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Chief Executive of the Year, 2016: Supattanapong Punmeechaow, PTTGC

Supattanapong has had a long and extensive career occupying directorship positions in petroleum and petrochemical companies, utility firms as well as financial and banking institutions in Thailand. During his tenure at PTTGC, he has dedicated his broad expertise and insight to lead the company’s transformation from a local chemical manufacturer into a globally-recognised establishment.

His vision, together with his committed involvement to integrated sustainability practices throughout the core value chain, have led PTTGC to new standards in performance management during the course of this year.

Climate change is an important challenge for businesses. In order to limit the company’s emissions targets, Supattanapong has laid out a comprehensive action plan which is in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Following the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, he has implemented measures for combatting climate change into a number of business strategies, installing cutting edge technologies to reduce the company’s environmental impact.

Supattanapong has a profound appreciation of the importance of innovation. One of the most innovative approaches that he has endorsed is the company’s research and development transformation programme. This initiative aligned the company’s R&D activities to the current business plan and trends.

It encompassed:
- Product improvement: upgrading existing products in response to customer and market needs while lowering production costs;
- Product development: broadening application pipelines to engage new customers across new market segments;
- Transformation process: creating new technology platforms to support sustainable corporate growth and environmental responsibility across the group.

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