Forbes Asia Powerful Businesswomen list recognizes 20 outstanding female CEOs


SINGAPORE (November 2, 2021) – Forbes today announced the 2021 Asian Business Women List, recognizing 20 female entrepreneurs in the Asia-Pacific region. The full list can be found here and in the November issue of Forbes Asia.

Rana Wehbe Watson, Editor-in-Chief of the 2021 Asian Businesswomen List, said: “Businesswomen in the Asia-Pacific region continue to break down barriers and in many cases expand their business lines. activities despite the persistent pandemic. Forbes Asia This year’s Power Businesswomen list recognizes 20 outstanding leaders who have successfully adapted and thrived in industries such as technology, healthcare, banking and manufacturing. They are leading the way as the world grapples with post-Covid reality. “

All the businesswomen featured this year are newcomers to the list, Forbes Asianetwork of prominent businesswomen in the region. They were selected for their achievements in running a business with significant income or a startup valued at over US $ 100 million.

Among the women on the list is Thailand’s Wallapa Traisorat, CEO of real estate company Asset World Corp. (AWC). At the end of 2019, AWC went public and raised nearly $ 1.6 billion. Amid the pandemic, AWC signed new hotel partnerships with InterContinental and Nobu Hospitality, adding to existing ties with Marriott and Hyatt.

Converge ICT Solutions Co-Founder and President, Maria Grace Y. Uy, has also helped make her company one of the largest fixed broadband operators in the Philippines. Converge went public in late 2020 in one of the country’s largest IPOs, raising $ 522 million. Its shares have since risen by more than 70%, bringing the company’s market capitalization to $ 4.6 billion.

Helen Wong is the first woman to lead Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. (OCBC), Singapore’s second largest bank by market value, 89 years old. She started in banking at OCBC in 1984 and became its first Chinese office manager in Hong Kong a year later, before joining other banks. In February 2020, Wong returned to OCBC as Vice President and Head of Global Wholesale Banking based in Singapore. She was appointed CEO of the OCBC group in April.

In January last year, South Korean Lee In-kyung partnered with MBK Partners, one of the largest local buyout firms in Asia with $ 24 billion in assets under management, led by billionaire Michael Kim. Lee is MBK’s first female partner in the company’s 16-year history and has the additional responsibilities of being CFO and responsible for sponsor relations at MBK.

Serial entrepreneur Meena Ganesh, who co-founded Portea Medical, India’s largest home health care company by revenue, is also on the list. Prior to assuming the presidency in August, Ganesh ran the eight-year Bangalore-based company as a managing director and CEO.

The youngest to make this year’s list is 37-year-old Malaysian Nadiah Wan, who holds two CEO titles at her company. She is Group CEO and Executive Director of TMC Life Sciences, a position she held in 2019. She is also CEO of its flagship Thomson hospital, Kota Damansara, a position she has held since 2017. Wan has set up a group working Covid-19 in hospital. and launched a mobile app, providing end-to-end care to patients remotely.

Keiko Erikawa, Executive Chairman of Koei Tecmo, co-founded the company with her husband Yoichi and made it one of Japan’s largest video game developers in four decades. The listed company now has a market capitalization of $ 8.5 billion. In June of this year, Erikawa became an outside director and the only woman on the board of SoftBank Group. It also manages Koei Tecmo’s $ 1.1 billion assets in Japan, Hong Kong and the United States.

Marina Budiman is co-founder and president and commissioner of DCI Indonesia, the largest data center operator in Indonesia with over 50% market share. It is also Southeast Asia’s first Tier IV data center, the industry’s highest rating for reliability and resiliency. With around $ 7 billion, DCI is today one of the most valued state-owned enterprises in Indonesia.

For the complete Forbes Asia List of Powerful Business Women, please visit here.

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