Wednesday, November 16, 2011



KUALA LUMPUR, 14 November 2011: NAZA Group of Companies Joint Group Executive Chairman Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin is the recipient of ASEAN Outstanding Business Awards (Master Class Awards): Young Retail Champion.

Datuk Wira SM Faisal received the award from Y.B. Dato' Sri Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob, Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs. The award was given in recognition of NAZA’s enormous contribution to the industry development of retail and franchise in ASEAN + 6 Business Community regions.

Datuk Wira SM Faisal’s leadership has strengthened the NAZA brand and brought it to another greater height. The brand is now synonymous with the automotive industry in Malaysia, from cars to motorbikes that caters to the masses, including the high-end luxury segments.Also, Datuk Wira SM Faisal will be received on behalf of The Late Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin for being awarded with the ASEAN Outstanding Business Awards: Posthumous Award from Y.B. Dato' Sri Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob.

“I would like to thank Y.B. Dato' Sri Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob and AOBA for the recognition, to me and also to my late father - Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin. It is really a great honor to be awarded together with my late father. He has taught me well since I was a kid. I fell back on many life lessons he taught to me at an early age. All the lessons have always being well-remembered. I have always tried to emulate him in a myriad of ways, in my striving to uphold my family’s legacy,” he said.

"These accolades are not only dedicated to me or my late my father Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, but also to all the management and staff of NAZA. It is a collective effort and a testament to the quality of our products and services. It also reflects the strength and growth of the organization,” furthered Datuk Wira SM Faisal.
Through NAZA businesses, the company has contributed to the growth of the country, providing opportunities in terms of business generation and also in the area of employment.

The team in NAZA is committed and passionate towards their brand and has great resilience and tenacity to overcome all challenges that come their ways. They are well received by their peers and the community at large.

Since 2009, the NAZA Group of Companies was awarded a total of 10 awards. Three of these awards were for the Malaysian Business Leadership Awards by the KL Malay Chamber of Commerce. Dato’ SM Faisal clinched the Masterclass Emerging CEO of the Year while NAZA was awarded the Business Leadership Award of the Year in the Automotive Sector. The late Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Utama SM Nasimuddin SM Amin was the sole recipient of a posthumous award for his contribution in the automotive sector.

Dato’ SM Faisal also received two other awards; from the Malaysian Business Review magazine, the International Business Review Award for Excellence in the Automotive Sector and the CEO Award in which he won the International Business Review Award for Leadership in the Automotive Sector.

In 2010, he was recognized for his contribution in building his brand portfolio when he was awarded the BrandLaureate Entrepreneur of the Year award by BrandLaureate, CEO of the Year by the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCIM), Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 by the KL Malay Chamber of Commerce, and Entrepreneur of the Year by the Asia Pacific International Entrepreneurs.

In 2011, Datuk Wira SM Faisal received the BrandLaureate Tun Mahathir SME Man of the Year award from former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and BrandLaureate CEO Dr. K.K. Johan. He also awarded with the International Business Leadership Award in Automotive Sector category at the 2nd Middle East Business Leaders Summit and Awards which held in Dubai. Recently, he was also awarded with the Global Leadership Awards 2011 under the category Young Achiever of the Year.
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