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Asian Institute of Management
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Motto Committed toward making a difference in promoting the sustainable development of Asian societies by developing professional, entrepreneurial, and socially responsible leaders and managers
Established 1968
Type Private
President Steven J. DeKrey
Location Makati City, Philippines
Affiliations AACSB

The Asian Institute of Management "AIM" is a private research university and graduate school of business and public affairs.[1] It is one of the few business schools in Asia to be internationally accredited with the AACSB[4]. It was established in partnership with Harvard Business School[2] and uses the Harvard Business School case study teaching methodology. It was described by Asiaweek magazine (a TIME publication) as the best in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of executive education.[3]

The Institute was established in 1968 in partnership with Harvard Business School, the Ford Foundation, and visionaries of the Asian academic and business communities.[4] It is located in Makati City, Philippines. AIM has a local board of trustees and an international board of governors.

AIM received the Ramon Magsaysay Award [5] for International Understanding in 1995 for training Asians in management of business and development.


Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business[edit]

The Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business (SyCip School) has two degree programs: the 16-month Master in Business Administration and the Executive MBA program. Instruction is based primarily on the case method developed at Harvard Business School. The school applies American and European management principles to problems in Asia. Over the decades, however, the school has built up a bank of its own Asian cases.

Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management[edit]

The Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management (Zuellig School) is an authority in the field of development management in Asia. Since its inception in the early 1980s, the Zuellig School has helped governments, multilateral and development organizations, and public institutions in the region. The Zuellig School has an 11-month Master in Development Management program intended for executives and managers from developing nations. In addition, the Zuellig School conducts research, certificate courses in development management, and institution-building activities for Asian organizations. The School teaches development managers in matters that involve social and economic development of sectors, most especially the marginalized.

Development management education at AIM began in 1976 with the offering of the Rural Development Management Program (RDMP). In 1985, various learnings from RDMP were developed into a four-week certificate course called the Program for Development Managers (PDM). Four years later, the PDM became the core of the first offering of the Master in Development Management (MDM) course. In 1991, the Center for Development Management (CDM) was formally established as a school at AIM, and has since conducted 25 batches of the MDM Program with over 1,000 graduates coming from 40 countries within and beyond Asia.

On March 13, 2014, CDM was renamed the Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management in recognition of Dr. Stephen Zuellig's generous donation to the school. Dr. Zuellig is an economist, entrepreneur, social investor, corporate citizen, visionary and Filipino business leader whose passion for education and strong commitment to development made him a stalwart partner of AIM. A few years before, the Stephen Zuellig Center for Asian Business Transformation was created as a Center of Excellence in AIM to help homegrown Asian businesses develop into globally competitive industries. A scholarship fund was also established with his support, assisting development managers in maximising their potential and impact on their respective communities. Through his generous donation to the Center for Development Management, Dr. Zuellig cemented his partnership with AIM.

The Zuellig School as we know it today is proof of its continued relevance to management and development beyond race, creed, gender and boundaries. Here, changed leaders, renewed organizations, and better Asian nations are built.[6][7]

Executive Education and Lifelong Learning Center[edit]

The Executive Education and Lifelong Learning Center (EXCELL) programs assist executives in the Asian region to become managers and leaders. It offers the 18-month Executive MBA, rated No. 1 by Asiaweek in 2000.[3]

Centers of Excellence[edit]

AIM’s thought leadership is also grounded on the efforts of its endowed research centers. Called centers of excellence, they create venues for AIM program participants and the general public to exchange ideas and expertise, sharpen know-how on issues of the day, recommend policies, and propose action.[8]

AIM Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism[edit]

The AIM Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism aims to provide interdisciplinary studies that address issues and challenges; harness opportunities; and support the tourism and hospitality industry of the Philippines. It positions itself as the first research center that will promote the competitiveness, sustainable development, and inclusive growth of the country’s and the ASEAN region’s tourism industry.

AIM Ramon V. del Rosario Sr. Center for Corporate Responsibility[edit]

The AIM Ramon V. Del Rosario Sr.-Center for Corporate Social Responsibility focuses on social responsibility relative to the competitiveness of corporations and their impact on society. The Center identifies and promotes the optimal fit between complex societal issues and corporate competencies. This framework encourages companies to provide services that address pressing public needs while creating value to all stakeholders.

AIM Policy Center[edit]

In 2011, AIM Policy Center (APC) expanded its research to tackle the roots of inequality and how these hinder sustained reforms toward inclusive growth. In many developing and underdeveloped countries in the world, inequality in its various forms—economic, social and political—constitutes a major barrier to development. The initiatives of APC are now motivated by the thesis that inclusive growth can only take place in a sustained manner if these fundamental inequalities are sufficiently addressed. Our work is focused on three important pillars – promoting an inclusive economy, inclusive society, as well as an inclusive democracy. Ultimately, enhanced equity in these areas could be mutually supportive, producing a self-sustaining dynamic whereby an inclusive economy empowers households to break free from poverty, an inclusive social protection system ensures citizens are protected from shocks and empowered to recover, and finally empowered voters hold their leaders accountable to these continued reforms.

In partnership with colleagues in AIM and scholars from other institutions, APC has produced a total of 16 working papers for 2013. Of which 3 have so far been published in peer reviewed professional and academic journals and another 4 are presently under review. Furthermore, a total of 89 articles quoted APC’s work in the local and international media, along with several local TV interviews with the Executive Director and some members of the team. This research is underpinned by several partnerships, notably with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and International Development Research Center (IDRC).

Competitiveness, Competition Policy, and Industrialization Strategy

KAS has been the institutional partner of APC on competition and industrial policy. APC has been intimately involved in developing and collecting competitiveness indicators for the Philippines, along with analyses to explore and promote sustained reforms in competitiveness and competition promotion. This program is underscored by the yearly release of the World Competitiveness Yearbook in collaboration with the International Institute for Management Development (IMD).

Since 2012, a growing part of the APC’s policy work has focused on how small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) could more strongly contribute to high and inclusive growth. With IDRC, we are working on a multi-country research project on SMEs in middle income countries in Asia. In 2013, two workshops were held and attended by selected young Asian researchers and distinguished members of the advisory committee. The project culminated with the Enterprise Performance in Asia Conference held in Cebu City on November 7–9, 2013. This gathering of over a hundred scholars, researchers, entrepreneurs, government officials, and development practitioners in SMEs from 22 countries successfully elicited policy messages backed by rigorous research.

Social Protection and Social Insurance

APC works on issues related to social protection, social budgeting, and investments (notably for children and the youth) with UNICEF. This partnership led to the conception of the Pinoy Youth Barometer Project which concluded in December 2013 with 5 rounds of surveys that collected the perceptions of high school and college students nationwide on education, employment, migration, politics, and current events. On July 19, 2013, the 2013 Pinoy Youth Barometer Conference: Prospects for Education, Employment, and Migration was held at The Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros, Manila. The conference consisted of a series of studies on policy issues in relation to the youth. With presenters and reactors from the various fields of economics, sociology and psychology, the conference provided different perspectives on the youth’s perceptions on education, employment, migration, politics, and current events. Among those in attendance were researchers, academicians, policy makers, lawyers, and students.

Building an Inclusive Democracy in Asia

Another area is on governance and building an inclusive democracy. APC’s empirical research in this area is underpinned by the most extensive dataset on political dynasties and its socio-economic correlates in the Philippines. The recent results of the study were presented in a conference entitled “Building an Inclusive Democracy” held last March 7, 2013. The event featured research presentations and insights from experts including Ateneo De Manila University, De La Salle University, and UP NCPAG. The study produced a full working paper “Political Dynasties and Poverty: Resolving the ‘Chicken or the Egg’ Question” in 2013.

Technical Assistance

In order to help disseminate our policy research more widely, APC also provided technical assistance and presented research in various fora, including those organized by AUSAid, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Development Academy of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila Law School, University of the Philippines School of Economics, University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of Navarra in Spain (via Skype), Kyoto University (as part of the Western Economics International Association Conference), Chulalongkorn University in Thailand (on competition policy in ASEAN) among others.

AIM Ramon V. del Rosario Sr.-C.V. Starr Center for Corporate Governance[edit]

The AIM Ramon V. Del Rosario Sr.-C.V. Starr Center for Corporate Governance seeks to promote good corporate governance through research, training, and advocacy. The Center also manages the Hills Program on Governance which addresses issues at the intersection of public and private sectors by confronting corruption and encouraging accountability.

AIM TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership[edit]

The AIM-TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership was established as an endowed institution in 2004, with the vision of "a society without divides." In working towards this vision, the Center has been performing the mission of developing leaders, primarily through the cultivation, in both theory and practice, of the Bridging Leadership Framework as an appropriate and effective leadership approach for addressing societal divides, in Mindanao, the Philippines, and the Asian region.

Instead of capacity building that focuses on a linear transfer of knowledge and technical skills, the Center advocates a generative approach that also learns from its own capacity-building programs. Adopting a “grounded theory” mindset, the Center makes use of leadership frameworks, tools, and concepts that are enriched through the experiences of leaders. In addition, the Center is involved in Partnership Development and Advocacy, which supports the cycle between Capacity-Building and Action Research. Focal themes include engagement strategies, change management, public-private engagements, human resource management, and organizational development.

To date, seventy-five (75) Bridging Leaders from five (5) cohorts have been developed under the Center’s flagship fellowship programs whose aim is to reinforce clusters of Bridging Leaders in areas of need. Fellows from local government, military, NGOs, media and business were equipped with skills and tools on multi-stakeholder processes, rapid area assessment, dialogue, negotiation, and partnership building to responsively work towards social equity for peace-building and national development.

Under the leadership of Professor Manuel De Vera as Executive Director, the TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership identified four strategic areas to focus on from 2014-2018. The Center’s programs will be clustered around the themes of human security in the context of conflict issues and disaster response and rehabilitation, good governance for local chief executives (mayors and governors), youth and women empowerment, and enabling drivers of enterprise.

AIM Dr. Stephen Zuellig Center for Asian Business Transformation[edit]

The AIM Dr. Stephen Zuellig Center for Asian Business Transformation seeks to promote the development of small and medium enterprises in Asia into competitive multinational companies through business innovation and transformation in industries creating the greatest economic, social and environmental value for all segments of society, such as healthcare, food and education.

AIM Gov. Jose B. Fernandez Jr. Center for Banking and Finance[edit]

In September 1994, Far East Bank and Trust Company and the Asian Institute of Management launched the JBF Center in honor of the late Philippine Central Bank Governor Jose B. Fernandez, Jr. The Center’s mandate focuses on the encouragement of research and discussion of issues in the financial services industry, the improvement of the competence of Asian financial managers, the forging of beneficial alliances among business institutions in Asia, and the promotion of Asian arts and culture in the business community.

The objectives of the JBF Center are as follows:

Objective1: To conduct research on policy issues that affects the banking industry and other allied services in the financial and capital markets in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region.

Objective2: To train and develop competent managers for the banking and financial services industries in the region.

Objective3: To promote the forging of beneficial business alliances in the region.

Objective4: To provide a forum for the discussion of important issues affecting the banking and finance sectors.

Objective5: To promote in the business community an appreciation for the Asian arts and culture in the business community.

The Center’s activities reflect Governor Fernandez’s own dedication to the general improvement of the Asian financial services industry. His pursuit of institutional changes towards a more efficient and stable financial system for the country continues, in partnership with AIM, through the center that bears his name.

JBF Center for Banking and Finance Framework for Dynamic and Beneficial Alliances


The Gov. Jose B. Fernandez, Jr. Center for Banking and Finance works on a dynamic collaboration with the academe, civil society, and the banking and financial services industry to attain the vision of the late Central Bank Governor Fernandez for a more efficient and stable financial system for the country as well as the molding of competent Asian financial managers.

This alliance is done through public lectures and seminars, backed by competent researches, for global financial and banking personalities to impart their own views on current issues and concerns affecting the industry. Part of this are lecture series, roundtable discussions that provide a venue for the exchange of ideas and perspectives coming from the multiple sectors affected by the banking and financial industry.

The outputs of these endeavors become catalysts to further develop the competence of faculty members who spearhead researchers and mold the minds of future business and financial leaders in Asia. In effect, the researches become basis for further discussions during lectures and seminars.

The JBF Center follows through a framework that benefits all the corners of its alliance. The collaborative work gains through mutual benefit.


The World Bank selected AIM as its strategic partner in Asia with the establishment of the AIM-World Bank Development Resource Center in October 2002, making AIM the first private management education institution in the world to partner with the World Bank. In addition, AIM is a center of excellence of the Asian Development Bank and collaborates with the ADB in delivering programs that cultivate progress in Asian societies.[8]

Alliances with Academic Associations and Organizations[edit]

AIM is a member of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), International Management Development Network (INTERMAN), International University Consortium for Executive Education, Pacific Asian Consortium for International Business Education and Research (PACIBER), and Partnership in International Management (PIM).

AIM is a member institution of the Graduate Management Admission Council.[9]

Alliances with Key Multilateral and Intergovernmental Organizations[edit]

AIM has strong linkages with the Asian Development Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, International Monetary Fund, International Finance Corporation, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank.

Alliances with International Development Agencies[edit]

AIM programs and projects have been supported by The Asia Foundation, Australian Agency for International Development, Canadian International Development Agency, German Technical Cooperation, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and U.S. Agency for International Development.

International Student Exchange Program[edit]

Under the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), the top 40% of MBA students are given the opportunity to study for one term in more than 30 partner learning institutions in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa.

North America. Canada: Faculty of Management, McGill University; Schulich School of Business, York University. US: Anderson School, UCLA; Kenan-Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina; Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California; George Graziado School of Business, Pepperdine University; Weatherhead School of Business, Case Western Reserve; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Latin America. Mexico: Instituto Panamericano de Alta Direccion de Empresa (IPADE); Venezuela: Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion.

Europe. Belgium: Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain School of Management. Austria: Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Denmark: Copenhagen Business School. France: Audencia Nantes Ecole de Management, Burgundy Business School, EDHEC, HEC. Germany: University of Cologne, University of Mannheim. Italy: Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi. Norway: Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. Poland: Warsaw School of Economics. Spain – ESADE Business School. Sweden: Stockholm School of Economics. Switzerland: University of St. Gallen.

Asia. China: Sun Yat Sen University. India: Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, Xavier Labour Relations Institute. Japan: Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University. Korea: Korea University Business School, KAIST Graduate School of Management. Malaysia: Universiti Kabangsaan Malaysia. Singapore: Nanyang Business School, National University of Singapore Business School. Thailand: Asian Institute of Technology School of Management.

Australia. Australia: University of Sydney. New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington.

Africa. South Africa: Wits Business School, University of the Witswatersrand.

International Recognition[edit]

AIM’s commitment to management excellence has been recognized by many organizations.

  • 13th best Full-Time MBA program in Asia and Australasia in The Economist 2009 rankings [5]
  • Winner of the 1995 Ramon Magsaysay Award for its role in promoting International Understanding 1995 and "setting region-wide standards for excellence" [6]
  • Recipient of the 1st Beyond Grey Pinstripes Award for Business School Innovation in Social Impact Management in 2001. In 2003, Beyond Grey Pinstripes cited AIM for Excellence in Integration in Core Curriculum for reporting the most content on social impact and environmental management topics in the core courses
  • 11th best business school in Asia Pacific based on QS TopMBA’s list of Top Business Schools in 2007
  • First graduate school of management in the world to be awarded ISO 14001 Certification for its Environmental Management System in 2000
  • Award for Human Resource Development given in 1994 by the Association for Regional Training and Development Organizations
  • One of the few Asian institutions selected in 1997 by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific as a Center of Excellence in Human Resources Development Research and Training
  • AIM is regional champion in 2013 Google Online Marketing Challenge and 2013 Hult Prize.[11]

AIM Faculty and Thought Leaders[edit]

AIM faculty are dedicated professionals who manage the Institute’s learning processes. They are responsible for student learning and development, the design and delivery of relevant programs, and the build-up of intellectual capital that find its way into caserooms, papers, publications, and public fora convened by AIM in partnership with stakeholders.[12]

In addition to their consultancies and directorships in business, government and non-governmental organizations, many professors have served in various capacities as CEOs or COOs of private corporations and as officials of major government agencies. AIM’s faculty experts have a broad regional outlook and wide experience in and knowledge of Asian management and practice.[12]

To fulfill their responsibilities effectively and consistently, AIM faculty possess the very qualities that they seek to develop and enhance in their students:[12]

  • Deep concern for and commitment to Asia and to the development of its peoples.
  • generalist’s rather than a functional specialist’s outlook and approach to management.
  • A predilection for practitioner-oriented approaches to management education, borne out of actual managerial experience that complements scholastic achievement and action research.
  • A high degree of professionalism coupled with a strong sense of social responsibility.

AIM alumni[edit]

AIM has more than 40,000 alumni located in 70 countries. Alumni chapters are present in 15 countries: Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong/China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam.

Every year the Federation of AIM Alumni Associations pays tribute to a group of members with excellent performance in various fields of professional, entrepreneurial, or developmental endeavor through the Alumni Achievement Award or Triple A.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Victor Jose I. Luciano (MBA 1970) President/CEO, Clark International Airport Corporation
  • Alfred Xerez-Burgos, Jr. (MBM 1971) - President and CEO, Landco Pacific Corp., Philippines
  • Daniel Choon Hui Koh (MDP 1972) - Chairman and Managing Director, Roche Singapore Pte. Ltd. Singapore
  • Renato de Villa (MBM 1972) - former Executive Secretary and Defense Secretary, Philippines
  • Datuk Anuar Hamdan (MBA 1972) Executive Director, Multi-Purpose Group
  • Gabriel Paredes (MBA 1972), President and CEO, Universal Storefront Services Corporation
  • Angelo Reyes (MBM 1973) - Energy Secretary; Former Secretary of National Defense, Philippines
  • Ashok Soota (MBM 1973) - Chairman and Managing Director, MindTree Consulting PVT Ltd., India
  • Hon. Jesli Lapus (MBM 1973) - Secretary of Education; former Congressman of Tarlac Province, and former president of Land Bank of the Philippines.
  • Napoleon Nazareno (MBM 1973) - President and CEO, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., Philippines
  • Perpetuo de Claro (MBM 1973) - former President and GM, Wyeth Philippines
  • Tien-Cheng Lee (MBM 1973) - former Chief Country Officer, Deutsche Bank AG Taiwan, Taiwan
  • Robert Chandran (MBM 1974) - President, Chemoil Corporation, Singapore
  • Edgardo Limon (MBA 1974), President/CEO. Intex Group of Companies, Philippines
  • Jae-Neung Cha (MDP 1976) - Max Management Consulting Institute, Korea
  • Sri Dato Talha Mohd Hashim (MM 1976) - Sepakat Setia Perunding Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
  • Sukavich Rangsitpol (MDP 1976) - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Thailand
  • Guillermo Parayno, Jr. (MBM 1977) - former Commissioner, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Philippines
  • Bambang Trianto (MM 1978) - Central Bank of Indonesia
  • Abdul Rahman Yaacob Wan (MDP 1980) - Chairman, Minconsult, Sdn. Bhd.
  • Rajaish Bajpaee (MM 1980) - Chief Operating Officer, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement
  • Uthai Akkarapattanakoon (ABMP 1980) - President, First Bangkok City Bank Public Company, Ltd.
  • Datuk Hassan bin Harun (MM 1981) - Executive Chairman, KUB Holdings Berhad
  • Glenn Mohammad Surya Yusuf (MBM 1981) - President Director, PT Danareksa
  • Vijay Sheth (MBM 1981) - Managing Director, Great Offshore Limited
  • Yongyut Boonpektrakul (MDP 1981) - Director, Post Publishing Company, Ltd.
  • Bernard Eng Kiang Chia (BMP 1982) - Managing Director, Hakko Products, Pte. Ltd.
  • Ithijarukul Suchada (MDP 1982) - Finance Director, Siam Makro Public Company Limited
  • Ernesto Garilao (MM 1982) - Professor, Asian Institute of Management
  • Narong Chivangkur (MDP 1982) - Managing Director, Kodak Thailand Limited
  • Randy Effendi (MM 1982) - President Director, PT Samudera Indonesia
  • Dato Haji Raduan Bin Haji Mohd. Taib (MM 1983) - Director, Tim Sekata Sdn. Bhd.
  • Dato Syed Ahmad Idid (ABMP 1983) Former High Court Justice and Director of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration. Author of several Banking, Law and Native Customs books. Director on Boards of SIRIM and Korn/Ferry.
  • Manuel Salak III (MBM 1983) - Managing Director/Country Head, ING Bank
  • Tony Tan Caktiong (TMP 1983) - founder, CEO, and President, Jollibee Foods Corp. Philippines; winner of Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Vikas Sinha (MBA 1983) - CFO and Senior Vice President, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, USA
  • Datuk Prof. (Dr.) Pahamin A. Rajab (TMP 1984) - Chairman, Air Asia Berhad, Tune Air Sdn Bhd, 4Life Sdn Bhd, SEGI Bhd and Pahamin and Pahamin Sdn Bhd.
  • Kaiser Naseem (MBA 1984) - Founder, SME Bank, Pakistan
  • Salehuddin Ahmed (MM 1984) - Director, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee
  • Ms. Ruth Callanta (MM 1986) - President, Center for Community Transformation
  • Wenent Pan (TMP 1988) - Chairman of the Board, Kuo Kuang Power Co., Ltd.
  • Ms. Regina Paz Lopez (MDM 1993) - Managing Director, ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.
  • General Tan Sri Dato' Sri Haji Abdul Aziz Bin Haji Zainal (MM 1996) - Chief of Defence Force, Malaysian Armed Forces
  • Uzair Kamal (Hafiz) (MDM 2010) - Executive Director, Helping in Emergencies & Long-Term Development Program (HELP), Pakistan
  • Khoo Boo Boon (MDM 1990) - Executive Director and Chief Executive, Legend International Resorts Ltd.
  • Datuk Nik Mohamed Nik Yaacob (MBA 1979) CEO, Sime Darby Berhad 1993-2004
  • Perpetuo M. de Claro (MBA 1973) President/General Manager, Wyeth Philippines Inc.
  • Dr. Tin Loren,(EMBA 1998) - Executive Director, Cathay Pacific Airways; Vice President International Hotels Group
  • Martin Andanar - TV5 newscaster
  • Natalio C. Ecarma III - Undersecretary of National Defense for Defense Operations. Former Head of Mission and Force Commander, United Nations Disengagement Observer Force
  • Dennis Joseph C. Capili (MBA 2014) - Communications Manager, Prescripto Corporation


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