Born in Bangkok, Thailand on May 1, 1939, Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont is a Thai-Chinese whose ancestral origin can be traced back to Chenghai County of Shantou City, Guangdong Province.
When he was 11, Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont returned from Thailand to China in 1950 under the arrangement of his father. After his arrival, he studied in Shantou, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. By 1957, Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont graduated from high school in Hong Kong, and a young man of 18 returned to Thailand. Fluent in both Thai and Chinese, Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont was awarded honorary professorship and doctorate degrees in many prestigious Chinese Universities, including Shanghai Tongji University, China Agricultural University (formerly Beijing Agricultural University), Shanghai Fudan University and as such. On March 11th 2015, he received the honorary doctorate degree from New Zealand Massey University. Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont is actively committed to China’s educational sector, and is one of the board of directors of Shanghai Fudan University, an honorary director of Peking University, and an honorary member of PKU education fund committee. In recognition of his contributions, PKU conferred Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont with its educational contribution award.
Mr. Dhanin Chearvanont joined the Charoen Pokphand Group Limited (CP Group) in 1963, and five years later in 1969, had proven his capability by becoming its CEO. In 1989 he was further promoted as the Chairman of CP Group, and from 2017 to date, Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont continues to offer his wisdom as Senior Chairman.
A business man of acumen, Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont actively responded to the calling of the Chinese Government just as the mainland began its reform and opening up in 1979. By each investing half of 30 million USD, CP Group and US Continental Grain Company co-founded the first foreign invested Company in Mainland China since the reform and opening up, Chia Tai Conti Group in Shenzhen, and obtained the historical Approval Certificate No.0001 of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Overseas Chinese Investment Enterprise of the PRC.
Under the leadership of Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont, CP Group has been actively acquiring advanced technologies and equipment from overseas, attracting foreign capital and drawing management and talents in the past four decades. Determined to lend a hand in China’s economic prosperity through its own development, CP Group spread its roots in various sectors, such as agriculture, husbandry and food, commercial retailing, industry, real estate, finance and pharmaceuticals. Its achievements contributed in historical significance to China’s reform and opening up. CP Group is the participant, builder, contributor, witness and benefactor of China’s reform and opening up. Currently, it has accumulated more than 120 billion RMB of investment in China, with annual sales reaching nearly 150 billion RMB. To date, it has amassed 600 companies, and employs 90 thousand people.
As the Vice President of the Thai-Chinese Friendly Association, Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont lives up to his role by championing closer bilateral economic and trade ties, and contributing to the friendship between the two nations and their peoples.
Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont is also prominent among the circle of Chinese business leaders. In 2008, he was elected as the first President of China Overseas Chinese Entrepreneur Association (COCEA), and was reelected respectively in 2011, 2014 and 2017. When COCEA was merged into China Federation of Overseas Chinese (CFOCE) in 2019, Mr.Dhanin Chearavanont was again elected as its fifth president. Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont gives equal attention to both aspects to his identity as a Chinese businessman, and he was on board the Preparatory Committee for Hong Kong’s Return to the Motherland.
Loving one’s country and homeland has always been the proud tradition of CP Group. According to incomplete statistics, under the leadership of Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont in the last four decades, CP Group has given back a total of 1.7 billion RMB in charities and donations in some four decades, the total investment of poverty alleviation projects in various industries exceeds 9.5 billion RMB.
Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont believes that CP Group’s vision, as is its mission in the agro-husbandry and food industries is “kitchen of the world, Energy for Human Beings”. Under this guideline, CP Group is devoted to creating an all industry chain that spans from seeds, planting, livestock feed, rearing and slaughter, to deep processing, logistics, commercial retailing, and catering. From CP Group, customers can expect the freshness delivered straight from the farm to their dinner tables. Such is our ambition to provide consumers with high quality, safe, healthy and affordable food.
Under the excellent leadership of Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont, CP Group contributed to China’s new rural development by integrating the development of its agro-husbandry and food industry with the poverty alleviation of Chinese rural areas. Ever seeking to improve, CP Group transformed the “company + farmer” mode which itself first introduced to China into the “four in one” model of “government + enterprise + bank + agricultural cooperation organization”, which has been listed as a case study by the Harvard Business School in the United States.
On April 7th, 1990, Mr. Deng Xiaoping cordially received Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont in the Great Hall of the People and fully affirmed the firm support and active participation of CP Group in the great cause of China’s reform and opening up, as well as its achievements of investment in China. Mr. Deng Xiaoping’s interview was recorded in the third volume of Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping under the title of Rejuvenating the Chinese Nation.
In view of his outstanding contribution to the economic construction and people’s well-being of the invested countries, relevant posts and honors were conferred to Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont by the governments and institutions of many countries for many times, which are as follows:
He was awarded the order from the King of Thailand, the Grand Order, the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, and the Super Order of White Elephant;
He has successively served as consultant of the Agricultural Committee of the Thai government and the Thai Parliament;
He has been awarded the Order of Saint Nicholas by the Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Charitable Foundation.
In 1988, he served as Economic Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.
In 1990, he served as Adviser to the President of the State Council of Thailand.
In 1991, he became the member of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand.
In 1992, he became the member of the Upper House of Thailand.
In 2003, he served as Adviser to the Minister of finance of Thailand.
In 2003, he became the member of Shanghai’s Mayor International Entrepreneur Consultation Conference.
In September 2003, he was named one of the “50 most influential business leaders in the world” by Fortune magazine.
In 2004, he served as the Consultant of Thailand Investment Promotion Committee and Special Consultant of Thailand International Arts and Crafts Promotion Center.
In November 2004, he was named one of the “25 most influential business leaders in Asia” by Fortune magazine.
In January 2008, he was honored as the Inaugural President of the China Association of Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs and served for four consecutive terms.
In December 2008, he was awarded the title of “30 people affecting China’s economy in 30 years of China’s reform and opening up” by People’s Daily.
In December 2008, he was awarded the “China Charity Award” by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.
In June 2009, he was awarded the honorary title of “top ten meritorious persons promoting the development of feed industry” by the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China.
In September 2010, Forbes released the list of Thailand’s richest people, with Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont topping the list for four years.
In December 2011, he was selected by the “Forbes Asia” as the Asian business person of the year.
In 2012, he served as a member of the Global Advisory Committee of Harvard University.
In March 2012, he was awarded the “2012 Outstanding Person Lifetime Achievement Award” by Asia News Channel.
In November 2012, he was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the CNBC Asia Pacific Channel and the Bloomberg Business Weekly in Thailand.
In 2013, he served as the Consultant of the Economic Development Commission of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
In April 2014, he was awarded the Outstanding Overseas Chinese Award by Beijing municipal government.
In September 2015, he was awarded the Honorary Citizenship of Shanghai.
In September 2017, he was selected in the list of “100 greatest business thinkers” in Forbes.
In 2017, he served as the Consultant of Royal Thai Asset Management Authority.
In January 2018, he was awarded the “Person with Outstanding Contribution Award for Enhancing China-ASEAN Economic and trade cooperation” by China-ASEAN Business Council.
In 2018, he served as the member of the Asia Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC).
In January 2019, as the outstanding representative of overseas Chinese businessmen, he was awarded the “Special Honorary Person for the Reform and Opening-up Award” of China.
In May 2019, he was elected the Honorary Vice President of China Overseas Friendship Association.
In November 2019, he was elected the fifth President of China Federation of Overseas Chinese Businessmen.
From 2015 to 2020, the Chearavanont brothers ranked first in Thailand’s list of the wealthy.
Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont has a long-term vision to establish and always adhere to the “six values” of CP Group with the “Three-Benefits” as the core: for the country, the people and the company, Speed and Quality, Simplification, Accept Change, Innovativeness, Integrity and Honesty.
The connotation of these six values originates from Mr. Chia Ek Chor, founder of CP Group, and is inherited and founded by Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont, the second-generation leader of CP Group. These values are the inherent and must-do essence of the corporate culture inheritance of CP Group. Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont takes the “Three-Benefits” as the tenet of CP Group, firmly believes and consistently puts the interests of the country and the people ahead of the interests of the enterprise, and is always committed to promoting the economic construction, social development and people’s well-being of the invested countries. In his decision-making, work, speech and conversation-making, he often elaborated and repeatedly stressed these “six values”. He personally practices, and requires the group staff to abide by and practice, reflecting the social responsibility and mission as a world-class business leader. He is admirable for his great wisdom and noble sentiments.
Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont loves and accepts new things, and has a zeal for exploration and innovation. He once recalled his father, Mr. Chia Ek Chor, saying: “I am very proud to inherit my father’s curiosity about new things and his ability to observe things scientifically.”
Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont has never been complacent and is always prepared for danger in times of safety. He often says that he is only satisfied with any achievements he has made for one day and will continue to work hard the next day. To him, crisis is the coexistence of danger and opportunity. When there is danger, there is opportunity, and when there is opportunity, danger lurks. Therefore, CP Group is mindful of adversity when the going is good, and when things plunge, it will draw wisdom from its success.
二家泰国上市公司：CP Foods Company Limited（正大食品有限公司）董事长，CP ALL Public Company Limited（正大大众有限公司）董事长。
还担任正大投资股份有限公司董事长，True Visions Group Company Limited执行董事长，正大光明控股有限公司董事长，中国平安保险（集团）股份有限公司非执行董事（为香港联交所主板上市及上海证券交易所上市公司）。
The Charoen Pokphand Group Company Limited (CP Group) was founded in 1921, with Mr. Chia Ek Chor as the first-generation leader, and Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont as the second-generation leader.
2017 saw the arrival of a new era in CP Group. At the proposal of Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont, a resolution was passed by the board of directors that Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont would be the senior chairman of CP Group, and Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont its new chairman, and Mr. Suphachai Chearavanont its CEO, which denotes a smooth leadership transition from the second generation to the third. With the new generation of leaders at its helm, CP Group has made enough preparation for its second centennial development plan, and CP Group will surely embrace an even brighter future.
Born in 1964 in Thailand, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont, the first-born son of Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont, now is the Chairman of CP Group, the third-generation leader.
Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont graduated with a bachelor's degree from the College of Business and Public Administration of New York University, the U.S.A.
For his economic and social contributions to Thailand, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Business Administration by Ramkhamhaeng University.
Apart from his scholarly aptitude, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont also has multinational experience in international investments and management.
Besides his position as the Chairman of CP Group, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont also holds chairmanships and directorships in several subsidiaries of CP Group as well as directorships in reputable international conglomerates. Below are the said organizations, and the positions he holds in them.
Three listed companies on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange: Chairman and Executive Director of C.P. Pokphand Co., Ltd, Chairman and Executive Director of C.P. Lotus Corporation, and Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Chia Tai Enterprises International Limited.
Two listed companies in Thailand: Chairman of CP Foods Company Limited and CP ALL Public Company Limited.
Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont is also the Chairman of Chia Tai Investment Company Limited, the Executive Chairman of True Visions Group Company Limited, the Chairman of C.T. Bright Holdings Limited, and Non-Executive Director of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (a company listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Shanghai Stock Exchange). In addition to his extensive professional achievements, Mr.Soopakij Chearavanont also holds positions in the government of many countries.
Owing to his professional achievements and social influence, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont is currently serving as an advisor to numerous government agencies in Thailand. He is also a committee member of the World Chinese Entrepreneur Presidium. In 2013, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont received the Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand.
In light of his contributions to facilitating Russian-Thai investment and economic cooperation, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont has been awarded many honors and medals by Russia. Since 2008, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont has been an Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Phuket, Krabi and Phang-Nga provinces. In 2017, in celebration of the 120th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Thailand and Russia, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont was awarded Special Interaction Medal by Russian Foreign Ministry.
In China, the influence of Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont as the third-generation leader of CP Group can be widely felt.
For many years, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont has actively participated and championed the friendly exchanges and economic cooperation between Thailand and China. He has also made significant contributions to the economic and social progress of both countries.
Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont was awarded the Shanghai Magnolia Silver Award and Magnolia Gold Award by the Shanghai Municipal People's Government in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
Since 2010, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont has been the President of Thai Chamber of Commerce in China.
From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont was the Deputy President of China Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs Association.
Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont has been working as the Deputy President of China Federation of Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs since 2019.
In 2018, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont received the honor of attending the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference(CPPCC) as an overseas delegate.
Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont is a member of International Business Leaders' Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai (IBLAC) and also a member of the 10th and 11th Hunan Provincial CPPCC.
Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont is also the Chairman of Chia Tai Vision Limited—one of the producers of the “Zhengda Variety Show”, a prime time TV show co-produced by CP Group and CCTV. He is a
member of the third council for Fudan Premium Fund of Management.
CP Group’s proud tradition of loving the country and homeland is a torch that was kindled by Mr. Chia Ek Chor, kept ablaze by Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont, and has been passed on to Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont.
Although a third generation Thai-Chinese, Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont received Chinese education from his early childhood. Having been deeply influenced by his father and grandfather, he has deep affection for China and Chinese culture. He speaks highly of the achievements that China has obtained, and he is always optimistic about China’s development.
Mr. Soopakij Chearavanont has reiterated that in the new historical period, CP Group will adhere to its three principles to “benefiting the country, the people and the company”. CP Group will continue to increase investment in China, provide better and more economic goods and services for Chinese consumers, and make new contributions to China’s social and economic development.
谢镕仁先生还兼True Corporation执行委员会主席。True Corporation是正大集团旗下主营电信业务的公司，已在泰国证券交易所上市。
1999年，谢镕仁先生出任True Corporation的总裁、首席执行官。2004年，他带领True Corporation成功重组和改革，并将其发展为亚洲领先的电信公司之一，为广大用户提供移动电话、固定电话、宽带和付费电视服务。2013年，谢镕仁先生在泰国发起并成立了第一个电信基础设施基金——数字基础设施基金(DIF)，这是True Corporation和电信行业的重要里程碑。
Mr. Suphachai Chearavanont is the Chief Executive Officer of Charoen Pokphand Group (C.P. Group), is one of the third-generation leader.
Mr. Chearavanont was born in Thailand in 1967. He is a third-generation Thai-Chinese and the third son of Mr. Dhanin Chearavanont, the Senior Chairman of C.P. Group.
Mr. Suphachai Chearavanont graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration focusing on Financial Management from Boston University, and was subsequently awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree in Mass Communications from Ramkhamhaeng University in 2016 for his outstanding leadership in the telecommunications sector.
Mr. Suphachai Chearavanont also serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee of True Corporation, which is the telecommunications business of CP Group that is listed on the Thai Stock Exchange.
Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of True Corporation, a position he held since 1999. In 2004, he oversaw the successful restructuring and rebranding of True Corporation, transforming it into one of Asia’s leading telecommunications companies offering mobile, fixed-line telephone, broadband and pay TV services. Under his leadership, an important milestone for the company and industry was reached in 2013 with the establishment of Thailand’s first telecommunications infrastructure fund, Digital Infrastructure Fund (DIF).
In 2015, he was awarded “Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Telecom CEO of the Year” at the Asia ICT Awards in Singapore for his outstanding achievements in the telecommunications industry.
In 2015, he was appointed as Counselor and Advisory Board Member for the One Young World Summit 2015.
In 2016, he was appointed as Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Global Compact Network Thailand.
In 2017, he has been a member of the Thai Government’s Independent Committee for Educational Reform. Moreover, he has been appointed by the Thai Government to be the Head of the Private Sector Team of Public Private Partnership in Education and Leadership Development and President of The Thai Federation of ICT Technology Association.
In 2019 he was named chairman of the Council of Digital Economy and Society in Thailand. In that role, according to The Nation he was ‘pushing to transform Thailand into a more competitive country and promote the kingdom as a digital hub’.
In 2020, he was appointed as a Committee in Private Advisers to the Government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.