KUCHING: Public Bank’s founder and chairman, Tan Sri Dr Teh Hong Piow has added another feather to his already illustrious cap with the latest award ‘The BrandLaureate Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 – Man of the Year by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation.
The award was presented by The BrandLaureate president Dr KK Johan, , at a ceremony held in Singapore on Tuesday.
This latest personal-to-holder award is in recognition of Teh’s conviction, determination, passion and resilience in building the PB Brand to a coveted position.
Johan in his citation speech said, as the founder and chairman of Public Bank, Teh sets forth his vision with much passion, and commitment.
With his distinctive and dynamic leadership, he has steered Public Bank and its portfolio of brands to a desired position as a financial conglomerate.
“Your milestones and achievements are a result of your conviction, determination, passion and resilience to build the brand.
“You have set new trends and best practices, left your footprint in the nation and impacted the lives of many with your leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.
“You are truly a source of inspiration to many aspiring ‘Brandpreneurs’ and the pride of your country,” said Johan.
Meanwhile, Teh in acknowledging the award said that to be an entrepreneur is tough but to be a Brandpreneur – that requires one to have a strong belief in the power of one’s own brand and to inject into it a healthy dose of entrepreneurial spirit to win the hearts, minds and wallets of customers.
“For an organisation to be a brand leader, it is not only about the way we think our business. It is also about the way its people act and stay true to its core values and principles.
“Oprah Winfrey, once said, “Let excellence be your brand. When you are excellent, you become unforgettable.
“One may say that I am of the ‘old school’ when it comes to how we conduct ourselves.
“However, I believe core values like integrity, hard work, commitment and a sense of professionalism bespoke one’s personal brand”, added Teh.
Teh dedicated this award to “all the people who have worked alongside with me, be it past or present.
“They are the unsung heroes who have helped me to build a successful bank.
“It is mentioned that ideas can be stolen but no one can steal execution and passion and that is the hallmark of Public Bank’s success.”
At the same ceremony, Public Bank was also the recipient of The BrandLaureate Brand of the Year Award 2018 for having fulfilled the selection criterion of Brand Strategy, Brand Culture, Brand Innovation, Brand Loyalty, Brand Communication and Brand Leadership.
It is an affirmation of the PB Brand supremacy and excellence.
With these two awards received, one for the bank and one a personal-to-holder to the founder and chairman, public bank will continue to strive for wider trust from the public to meet the expectations of the stakeholders.
To date, Public Bank has amassed more than 580 corporate awards of excellence and distinction, while Teh has accumulated 40 personal-to-holder awards of lifetime achievements and exemplary leadership.