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Asia (ex-Japan) Executive Team

Ranking Overview Methodology

Mergers and acquisitions are one of the most stressful transitions a chief executive can face. Most of the time, negotiations fail. So it’s no surprise that leaders who oversee successful mergers are celebrated.

Two of the top scoring chief executives in II Research’s Asia Executive team rankings have overseen recent mergers in Taiwan. In April, 2023, Fubon Financial Holdings and Jih Sun Financial Holdings officially merged after receiving regulatory approval earlier in the year, while in December, Taiwan Mobile merged with Taiwan Star Telecom Corporation, after 23 months of negotiations. In interviews with II Research, both chief executives said successfully navigating the pitfalls of a merger was their proudest moment of 2023.

To determine the members of Institutional Investor’s 2024 Asia (ex-Japan) Executive Team, we surveyed buy-side analysts, money managers and sell-side researchers at securities firms and financial institutions that cover the region, including those who cast and received votes in this year’s 2024 All-Asia Research Team survey. Survey results reflect the opinions from 6,474 investment professionals at 1,646 financial services firms.

We asked the participants to rate the chief executive officers, chief financial officers and investor relations professionals at the companies in their coverage universes. CEOs were rated on their credibility, leadership and communication. CFOs were rated on their ability in capital allocation, financial stewardship and communication. For the Investor Relations programs, companies were rated on the following attributes: roadshows/conferences/meetings; IR team authority and credibility; accessibility of senior execs; responsiveness; earnings calls, business and market knowledge, timeliness of disclosure; and consistency and granularity of disclosure. Companies were rated on the following ESG attributes: corporate ESG strategy; ESG engagement; and financially material ESG disclosure. Voters also rated the company board of directors. All votes are weighted by rating (five being excellent; one being average) and attributes within each category were aggregated to create the CEO, CFO, IR Professional, IR Program, ESG and Company Board rankings.

The Overall rankings in each of the categories — CEO, CFO, IR Professional, IR Company, ESG, Company Board — are based on combined buy- and sell-side votes. Separate rosters (buy side, sell side) are also available for each award classification.

Derived from our 2024 Asia (ex-Japan) Executive Team, firms are recognized in the Mainland China, Rest of Asia (ex-Mainland China), and Australia/New Zealand rankings. Using the same method as above, companies are ranked within their respective region to create separate rankings. The Small & Midcap results include all companies with less than $10B in market capitalization.

Honored Companies are companies who achieved at least one published position. To earn the designation of Most Honored Company in the Asia (ex-Japan), Mainland China and Rest of Asia rankings, a company must achieve a weighted score of 15 or more points across the six categories in the combined, buy-side and sell-side rankings, wherein each first-place position is worth three points; second place, two; and third place, one. To be Most Honored in the Australia/New Zealand ranking, a company must achieve a weighted score of 7 or more points in the combined ranking.

To be eligible for inclusion on the 2024 All-Asia (ex-Japan) Executive Team, a company must be headquartered in Asia. We keep confidential the identities of the survey respondents to ensure their continuing cooperation. Voters must meet eligibility requirements, and winners must achieve a minimum vote count. All ballots are subject to review by our Research Operations Group.

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