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10 Indians among hottest business leaders in Asia

Last updated on: June 14, 2012 08:21 IST

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With Asia becoming a dominant economic power in the world, new business leaders in the region are breaking paths and becoming powerful players.

Here we take a look at some of the next-gen entrepreneurs in Asia.

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Cyrus Mistry

Deputy Chairman, Tata Sons

He is the youngest son of Pallonji Mistry, an Irish-Parsi construction tycoon. Mistry's grandfather first bought shares in Tata Sons in the 1930s, a stake that currently stands at 18.5 per cent, which is in the hands of Mistry's father, the largest single shareholder in a firm mostly controlled by trusts.

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Rajiv Bajaj

MD & CEO, Bajaj Auto

He has turned this unit of his family's Bajaj Group into a motorcycling powerhouse: The company is the world's No. 3 motorcycle manufacturer in unit sales, with profits of $750 million in income on sales of $3.8 billion in 2011.

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Nisa Godrej

President, Human Capital and Innovation, Godrej Group

Nisa is responsible for driving the group's transformation efforts including efforts to attract and develop outstanding talent and make the culture more agile and innovative.

Nisa instituted a design and innovation cell in 2010 and is working very closely with the Godrej Consumer Products team on the innovation strategy for the company.

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Tony Fernandes

CEO, AirAsia

He is a Malaysian entrepreneur and the founder of Tune Air, who introduced the first budget no-frills airline, AirAsia, to Malaysians with the tagline "Now everyone can fly". He has since founded the Tune Group of companies.

He rose to prominence by turning AirAsia, a failing government-linked commercial airline, into a highly successful budget airline public-listed company.

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Naveen Jindal

Chairman and Managing Director, Jindal Steel and Power Limited

He is a Member of Parliament from Kurukshetra Lok Sabha constituency in Haryana. He is the Chairman and Managing Director of Jindal Steel and Power Limited, which is part of the $15 billion diversified OP Jindal Group founded by his late industrialist father.

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GS Sareen

President and CEO, Omni United, Singapore

Dubbed the 'Ikea of tyres' by Fortune magazine, Singapore-headquartered Omni United designs and produces vehicle tyres, for which it holds intellectual property rights, in partnership with manufacturers based in China, Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia.

It sells its products under a few brands, including the flagship 'Radar' brand that was launched in 2006.

Its customers include large tyre companies like Michelin and Goodyear, wholesalers as well as retailers. Currently, Omni United's products are marketed in 45-48 countries, and the company is looking to expand to 80 countries by the end of this year.

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Udhayan Challu, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, iYogi

Vishal Dhar, Co-founder and President, Marketing, iYogi

iYogi is a remote technical support firm based in Gurgaon, India with customers in the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Canada, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

iYogi provides subscription based technical support for personal computers, connected devices and peripherals, and software applications.

The company was co-founded by Uday and Vishal in 2007.

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Sachin Bansal, Co-founder and CEO, Flipkart

Binny Bansal, Co-founder and COO , Flipkart

Flipkart is an Indian e-commerce company headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka. It was started by two IIT graduates, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal,in the year 2007.

They were working in Amazon.com previously. Earlier, Flipkart mainly dealt with books but now, it has expanded to electronic goods and a variety of other products.

Flipkart offers multiple methods to make payments for the orders placed like credit card, debit card, net banking, e-gift voucher and Cash on Delivery.

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Qiangdong Liu

CEO and Founder, 360buy.com

360buy is China's second-largest online retailer by transaction value.

iResearch, a Beijing-based Internet industry, Jingdong Mall, the online retail site run by 360buy, recorded transaction volume of $4.7 billion in 2011, more than three times the size of Amazon China and up 200 per cent from 2010, according to The Financial Times.

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Jennifer Li

CFO, Baidu, China

Baidu is a Chinese web services company headquartered in the Baidu Campus in Haidian District, Beijing, China.

It offers many services, including a Chinese-language search engine for websites, audio files, and images. Baidu offers 57 search and community services including Baidu Baike, an online collaboratively built encyclopedia, and a searchable keyword-based discussion forum.

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Yoshikazu Tanaka

Founder and CEO, Gree, Japan

Gree is a Japanese social networking service founded by Yoshikazu Tanaka and operated by Gree, Inc.

As of January 2011, it is the largest social network in Japan, closely followed by Yahoo! Mobage and Mixi, in terms of total users and the number one site in Japan based upon revenues and profitability.

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Sung-Joo Kim

Chair, Sungjoo Group and MCM Holding, South Korea

Sung-Joo Kim is the Chairwoman and CEO of Sungjoo Group and MCM Holdings.

She was ranked among the 'Top 50 Women to Watch' by the Wall Street Journal in and Selected as one of the 'New Century Leaders' in CNN for the Best of Asia.

She is known for being actively involved in promoting women's leadership, supporting humanitarian causes worldwide and for her outspoken stance against corruption.

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Charles Chao

President and CEO, Sina, China

Sina is an online media company for China and Chinese communities around the world. It operates four major business lines: Sina Weibo, Sina Mobile, Sina Online, and Sina.net.

It has over 100 million registered users worldwide. Sina was recognised by Southern Weekend as the "Chinese Language Media of the Year" for 2003.

Sina owns Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblog social network, which has 56.5 per cent of the Chinese micro-blogging market based on active users and 86.6 per cent based on browsing time over Chinese competitors such as Tencent and Baidu.

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Olivia Lum

Executive Chairman and Group CEO, Hyflux, Singapore

Olivia Lum is a Singaporean businesswoman. She is best known for being the founder, group chief executive officer, and president of the Singapore-based Hyflux Group.

She also heads the Research and Development function.

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Victor Koo

Chairman and CEO, Youku, China

Youku is a video hosting service based in China. On March 12, 2012, it was announced that Youku reached an agreement to acquire Tudou in a stock-for-stock transaction, and the new entity will be named Youku Tudou Inc.

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Steve Zhang

President and CEO, AsiaInfo-Linkage, China

AsiaInfo-Linkage is a leading provider of high-quality software solutions and IT services in China's telecommunications industry.

Following the merger between AsiaInfo Holdings and Linkage Technologies International Holdings Limited on July 1, 2010, the company has leveraged both AsiaInfo's and Linkage's leading market positions and complementary customer base to provide a robust, comprehensive service offering primarily to China's telecom operators.

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Jackie Hsu

General Manager, worldwide sales, open platform business group, Asus, Taiwan

Asus is a Taiwanese multinational computer hardware and electronics company headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. Its products include motherboards, desktops, laptops, monitors, tablet PCs, servers, video cards and mobile phones.

It primarily sells products under its own brand but also produces components for other manufacturers, including Apple, Dell and HP.

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Judy Leissner

Chairwoman and CEO, Grace Vineyard, China

Judy Leissner is CEO of Grace Vineyard, China's only family-owned boutique winery. She is involved in all aspects of the business, from wine-making to sales and marketing to finance to overall strategy.

Grace has won numerous awards abroad and received much media coverage. She previously worked in the Hong Kong office of Goldman Sachs.

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Cher Wang

Chairwoman, HTC, Taiwan

Wang is an entrepreneur born in Taiwan. Wang is a co-founder and the chairperson of the HTC Corporation and VIA Technologies.

Her father was Wang Yung-ching, who was one of the richest individuals in Taiwan. Her husband is Wen Chi Chen, the CEO of VIA Technologies.

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Junko Nakagawa

CFO, Nomura Holdings, Japan

Nomura Holdings is a Japanese financial holding company, and a principal member of the Nomura Group.

Nomura Holdings and its broker-dealer, banking and other financial services subsidiaries, provide investment, financing and related services to individual, institutional and government customers on a global basis with an emphasis on securities businesses.


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