Vijay Eswaran was awarded the Malaysian Business Awards (MBA) “CEO of the Year 2013” by the Asean Business Advisory Council Malaysia on November 8, 2013. Eswaran, who is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of the QI Group of Companies, received the coveted award from Dato Sri Mustapa Mohamad, the Malaysian minister of international trade and industry at the 5th MBA Gala Dinner held in Kuala Lumpur.
The MBA awards recognise excellence, innovation and best practices in business entities and are widely regarded as the ultimate showcase of outstanding businesses and personalities in Malaysia.
Eswaran, a well-known philanthropist and speaker, established the multinational QI Group in 1998 which includes a diverse range of businesses including e-commerce, hospitality, retail and financial services. Most recently, he established the Quest International University in Perak in 2011. He has also been recognized for his extensive philanthropic activities in Malaysia and abroad.
“I am humbled to receive an award that has in the past recognised some exceptional individuals who I personally admire. It is an honour to be recognized by my peers in Malaysia.”
“My gratitude goes to everyone at the QI Group who has stood by me and helped us grow from a small group of dreamers to a 1000+ multi-business, multi-national organization with a global footprint. Although I am the one holding the trophy, this award belongs to a larger community of talented, supportive and passionate individuals. We are only as strong as our teams and in that regard, I have been very fortunate,” said Eswaran.
Other notable recipients of the night were Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay (Lifetime Achievement Award), Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing (International Excellence Award), Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad and Tan Sri Francis Yeoh for industry excellence.