Asian Cover -- Managers
THE PHILIPPINES' GABBY LOPEZ (int'l edition)
Gabby Lopez, 45, is pushing to strengthen his dominance of broadcasting. Lopez--full name is Eugenio L. Lopez III--is chief of the Philippines' mammoth ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. While family-run companies often play it safe, Lopez is leading ABS-CBN into uncharted areas. He has launched a new upscale channel for younger, higher-income viewers, while expanding the country's first all-news channel. And Lopez, who holds a Harvard MBA, provided stellar coverage of national elections to keep the ads coming in. "There's a flight to quality," he says, and ABS-CBN is reaping the benefits.