Asia’s shining stars in corporate governance

Okay, here’s a little quiz I suspect you’ll find rather interesting…

The latest Corporate Governance Watch 2016 findings for Asia have just been released, with rankings provided for the 12 key Asia-Pacific markets and over 1,000 companies operating across the region.

Can you name the companies, preferably in alphabetical order?

Just kidding, what I’d like to know is who you think came out tops, who took silver, who grabbed the last remaining spot on the podium and who picked up the dreaded wooden spoon?
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Thai corporate governance on march to world best practice

My name is Rongruja Saicheua but you can call me Ronnie.

I head up the new Governance Matters operation in Thailand and rather than bore you with my CV, I thought I’d tackle something I hope is far more interesting and perhaps even a little thought-provoking – corporate governance in Thailand and how it compares with Western practices.

I’d say very well, even if it is a qualified ‘very well’.

Yes, there are differences in the nature of our companies, most of which are either family owned or what we call SOEs – that’s State Owned Enterprises. But there are also a remarkable number of similarities and with Governance Matters now present in Bangkok, I’m sure these will soon become greater.
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Consultancy Firm Opens Thai Office

South Australian consultancy firm Governance Matters has opened an office in Bangkok, in the process becoming the first independent corporate governance consultancy to operate in south-east Asia, aside from Singapore.

One of Thailand’s leading governance experts, Rongruja Saicheua, recently acquired a stake in the company and will head up the Thai operation.

Founder and managing director Kate Costello said the opening of the Bangkok office will strengthen best practice corporate governance in one of the world’s fastest growing regions.

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