Executive Lounge

Japan's tourism boom is just beginning

TOKYO -- With a sharp rise in the number of overseas visitors to Japan, electronics retailer Laox is focusing on attracting customers from the rest of Asia. Laox now operates as a subsidiary of major Chinese retailer Suning Appliance. In a recent...

  • Wahaha is a drinks giant in China, but CEO Zong thirsts for more

    BEIJING -- Zong Qinghou, chairman and CEO of the Hangzhou Wahaha Group, envisions an even more diversified and globalized future for the sprawling beverages empire he has built over three decades. In a recent interview with The Nikkei, Zong, one of t...

  • Shigenori Araki: Asia has huge potential for crowdsourcing

    Companies at home and abroad can be your workplace and people around the world your business partners. You can work freely, unbound by time or place. This new work style has become a reality for a growing number of people. Crowdsourcing is a bus...

  • Bill Gates: Share the fruits of technology with the poor for a better future

    Though I have shifted my focus from the computer business to philanthropy, I am just as focused on innovation as I've always been. One of the main reasons Melinda and I created the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is that we saw that the innovations t...

  • Robert A. Cook: Getting realistic about retirement

    We all like stories with happy endings. "Work hard and then retire easy" is one example. In Asia we certainly get the work part right. But securing the fairy tale ending -- of travel, hobbies and time with family and friends -- will require a big...

  • Galloping ahead: 50 Asian executives to watch in 2014

    Asian corporate leaders are racing into the year of the horse. Executives are confident 2014 will be the year that the global economy recovers, and that demand stabilizes.Poised to capitalize on the post-crisis opportunities is a new generation of As...

  • Ramkrishna: India's reforming stock market chief

    MUMBAI -- Chitra Ramkrishna is the first woman to head an Indian stock exchange. The CEO of the National Stock Exchange of India took office in April last year. She sees “renovating the country’s trading system while listening to the voice of th...

  • Kochhar duets with India's rock star central banker

    MUMBAI -- Chanda Kochhar's ICICI Bank is at the forefront of Indian financial reform. The 52-year-old CEO of ICICI, India's largest private bank, joined management in the early 2000s. Since becoming CEO in 2009, she has led the bank's expansion. ...

  • Wily Cyrus: Tata's enigmatic Mistry pushes for revival

    NEW DELHI -- Cyrus Mistry became chairman of Tata Sons at the wrong time. The secretive chairman took the helm of the holding company of the Tata group, India's largest industrial house, in December 2012. In an interview with The Nikkei, his pre...

  • Sun Pharma's Shanghvi aims straight for the heart

    MUMBAI -- India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries has seen exceptional growth in the nation's massive generic-drug industry. The company has the highest total market value in an industry heavy with competition. To achieve this, co-founder and Managing ...

  • Aggarwal's Olacabs gets India rolling

    MUMBAI -- Anyone who has experienced Mumbai's creaky public transport knows what a challenge it can be to get around India's commercial capital. For busy professionals, a chauffeur-driven car is often the best choice. Olacabs is taking advantage. ...

  • Flipkart's Bansal aims at India online retailing

    MUMBAI, India -- If you asked people in India to name an entrepreneur who has recently found success, many would choose Sachin Bansal, CEO of online retailer Flipkart. In just six years, the 32-year-old Bansal has created a customer base of 10 millio...

  • Mahindra's mantra begins to bear fruit

    MUMBAI -- Anand Mahindra's key to success is maintaining a solid corporate structure. Among Indian auto-related companies, special attention in 2014 is focused on the Mahindra & Mahindra group. It overtook Indian rival Tata Motors at home to beco...

  • Ken Kutaragi: The year of the Internet of things

    The time for talk is over. Wearable devices are likely to take off in 2014. At the 2014 International Consumer Electronics (CES) Show in Las Vegas in early January, as many as 300 companies exhibited wearables and related products. These new devi...

  • Vietnam's Vuong aims to fight back

    HANOI -- Pham Nhat Vuong has found strength in adversity. Vingroup, a major Vietnamese property developer, on Christmas Eve opened a shopping and entertainment complex, named Vincom Mega Mall Times City, in Hanoi. The facilities were swamped with...

  • Ang angles for San Miguel diversification

    MANILA -- Ramon Ang is considered an effective and powerful leader who can "execute the country's national strategy all alone" in the Philippines. The president of San Miguel oversees his company's domination of the domestic beer market. San Miguel h...

  • Philippines hopes Pangilinan can make a pipeline for peace

    MANILA -- Does Manuel Pangilinan hold the key to solving a territorial dispute between the Philippines and China? The government in Manila thinks so. Politicians in the Philippines are looking to Pangilinan, chairman of Philex Mining, for advice ...

  • Hoang hopes McDonald's hits the spot in Vietnam

    HANOI -- Nguyen Bao Hoang, a 40-year-old Vietnamese-American, used to dream of bringing McDonald's to his ancestral homeland while working a part-time job at the burger chain in the U.S. Last year, his dream took a big step toward coming true; he was...

  • VietJet Air: The path of Khanh

    HANOI -- Luu Duc Khanh is off to a flyer. The sole private-sector low-cost carrier in Vietnam, VietJet Air, expected losses in its first three years in business. But Managing Director Khanh says the company beat expectations. Khanh, 53, first wor...

  • Gokongwei leads Cebu Pacific's air war

    MANILA -- Lance Gokongwei is leading the charge in Cebu Pacific Air's dogfight with flag carrier Philippine Airlines over international travelers. The U.S.-educated Gokongwei, 47, is the scion of Chinese-Filipino industrialist John Gokongwei. Ceb...