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Updated: 03/27/2013 07:00 | By Channel NewsAsia

Two senior executives conferred national awards

Two senior executives conferred national awards

Two senior executives conferred national awards

SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan on Tuesday conferred the Public Service Star (Distinguished Friends of Singapore) and the Public Service Medal (Friends of Singapore) on two senior business executives for their outstanding contributions to Singapore.

Sir Andrew Witty, Chief Executive Officer, GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK), received the Public Service Star, while Mr Harish Manwani, Chief Operating Officer, Unilever PLC (Unilever), received the Public Service Medal.

As a member of EDB’s International Advisory Council, Sir Andrew provides valuable perspectives on strategies for Singapore’s economic development while Mr Manwani has made strong contributions as a member of the Boards of EDB and the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI).

The two recipients have not only contributed significantly to Singapore’s industry development efforts, they have also been strong proponents for Singapore’s position as a Global—Asia hub for international companies.

Mr Leo Yip, Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), congratulated both executives on being conferred two of Singapore’s most prestigious awards for international business leaders.

"Sir Andrew Witty and Mr Harish Manwani have been pivotal to the growth of Singapore’s biomedical sciences and consumer industries respectively. Their strong support has

enabled Singapore to strengthen our competitiveness and capture exciting opportunities in these sectors, to create good jobs for Singaporeans and pursue new growth areas.

We are privileged to enjoy the deep friendship extended by Sir Andrew and Mr Manwani. I offer my heartiest congratulations to the two recipients, and we look forward to growing our partnerships with them in the years to come," said Mr Yip.

— CNA/de

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