The Aon Best Employers – Malaysia 2016 Are. . .

Aug 26, 2016 1 Min Read


Eco World Development Group Bhd

BEST OF BEST Datuk Chang Khim Wah, President & CEO Eco World Development Group Bhd

“At EcoWorld, you’ll find an engaged, dynamic and cohesive team across generations and genders who work hard and play hard together in our vision of creating tomorrow and beyond.” —President & CEO of Eco World Development Group Bhd, Datuk Chang Khim Wah

EcoWorld is a public-listed company involved mainly in property development, i.e. new townships, integrated commercial developments, luxury high-rise apartments and green business parks.

What makes the organisation the “Best of the Best” is its diverse team of dedicated and talented workforce, and openness to ideas and opportunities for growth. Its exemplary culture is demonstrated in the training programmes which it provides to all new Gen Y employees to develop their leadership, communication and teamwork skills.


OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Bhd

OCBC Bank Malaysia chief executive officer, Ong Eng Bin

“People are our greatest asset and an engaged workforce is critical to the successful execution of our business strategy.” —CEO of OCBC Bank Malaysia Bhd, Ong Eng Bin

Since its incorporation in 1932, OCBC Bank has gained a strong foothold in the South East Asia market and was ranked the third strongest bank worldwide in 2015 by Bloomberg Markets, and remains the only one to have been ranked among the top five every year.

OCBC Bank (M) Bhd’s 82% employee satisfaction rating is a testament to their continuous employee engagement efforts to develop a culture of collaboration. The company upholds that significant contributions come not from employees who work independently, but from working together to deliver that extra mile of service.

S P Setia Bhd

President and chief executive officer , Datuk Khor Chap Jen

“The hallmark of S P Setia’s culture is its teamwork.” —President and CEO of S P Setia Bhd, Datuk Khor Chap Jen

Since its inception in 1974, S P Setia Bhd has grown to become a leading property developer, with huge successes in its eco-themed world-class developments.

In line with their vision “to be the Best in all that we do,” the company embarked on unique initiatives such as the provision of overseas study tours for talents and a home-ownership initiative for first-time home-buyers. In effect, the company saw a boost in productivity, reduced turnover and strong financial performance in 2015.


FedEx Express

FedEx Express, Managing director of Malaysia and Brunei, Ramesh Kumar Singam

“This award serves as a testament to the contributions, dedication and hard work of all our employees in Malaysia, who are essentially the heart and soul of the company.” —Managing director of FedEx Express Malaysia and Brunei, Ramesh Kumar Singam

As the world’s largest express transportation company, FedEx Express provides fast and reliable delivery to over 220 countries and territories.

The company has been credited the Best Employer title for eight years running due to the tireless dedication and continuous contribution of the 880 employees it currently has in Malaysia. The key to its sustained success is the practice of a people-first culture and commitment to make FedEx a great place to work in.

AbbVie Sdn Bhd

Mupindra Singh

“Creating an engaged workforce is always in line with the organisation’s goals.” —Country manager of AbbVie Malaysia, Mupindra Singh

Founded in 2013, AbbVie is a global biopharmaceutical company with an innovative spirit of biotechnology. Present in over 170 countries, the combined expertise and stability of a long-standing pharmaceutical company form a strong foundation in its commitment to the healthcare industry today.

Described as a family-oriented organisation and a meaningful place to work at by employees, AbbVie Malaysia has been accredited as one of the 38 Malaysian-based best companies to work for in Asia by Human Resources Asia in 2015.

DHL Express Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Country Manager of DHL Express (M) Sdn Bhd, Christopher Ong

“Our employees are the foundation of our success, and we will continue to actively invest in their development so as to remain their employer of choice.” —Country manager of DHL Express (M) Sdn Bhd, Christopher Ong

As the world’s leading international express provider, present in over 220 countries and territories, DHL is the first international air express company established in Malaysia in 1973.

At DHL, motivated employees are the foundation of great service quality delivered to customers. Employees are developed to become Certified International Specialists, who are recognised and rewarded for being Insanely Customer Centric. Active leaders who engage and coach their teams, sustain the company’s high-performance culture, enabling DHL to be customers’ Provider of Choice.

Great Eastern Life

Datuk Koh Yaw Hui, Director & Chief Executive Officer of Great Eastern Life

“In keeping up with the world which is constantly evolving, Great Eastern Life drives successful transformation and change through our leadership.” —Director and CEO of Great Eastern Life, Datuk Koh Yaw Hui

As the leading insurer in the country, Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Bhdhas a mission to empower its stakeholders to live great. Their innumerable prestigious accolades in industry leadership is a testament to the company’s effective leadership performance and enduring success.

This can be attributed to the presence of a world-class training programme and job rotation opportunities (within the group’s network) that champion the development of future leaders, and retention and succession of talents.

Sunway Building Materials

Danny Ng, chief executive officer (CEO) for Sunway Building Materials

“At our company, all employees are given the avenue and equal opportunities to contribute to the development of new products.” —CEO of Sunway Building Materials, Danny Ng

Building Materials, one of the 12 divisions of Sunway Group, comprises of Sunway Paving Solutions (Malaysia’s largest interlocking concrete paver manufacturer), Sunway VCP (Malaysia’s leading manufacturer of vitrified clay and jacking pipes) and Sunway Spun Pile (manufacturer of large PHC piles).

The organisation’s innovative people initiatives is a hallmark of the company’s success in employee engagement and performance, leadership, and brand position. An investment in their people is one of the key drivers of the division’s higher growth in revenue and profitability (2012–2015).

Marriott International, Malaysia

Robert Frager, chairman, Marriott and Renaissance Hotels Malaysia Business Council

“We always put our people first.” —Chairman of Marriott and Renaissance Hotels Malaysia Business Council, Robert Frager

Marriott International Inc is a leading global lodging company with nearly 4,500 properties in 87 countries and territories.

Marriott International, Malaysia, is recognised as a great place to work at due to its practice of a people-first culture founded on a powerful principle which is to “take care of our associates and they’ll take care of our customers and the business will take care of itself.”

This, combined with the high-standard practices of HR programmes and initiatives, is what earned them the title of Aon Best Employer year after year.

American Express (M) Sdn Bhd

Vice president, Greater China and South East Asia and general manager of American Express Manila, Rahul Singh

“As an employer of choice in Malaysia, our employee engagement, workplace culture and people leadership initiatives are among the best in class.” —Vice president, Greater China and South East Asia and general manager of American Express Manila, Rahul Singh

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success.

The Company understands the importance of building a diverse talent workforce and continuously strives to create an environment where its employees have successful work-life integration and the resources to achieve their goals.

These, combined with the Company’s culture of inclusion and opportunity, serve as a hallmark of the company’s successive win as an Aon Best Employer.

First Solar Malaysia

Datuk P’ng Soo Hong, Vice President and Managing Director First Solar Malaysia

“Trust Gen Y to get things done. Act like a mentor but never micromanage them.” —Vice president and managing director of First Solar Malaysia, Datuk P’ng Soo Hong

First Solar is a worldwide photovoltaic solar energy solutions provider aimed at powering the world with clean, affordable and sustainable solar electricity.

This, which is reflected in the Malaysian division’s fun and healthy workspace, combined with the team dynamics and development opportunities, is why the company appeals to the Gen Y cohort.

With regards to working with them, P’ng’s practice is to never let great work go unnoticed and to let go of formality.

Starbucks Malaysia

Sydney Quays, managing director of Starbucks Coffee Malaysia

“We’re known for our coffee, but our people make us famous!—Managing director of Starbucks Malaysia and Brunei, Sydney Quays

Recognised as a well-loved food and beverage brand that delivers excellent coffee and a total customer experience, Starbucks Malaysia was hailed as the “Best of the Best” among the Aon Best Employers – Malaysia 2015.

Starbucks is known as a haven for many of its customers; a place between work and home. For Starbucks partners, this is their second home. Working with Starbucks is a journey unlike any other due its culture of camaraderie, outstanding growth and development opportunities, personalised recognition and reward system, and experiential knowledge transfer methods; which give way to a high-performance culture.

Aon Best Employer-Malaysia 2016 winners

The winners of the Aon Best Employers-Malaysia 2016 during the award ceremony and learning conference organised by Aon Hewitt Malaysia on the 25th of August, 2016. 

To read more about what constitutes an Aon Best Employer, click here. To find out more about how your organisation can participate and be selected for the Aon Best Employers award ceremony and learning conference, visit


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