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#WomenImpactMakersConference 2022, Royale Chulan Penang

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LeadWomen was at the #WomenImpactMakersConference 2022 that took place at the Royale Chulan Penang. Supported by the Penang state government, YB Chong Eng, Penang State EXCO for Social Development & Non-Islamic Religious Affairs, Madam Bee Leng Ong, CEO of Penang Women’s Development Corporation, PWDC. Organised by Elizabeth Hor, AICI CIC, CIM (UK), Mily Goh and Bharati Suresh Chand. It was great to witness the…

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Programme Launch: Emerging Women Leaders

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LeadWomen is launching a new leadership programme – the Emerging Women Leaders!   The Emerging Women Leaders (EWL) programme is designed to equip first time people managers and rising women leaders an exploratory and learning platform to become self-equipped leaders.   LeadWomen has at least 10 years of providing services in the space of women…

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Board Profiling with Mr T.P

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So you think you have what it takes to become a board member?   Participate in our board profiling workshop and meet Tian Pouw TP Pun, leadership and human capital adviser, board member, executive life coach and mental health advocate. The workshop is divided into 2 half-day workshops for delegates to work on their board profiles…

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S/H.E Series with Axiata and UNITAR

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Join us in person for the S/H.E. Series launch, a collaboration between Women of Axiata and Male Allies (WAMA), UNITAR and LeadWomen!    S/H.E. (Sustainable. Human. Equitable) is a platform designed to demonstrate thought leadership, prompt knowledge exchange and inspire positive action.   The first session will be moderated by our fellow Women in Leadership…

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Workshop: Board of Directors 101

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Board of Directors 101 Series New board directors (and aspiring), this one is for you! Launching in Q4 2022, this program is ideal for those seeking an understanding of the duties, roles and responsibilities of board directors. Delivered via an interactive virtual engagement with literature and authentic case studies, it integrates the essential elements of…

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2022 International Women’s Day Celebration

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The International Women’s Day was something that started as an idea in 1910, thanks to Clara Zetkin. It was tabled at the International Conference of Working Women. Now it’s a global celebration marking the achievements of women across the decades, industries and spaces.   This year the theme for the International Women’s Day 2022 is…

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IWD 2022: Board Networking Session

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Diversify your Board with LeadWomen! LeadWomen’s International Women’s Day (IWD) will be happening from 8th – 9th March 2022. This year’s theme, #BreakingtheBias to create a gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow – where we provide a more collaborative space to work alongside different companies as partners. As part of International Women’s Day, we…

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Workshop: Board of Directors 101 Series

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If you’re a new or aspiring board director, the Board of Directors 101 Series is for you. Following the success of BoardRoom Limited and LeadWomen’s first Board of Directors 101 Series, registrations are open for the next cohort in April 2022! Delivered via interactive online engagement with literature and real-life case studies, it covers critical elements and best…

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Launch: The Executive Network

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We’ve heard your call.The Executive Network is finally launched! The Executive Network is an exclusive membership for executive women leaders in Malaysia and beyond. The Executive Network is purported to provide a safe space for networking, relationship building and capacity development. In conjunction of the launch of The Executive Network, we are hosting a conversation,…

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Launch: Women in Leadership (WiL) 2022

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Taking ownership of your leadership is the first step. LeadWomen’s signature Women-in-Leadership (WiL) program for women in managerial roles is launching on 29th March 2022! LeadWomen has been running the Women in Leadership programme since 2014 to help with the drive to increase female participation in senior decision-making positions through a unique combination of workshops,…

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Dato Rozalila Abdul Rahman

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I am Dato’ Rozalila Abdul Rahman, founder and owner of Lestari Prestasi Sdn. Bhd., a start-up company with an e-Commerce platform branded as leemporium.com since 2017. After 28 years in the corporate world, I decided to become an entrepreneur. Together with my daughter, Sharifah Aneesa Alsagoff, who graduated from Paris American Academy, a fashion design…

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Elisabeth Stene

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Elisabeth was appointed Chief HR Officer in Digi on 1 October 2018. Prior to that she was Chief HR Officer at Multiconsult, ASA, a Norway based engineering company. Before joining Multiconsult , Elisabeth spent 16 years with Telenor, both at the Business Unit and Group level across various functions including HR. During that period she…

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Agnes Chew

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Agnes Chew has more than 30 years of banking experience across global financial institutions in a range of capacities including Credit Manager, Relationship Manager, Private Banker, Global Transaction Banking Sales and Corporate Banking officer. Her initial start came with the Assistant Representative to the CEO role at the largest bank in Japan, Dai-Ichi Kangyo. At…

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Sophia Ch’ng

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Sophia has the distinction of being in charge of the risk management portfolio for the 16th Commonwealth Games which was held in Malaysia in 1998. She was also the first woman and first Malaysian to win the ASEAN Insurance Council’s Award for Young Managers in 2009. She has authored two books for the Malaysian Insurance…

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Datin Lily Lokman

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  As women, we carry a lot on our plate, balancing both our private and professional lives. Reading Datin Lily’s story below, one can’t help but wonder how she manages to do and achieve so much, effortlessly and with clear purpose. Here is her story in her own words.   Areas of focus Board governance…

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Datin Suryani Ahmad Sarji

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  ‘What You See Is What You Get’ is a good description of Datin Suryani. A former experienced upscale luxury boutique manager, Datin Suryani is an entrepreneur, having established and managed several businesses in the retail and education sectors. Currently, the Director and Chairman of the Board of Governors at StudyTracks Group Sdn Bhd, she…

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Nirmala Doraisamy

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Managing Risk Well Former banker with a passion for governance and risk management, Nirmala Doraisamy explains what’s involved in taking a more structured approach to risk management   Nirmala Doraisamy sits on the boards of a few private and public listed companies. A former banker, she is also advisor to an established audit firm. Her…

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Dato’ Esther Tan

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  Three Nuggets of Wisdom From A Leader   Seek your own path, be responsible and always work hardAuditor and former “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” award winner talks about technology addiction and stress management and shares valuable entrepreneurial advice. More than 30 years ago, Esther faced a critical moment in her life. Diagnosed with…

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Audrey Ho

Audrey Ho

Towards Better Stakeholder Engagement Audrey Ho, financial stakeholder communications specialist, shares her formula for ensuring better, more effective dialogue   Stakeholder engagement can be tricky on so many levels. Collaboration with various stakeholders, each of whom comes with their own set of experiences, values and expectations can make the entire process challenging. Your ability to anticipate…

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Dr. Jeyanthi Ramasamy

Youngest Director on Rohas Board, Stays Calm When The Stakes are High Recently appointed to the Board of Directors at Rohas Tecnic, the engineering professional breaks stereotypes and talks about her involvement in deepwater projects, what it takes to lead and tips on negotiating successfully.   As a professional and leader, Dr Ir Jeyanthi Ramasamy comes…

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KL to shame public firms with no women directors

KUALA LUMPUR • Public-listed companies (PLCs) in Malaysia that do not have women on their boards of directors will be named and shamed from next year, said Prime Minister Najib Razak. He said he is keen to see women forming 30 per cent of all directors in the private sector.   “As of December last…

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Hajjah Rosmah Ismail

Empowerment : A leader must allow the team to discover things for themselves

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Hajjah Rosmah Ismail, international banker with more than 25 years comprehensive experience across conventional and Islamic banking highlights the importance of empowerment in order to strengthen teams     Driven. Visionary. Down to earth.   These attributes come to mind when describing Hajjah Rosmah, an international banker who shows no sign of slowing down, having recently…

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How Functional Leaders Become CEOs

How functional leaders become CEOs

Limited operational experience is not necessarily a barrier to the top job. Here’s what CFOs and others must do to jump to the next level by Michael Birshan, Thomas Meakin, and Kurt Strovink   Holding a functional leadership role isn’t the most direct route to becoming a CEO. Fewer than 15 percent of the CEOs…

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Jane Horan

Malaysian Women on the Rise

by Dr. Jane Horan In May this year, 34 women across all industries and functions gathered at the LeadWomen program in Kuala Lumpur, to share experiences, explore strengths and learn about savvy career navigation. An air of conviviality enveloped the room, laughter and selfies filled the afternoon.   Is it possible to admire great leadership…

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Better Corporate Governance

SC unveils improved set of best practices By Cecilia Kok, The Star Paper   KUALA LUMPUR: An improved set of best practices aimed at strengthening the Malaysian corporate culture has been introduced with the launch of the new Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance (MCCG) by the Securities Commission (SC).   Among the significant changes is…

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Datin Maznah Mahbob

The leadership path

The journey of Datin Maznah Mahbob With more than 25 years of experience in the investment management industry, Datin Maznah Mahbob is currently the Chief Executive Officer at AmInvest, the Fund Management Division of AMMB Holdings Berhad. In 2015, Datin Mahbob was ranked among the top 50 individuals in the world who have had a…

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The-Power-of-Game-Based-Learning

The Power of Game-Based Learning

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin Studies show that through the use of games, information comes alive in interesting ways to better facilitate a student’s learning experience.  This enables them to quickly cultivate knowledge and equip them with the skills to progress.  …

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Having-strategic-conversations

Having Strategic Conversations

Gaining mastery of systems thinking and strategic management Aimed at helping leaders discover how to use strategic conversations in order to ask better questions and develop stronger insights into shaping and improving their business strategies, the Women Power Network (WPN) kicked off their first gathering of the year on 24 February 2017 at the Sunway…

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Mohaiyani first woman chairman of Maybank

PETALING JAYA: Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) has appointed Datuk Mohaiyani Shamsudin as chairman of the board, making her the first woman to clinch the position in the country’s largest bank.   Mohaiyani, 68, takes the helm from Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor, who will be stepping down on March 31, 2017.   Megat Zaharuddin has…

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Engaging the future agents of change

Interculturalist Dr Asma Abdullah calls for more focus from talking about unity to looking for ways to increase interaction among our young people   GRADUATE students at the Putra Business School are asked to play a card game highlighting 16 cultural dimensions, when they take a cross-cultural management course from Dr Asma Abdullah. The real…

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More women to power the boardroom

PETALING JAYA: The glass-ceiling in Malaysia has continued to be weakened with the latest figure indicating 16.1% women on boards of Bursa Malaysia’s Top 100 Public Listed Companies (PLC), as of September 2016.   This has been a marked progress compared to the 14% registered last year. The latest performance indicated that engagement with upper…

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Women surge into boardrooms across Malaysia

Women surge into boardrooms across Malaysia, but gender equity target still beyond reach   KUALA LUMPUR: In a sign of increasing gender equality in the local workplace, latest figures reveal that the representation of women on the boards of Malaysia’s Top 100 corporations has increased to 15 per cent of total directorships this year.  …

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Women To The Fore

Selangor made strides recently when it appointed two female syariah high court judges. The two women speak to Sunday Star about the challenges they face.   NENNEY Shuhaidah Shamsuddin couldn’t bring herself to smile when she heard she was being appointed a Syariah High Court judge. She was in shock because no woman in the…

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Be models to others, women leaders told

Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Anne Makinda, said women holding leadership positions in various companies and institutions have a role to play to encourage other fellow women to strive for higher positions and achievements. She was talking to the press just after the closing of the Women’s Leadership Advocacy Event over the weekend…

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Club meet wants Tanzania to have more women leaders

Experts attending a two-day Commonwealth-sponsored ‘Women’s Leadership Advocacy Meeting’ in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday called on Tanzania to increase women leaders in all sectors of society.   Tanzania, like many other countries, was seen as having not done enough to ensure women become leaders in public and private sectors.   Chief Executive Officer of…

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More women working now

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has made significant progress in the past six years to increase the number of women in the workforce and in decision-making role in the corporate sector due to Government initiatives that sought to enhance the contribution of women to the economy and to promote greater inclusiveness in the workforce, Prime Minister Datuk Seri…

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The new generation of women on boards

They’re mostly professionals or full-time top execs; number of women directors rising   A new generation of women directors has emerged in Singapore, muscling their way in steadily growing numbers into a once almost exclusively male domain.   These women – mostly professionals or top executives in full-time jobs – face some tough challenges but…

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Women executives being mentored in six-month programme

KUALA LUMPUR: Several successful women have taken on mentoring roles under a six-month programme to train selected Malaysian women executives to go further in their respective careers. The programme, called Women in Leadership (WIL), is a joint collaboration between ICAEW and TalentCorp. ICAEW is a global professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over…

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Why limit independence to nine years?

COMPANIES are always looking for independent directors. And, there is a popular perception that independent directors who have served for many years on a company’s board are likely less effective than the board’s most recent members. That is because the market perceives such long-serving directors as entrenched in the company, a captive of its management…

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Taiwan Gets Its First Female President

TAIPEi: Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan’s main opposition party will become the island’s first female president in a landslide victory over the ruling Kuomintang, as voters turned their backs on closer China ties. KMT candidate Eric Chu conceded defeat in a disastrous rout for the party, addressing tearful crowds at the party’s headquarters in Taipei. The…

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More than 180 listed firms lack compliance

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 40% of 450 listed companies surveyed by Bursa Malaysia did not meet satisfactory corporate governance standards. Among the weaknesses were that companies did not comply with having “real independent” directors on their boards, the audit committee’s report not having enough information and the post of chairman and chief executive being held…

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Investors Must Play Role For Workplace Diversity

September 25, 2015 (Kuala Lumpur) — Johan Mahmood Merican, CEO of TalentCorp, says many public-listed Malaysian companies are falling short of international standards for gender, race, and age diversity. He tells Bloomberg TV Malaysia’s Sophie Kamaruddin that social sanctions on the matter may help level-up corporate Malaysia. Source: Bloomberg TV Malaysia

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What Makes A Good Chairman?

If an organisation is poorly chaired, its governance will suffer as well SEVERAL chairmen have been in the news lately. They separately chair organisations such as a foundation, a committee and a government-owned company. Each is part of a story that raises questions about transparency, governance and conflict of interest. Now is therefore a good…

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A way to weed out the undesirables

If FIFA does integrity checks on candidates for key posts, shouldn’t listed companies do the same for directors and top managers? SPORTS is big business. We know that to be true just by looking at how often athletes and officials are caught cheating, and how many sports bodies have been tainted by corruption and intense…

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Women: The New Capital

The Global Transformation Forum, 2015: The world is seeing an increasing rise in leadership led by women in both the private sector and government. Forward leaning organisations have proven that effective leaders don’t come from one mould. Kiran Bedi, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Kate Lappin and Dr Aisha Ghaus-Pasha brings to light the reality of…

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By The Numbers: Women On Company Boards

October 2, 2015 (Kuala Lumpur) — Around 10 percent of company board seats are held by women in Malaysia; the target is to triple that by 2016. Here’s a look at how Malaysia compares to Asean and elsewhere around the world. Source: Bloomberg TV Malaysia

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Zarinah, Sharifah Sofianny join Petronas board

KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has appointed a former regulator and a banker as members of its board in a move seen as strengthening the national oil company. The appointment of Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar and Datuk Sharifah Sofianny Syed Hussain took effect from Aug 7 and today, respectively. The 64-year-old Zarinah was most…

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Incorrect accounts are the board’s problem

WHEN the accounts of a listed company turn out to be unreflective of the company’s financial performance and position, there are several options for enforcement action. The worst-case scenario (for those responsible for the accounts, that is) is when the regulators take court action that may lead to heavy punishment.   Perhaps the best-known example…

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Women An Asset In Firms

KUALA LUMPUR: Do not just promote women as decision-makers at the workplace just to fulfil your corporate social responsibility, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The Prime Minister said employers in the civil service or the corporate sector should not do so “for charity”. Instead, they should be promoted because it was good for business,…

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Brand You Conference

The Brand You Conference brought together 200 women leaders, where they learnt the importance of personal branding and how it could help them advance their career, support their corporate brand and become influential, indispensable and incredibly happy in the process. Organized by LeadWomen, a company focused on elevating women leaders. To know more about our…

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Taiwan poised to elect female president in historic first

Hung Hsiu-chu of ruling Nationalists will run against Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive party in January 2016 elections Taiwan is poised to elect its first female leader after the two largest political parties nominated women to contest next January’s presidential election. Hung Hsiu-chu, 67, a former teacher whose fiery style has earned her the…

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Woman Scientist Does Country Proud

PHILADELPHIA: A Klang-born biotechnologist has made the country proud by being nominated as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in biotech. Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan (pic), 46, joins the likes of famous people including Bill and Melinda Gates, as well as actor Michael J. Fox, mentioned in a special report published by renowned scientific…

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Breaking the glass ceiling in public and private sector leadership

The Commonwealth is developing decisive action plans, based on new and globally leading research, to tackle institutionalised exclusion of women in public bodies and private companies. New research by the Commonwealth Secretariat has highlighted the persistent lack of gender diversity in both public and private sector leadership. The findings will be presented and discussed at…

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Watch Out Early Signs Of Trouble

Those who sit on boards need to stay vigilant and act fast to prevent corporate blowouts, according to a risk management expert, as if left to their own devices, people have a tendency to mess up. “People are neither bad nor incompetent, but they will get things wrong,” Dr David Bobker, Asian Institute of Finance’s…

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Women Leaders Represented

The 30% Club movement, which began in the UK to induct women leaders into the upper echelons of corporate service, has reached our shores. At a high-powered session held on May 8, 2015, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the Malaysian chapter of the 30% Club before an enthused crowd of the “who’s…

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Diversity Comes Slowly

Is it time to compel listed companies to have more women directors? THERE can sometimes be a yawning gap between policy and practice, and it’s usually because the former relies on persuasion and encouragement rather than the weight of the law. Here’s an example. By next year, women should fill 30% or more of the…

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AIA appoints first woman CEO from Asia-Pacific region

KUALA LUMPUR: Life insurer AIA Bhd has appointed its first ever woman chief executive officer from the Asia-Pacific region. Anusha Thavarajah, who joined the firm in October 2011 as deputy general manager of finance and actuarial, takes over from Bill Lisle, who has been appointed regional chief executive overseeing the Malaysian, South Korean, Cambodian, Indian…

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