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K-C APAC President Achal Agarwal named ‘Asia Business Leader of the Year’ by CNBC

Asia's top business figures were recently honoured at CNBC's 15th Asia Business Leaders Awards (ABLA), with Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific President – Achal Agarwal, named Business Leader of the Year.

CNBC is the world's leading business and financial news network. The ‘Business Leader of the Year’ award is the top honour at the prestigious CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards, which recognise outstanding business leaders for leading the way in disruptive innovation, talent management and corporate social responsibility.  Over 15 years, the awards have recognised and celebrated the region's best leaders, and are today considered the top recognition for companies.  

This year, a total of 67 business leaders from 10 countries were shortlisted for the six awards: Asia Business Leader of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Asia Disruptor of the Year, Asia Talent Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Indonesia Business Leader.

In his acceptance speech, Achal said: "I am honoured to be awarded the prestigious CNBC Asia Business Leader of the Year 2016, and delighted that Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific is being recognised for its leadership in innovation, talent and sustainability. It is deeply gratifying to provide solutions to our consumers that make their lives better every day. A leader is only as good as his team and I owe this to my team whose contributions made this award possible." 

Speaking at the awards gala, KC Sullivan, President and Managing Director at CNBC International, said: "Over 15 years, the Asia Business Leaders Awards have recognised and celebrated the region’s best. I congratulate this year’s winners for their outstanding achievements and welcome them to the ABLA alumni circle." 

To be awarded an ABLA, nominees go through three judging phases: The first includes a quantitative data analysis of company performance. In the second, judges conduct face-to-face interviews to assess the candidates’ leadership capabilities before the third and final round where overall winners are selected by an expert panel. 

Click on the image below for more details on the awards and to watch a short video of Achal’s acceptance speech:

Achal Agarwal - Business Leader Of The Year - Video Link