Acer’s board elects Stan Shih as chairman and interim corporate president

The board of directors of Acer elected company founder Stan Shih as chairman and interim corporate president.

The move followed the resignation of chairman & CEO J.T. Wang and corporate president Jim Wong.

“Due to the situation that now faces Acer and my personal social responsibilities, I must stand up and take the reign without salary,” Shih said.

Wang and Wong have committed to remain with Acer as advisors to ensure a smooth transition and transfer of the management team and to help the company back to stability.

The Mall taps Oishi president

Bangkok Post

The Mall Group has recruited a professional from outside to take over in a bid to help its empire grow amid fiercer competition. Matthew: Young blood to grow brand Matthew Kichodhan, a former president of the Oishi Group.


Myanmar leader seeks flexibility for investors

The Wall Street Journal Online

Myanmar's president is pushing to give overseas investors greater flexibility in their holdings in joint ventures with local businesses in certain sectors, an official in the presidential office said Tuesday.

China promises measures to boost HK economy


China's Cabinet announced measures Wednesday aimed at boosting Hong Kong's anemic economic growth as the semiautonomous territory prepares for a weekend visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao.

China's baijiu looks to new markets abroad

red luxury

The toast of Chinese liquors, baijiu, is becoming an international luxury brand thanks to a dedicated Frenchman. Cyril Camus, president of the fifth-generation Camus Cognac that began its distillery in 1863, slowly fell in love with the drink of Chinese heritage.

P&G to move beauty unit to Singapore


Procter & Gamble will move its skin care, cosmetics, and personal-care headquarters from Ohio to Singapore to be closer to the growing Asian market, and the president of the group will leave instead of move.

The relocation, which is expected to take two years, reflects P&G's desire to run the business out of Asia, where it sees the biggest growth opportunity. It was announced less than three months after P&G unveiled a restructuring plan aimed at saving USD10 billion and helping the world's largest household products maker expand faster in emerging markets.

Thailand's stores increasing security for Songkran

Bangkok Post

Thailand's retail operators have imposed various safety measures for Songkran, the country's traditional New Year day, to increase consumer confidence in the safety of their malls after the recent car bomb in Hat Yai.

Chai Srivikorn, president of the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA), said member retailers are still concerned about safety and offered special training for their security guards to deal with emergency situations. Guards will be trained to notice suspicious objects that could be bombs.

Philippines' JFC acquires Chinese food chain Guangxi San Pin Wang

Manila Bulletin

Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), through wholly owned unit Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd., has completed its acquisition of 55 percent of Guangxi San Pin Wang Food and Beverage Management Company Limited which will entail a CNY40-million (USD6.32m) investment.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Jollibee said its investment in South China will be done through its joint venture with Guangzi Zong Kai Food and Beverage Investment Company Limited (GZK).

Cinema, old shopping centre closed in HK Causeway Bay


Causeway Bay said farewell on 31 January to UA Cinemas' complex in Times Square after 18 years - and also the 48-year-old President Shopping Centre in Jaffe Road.

A Times Square spokesman said that the top two floors - levels 12 and 13 - of the mall had been designated for a new cinema, but whether UA Cinemas would move in or not was still under discussion. Negotiations on a new lease for the existing cinema premises on the ground floor were under way.

Canon earnings outlook falters, president steps down

The Malaysian Insider

Canon Inc's 76-year-old chairman and CEO will take on the additional role of president after the USD60 billion Japanese camera and printer maker forecast weak earnings growth and said its current president was stepping down.

Like other export-focused Japanese manufacturers, Canon, which makes 80 percent of its revenue overseas, has been hit by a strong yen and a weak economy, on top of last year's floods in Thailand that closed a printer plant and ruptured supply lines.

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