JNA Awards 2020 Recipients with Informa Markets Jewellery officials and other industry stakeholders
From left, Margaret Ma-Connolly, president and CEO, Asia of Informa Markets; Bernard Chan Pak-li, undersecretary, Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of Hong Kong; and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Kent Wong of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group
From left, Chow Kit Shing, director and general manager of CSS Jewellery Co Ltd; Margaret Ma-Connolly, president and CEO, Asia of Informa Markets; Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Lawrence Ma of Lee Heng Diamond Group; and Bernard Chan Pak-li, undersecretary, Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of Hong Kong
Award Recipients of the ninth edition of JNA Awards were announced last night in a 'hybrid' ceremony viewed by a global audience.
One of the highlights of Jewellery & Gem Digital World, the awards ceremony – a combination of virtual and in-person participation from awardees and attendees – saw 14 Recipients across seven categories taking home the JNA Awards’ coveted golden trophies this year.
To view the full list of JNA Awards 2020 Recipients, click here.
The JNA Awards’ highest accolade – the Lifetime Achievement Award – went to two of the industry’s highly respected leaders – Lawrence Ma, CEO of Lee Heng Diamond Group, and Kent Wong, managing director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group.
Commenting on the award, Ma said, “I am overwhelmed and excited to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the JNA Awards this year. I appreciate the great contributions and achievements of all the previous Recipients who came before me, and I am delighted to be one of them. I promise to keep on bringing the best out of myself and of all the incredible people around me.”
Wong shared, “My heartfelt gratitude to JNA Awards for granting this prestigious award. This award is not just a great honour for me; it is also a testimony to the Hong Kong jewellery industry’s key role in the global industry and an important endorsement of Chow Tai Fook’s development and contributions to the community over the years. I wholeheartedly thank all Chow Tai Fook staff, customers, and industry and business partners for their trust and support. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be who I am today.”
Letitia Chow, founder and chairperson of the JNA Awards, described Ma and Wong as “legendary figures who have thrived through the many ups and downs of the jewellery industry in the last four decades.”
“They have undoubtedly achieved commercial success for their respective organisations, but what makes them truly stand out are their tremendous contributions to the growth and prosperity of Hong Kong’s jewellery industry, all of which have had a massive impact and influence on jewellery hubs around the world. It is indeed a great honour and privilege to celebrate their lifetime achievements by conferring them the highest accolade of the JNA Awards,” Chow said.
Founded by Informa Markets Jewellery in 2012, the JNA Awards celebrates excellence, innovation and best business practices in the jewellery industry, regardless of the Honourees’ scale of operations, the areas they serve and fields of expertise.
This year, the JNA Awards feted 32 Honourees across seven categories, from which 14 Recipients were selected.
Meanwhile, one more episode of the JNA Awards Trade Talks, featuring Awards Partner, Sanjay Kothari of KGK Group, is going to be broadcast today as part of the J&G Digital World programme. To view the session, register here.
Here’s the full list of JNA Awards 2020 Recipients:
Industry Innovation of the Year
- Customer Engagement
BOJEM – China
- Digital Business
Tracr – United Kingdom
CHJ Jewellery – China
Le Vian – United States
KGK Diajewels Private Limited – India
Manufacturer of the Year
Emerald Jewel Industry India Limited – India
Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewelry Industrial Co Ltd – China
Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – APAC
Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company (PNJ) – Vietnam
Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – EMEA
KGK Diamonds SA Pty Ltd – South Africa
Retailer of the Year
Kashi Jewellers – India
MCLON Jewellery Company Limited – China
Sustainability Initiative of the Year
De Beers Group – United Kingdom
The Muzo Companies – Colombia
Young Entrepreneur of the Year (age 40 and below)
Nancy Wong, Luk Fook Holdings (International) Limited – Hong Kong