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  • Animax Designs is a world leader in animatronic and interactive characters, animated costumes and puppets, serving major movie studios such as The Walt Disney Company, NBC Universal, Warner Bros and companies such as Feld Entertainment
  • Cityneon is an existing major client of Animax, which builds the dinosaurs in Cityneon’s Jurassic World: The Exhibition touring sets
  • Acquisition builds depth in the Group as it complements and enhances Cityneon’s ability to provide consumers around the world with world-class experiences
  • Chuck Fawcett to remain President & CEO of Animax

Singapore – Cityneon Holdings (“Cityneon”, the “Company”/collectively with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Animax Designs, Inc. (“Animax”), a world leader and global provider of animatronic characters.

Animax Designs, Inc., which is based in Nashville, Tennessee in the US, was founded by Chuck Fawcett in 1989 and just celebrated their 30th year anniversary in the creation of cutting-edge animatronic and interactive characters, animated costumes, and puppets. With a workforce of 150 highly‐skilled employees, Animax serves some of the largest operators in the world in themed entertainment, live attractions, and location‐based entertainment. Its rich history, years of innovation and use of leading-edge technology has gained Animax a respectable reputation and today, its global clientele includes The Walt Disney Company, Nickelodeon, NBC Universal, Warner Bros., Sesame Workshop, Viacom, Feld Entertainment, and SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.

“I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished at Animax over the last 30 years, and I firmly believe that this combination with Cityneon will unlock even more value for shareholders as Cityneon continues to set the pace in what is an exciting and dynamic industry. This transaction will also substantially expand our international reach, allowing us to offer our world-class products to more strategic markets around the world,” said Chuck Fawcett, President and CEO of Animax. Chuck Fawcett also sits on the International Board of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), an international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences – worldwide.

“This is a strategic acquisition for Cityneon, and it is exciting that it is happening at a time when the Company is growing from a position of strength to becoming an industry leader in the creation of new and innovative visitor experiences around the world,” said Ron Tan, Executive Chairman and Group CEO of the Group. “This acquisition also brings along further diversification of the management and executive teams within Cityneon, which is varied across different cultures and nationalities. We will continue on this path to build, strengthen and add depth to a world-class leadership team for the Cityneon Group,” Mr. Tan added.

The Animax transaction was based on a combination of cash and shares in Cityneon and Animax is expected to contribute immediately to the revenue and profits of the Group post acquisition.

For more information about Cityneon Holdings Private Limited, please read more here.
For more information about Animax Designs, please visit www.animaxdesigns.com.

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To comic book devotees and movie buffs, Ron Tan has the best job in the world. As executive chairman and group CEO of Cityneon, he gets to call the shots when building theme park sets and exhibitions filled with superheroes, robots and dinosaurs. But getting there required true grit.

It was the year 2008 when Ron Tan found himself in a bit of a pickle. He and his two friends had made a pitch to Marvel and Disney to produce a one-of-a-kind exhibition celebrating Marvel’s Avengers franchise – and somehow won it. “I wouldn’t say it was because we had the strongest concept, which was based on delivering experience. Our winning the contract had more to do with everyone else dropping out,” says Tan with disarming frankness. “When we got the contract, we were thrilled – it was a leap of faith on Marvel’s part. We popped the champagne after we signed it. But after that everything fell apart.”

With no prior experience in building an exhibition of this scale (or any exhibition at all, really) the trio had to hire 200 to 300 freelancers to work on the project, taking up 50,000 sq ft of space in Valencia, California, even though the exhibition was set to debut in New York. They were now 250 per cent over budget and two weeks late to launch. The pile of letters threatening legal action was growing ominously taller.

In those moments an ordinary man would have crumbled under the pressure, but we don’t put ordinary men on our covers.

Tan wound up saving the day with his extraordinary powers of perseverance. He should not have built the exhibition in California, for example, which was an expensive place to run a business and led to additional costs because they had to ship the products east. “I gave up many, many times – but only in my mind. The next day I would get up, forget the fact that I had given up because there were so many things to deal with, and just keep going,” Tan, 48, recounts. “When people become successful they like to look back and think they had a special part to play in that grand plan, but the only part we played was to keep going, even when we went the wrong way or had to make a lot of U-turns.”

When the Marvel’s Avengers Station exhibition finally opened in New York City’s Discovery Times Square museum in May 2014, it was a raging success and has since made its way to Beijing, Seoul, London, Paris, Sydney, Moscow and Singapore. “But it was a very long and painful journey. I still keep that folder of legal letters at home to look at when things get rough, as a reminder that nothing could ever be worse than that time.”

Victory Hill Exhibitions in 2011 following the deal with Disney, Tan was approached by Singapore-listed firm Cityneon four years later with a buyout offer. From then on, it was less pain and all gain. With Tan’s direction and Cityneon’s resources, the company’s market capitalisation grew from $20 million to over $300 million last year. As of this February, Cityneon was delisted from SGX in order to gain more control of the company’s future direction, and revenue is expected to hit $250 million this financial year – almost double that of 2018. Disney’s “last choice” had become the go-to name for mega-movie franchise exhibitions that include Transformers, Jurassic World, Hunger Games and Universal Studios.

Fun Formula

But all of this, Tan says, happened quite by chance. “I left the corporate life in 2003 and while browsing autobiographies in Kinokuniya one day, I came across the story of Guy Laliberte, the man behind Cirque du Soleil. Who could have imagined a circus without animals back then? Or one that could sell its own merchandise? That book left a deep impression.”

Inspired, Tan realised that the secret to a good experience was storytelling and personalisation – two themes that drove the Avengers Station. “No one had done anything like it before. Up until then exhibitions were just architecture you walked through,” he points out. In the Avengers Station, visitors are inducted as recruits, experiencing the comic book-based universe through high-tech interactive displays placed among original sets, props, costumes and special effects. “These days when you take a group photo, how good the photo turns out is dependent on how you look, not how everyone else looks. So the personalised experience is key.”

Technology has helped in that regard, but Tan maintains that it should only be used to enhance an experience, not centre it. “We have AI and VR now but people ultimately prefer to be wowed by the real thing,” he says. “One of our most popular experiences is Jurassic World: The Exhibition. It’s weird, but what stood out for people was the realistic skin and movements of our animatronics. They would rather see a physical dinosaur than a holographic one.”

Even with these insights it still seems incredible how a relatively small local firm could gain and maintain the trust of billion-dollar US brands. This Tan credits to the diversity and dedication of his team, which consists of 400 to 500 staff based all over the world. Rather than hire people with an exhibition background, Tan looked for people who cut their teeth in entertainment. “One of my creatives was from Cirque du Soleil and studio executives found his perspectives fresh and interesting, while my tech and operations guy came from Sea World. He managed fish, not installations.”

Tan believes Cityneon has gained a reputation as brand custodians by approaching studios with cautious reverence. “Pitching to big names is always scary. You have to understand that you are talking to someone who has lived and breathed their brand every day, so for you to go in and tell them you want to build an experience around that, you have to really understand what they’re about,” he says. This is why it can take 18 to 24 months to complete a project, and also why his creative team are often die-hard movie fans themselves. “They know everything, down to the Pantone shade of Thanos’ pants. My job is to come in from a business and casual fan point of view.”

Being an Asian CEO helps, too. “Our clients find it intriguing,” he laughs. “It’s rare to find an Asian CEO in this business. A chairman, perhaps, because we’re supposedly good with money, but not a CEO who predominantly handles Western intellectual properties (IPs). But the industry has seen that we have had no issues in the last 10 years, and we are able to penetrate markets they want to get into.” China is of course one of those markets, and with China-based Citic Capital investing an approximate 10 per cent stake in the company, Tan is gearing up for expansion into North Asia.

The plan now is to become the biggest player in this field, and seeing as they’re courting two more IPs – keeping in mind that Cityneon’s criteria is that these IPs need to have made at least US$1 billion ($1.4 million) in ticket sales with sequels or prequels planned – it’s safe to assume the goal isn’t too big of a reach. In fact, Tan is thinking out of the box office.

“We want to move into original artefacts, like the Terracotta Army of Xi’an. Anyone can exhibit them but they can be pretty dry, so I want to give people context and content. The younger demographic may think a cup is a cup is a cup, but if there’s a good story behind this cup, it could excite them,” he says. Cityneon is also working on its own asset-based IP, which Tan hopes to release in Singapore next year. “90 per cent of our profits come from outside of Singapore, so we hope to do more here.”

The Thing With Luck

Not one thing Tan has shared so far has been with the slightest hint of a frown or reminiscent distress. Maybe it’s easy to be cheerful when you’re sitting in a spacious office decorated with comic book memorabilia, housed in a shiny new office building purchased two years ago, while basking in the glow of the title of EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 in the media and entertainment category. But it’s more likely that Tan’s smile, which isn’t moulded for charm or carefully engineered to mimic charisma, comes from a place of deep gratitude.

“I was awarded the Singapore Government Scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree in tourism from the University of Hawaii, but I didn’t do well in the system and saved up enough to break my bond after five and a half years. I later joined a multinational company but after six years with them I was made redundant in six minutes. Working on Avengers Station was so awful that if there was a chance to go back and do it all again, I wouldn’t take it,” says Tan, recounting the periods where life handed him enough lemons to fill an Olympic-sized pool with lemonade. But he’s thankful for each and every one of them as they taught him valuable skills and experiences that serve him well today. “Being able to have this interview is a blessing. It’s a beautiful moment. I’m so glad we’re doing this for Christmas because it’s about giving thanks.”

You would think a man whose job is to recreate cinematic worlds for the general public would know how to cut loose during the holidays but Tan admits he’s “actually a pretty boring person”. He unwinds by taking walks every morning and playing the piano. “I’m a creature of habit. I like to do the same things over and over. I like my work, so I don’t stop working.”

Indeed, even if Cityneon hadn’t come along to add sequels to Tan’s career, he would have simply found another crazy idea to bet on. “Maybe I would be with a private equity firm or something,” he shrugs. “That’s the thing about entrepreneurs – something will definitely happen as long as you keep believing it will. There’s never just one route to get to where you want to go.”

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Major department stores Lotte, Shinsegae and Hyundai, are paying more attention to bolstering the customer experience and promoting more premium products to compete with online retailers, according to industry officials, Monday.

Officials said they are hosting a series of exhibitions and focusing on premium brands to improve profitability and attract millennials who seek the latest trends.

An intensifying price competition with e-commerce giants, such as Coupang, WeMakePrice and TMON, has also pushed department stores to rethink how they can freshen up the image they present to shoppers.

Since June, Lotte Department Store has been running the special exhibition “Jurassic World” at Lotte Mall Gimpo Airport Branch which features animatronic dinosaurs.

According to data provided by Lotte, the number of new customers who visited the Gimpo Airport Branch increased by 67.7 percent after it launched the exhibition. More than 200,000 visited the exhibition in four months.

In addition, Lotte has been running high-end artwork shop “Belle Musee” at the Lotte Avenuel World Tower branch, which will last until Nov. 30.

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  • New institutional investor after Singapore government-linked global investor, EDBI invests in Cityneon in August 2019.
  • Joins strong base of financial and strategic investors – CITIC Capital, EDBI, Hong Kong entrepreneur, Johnson Ko and Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon, Ron Tan.
  • Continued expansion plans with upcoming new Intellectual Properties (IPs) by end of 2019.
  • Gearing up for next year with the opening of Jurassic World: The Exhibition in Chengdu in
    January 2020.
  • Moving towards the creation of self-owned IPs by end 2020.

Cityneon Holdings (“Cityneon”, the “Company”/collectively with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) is pleased to announce Pavilion Capital’s investment in Cityneon.

Pavilion Capital, a Singapore-based investment institution which focuses on private equity investments, will be part of Cityneon’s institutional investors including Singapore government-linked global investor, EDBI which invested in August 2019, and CITIC Capital Holdings Limited (“CITIC Capital”), an affiliate of CITIC Group and one of China’s largest multinational conglomerate corporations managing over US$25 billion of assets across the world, which invested in May 2019. Together with Hong Kong veteran entrepreneur and investor Mr. Johnson Ko, and Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon, Mr. Ron Tan, they form a solid base of investors of the Company.

“We are thrilled and honored to have yet another strong and established investor like Pavilion Capital on board, especially during this time of exponential growth in the Company,” said Ron Tan, Executive Chairman and Group CEO of the Group who was recently awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year. “Transformation is a process and Cityneon’s continued evolution into a leading global experience entertainment player is right on track,” Mr. Tan added.

Cityneon currently partners with large global movie studios such as The Walt Disney Company, Marvel, Hasbro, Universal Studios, and Lionsgate on their intellectual properties (“IPs”) to curate, create and construct immersive and experiential experiences for worldwide visitors. The Group has toured the IPs in over 40 cities now and has extensive plans to move into new markets such as the United States, where the Group had recently announced their partnership with Round Room Live, owned by global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) and was recently acquired by Hasbro for US$4b, for a 2-year U.S. & Canada Tour of Jurassic World: The Exhibition starting from
Q4, 2020.

The Group is also set to expand their presence in China and beyond via Cityneon’s partnership with Wanda Group, a Chinese multinational conglomerate based in Beijing, with the launch of the inaugural Jurassic World: The Exhibition in China in January 2020, beginning with Chengdu, followed by other major cities in a 2-year tour. The timely launch would be riding on the growing momentum of consumer trends towards experience entertainment in China, as well as the recent announcement of the highly anticipated Jurassic World 3 movie due to be released in June 2021. Cityneon plans to boost the number of global relationships it has with major studios and further secure new IPs by the end of 2019.

Cityneon’s expansion of its headquarters in Singapore is underway with the priority placed on the building of a Creative & Design team to develop multi-sensory experiential engagements, in addition to the ongoing R&D of Cityneon’s self-owned IPs by end of 2020. The Company’s Group Chief Creative Officer, Welby Altidor, will be relocating to Singapore in 2020 to direct the Group’s global creative efforts in experience entertainment by blending cutting-edge storytelling tools and time-tested artistic approaches, leading to the creation of a new generation of globally impactful, memorable and meaningful experiential projects that provide guests with lasting memories.

With its global reach and international partnerships, Cityneon has the capability to serve its clients anywhere in the world. Cityneon was listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange since 2005, and was privatized on February 2019 by West Knighton Limited, a company wholly owned by Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO Ron Tan together with Hong Kong veteran entrepreneur and investor Johnson Ko Chun Shun. Johnson is a capital markets veteran and has held controlling interests and directorships in many listed companies. In May 2019, Cityneon welcomed CITIC Capital as a new shareholder, who holds 10.36% shares in Cityneon. CITIC Capital is part of CITIC Group, one of China’s largest conglomerates, and has over US$25b of assets under its management across 100 funds and investment products globally. Most recently in August 2019, EDBI, a Singapore governmentlinked global investor, made a strategic investment in Cityneon to support the Group for further expansion globally.

For more information about Cityneon Holdings Private Limited, please read more here.

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Like the Energizer Bunny, Cityneon’s Ron Tan surmounts setbacks, creates a niche, and goes on and on.

It was during the 2008 global financial crisis, and Ron Tan was in between jobs. One day, while browsing at Kinokuniya bookstore, he chanced upon a copy of the autobiography of Guy Laliberté, co-founder of the renowned Canadian circus troupe Cirque du Soleil.

Laliberté engaging story of how he changed the traditional circus in ways people could not have imagined inspired Tan. Cirque du Soleil drew in huge crowds with a new formula – one that weaves stories and music. Unlike traditional circuses, it had a missing element – animals. “Before that, you would never imagine a circus without animals,” says Tan in an interview with The Edge Singapore.

In the same vein, Tan, executive chairman and CEO of experiential entertainment company Cityneon Holdings, has built up a new niche the way Laliberté did. Asked who his competitors are, Tan finds it difficult to pinpoint one. After all, Cityneon created this business, which offers movie fans the chance to relive the magic of the silver screen via activity-packed exhibits and experiences. “The audience longs for engagement and participation. They want to have an experience. They need to be entertained,” he explains.

Tan got his break in this business in 2011. Via an entity called Victory Hill Exhibitions (VHE), he received the rights from Marvel to stage an Avengers-themed production and exhibition. Marvel, a global name in comics, holds the rights to the Avengers superhero genre, which includes popular characters such as Captain America, Iron Man and Thor. Marvel is ultimately owned by US media and entertainment giant The Walt Disney Co.

For putting a Singapore-based company on the map of the multibillion-dollar global entertainment industry, Tan was named this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Media and Entertainment. “This is not a personal achievement. It is made possible only by the support from our past and present shareholders, global studio partners, clients, bankers, management and all team members of Cityneon. I am receiving the award on behalf of the company, and all who kept the faith with Cityneon from the outset,” says Tan.

Energizer Bunny

Tan jokes that the first Avengers production, which opened in 2014, almost ended his entrepreneurial journey before it even started. The former recipient of a Singapore government scholarship scored a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in university. The business world is a different thing, though. For his first project, he underestimated the budget by 250%.

Disney and Marvel, owners of the intellectual properties to his first project, did not give him an easy time. They conducted 17 rounds of checks, but Tan, with the help of family and friends, eventually managed to pull it off. “Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. I totally underestimated the endeavour. We had a limited budget and experience, and we also had limited trust from the studios then.”

He learnt quickly from the experience, and his drive and grit helped to push him on. Tan likens himself to the Energizer Bunny in the memorable TV advertisement. “I just kept going and going and going. At that point of time, I was just the Energizer Bunny, which kept hitting the drum. And I wasn’t thinking. In fact, it’s insanity. And that’s entrepreneurship. It’s a lot of faith. It is the substance of the things you hope for and the evidence of things unseen. I live a lot by that.”

The Energizer Bunny attitude served him well. The first VHE exhibition was a success. Tan and his team popped champagne at the end of it and his contracts from the big studios grew from there.

In 2015, VHE became part of Cityneon, which was originally a family business started in 1956 as a supplier of electrical appliances. VHE became Cityneon’s core business and Tan was appointed CEO in January 2017, eventually taking on the executive chairman role seven months later.

The company has since grown, opening more Avengers’ S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibitions, and acquiring new licenses for other movies such as Jurassic World and The Hunger Games. Cityneon also holds the rights to and leases out intellectual property for movie studios such as Lionsgate and Universal. On the more traditional front, the company works with governments on exhibitions such as Expo 2020 in Dubai, and does events such as the Formula One race in Singapore, trade fairs and interior jobs for hotels.

In February this year, Tan privatised Cityneon with other investors in a deal that valued the company at $318 million. The privatisation disappointed many retail shareholders, who had enjoyed significant returns from investing in the stock.

Big names, big deals

Cityneon’s growth story did not stop with the privatisation. Tan was able to attract backing from big, strategic players. In May, CITIC Capital, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned company CITIC Group, took a 10.61% stake in Cityneon for an undisclosed sum. In August, EDBI, investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board, invested in Cityneon as well. Clearly, the company is on the roll.

With so many projects happening overseas and 400 to 500 employees in offices worldwide, how does Tan keep track of his businesses? “Every day, there are so many things, so many distractions and so much noise and matters that you have to handle. You need to rise above that noise and not get distracted. Stick to the fundamentals; stay focused.”

Tan’s first exposure to the entertainment industry was a 17-month stint in local broadcaster Mediacorp, where he worked on family shows such as Disney On Ice and Barney’s Greatest Hits. “I was shocked. My interest then was in its infancy. But the way families bought tickets made me look at the opportunities there, and that’s why I got involved in this industry,” he says.

During his years in the industry, Tan has developed an intuition for which movie franchises stand a better chance of becoming successful exhibitions than others. He is careful to discern between undertaking new projects based on movie franchises that appeal to the masses and those that pander only to diehard fans, which might result only in niche followings.

Some of Tan’s criteria are box-office takings of more than US$1 billion ($1.4 billion) and that there should be a sequel or prequel. “I like all these shows but I’m not in love with them, and that’s the key. We have to be careful. You cannot create just for diehard fans, but it has to be true so the diehard fans can appreciate the exhibition and, at the same time, it doesn’t isolate the mass market. So, mass luxury – like Prada and Louis Vuitton – is where we want to be.”

Tan also believed in keeping ideas fresh and investing in creative hires. He thinks that while there are lessons to learn from competitors, businesses should try to create their own niche.

Tan aspires to become like Merlin Entertainments, the UK-based company that owns the license to Lego and has developed experiences around the brand with theme park Legoland. Merlin Entertainments operates the Madam Tussauds wax museums as well and is the world’s second-largest operator of visitor attractions, after Disney. Merlin was recently taken private at US$7.5 billion by a group of investors, including leading private equity firm Blackstone Group and the family behind the Lego empire. Tan says, “Our main objective and mission is to be the world’s largest in the experience entertainment industry.”

He already has a plan to get there – by continuing to invest in the business and his people. The “patient capital” that investors injected into Cityneon when it privatised has allowed him to grow the company in a sustainable manner. In other words, the growth has to be driven by clear business direction, free of personalities – even his own. “It shouldn’t be a personality-driven company. It has to be a large corporation managed by good professionals with experience so that the company can grow from strength to strength.”

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Two-Year Tour Set to Launch in Major U.S. Cities in Q4, 2020.

Las Vegas, NV – Cityneon, recognized internationally for its award-winning IP themed exhibitions and attractions, announces a partnership with global live entertainment company Round Room Live to tour Jurassic World: The Exhibition throughout the U.S.

Previously showcased in Paris, Madrid, Seoul, Chicago and Philadelphia, Jurassic World: The Exhibition will tour through additional major U.S. markets for two years, with its launch set for Q4 of 2020. Produced in conjunction with NBC Universal’s Universal Brand Development division, Jurassic World: The Exhibition is an immersive attraction based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinematic history. Highlighting life-sized prehistoric creatures such as the Brachiosaurus, Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus rex, the exhibition features interactive educational elements drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA featured in the film Jurassic World.

Cityneon partners with major movie and gaming studios to secure Intellectual Properties (“IPs”) to hold experience exhibitions for their audiences. Its strong international partnerships have made Cityneon a key player in the global arena of experience entertainment. Through such partnerships, Cityneon, along with its creative production subsidiary Victory Hill Exhibitions, is granted rights to curate, create and construct exclusive and iconic experiences for visitors all around the world. To date, Cityneon has toured its IPs in excess of 39 cities and will be making further inroads to new markets.

New York based Round Room Live has deep experience as a producer and promoter of touring exhibitions starting with Bodies the Exhibition and most recently with Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones Exhibition. Industry veterans and Co-Presidents, Stephen Shaw and Jonathan Linden lead Round Room Live, which is part of global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), an industry leader across the family and brand space.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition is a truly dynamic exhibition with wide family entertainment appeal. The project has had great success throughout the world and we are excited to partner with Cityneon to bring an extended tour of this exhibition that celebrates the iconic Jurassic film series to the U.S.,” said Shaw. “The attraction’s interactive elements, paired with exceptional educational content, offers audiences an immersive opportunity to explore the world of the films while learning about the actual science that support the stories,” added Linden.

“We are thrilled to embark on this venture with Round Room and NBC Universal to bring Jurassic World: The Exhibition on tour in the U.S.,” said Mark Kemper, Group Chief Corporate & Financial Officer of Cityneon Holdings. “Round Room’s expertise with promoting touring exhibitions, and Universal’s globally celebrated entertainment offerings make both entities perfect partners for Cityneon, and we look forward to developing future projects together,” he continued.

For more information about Cityneon Holdings Private Limited, please read more here.
For more information about Round Room Live, please visit roundroomlive.com.
For more information about Universal Brand Development, please visit universalbranddevelopment.com.

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Ron Tan Entrepreneur of the Year
 

 

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SINGAPORE – Five entrepreneurs have been named category winners in the 18th annual EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 awards on Tuesday.

They are:

  • Ron Tan, executive chairman and group CEO of Cityneon Holdings, winner in the media and entertainment category;
  • Ng Gim Choo, founder and managing director of EtonHouse International Education Group, winner in the education category;
  • David (Hyonmoo) Lee, CEO of IYUNO Media Group, winner in the digital media supply chain category;
  • Kong Wan Sing, founder and CEO of JustCo, winner in the workspace solutions category; and
  • Yeah Hiang Nam (PMB), managing director and CEO of ValueMax Group Limited, winner in the financial services category.

The five winners were selected from close to 40 nominations by an independent judging panel.

The winners will be honoured at a gala to be held on Oct 3 at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress Ng Chee Meng will be the guest of honour.

At the gala, one of the five winners will be named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Singapore, and will represent the Republic to compete with contenders from more than 50 countries at the annual EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year award in Monte Carlo in 2020.

EY also named the winners of two honorary awards.

Dennis A Uy, chairman and president of Udenna Corporation, won the EY Asean Entrepreneurial Excellence award, which recognises successful South-east Asian businesses that contribute to the region’s economy and community. Far East Organization was named the winner of the the EY Family Business Award of Excellence.

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