The Philippines' Jose Concepcion Iii

Even in a sluggish Philippine economy, RFM Corp. CEO Jose A. Concepcion III demands growth. He has introduced successful new Selecta ice cream flavors--such as Ube Leche Flan, milk custard mixed with a purple tuber--and added bright colors to packaging. But new products aren't his only strong suit. The baby-faced "Joey" is using the Asia crisis to his advantage, driving his managers hard to earn an extra peso or save one. "This crisis has forced managers to look at areas they've never looked at before," he says. RFM's first-quarter profits rose 27%, to $7 million.

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