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DiGi listed in the Forbes World’s Most Innovative Companies 2014

DiGi.com Berhad (DiGi) has been listed in the Forbes World’s Most Innovative Companies 2014 list. DiGi, ranked at 100, was the only Malaysian company among the 100 companies listed by Forbes, and the only telecommunications operator from Asia, it announced.

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22 Asian companies made it to this year’s list. Japan leads the way with eight companies, followed by six from China, five from India, and one each from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. Corporations from the United States dominated the list with 39 companies, including some of the world’s most renowned brands like Salesforce, Amazon.com, Netflix, MasterCard, Starwood Hotels, and Procter & Gamble, among others.

Firms on this list were ranked based on their innovation premium, which measures how much the stock market thinks a company will come up with fresh, money-making ideas over and above its existing businesses in the next several years, says Forbes; this benchmark was created by business school professors Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen, in conjunction with HOLT/Credit Suisse.

“We’re proud to be recognised by Forbes for our deep track record on driving innovation in all areas of our business,” said Lars Norling, Chief Executive Officer of DiGi. “One of the central characteristics of DiGi is innovation, and much of our growth has been a direct result of our strong ability to constantly redefine go-to-market approaches, operating models, customer focus, and ways of working. Over the years, we have gained a reputation not only for being one of Malaysian’s favourite brands but for consistently driving growth through innovation.”

“Capturing market share in a country with very high mobile penetration requires a relentless focus on market execution underpinned by a culture that thrives on innovation,” said Sigve Brekke, Chairman of DiGi.Com Bhd, and Head of Telenor Group in Asia. “DiGi has both these attributes, and stands out in the Malaysian telecoms market with a rare mix of consistent, profitable growth and a knack for innovative thinking that runs deep within the company’s culture.”

This is the second time DiGi has been recognised in a Forbes list; in 2012 the company was acknowledged as one of Asia Pacific’s 50 best publicly traded companies, and inducted into Forbes Asia’s Fabulous 50 list for the year.

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