When Tos Chirathivat was growing up, his sisters said he wasn’t cut out to be a businessman because he was too quiet.
But a studious nature that spans science, arts and business has clearly served him well in 10 years as chief executive officer of Central Retail Corporation (CRC), the largest business unit of Central Group of Companies. Among the dozens of executives in the companies controlled by the Chirathivat family, he has stood out as a leader of growth not only in Thailand but also globally.
“My character when I was young actually was not like a businessperson. I was not a talkative boy,” admits the 48-year-old executive, part of the third generation of the family that pioneered modern retailing in Thailand. He’s also the youngest member of the third generation to hold such a senior role.
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