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Many 'firsts' at the Award's 12th year

Gathering together on stage for the grand finale of the awards event are guest-of-honour Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance, award winners and organisers of the Singapore Corporate Awards.

From left: Willie Cheng, chairman of the Best Managed Board Award Judging Panel; Loh Chin Hua, chairman of Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation, winner of the Best Managed Board Award (gold, mid-cap); guest-of-honour, Lawrence Wong; Peter Seah, chairman of DBS Group Holdings, winner of the gold, large-cap category; Sumitri Menon, chairman of Micro-Mechanics (Holdings), which bagged the gold, small-cap trophy; and Yeoh Oon Jin, managing partner of PwC (the BMBA partner).

Co-hosts for the Best Managed Board Award and Special Recognition Award - Frank Lavin, director of UOB Bank and former US ambassador to Singapore and Pauline Goh, CEO, Singapore & South-east Asia, CBRE.

Co-hosts for the Best CEO Award - Lim Ee Seng, senior adviser, TCC Group and last year's Best CEO when he was group CEO of Frasers Centrepoint, with Kamilah Kassim, partner, foreign law, Allen and Gledhill LLP.

Chua Sock Koong, group chief executive officer, Singapore Telecommunications - winner of Best Chief Executive Officer Award (large-cap).

Co-hosts for the Best Chief Financial Officer Award - Olivier Lim, chairman, Certis CISCO Security and Aliza Knox, chief operating officer of Unlockd.

Ng Kee Choe (left), chairman of CapitaLand Ltd and Ng Yat Chung, CEO designate, Singapore Press Holdings.

Evelyn Ang, senior partner, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, entertaining the dinner guests with two songs.

Best CFO Award winners (from left) - Darren Tan, OCBC Bank (large-cap), Rajesh Chopra, Mewah International (mid-cap) and Foo Ai Huey, Centurion Corporation (small-cap).

Alex Hungate, president & CEO of SATS Ltd.

From left: Tan Su-Shan, MD & group head of consumer banking & wealth management, DBS Group Holdings; Peter Seah, DBS chairman and Paul Lim, chief executive officer, Secura Group, a merit winner of the Best IR Award.

Fair ladies of Bank Julius Baer (from left): Loh Kia Hui, executive director; Dorothy Ong, managing director senior adviser; Cara Chua, director and Chan Wei Ying, executive director.

A word from the sponsor: Torsten Linke, head, private banking South-east Asia & branch manager Singapore, Bank Julius Baer, Singapore.

Guest-of-honour Lawrence Wong (left) presenting the Special Recognition Award trophy to Simon Israel, chairman of Singapore Telecommunications.

Co-hosts for the Best IR Award - Kai Nargolwala, chairman of Clifford Capital and Lynda Wee, associate professor (adjunct), Division of Marketing & International Business, Nanyang Technological University.

Chng Sok Hui, chief financial officer of DBS Group Holdings with DBS CEO Piyush Gupta.

Emcees - Stefanie Yuen Thio, head, corporate & joint managing partner, TSMP Law Corporation and Zulkifli Baharudin, chairman of Indo-Trans Logistics Corporation.

Co-hosts for the Best Annual Report Award, Ng Shin Ein, Singapore’s ambassador to Hungary and Philip Jeyaretnam, global vice-chair & regional CEO, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP.

From left: Lee Suan Hiang, co-chair of Best IR Award Judging Panel; Lynette Leong, CEO of CapitaLand Commercial Trust receiving the trophy for Best Investor Relations Award (gold for large-cap) from Anthony Tan, deputy CEO of Singapore Press Holdings. On the right is Ong Pang Thye, managing partner of KPMG (the Best IR award partner).

From left: Guest-ofhonour Lawrence Wong; Tony Chew, chairman of Asia Resource Corporation Pte Ltd with Melanie Chew, and Michelle Cheo, chief executive officer of Mewah International.

Kwa Chong Seng (left), chairman of Singapore Exchange with Ng Yat Chung, CEO designate of Singapore Press Holdings.

A warm welcome from the co-chairs of the SCA organising committee - (from left) Tam Chee Chong, council member, ISCA; Wong Wei Kong, editor of The Business Times and Willie Cheng, chairman of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

From left: Michael Kok, independent director of SATS; Junie Foo, head, corporate banking Singapore and head, global subsidiary banking, Asia Oceania, The Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank; Malini Vaidya, partner, managing director SEA, Spencer Stuart; Kevin Kwok, independent director, Singapore Exchange and Jayesh Vaidya.

Magdalene Low, managing director senior adviser at Bank Julius Baer.

Alvin Tay, managing editor, English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, Singapore Press Holdings.

Khoo Boo Hor, chief executive officer of Sunningdale Tech. He clinched the Best CEO Award for small-cap firms.

IF there is one place to be in July, it would have to be the Singapore Corporate Awards (SCA) where the best of the best in managing listed companies rubbed shoulders with one another, soaked in the entertainment by fellow corporates and toasted to their wins.

Dubbed the 'Oscars' of the local corporate scene, the annual celebration and merry-making that is into its 12th year was held at Resorts World Sentosa Convention Centre on July 18, where listed entities here were recognised for excellence in corporate disclosures and governance. Guest of honour was Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance.

And several "firsts" took place at the glitzy affair. For the first time, The Business Times' editor Wong Wei Kong graced the event and did a dance number in the opening act. DBS clinched the most coveted gold prize for Best Managed Board of a listed company with at least S$1 billion in market cap. The lender also picked up the gold award for Best Annual Report in the same breath, making it the first company to win top awards in all categories since the inception of the SCA in 2005.

The large-cap silver award for Best Managed Board went to CapitaLand and SATS clinched the bronze.

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Another first came from Singtel's group chief executive officer (CEO) Chua Sock Koong, who won Best CEO in the large-cap category - the first woman to earn this. She is also the first to have under her belt both the Best CEO and Best Chief Financial Officer (CFO) awards, having picked up the Best CFO title in 2006.

The telco itself was honoured with the Special Recognition Award for its board diversity policy. It is the second time the award has been given out.

Top honours for Best CEO in the mid- and small-cap categories went to Mark Wakeford of Indofood Agri Resources and Khoo Boo Hor of Sunningdale Tech, respectively. For the Best CFO category, OCBC Bank's Darren Tan picked up the large-cap prize, Mewah International Inc's Rajesh Chopra took the mid-cap one and Centurion Corporation's Foo Ai Huey won the small-cap award.

The awards were co-organised by the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, Singapore Institute of Directors and BT, supported by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority and the Singapore Exchange. The event was sponsored by Bank Julius Baer with award partners Deloitte, EY, Heidrick & Struggles, KPMG and PwC, as well as supporting partner Citigate Dewe Rogerson, i.MAGE.