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Lessons from her father aid CK Power boss

Jun 09. 2013
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By Somluck Srimalee

The Nation

"My goal is to do the best to drive business growth," Dr Supamas Trivisavavet, 39, daughter of Plew Trivisavavet, founder of leading construction firm Ch Karnchang, said after he assigned her to be managing director of CK Power, an arm of the group.

Supamas said she started to work with her father’s firm eight years ago after earning a PhD in public administration from the University of Southern California in 2006.

Before that, she worked at the World Bank’s Thailand office as a research assistant in 1999 and 2000, then went to the United States to pursue her doctorate. She was then appointed deputy managing director at Ch Karnchang.

Last year when Ch Karnchang planned to set up a holding firm with a major stake in power-plant business domestically and overseas, Plew decided to assign her to manage it.

"Eight years in Ch Karnchang taught me to do business with patience and teamwork, because I cannot do anything by myself," she said.

She added that she learned business when she was still young, as her father took her and her brothers to work with him since she was only 10 years old. She learned what her father did in conducting his business.

"My father Plew worked hard since I was young until now, |and he is the idol I follow to do |business."

She added that her first priority as managing director of CK Power was to apply for a listing on the Stock Exchange of Thailand to raise capital. This will fund the company’s expansion of production capacity from 875 megawatts currently to more than 4,000MW 10 years from now.

"This is the challenge, to drive business for the second generation of the Trivisavet family," said Supamas.

CK Power is applying to the Securities Exchange Commission to increase capital with a share issue.

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