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Business and corporate achievers honoured at Singapore Business Awards 2014

Singapore, 3 April 2014 - “Popiah king” Sam Goi, the man who built a business empire out of manufacturing spring-roll skins and a wide range of ready-to-eat Asian convenience foods, has been named the Businessman of the Year 2013, in the latest Singapore Business Awards (SBA).

Launched in 1985, the SBA has grown to be Singapore’s oldest and most prestigious business accolades. It is jointly organised by The Business Times, Singapore’s leading business daily; and DHL Express, the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry.

In addition to the Businessman of the Year, the other awards in the SBA roll of honour are Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year, Outstanding Overseas Chief Executive/Senior Executive of the Year and The Enterprise Award.

The other recipients of SBA 2014 are:

Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year 2013
Mr Tan Pheng Hock
President & Chief Executive Officer
ST Engineering

Outstanding Overseas Chief Executive /Senior Executive of the Year 2013
Mr Kenneth Chan
Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s China
& Division President, McDonald’s APMEA

The Enterprise Award 2013
Mencast Holdings Ltd

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, the Acting Minister for Manpower, was the guest of honour at the award presentation ceremony and dinner at the Resorts World Sentosa on Thursday, April 3.

Mr Alvin Tay, Chairman of the SBA organising committee and Editor of The Business Times, said: “This year, as in previous years, the selection committee has identified another four distinguished Singapore businessmen and corporate executives. All four winners have demonstrated leadership, vision and entrepreneurial qualities at their best. We salute them and hope that they, together with SBA winners before them, will be like a shining beacon to all aspiring businessmen and entrepreneurs.”

Mr Herbert Vongpusanachai, Managing Director, DHL Express Singapore, added: “The winners have shown that with a clear vision and an entrepreneurial spirit to overcome any challenge that come their way, there is no better time to do business than now. A common denomination underlying their successes is constant innovation, which is the only way to compete in the vibrant global marketplace. All these attributes are those that DHL honours and upholds.”

Winners of the Singapore Business Awards 2014

Businessman of the Year 2013

Mr Sam Goi Seng Hui
Executive Chairman
Tee Yih Jia Group 


For his entrepreneurial spirit and far-sightedness in acquiring Tee Yih Jia in 1977 and transforming it from a small, labour intensive factory into the world's leading manufacturer of popiah skins and frozen foods, with state-of-the-art production facilities in Singapore, Malaysia, China and the United States; and also for building the Yangzhou Yunhe Real Estate Group as one of the best property developers in southern China.


Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year 2013

Mr Tan Pheng Hock
President & Chief Executive Officer
ST Engineering


For his outstanding leadership and vision in diversifying ST Engineering into an integrated and globalised defence and engineering company, with rising revenues, a total workforce of 23,000 people and a network of 100 subsidiaries and associated companies in 46 cities across 24 countries.


Outstanding Chief/Senior Executive (Overseas) of the Year 2013

Mr Kenneth Chan
Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s China
& Division President, McDonald’s APMEA


For his passion and outstanding leadership in sustaining McDonald's business in China and developing it into a highly profitable and powerful foreign brand in the country, and for being an outstanding role model for Singaporeans working overseas.

The Enterprise Award 2013

Mencast Holdings Ltd


For its enterprising spirit and innovativeness in transforming from a small enterprise based in a shophouse in 1981 to a leading maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions provider, serving some of the largest companies in the global oil and gas industry.

Sam Goi

 Tan Pheng Hock

Kenneth Chan

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About the Singapore Business Awards

The Singapore Business Awards (SBA) is jointly organised by The Business Times, Singapore’s leading business daily, and DHL Express Singapore, the world’s leading express and logistics company.

Established in 1985 with the Businessman of the Year award, the SBA added the Enterprise Award, the Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year Award and the Outstanding Chief/Senior Executive (Overseas) of the Year Award. These awards have grown in stature and are recognised as Singapore’s most prestigious business accolades. 

The winners of SBA are decided by a panel of distinguished judges drawn from the political, business and academic fields. 

The objectives of the Singapore Business Awards are:

· To acknowledge publicly the vital contributions made by companies and individuals to Singapore business both locally and internationally.
· To create an environment which will encourage and sustain the entrepreneurial spirit and enhance standards of corporate management in Singapore and abroad.
· To illustrate the depth of talent that exists here by high-lighting nominees' success stories.
· To enable the organisers, The Business Times and DHL, to fulfil their responsibilities as good corporate citizens.

About The Business Times

The Business Times (BT), a member of the Singapore Press Holdings group, is South-east Asia's leading financial daily. BT brings its readers daily corporate, financial, economic and political news, analysis and commentary. Singapore and Asian news and trends are emphasised, but global developments are also covered in depth since Singapore's business interests are international. BT's lifestyle desk brings busy executives the latest in recreation, entertainment, the arts, design, food and shopping.

About DHL – The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “
The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.