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Recognition for International SOS As it marks its first quarter of a century,


International SOS has had an award-winning year. I


n June International SOS was named Enterprise of the Year at the 2010 Singapore Business Awards. Considered the nation’s


most prestigious business accolade, the Award recognised International SOS’ achievements in four areas: innovation; financial performance; company management; and contribution to the community. Alvin Tay is Editor of Singapore-based The


Business Times. “For 25 years, the Singapore Business Awards have celebrated many success stories of business leaders and enterprises”, he said at the Award ceremony. “International SOS was named ‘Enterprise of the Year’ for demonstrating foresight, leadership and strong entrepreneurial spirit.” The context for this year’s awards has, of


course, been the economic downturn and harsh conditions seen in so many countries. “Despite the global financial crisis, International SOS has successfully created its distinctive niche as the world’s leading provider of medical assistance, international healthcare and security services”, added Alvin Tay. Arnaud Vaissié,


International SOS’ Chairman and CEO, said at the ceremony: “We are honored by this award as it


The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year


Award aims to encourage entrepreneurial activity around the world and profile role models for the next generation of entrepreneurs. It identifies and recognizes the achievements of outstanding entrepreneurs within successful, growing and dynamic businesses. On winning the Award, Arnaud Vaissié


commented, “International SOS is the story of men and women who make a difference to people’s lives. We have pioneered a new industry where quality health care and security assistance are accessible anywhere in the world. I hope this Entrepreneur Of The Year Award will inspire more people to accept the challenge and rewards of entrepreneurship.”


Dr Pascal Rey-Herme and Arnaud Vaissié at the Singapore Business Awards ceremony


recognizes and acknowledges the hard work, commitment, and passion of our teams in Singapore and around the world. I would like to share this award with all of my staff, who go the extra mile every day to help our members in times of need. They have made International SOS the success story it is today – synonymous with quality and innovative services.”


Making a difference In a separate development, Arnaud Vaissié was named winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®


2009 Singapore


Award. He was praised for his innovative thinking and said by Mr Wong Ngit Liong, chairman of the judging panel, to embody “the true spirit of entrepreneurial excellence and commitment to continue making a difference to people’s lives”.


Keen foresight Steven Phan, Country Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, Singapore said, “The demand for quality healthcare and security assistance around the world – especially in areas where it is lacking – has become even more pressing in light of the many natural calamities in recent years. From foraying into an industry that meets a unique demand 25 years ago to successfully transforming his business into the scale that it is today, Mr Vaissié has demonstrated keen foresight and an eye for opportunities. At a time when businesses are repositioning themselves for the economic upswing, it is such entrepreneurial qualities of vision, determination and innovation that will enable them to seize new opportunities and sustain success in the long term.” In June Arnaud Vaissié joined more than 50


Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year country winners from around the world in Monte Carlo for induction into the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Academy. ■


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