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  • 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 A

    February 7, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Kuwaiti oil company plots pivot to Asia

    HANOI -- While more established in Europe, Kuwait Petroleum International has set its strategic sights on Asia in pursuit of shifting global oil demand, Chief Executive Officer Bakhit Al-Rashidi tells The Nikkei. In Vietnam, KPI is involved in a

    February 7, 2014 08:09 am JST
  • Japanese instant noodle maker to set up shop in Myanmar

    OSAKA -- Acecook plans to open an instant noodle factory in Myanmar as early as 2017, hoping to grab a 20% share of the local market within a decade and also produce the quick, easy meals for export. The Osaka Prefecture-based company will team

    February 7, 2014 07:22 am JST
  • 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 pr

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • 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 bec

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • 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.

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • 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 t

    February 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • 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 bi

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Smartphones set to reshape Asia's e-tailing markets

    NEW DELHI/BANGKOK -- Asia is on course to become a huge market for smartphones with more than 2 billion users in 2017, a development certain to transform its consumer markets and open up business opportunities for retailers. The total number of

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Cheung Kong's Li: Guessing game continues on succession

    HONG KONG -- Li Ka-shing is not through cashing in on his success yet. His son Victor may have to wait to take center stage. "I am ready to retire, but have no immediate plans to do so," Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing said in a late November inter

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Is Uno sitting on a house of cards?

    JAKARTA -- Sandiaga Uno heads the Saratoga group, a relatively new Indonesian conglomerate that has in recent years seen high growth. Saratoga Investama Sedaya, an investment company at the heart of the group, went public in 2012. It suffered a loss

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: QL's Chia does not mince around

    SINGAPORE -- Chia Song Kun's rags-to-riches story begins in a poor fishing village. Malaysia's QL Resources, Asia's largest minced fish producer, is headed by Chia Song Kun, the founder and managing director of the company. Chia started his vill

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Fernandes refuses to let go of Japan

    SINGAPORE -- AirAsia CEO and founder Tony Fernandes has not finished with Japan. Southeast Asia's leading budget airline will be back in the land of the rising sun, Fernandes insists. AirAsia last year pulled out of Japan, dissolving a partnersh

    February 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Tokyo Rope to double elevator cable output in Vietnam

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Rope Mfg. plans to double its production capacity for high-quality elevator cables in Vietnam to meet demand in the rapidly urbanizing markets of China and Southeast Asia. The Japanese company has earmarked $50 million to increase

    February 5, 2014 01:49 am JST
  • 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 wo

    February 4, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • 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 wa

    February 4, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • 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

    February 4, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • 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

    February 4, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • 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 wit

    February 4, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Aeon Fantasy to triple Asian amusement sites for kids

    TOKYO -- Aiming to tap into sizable latent demand, Aeon Fantasy plans to more than triple to 300 the amusement and entertainment facilities it operates in Asia outside Japan by the year ending February 2017. The firm will open locations in shoppin

    February 4, 2014 02:35 am JST