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Power to the People

Ultimately, all business is personal...or, if you will forgive the pun, personnel. What markets and sectors your company is in, what strategy you adopt, and how much you invest are all factors that matter, of course. Yet so much in business depends on people and on personal relationships. Who you know and how you get along with them is often decisive, whether this is an external partner or a group of colleagues. And perhaps, this applies even more in Asia than in Europe or America.

Hence, we are pleased to be adding "People" data to scoutAsia. As of now, about 70,000 of our Company Profiles (about 10% of the total companies in our database) include a list of Officers & Directors. You can find this list of names on the right-hand side of each Company Page and it is divided into two groups - Executives and Board Members.

Where possible, we list the specific roles alongside the names; otherwise, an individual is described as either a "corporate officer" (implying s/he is a full-time manager at the company); or a board director (which can often be a non-executive role). Naturally, there is often an overlap, since most CEOs and CFOs also tend to sit on the board of their company.

The information, which comes from Factset, one of our key data partners, covers all of the approximately 40,000 listed companies in scoutAsia, as well as most of the biggest privately held groups. So while we often don't have information about the Officers & Directors of a subsidiary company, we will usually have it for their parent.

Given low and uneven disclosure requirements across the 24 countries we cover, this data is not always available -- and where it is not, we tell you so. Or we may only have one or two names, most often the CEO or Chairman...though in the case of Japan's Mitsubishi Corporation, we list an astonishing 68 senior managers and board members. Where we do have the data, it is updated daily.

In the future, we hope to add more People as well as providing short biographies of key managers, as well as listing multiple roles where they hold them. Eventually, we want to incorporate our People data into our Connection Maps (of company hierarchies). But this will take more technical development work. 

In the meantime, we hope you find this enhancement to our service useful. As every senior manager knows, when it comes to running a business, culture (in other words, people) eats strategy for breakfast.

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