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Choon-Peng Ng
  Choon-Peng Ng

Singapore Student Wins Michigan Business School's Leadership Award

5/3/2004 --

Choon-Peng Ng recognized at commencement.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Choon-Peng Ng has been recognized by his peers as the outstanding student leader in the University of Michigan Business School's MBA class of 2004.

He is the first student from Singapore to receive the MBA Frank S. Moran Leadership Award, which was given to him during the Business School's commencement April 30.

"Choon-Peng is quite possibly the most impressive MBA student leader of any nationality that I have known during my years at Michigan–and that is stiff competition, indeed," said Linda Lim, professor of corporate strategy and international business. "He is a can-do, why-not type of person, easy to get along with, full of energy and enthusiasm for other people's ideas–not just his own–and willing to do the heavy lifting himself, without sweating the small stuff.

"I value Choon-Peng for his imagination, initiative, integrity, absolute reliability and hearty sense of humor. I am very, very proud of him as his professor, student club adviser and, above all, as a fellow Singaporean."

Choon-Peng's fellow MBA students echo Lim's sentiments.

"Choon is at once a highly effective and devoted leader in both a public and personal sense," said Jack Yu. "While he excels at heading a large initiative in a visible manner, he also gets close enough to the individuals around him to notice, care about and work to meet their personal needs. He embodies the characterization of the leader as a servant–both dedicated and caring."

Adam Welch calls Choon-Peng "one of the most powerful leaders" at the Business School and Calista Smith says he's "a leader you would trust with your life because you know he knows best and will keep the best interest of all at heart."

While at Michigan, Choon-Peng co-chaired both the Business School's Asian Business Conference and Healthcare Forum, served as president of Coram Deo (Christian business students) and represented the school at the World MBA Rugby Tournament.

Following graduation, he is joining Johnson & Johnson as a product manager at its California-based biotech subsidiary, Scios Inc., before returning to Singapore to work for the company. He is a former major in the Singapore Armed Forces and also has a bachelor's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

"My experience at Michigan has been one of the most enriching times of my life," said Choon-Peng. "What set the Michigan Business School apart from other top MBA schools is its unique culture emphasizing teamwork and collaboration. Recruiters love this because that is what happens in real life. This has been very important for me as I make the transition from a military to a corporate career."

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
(734) 936-1015 or 647-1847