products within the cardiovascular space in Asia Pacific,” said Patrick Holt, president, Cardinal Health Medical Products Asia Pacific. “We are committed to delivering solutions aligned with government priorities and patient needs to ultimately make a significant contribution to this dynamic region.”

Cordis will exclusively distribute Biosensors’ BMX-J™ drug-eluting stent (DES) system and bp22-4D PTCA balloon in Japan. This agreement builds on the existing distribution agreement with Biosensors announced in May 2016, which marked Cordis’ return to the DES market in select countries in EMEA, Australia and New Zealand. Biosensors’ robust portfolio of products further supports the treatment of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PCI is a nonsurgical procedure that often uses a catheter to place a stent to open blocked coronary arteries.

In the distribution agreement with Kaneka, Cordis will distribute Kaneka’s comprehensive portfolio of high-quality, semi- and non-compliant workhorse PTCA balloon catheters. In Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, Cordis will distribute versions of Kaneka’s PTCA balloon catheters under the names of NEON™ and NEON™ NC. In China, Cordis will be the sole distributor of Ikazuchi Rev and Fortis II, under Kaneka’s brand. Upon their approval* in China, Cordis will also distribute Ikazuchi Zero and Raiden 3. Kaneka’s workhorse PTCA balloon catheters have a low-entry profile and new hydrophilic coating that facilitate access to calcified lesions or lesions that require higher crossability.

Despite the majority of premature deaths from the disease being preventable, cardiovascular disease accounts for about 17.5 million deaths annually, an estimated 31% of all deaths worldwide.[1] Asia Pacific is a growing market for interventional cardiology. It is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2014 to 2022, at a much higher rate than the expected CAGR of 2.9% for the global market over the same duration. The global market for interventional cardiology devices is expected to be valued at US$11.16 billion by the end of 2022.[2]

About Cardinal Health

Cardinal Health, Inc., a global health services and products company, brings scaled solutions that help our customers thrive in a changing world. We improve the cost effectiveness of healthcare through solutions that improve the efficiency of the supply chain; optimize the process and performance of healthcare; provide clinically proven, daily-use medical products and pharmaceuticals; and connect patients, providers, payers, pharmacists, and manufacturers for seamless care coordination and better patient management. Backed by nearly 100 years of experience, we rank among the top 50 on the Fortune 500 and among the Fortune Global 100. We support our partners with more than 37,000 employees in nearly 60 countries worldwide. For more information, visit and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.

*Ikazuchi Zero and Raiden 3 are not currently approved or commercially available today in China.


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November 3, 2016 at 2:41 pm

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New Records of the Conference and Exhibition Offshore Marintec Russia

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — The International exhibition and conference on shipbuilding and development of the Arctic and the continental shelf Offshore Marintec Russia has finished its work. For the second time the leading players of the market of energy resources gathered on the platform CEC «Expoforum» for demonstration of the latest developments in the sphere of oil and gas production, and also for discussion and development of ways of upgrading the processes of development, drilling, production and transportation of energy resources.

During four days of the conference 114 reports of different topics were made: shipbuilding, energy infrastructure of the coastal territories, underwater and under-ice drilling, strategic development of the Arctic, a resort and prevention of emergencies, technical means and technological complexes for development of oil and gas resources of the continental shelf.

This year more than 80 companies from Russia, China, Romania, South Korea, Poland took part in an exhibition. Among the participants are such large players of the market of energy resources as Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Gazprom Flot, Lukoil, Vega, Redaelli SSM, Okeanpribor, Sevmash, the Zvezda plant, Fizpribor and many others.

The research institutes, working in a sphere of power and development of the continental shelf, were presented in exhibition: Experimental project bureau of mechanical engineering of I. I. Afrikantov, Institute of ecological projecting and researches, Krylov state scientific center, St. Petersburg Mining University.

All in all the exhibition was visited by more than 5,000 of specialists: representatives of business, authority, science, producing and research.


The key event of the first day has become a Round table “The state and prospects of the modern Russian Navy for the development of hydrocarbon resources of the continental shelf of the Arctic”. According to Director of the Russian Department of “Continuous production and drives” (“Siemens”), Victor Rupp, the purpose of this discussion was not just to demonstrate the capabilities of individual enterprises in the construction and maintenance of ships and oil and gas equipment, but also to develop specific proposals for the Russian shipbuilding industry in a policy of import substitution and localization.

One of the special sessions of the first day held up one of the most controversial and problematic issues of energy production industry – the development of underwater and under-ice technology for the development of deposits and mining conditions in freezing seas. This session was organized with the active support of the Fund of Advanced Studies. In his speech, the head of the project group of the Fund Viktor Litvinenko underlined the need for practical implementation of the currently available researches, its using not in laboratory test conditions, but directly on the water and under water.

“Energy infrastructure for offshore oil and gas projects” — was another special event in the context of the forum of this day. Experts discussed the prospects of using of alternative sources of energy for offshore and coastal structures in terms of import substitution and diversification in electrical equipment.


The second day of the international exhibition and conference “Offshore Marintec Russia” and the 16th St. Petersburg International Energy Forum has opened the Plenary session on the subject “Strategic objectives and priorities of development of the Arctic and continental shelf of the Russian Federation”.

According to the Chairman of the Program committee of a conference, the chairman of Scientific Council of RAS on geology and development of oil and gas fields, the academician of RAS Alexey Kontorovich, at this discussion platform for more than 20 years the main questions of ideological policy in the field of oil production and power are brought up and solved.

Within special section of the second day of work of the Offshore Marintec Russia conference the discussion on international cooperation in development of the Arctic and the shelf took place. The subject of discussion attracted a keen interest of the speakers and listeners, divided into two camps: in support of development of the international interaction and experience exchange with foreign partners and — against such cooperation. According to Andrey Chernykh, representing Federal State Institution “VNIIOkeanologii”, the only condition of development of fields of the continental shelf is a close interaction with the scientific and project and research centers of Europe and North America. Within the international consortium Russia will be able to accelerate process of potential fields researching and will begin to implement the strategy of continental Russian shelf in practice.

In addition to this, within the ceremony of official opening of an exhibition and the Offshore Marintec Russia conference and the 16th St. Petersburg international energy forum a Ceremony of winners rewarding of International Contest of the scientific, technical and innovative researches for the development of the Arctic and the continental shelf took place.

At the end of the second day a solemn launch for the participants of the conference and exhibition on Krestovsky island of St-Petersburg was organized. All the participants and official sponsors have got diplomas and gifts for memory about this event.


The 3rd day was rich for round tables and special sections of different subjects: new technologies for research of the continental shelf, safety on objects of the North Navy Way, development of infrastructure of the water and shelf territory.

In conditions of entry into force since January 1, 2017 of the Polar code of the Russian Federation it is necessary to speed up the work on improvement existing and development of a perspective survival equipment and their harmonization according to the international standards. It was declared at the Round table on safety issues of oil and gas crafts in the Arctic and on the continental shelf by the head of Association of development of the search and rescue equipment and technologies Victor Ilyukhin.

In the context of the Round table “Complex development of sea transport infrastructure in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation” the head of department of the ice mode and forecasts of Federal State Institution “AANII” Evgeny Mironov underlined, that the factors connected with an ice situation, drift of icebergs and ice massifs and the change of a temperature background are the main factors at all stages of work on the shelf.

The culmination of the conference was at official solemn gala-dinner for the participants, partners and sponsors, who made a significant contribution to the organization of these exhibitions and business forums. Among owners of the awards were the companies “Gazprom neft”, “Gazprom”, “Gazpromneft Sakhalin”, National research Kurchatov institute.

In addition to this an expert jury estimated the most interesting and multifunctional stands of the participants of the exhibition. Among the winners are: “Gazprom neft”, “Lukoil”, “Protea” (Poland), plant “Zvezda”. The prize of spectators’ sympathies was given by right to “Gazprom Flot”, the company and to the plant “FIZPRIBOR”.

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Communications Consultancy Reflects on 20-Year Milestone of Operating in Asia

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — The Hoffman Agency, a communications consultancy with roots in the tech industry, today celebrates 20 years in Asia.

“It has been an amazing, fun, torturous, weird, satisfying, frustrating and enlightening run,” offered Lou Hoffman, CEO of the consultancy.

The catalyst for the Agency’s decision to expand to Asia occurred in 1994 — a press tour in Asia for Hyundai Electronics (now known as Hynix). At the first press conference in Tokyo, the local PR agency had neglected to mention that the format for overhead projectors in Japan — LCD projectors were still a curiosity back in 1994 — was different from the format of the overhead projectors in the U.S. The Hyundai executive put the first foil on the projector ready to sing the virtues of the latest technology only to see roughly 20 percent of his information cut off at the screen. The journalists reacted with a gasp and then absolute, utter silence.

While this theme of “things not going according to plan” continued throughout the press tour, the mishaps gave courage to what was then a 42-person company to expand globally starting with Asia in November 1996.

Today, the Agency projects global revenue at US$11.5 million from its offices in Asia, Europe and the U.S., with an average global growth of 9% since 2012. The largest percent of the company’s revenue comes from Asia, the only U.S.- or European-born communications consultancy that can make such a claim. Eschewing the conventional PR agency model that worships the P/L in each office, The Hoffman Agency has created a different type of global communications consultancy, one that cultivates collaboration across geographic boundaries.

“I’ve always remembered the passage from the book, ‘The Monk and the Riddle’ by venture capitalist Randy Komisar who points out that companies are like the laws of physics, neither inherently good nor evil,” said Hoffman. “I’ll take this a step further and say that companies at their best enrich employees’ lives. Asia is a huge part of striving to do this.”

Operating offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo, Hoffman Asia Pacific supports a range of clients from tech and non-tech industries. These include ARM, AsiaMalls, CenturyLink, Chicago Booth School of Business, CKGSB, Corning, Evernote, Fashion Walk, LinkedIn, Niantic Labs, NVIDIA, Nutanix, Parrot, Uber, Wearable IoT World, Western Digital and WeWork.

Bullet Points from the 20-Year Journey

The first staff member hired in Asia in 1997, Maureen Tseng, still works for the Agency as director of client services in Singapore.
Hoffman Asia Pacific’s longest tenured client is Google, a relationship that started in 2001.
Lou Hoffman reckons his 217 office visits in Asia translate into 10.5 days waiting in line to go through immigration at airports.
In less than 15 months after the birth of Hoffman Asia Pacific, Lou Hoffman marked a new milestone in 1998 by opening The Hoffman Agency Japan in downtown Tokyo.
The Hoffman Agency Singapore in 2014 worked with the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and Earth Hour to launch the global campaign — “Use Your Power” — to much fanfare with the cast of “The Amazing Spiderman 2” joining the team at the launch.
Lydia Lau has processed 17,760 employee payrolls during her 16 years at Hoffman — definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Additional Resources

Chicken Rice for the Soul, blog on Asia Pacific operation
Maureen Tseng, the first staff member hired in Asia, shares her perspective on the journey
10 Takeaways from “PR in China” seminar that might surprise you
Sample Hoffman Asia Pacific Awards 2015/2016

PR Awards Asia 2016: Southeast Asia PR Consultancy of the Year
Mumbrella Asia Awards 2016: Southeast Asia PR Agency of the Year
PR Awards 2016 Hong Kong: Bronze Award for “Best Engagement — Targeted Community” U.S.- Pan Asia IoT Superhighway Accelerator Program — 2016 — Wearable IoT World
2016 In2 SABRE Awards: Certificate of Excellence for “Best Use of Visual Social Platforms” U.S.-Pan Asia IoT Superhighway Accelerator Program — 2016 — Wearable IoT World
2016 In2 SABRE Awards: Certificate of Excellence for “Media Partnership.” Meet The Opportunities in China — 2015 CKGSB’s Media Partnership In Korea — CKGSB
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Crossbridge Capital Unveils ‘CONNECT’, Singapore’s First Digital Advisory Platform for Accredited Investors

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— CONNECT by Crossbridge now live and on-boarding accredited investors* in Singapore
— Digital platform developed by a leading and established wealth manager offering tailored actively managed portfolios with efficient and transparent fee structure
— Developed in collaboration with top-tier industry providers including Morningstar, Pershing (a BNY Mellon Company), Julius Baer and Bambu

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Crossbridge Capital, the leading independent investment advisory firm serving ultra-high net worth families globally, today announced the launch of CONNECT by Crossbridge, Singapore’s first digital advisory platform serving accredited investors*.

Developed in collaboration with top-tier industry providers Morningstar, Pershing (a BNY Mellon Company), Julius Baer and Bambu, CONNECT by Crossbridge is an intuitive digital platform offering tailored investment strategies to accredited investors* living in Singapore. Having a U.S.-regulated entity as custodian (Pershing) means that U.S. expatriate investors will also be eligible to invest on the platform, alongside other expatriates and Singaporean investors.

CONNECT is being launched by an established independent wealth manager; Crossbridge Capital, which has US$3 billion under advisement. Crossbridge Capital was founded in London in 2008 with a focus on client-centred and independent advice, and a commitment to open architecture and overall transparency. The company is regulated in multiple markets with offices in London, Singapore and Monaco and is backed by two of the world’s leading banks as minority investors. Its Singapore office, which has been serving high net worth clients since 2010, is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

“Our vision for CONNECT is to introduce a premium wealth management experience to affluent investors through a convenient and easy-to-use digital advisory platform,” said Tarek Khlat, Co-Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of Crossbridge Capital. “CONNECT empowers clients to utilise the latest technology to manage their investments in their own time, based on personalised investment goals and without the high fees of traditional operators. History has shown that technology can help people invest smarter. We are bringing together our in-house human investment talent with the latest technology to enhance our service offering to clients and ultimately provide outperformance with lower risk. CONNECT offers personalised investment solutions that are tailored to meet the client’s investment objectives.”

Together with Morningstar, the leading global investment research firm, Crossbridge Capital has developed for CONNECT a series of actively managed Certificates built around specific risk-return profiles – each with an exposure of up to 12 asset classes. Based on their investment goals, CONNECT clients will be able to efficiently access and manage their investments with a single transaction, and benefit from a professionally structured portfolio that is actively rebalanced to ensure that investments remain aligned with clients’ personal risk preferences.

To get started, investors will need a minimum investment of USD$100,000. Interested investors can sign up for an account on, where they can supply important information about themselves and their investment goals and risk preferences, and CONNECT will provide a customised investment profile and portfolio. Users will be able to select tailored portfolios based on their own investment goals and time horizons.

In Singapore, assets will be held in custody with Pershing, part of BNY Mellon – one of the world’s largest custodian banks with US$29.5 trillion under custody**. Clients’ funds and securities held at Pershing are protected by the SIPC (Securities Investors Protection Corp.); this insures their accounts for up to USD$500,000 (USD$250,000 cash and USD$250,000 in securities).

“Since the introduction of new tax reporting regulations in the United States, banks and other financial services institutions have been reluctant to serve U.S. expatriates. While CONNECT is designed with all accredited investors in mind, our collaboration with Pershing will allow us to offer U.S. expatriates the same access to the intelligent and intuitive portfolios available on our new platform,” said Charlie O’Flaherty, Partner and Head of Digital Strategy & Distribution at Crossbridge Capital.

“We believe that CONNECT by Crossbridge is a great step forward in digital wealth management, as it enables us to offer accredited investors access to truly diversified portfolios including exposure to asset classes that were traditionally available only to ultra-high net worth and institutional investors,” added O’Flaherty. “CONNECT portfolios offer daily liquidity and trade on Net Asset Value (NAV) just like a mutual fund. However, they will not have the high and sometimes opaque fee structures of traditional operators, or the multiple fees associated with less efficient portfolio options currently offered by many digital advisors in other jurisdictions.”

Crossbridge Capital has also partnered with Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group which is providing its comprehensive structuring expertise as the Issuer of the Certificates. The advisory platform itself was developed by B2B platform provider Bambu.

“Singapore is a globally significant wealth management and financial technology centre with a growing base of affluent investors who are increasingly digitally-inclined,” said Khlat. “We are delighted to be launching CONNECT here.”

CONNECT will be available to accredited investors* living in Singapore, and Singapore will act as the hub for future expansion into the region.


* “Accredited investors” include individuals whose net personal assets exceed S$2 million or whose income in the preceding 12 months is not less than S$300,000 [Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore]

** As of June 30, 2016 [Source:

About Crossbridge Capital

Crossbridge Capital was launched in 2008 in London with a vision to create an independent, investment advisory that offers a fully integrated financial services platform to entrepreneurs and families in Emerging Markets worldwide. Today, backed by two of the world’s leading banks as minority investors, Crossbridge Capital operates in many of the world’s leading Emerging Markets — from Istanbul to Ulan Bator, Moscow to Dodoma — supported by a team of 30 professionals in four Crossbridge Capital locations: London, Singapore Monaco and Malta. After its successful launch in London with authorisation and regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), in November 2010 Crossbridge Capital, officially opened its first Asia office in Singapore after receiving approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). In May 2016 the company opened its doors in Monaco after receiving authorisation from the Commission for the Control of Financial Activities (CCAF). These signalled significant landmarks in the company’s history and set the bar for its ambitious, yet considered geographic and client engagement growth strategy.

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For further information about CONNECT:
Tel: +65 6723 8173

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