PwC Global CEO Survey Dialogue


Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur



Sridharan Nair, Partner, PwC Malaysia


Overview of key findings

Chin Kwai Fatt, Managing Director, PwC Malaysia


Dialogue with

  • YB Senator Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department & Chief Executive Officer, PEMANDU
  • Stuart Dean, President, GE ASEAN


Close to 50 Malaysian CEOs/senior management



Framed around PwC’s 14th Annual Global CEO Survey, this CEO dialogue was themed "What future are you preparing for?" and three key themes were discussed: innovation, talent and a shared public and private agenda.

Both panellists were very passionate and knowledgeable about the topics discussed. The dialogue was not only punctuated with anecdotes from personal experience, but also compelling statistics and facts. Dato’ Sri Idris Jala 'violently agreed' with our findings, and challenged CEOs in the room to work towards unleashing talent in their respective workplaces – putting them in the right places, and letting them grow.

For the first time ever at a PwC event, attendees were encouraged to tweet their questions for the panel (@PwC_Malaysia), if they preferred not to take to the mic. There was also a team of individuals from PEMANDU and PwC tweeting live from the event.


Memorable quotes from our panellists

Dato’ Sri Idris Jala:

  • "Innovation is best done by the people in the work place, not the people in the ivory tower.  Innovation also exists when you introduce new ways of working."
  • "If everyone pushes hard enough, you can get to your full potential. No matter how incompetent you think your troops are, they can do better than last year."
  • "Stand in the future and manage the present from the future, that's the trick."

Stuart Dean:

  • "The world as we know it is getting smaller and today's children are tomorrow's CEOs. Globalisation continues to make the world a less US-centric place.
  • "The future is global, more where the action is, and more local to emerging countries like Malaysia."

About PwC's Annual Global CEO Survey

This is an annual undertaking by PwC to survey the CEO community and understand their top-of-mind business agendas. The 14th installment of the survey was conducted in 69 countries around the world, with a total of 1,201 CEOs surveyed. It highlighted some major trends surrounding issues such as growth, innovation, talent, and a shared agenda with government on priorities.


Read more

Read more on the dialogue through our live tweets @PwC_Malaysia
Or visit the ETP blog for compilation of tweets.


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