January 24, 2020

CXO Insights for 2020

By Robert Torio, APAC Content Marketing Manager, Merrill Corporation

As economies and industries across Asia Pacific continue to grow, it is very important for us to be ready for the future’s evolving businesses. Entrepreneurs, companies and organizations must learn to quickly adapt to a competitive and rapidly changing environment.

At the recent CXO Summit that we co-organized with IJK Partners, we hosted business leaders and changemakers who shared their experiences, success stories and even failures to help secure growth for 2020 and beyond.

Watch the full recordings of the sessions below to learn more about strategies that will inspire you to take your business forward into the future.

Looking Ahead: What are my Priorities for Growth for 2020?

Yang Yen Thaw, Managing Director of 2iB Partners had a fireside chat with Wouter Van Wersch, President and CEO of General Electric APAC and Oliver Rippel, Co-Founder and Partner at Asia Partners to discuss how companies can reposition themselves for new avenues of growth in Asia Pacific amidst an uncertain and volatile political backdrop.

They answered questions such as: What are some of the biggest issues keeping CEOs up at night? Where are the key areas of focus for sustainable growth over the next 5 years and beyond?

Thoughts on Growth: Greenfield or M&A?

Zilingo’s Group Finance Director Pei Pei Tam moderated a panel discussion on choosing between greenfield or M&A strategies for growth. They talked about the critical factors influencing the decision to buy or build and how can businesses grow and thrive amidst the geopolitical circus taking place around the world.


  • Charles Wong - Co-founder and Managing Partner, TNB Aura Fund
  • Yan Phun - COO, 99.co
  • Choong Lien Luen - General Manager, Gojek Singapore
  • Marc Donnadieu - Head of Corporate Development, Carousell
  • Todd Dollinger - Chairman and CEO, Trendlines Group
Corporate Entrepreneurship & Venture

On the topic of entrepreneurship and innovation, Rebekah Woo, Managing Director of Fosun Group, led a panel of distinguished guests in discussing the best and proven strategies to nurture innovation and creativity within an organization.


  • Anna Gong - CEO, Perx Technologies
  • Dato' Karim Abdullah - Group Managing Director and Group CEO, Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad
  • Jeanne Lim - Board member and ex-CEO, Hanson Robotics
  • Tan Chin Hwee - CEO, Trafigura APAC
Delivering Alpha: Charting a Roadmap for Value Creation

Portfolio management and post-investment work can be tricky and complex, often not as exciting as it looks. Andrew D. Ive, Managing General Partner at Big Idea Ventures hosted three CEOs to talk about what companies and investors look out for when placing key management into their businesses and portfolios, as well as recruiting and retaining the best talent.


  • Derrick Chang - CEO, PSB Academy
  • Fergus Balfour - Operating Advisor, EQT Partners, ex-CEO Classic Fine Foods
  • Vincent Phang - CEO, SingPost Postal Services
That Winning Formula: Technology-Driven or People-Led?

How can we leverage technology and best practices to drive operational excellence?

Merrill DatasiteOne’s Head of Southeast Asia and India, Desmond Chua, interviewed Teo Ser Luck - Member of Parliament (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) and former Minister of State, Ministry of Manpower to get his thoughts on finding the winning formula.

Mr Teo shared his views and experience on when to leverage technology or nurture talent and skills for an organization to secure success and stay ahead of the competition. 

About CXO Summit

A joint initiative by Merrill DatasiteOne and IJK Partners, CXO Summit is a satellite event of Asia Investment Conference, one of the fastest growing investor and emerging Asia focused events in the world. 

APAC CXO Insights for Growth in 2020

In an increasingly digital and global landscape, business leaders need to understand the competencies that companies should be nurturing and strategies they must implement in order to stay competitive.

Download the CXO Summit Insights 2020 report and read about the experiences and success stories of CXOs in Asia Pacific.  

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