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Honouring business leaders in style

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Guest-of-honour, President Tony Tan Keng Yam (right) and Robert Yap, chairman & CEO of YCH Group, who won the top award of Businessman of the Year, unveiling a specially commissioned portrait of Mr Yap painted by renowned Singapore artist Siew Hock Meng.

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Lee Boon Yang, chairman of Singapore Press Holdings, presenting the Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year Award to Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS Group Holdings.

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Herbert Vongpusanachai, CEO, Hong Kong & Macau of DHL Express Asia-Pacific, taking a shot.

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Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief, of English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, Singapore Press Holdings with Tony Ang, global board director and MD, Singapore of Aedas.

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Zuraida bte Ahmad, and her husband, the president & CEO of PT Trans Retail (Carrefour Indonesia), Shafie Shamsuddin who was honoured with the Outstanding Chief/Senior Executive (Overseas) of the Year Award.

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Han Kwee Juan, chief executive officer, Citibank Singapore.

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Jumbo Group's executive chairman & CEO, Ang Kiam Meng and his wife Jacqueline, with Wee Chow Hou (middle), professor of strategy and marketing, at Nanyang Technological University's Nanyang Business School. Jumbo clinched The Enterprise Award.

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Lim Chee Onn, senior international adviser, Ascendas-Singbridge, with Ho Tong Yen, general manager, group corporate communications, Keppel Corporation.

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Ken Lee, CEO, Asia-Pacific & member, DHL Express global management board, DHL Express Asia-Pacific with Stephen Lee, chairman of the judging panel of the Singapore Business Awards.

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Alvin Tay, editor of The Business Times and chairman of the Singapore Business Awards organising committee making his rounds at the gala event.

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The family of this year's Businessman of the Year out in force at the gala dinner. Above: Matriarch Mrs Yap Chwee Hock surrounded by her grandchildren (from left) Ryan, Rocio, Charlene and Russell.

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The family of this year's Businessman of the Year out in force at the gala dinner. The picture on the above shows Mrs Hannah Yap and daughters Rui Lin and Rui Ke.

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Dorothy Seet (right), chief executive officer of Beijing Garments, with daughter Charlyn.

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Guests were treated to a show by Gani Karim a multitalented performer.

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Frank-Uwe Ungerer, senior VP and managing director, DHL Express Singapore.

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Ron Sim, founder & CEO of OSIM International, with daughter Rachel.

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The four SBA winners (from left): Shafie Shamsuddin, Outstanding Chief/Senior Executive (Overseas) of the Year; Piyush Gupta, Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year; Robert Yap, Businessman of the Year and Ang Kiam Meng of Jumbo Group which clinched The Enterprise Award.

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Businessman of the Year, Robert Yap of YCH Group and guest-of-honour President Tony Tan Keng Yam applauding after a performance.

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Ang Kiam Meng, executive chairman & CEO, Jumbo Group, with Sherman Kwek, chief investment officer, City Developments.

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MC for the evening, Margaret Chew, Partner, Allen & Gledhill.

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From left: Ernest Kan, chief-of-operations, clients & markets, Deloitte Singapore; Lim Hwee Hua, chairman of SIAS and Andy Lim, chairman, Tembusu Partners.

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Ho Meng Kit, chief executive officer, Singapore Business Federation, speaking to Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Ambassador (Non-Resident) to Kuwait and Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Middle East.

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Abdullah Tarmugi, former Speaker of Parliament.

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Poon Hong Yuen, chief executive officer of Spring Singapore.

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Rachel Eng, deputy chairman of WongPartnership

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Loh Boon Chye, chief executive officer, Singapore Exchange.

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From left: Francis Koh, group CEO, Koh Brothers; Christine Ang, The Business Times, Singapore Press Holdings; and Ong Tiong Siew, managing director, Ryobi Kiso Holdings.

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From left: Jennie Chua, chairman, Alexandra Health System; Lim Cheng Teck, vice-chairman (Asean), Standard Chartered and Peter Seah, chairman of DBS Group Holdings.

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A song and dance performance by Ming and the High Notes Dancers.

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Seow Choke Meng, business consultant, Chinese Media Group and Times Properties, Singapore Press Holdings, and Kenneth Goi, executive director, GSH Corporation.

FOR a good three hours on March 31, the Who's Who of corporate Singapore celebrated in style the accomplishments of some peers and companies at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia ballroom with an evening of glitz, good food, wine, and humour; reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.

After all, it was the 31st edition of the Singapore Business Awards (SBA), Singapore's oldest, most prestigious business award. Jointly organised by The Business Times and DHL, the event has come a long way since the first Businessman of the Year award was handed out in 1985.

Ken Lee, chief executive of DHL Express Asia-Pacific, congratulated the winners: "These outstanding business leaders are the inspiration for many people. Despite the headwinds and challenges we witnessed in 2015, they have stood the test of time and have proven their vision and leadership with stellar performances."

Robert Yap, executive chairman of YCH Group bagged the top Businessman of the Year accolade this year, for transforming his homegrown family business into a regional supply chain provider.

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Speaking off-the-cuff, Mr Yap said he had been eyeing the award "for many years", drawing laughter from the audience.

Piyush Gupta, named Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year, recalled how he and his family moved to Singapore in 1991.

"While we were not born here, we made Singapore our home by choice. To get this recognition in my adopted land is particularly special, and particularly humbling," the chief of DBS Group Holdings said, before paying tribute to his colleagues and wife Ruchira.

Shafie Shamsuddin of PT Trans Retail (Carrefour Indonesia) snagged the Outstanding Overseas CEO award for his leadership and drive in putting the company back on a firm footing as Indonesia's No 1 hypermarket.

In a display of humility and progressiveness, he shared three key guiding principles - to always be grateful, to always do the right thing, and to always strive to be a better leader every day.

"Inspiring others is challenging. Inspiring ourselves is what we need to do every day," he said.

Household name Jumbo Group was lauded with The Enterprise Award for growing from a single seafood restaurant in 1987 to a network of 17 restaurants in Singapore and China, despite the fierce competition in the food and beverage industry.

Like the other three winners of the night, Ang Kiam Meng, Jumbo's chief executive and executive chairman, paid tribute to his colleagues: "The only reason I stand before you tonight is because of the team at Jumbo. I did not make the journey here alone. Numerous people have had, and continue to support me along the way."

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