Entrepreneurial Winning Women Asia-Pacific
The Class of 2015
Meet the inaugural EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ from Asia-Pacific. This group of dynamic women entrepreneurs are founders of some of the region’s leading high-growth companies. They will participate in our customized year-long leadership program designed to connect them with the advisors, resources and insights they need to scale their businesses and become global market leaders.
| Lovinia (Lulu) Chiu |
CEO and Managing Director
Medialink Group of Companies
Hong Kong, China
| Susan Chong |
Chief Executive Officer
| Stella Fung |
Beijing Tong Ren Tang Fook Ming Tong Chinese Medical Center
Hong Kong, China
Founder and Director
| Vanessa Garrard |
Co-Founder & CEO
| Jiang Peizhen |
President, General Manager and Senior Economist
Golden Throat Group
| Mi Kyung Kim |
Chief Executive Officer
Incheon, South Korea
| Bobbi Mahlab |
Founder and Managing Director
| Nicola Mills |
Founder and CEO
Pacific Retail Management
| Jo Pennycuick |
Managing Director – CEO
Christchurch, New Zealand
| Qi Lin |
| Naomi Simson |
| Xia Hua |
Founder and Chairman
| Dato’ Hazimah Zainuddin |
Hyrax Oil Sdn Bhd
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Chief Executive Officer
Greenpac is a knowledge-based company that specializes in re-engineering, designing and distributing innovative, environmentally friendly packaging products and solutions. Since starting the company in September 2002, Susan has grown Greenpac from a one-woman start-up into a thriving multimillion dollar company. In the current environment where companies are more aware of the need to reduce their carbon footprint to achieve a sustainable future, Greenpac’s customized solutions help companies switch to environmentally friendly packaging while reducing wastage and increasing their cost savings. Today, Greenpac serves Fortune 500 companies and is the market leader for environmentally friendly packaging solutions in Asia.
Greenpac’s contributions to innovation and environmental sustainability have been recognized by the business community with various prestigious certifications and awards. The company was ranked 4th in the Enterprise 50 Awards in 2008, and recently, it clinched the ASEAN Business Award for Most ASEAN Admired Enterprise for Corporate Social Responsibility (SME Category) in 2010 and Singapore Sustainability Awards 2011 by Singapore Business Federation. For her efforts, Susan also achieved the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by ASME in 2008.
“In the packaging industry, people usually see what is not there and think of the limitations. At Greenpac, we see what is not there and think of the possibilities. We can be a game-changer by fundamentally shifting the way things are done through innovation to achieve a win-win partnership with our clients and partners”, says Susan Chong, Chief Executive Officer of Greenpac.
Prita Kemal Gani
Founder and Director
The London School of Public Relations (LSPR), Jakarta, founded in 1992 offers Bachelor and Master Degrees in communication studies (including public relations, and performing arts), short courses and corporate training, as well as education for students with special needs. It pioneers creative programs in the field of communications that have become references for other education institutions.
LSPR believes that the next generation needs to be more global and collaborates with other international organizations, institutions and universities to make this happen.
LSPR has been awarded the title of ’Best Communication School” by several reputable and credible media in Indonesia, including Tempo, for five consecutive years from 2010 to 2014, and MIX Marketing Communications Magazine for six consecutive years from 2009 to 2014. It was also awarded “Jakarta's Distinctive Contribution in Developing Education in Indonesia" by Seputar Indonesia in 2012.
Prita Kemal Gani wants to expand internationally, particularly across other Asian countries. She has plans to launch an open distance learning program that people around the world can also access. In 2014, Prita was appointed President of ASEAN Public Relations Network. She is also the Chairperson of Indonesia’s Public Relations Association, and was most recently awarded ‘2014 PR person’, by The Union of Media Publisher (SPS).
“I want to evoke and showcase the spirit of creativity of the students of London School to the international arena, and to gain international recognition that has an impact on economic improvement in Indonesia,” says Prita Kemal Gani, Founder and Director, The London School of Public Relations, Jakarta.
Dato’ Hazimah Zainuddin
Dato’ Hazimah Zainuddin is the Founder and Managing Director of Hyrax Oil Sdn Bhd, established in 1991. Under her leadership, Hyrax Oil began producing a broad range of lubricants from its own plant in Klang in 1995. Her astute business acumen has enabled Hyrax Oil Sdn Bhd to grow from strength to strength and the company now exports its petroleum products to more than 40 countries worldwide.
Dato’ Hazimah also sits on the Board of Directors of MATRADE, a Malaysian government agency tasked with the promotion of Malaysian exports to the rest of the world.
She also spends time actively involved in various non-governmental associations (NGOs), especially those related to the development of entrepreneurship such as the Association of Bumiputera Women in Business and Professions, Malaysia (Peniagawati), Association of Vendors of Tenaga Nasional (PUTM) and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM).
Dato’ Hazimah has won numerous entrepreneur awards such as the EY Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year 2002 and the SME Women Entrepreneur Award 2003 conferred by SMI Association of Malaysia .
Due to her expertise and success in the business arena, she had been asked to present and speak in various national and international conferences such as the Global Summit of Women in Greece (2012) and the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 in Monte Carlo.
“My vision is for Hyrax Oil to become a leading lubricant multinational that can sit amongst and collaborate with major oil organizations operating in developing markets globally and that produces quality lubricants designed to accommodate lifestyle changes and the advancement of engine technology,” says Dato’ Hazimah Zainuddin, Managing Director of Hyrax Oil Sdn Bhd.
Md Mai Thanh
Founder and Managing Director
Bobbi Mahlab leads a content marketing agency that produces content and content strategies for associations and brands across multiple platforms - content hubs, magazines, video, blogs, social media and e-newsletters. Mahlab Media is an editorially-led agency, expert at understanding audiences and creating content that resonates with and engages them. It also helps organizations to become publishers by developing their content platforms. It has a highly commercial focus, including a sales team that generates revenue from the content it produces for clients.
Mahlab Media was honored to be named a finalist for Content Marketing Agency of the Year in 2014 by the Content Marketing Institute, one of only eight agencies globally. Content marketing is a natural progression of Bobbi’s career that started in marketing before training and working as a newspaper journalist for many years.
Bobbi loves the business of business and gets great satisfaction from the continual and sustained growth of her business over the past 17 years and from taking the skills she has gained to the not-for-profit boards she is involved with including the Sydney Women’s Fund and Detour House which provides refuge for women and teenage girls. She has two sons who love making things and lives in Sydney.
"I want Mahlab Media to become the pre-eminent content agency for brands, associations and industry bodies globally. We enable organizations to produce effective, high quality content and content strategies that drives their business growth," says Bobbi Mahlab, Founder and Managing Director of Mahlab Media.
Fook Ming Tong Chinese Medical Center (FMT), established in 2004, brings modern management processes to traditional Chinese health care services. The company delivers traditional Chinese medicine services including oncology, gynecology, dermatology, general internal medicine, bone setting therapy, acupuncture and acupressure, and foot reflexology. It currently operates six traditional Chinese medical centers across Hong Kong.
The company prides itself on delivering safe, effective, and quality traditional Chinese medical services to its customers. It focuses on the quality of its doctors and the quality of its herbal products.
Stella Fung has over 30 years of experience in commercial banking, corporate banking and investment banking in Hong Kong. From 1995 to 2004, she acted as the Executive Director and General Manager of Dao Heng Securities Limited and Dao Heng Commodities Limited (presently Guoco Capital Limited). She was also a registered Dealer and Investment Director with the Securities Future Exchange (SFC) over that period.
As a Director of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Stella actively participates in charity work that enables her to contribute to the society where she was raised.
“We currently operate six traditional Chinese medical centers across Hong Kong and will expand to ten branches in the near future. I plan to open the first traditional Chinese medicine hospital in Hong Kong and take Chinese medicine to international markets,” says Stella Fung, Managing Director of Beijing Tong Ren Tang Fook Ming Tong Chinese Medical Center.
Founder and Chairman
EVE Group was established in 1994 and owns five top men’s original clothing brands, EVE de UOMO, EVE de CINA, NOTTING HILL, Kevin Kelly and JAQUES PRITT. The business covers clothing, accessories, business suits, gifts, international brand agent and culture and creativity. It has more than 500 stores in China.
EVE Group has won many honors for its creative contributions to China’s fashion culture. It participated in an exhibition in Paris on behalf of the Chinese clothing industry, and has designed clothing for a number of major events such as the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, the 2008 Olympic Games and China’s 60th anniversary celebration. In 2012, EVE Group became the first Chinese men’s clothing brand to march into London Fashion Week, expressing China’s fashion style through the art of costume.
Xia Hua, a China University of Political Science and Law graduate, is a National Committee member of the All-China Youth Federation, a Director of the China National Garment Association, Vice President of the Beijing Clothing & Textile Trade Association, a Director of the Business Suits Committee of Beijing Apparel Industry, and a member of the China Entrepreneur Club.
Her achievements are well recognized. She was identified as one of the “25 Influential Chinese In Global Fashion” in 2011 by Forbes Magazine, and has received other accolades including “Most Influential 25 Persons Affecting Marketing Process in China”, and the “Top Ten Most Innovative in Management Female Entrepreneur of the Year in China”.
President, General Manager and Senior Economist Golden Throat Group
Guangxi Golden Throat Group, a pharmaceutical and health products company, is among the top 50 traditional Chinese medicine businesses in China. The Golden Throat Lozenge, its feature product, has enjoyed the biggest market share among like products in China for almost 20 years. It is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Union COM, the Therapeutic Goods Association of the Australian Government, the Ministry of Health of Malaysia, and the Ministry of Health of Indonesia, and is exported to more than 20 countries and regions, including the US, Canada, the European Union, Australia, South Africa and Southeast Asia.
During the 50 years under her management, Jiang has been dedicated to building a company and brand that can endure. The Golden Throat Lozenge became a famous product nationwide in 2005, and was ranked 263 in "China's 500 Most Valuable Brands" in 2010 with a value of 3.412 billion RMB.
Jiang was one of the Beijing Olympics torch bearers and a guest of the 60th anniversary military parade. She has been twice awarded with the National Labor Medal, and has been selected as one of China's Top 10 Women of Distinction, the Top 10 Brand China (Women), China's Brand Building Leader, National March 8th Red-Banner Pacesetters, 100 Women in the News during the 30 Years since China's Reform, and National Spark Entrepreneur, etc. Many party and government leaders have met with Jiang, including President Hu Jintao. Jiang is the vice president of the China Association of Women Entrepreneurs and of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC).
Mi Kyung Kim
Chief Executive Officer
EOS Corporation designs and produces printed circuit boards (PCB) that are used to build electronic devices.
After graduating from university with a major in electronic engineering, Mi Kyung Kim worked in PCB design, before quitting her job to learn about PCB sales. In 1997, at the age of 25, she invested ten-thousand US dollars to start her own PCB design business, EOSi Corporation. As a one-person business she balanced two roles - sales during the daytime and product design overnight. Her first clients included Samsung and LG Electronics.
In 2004, she acquired a PCB manufacturing company and rebranded her company as EOS Corporation.
Today she has over 250 employees and over 500 customers. She continues to invest in research and development, developing patented products that have secured sales with international government organizations and corporates from the defence and aerospace sectors.
Her vision for EOS Corporation is to design and manufacture its own branded products and sell them directly to end users. She sees the company’s growth in global markets.
She is also a recipient of several awards, including Venture Entrepreneur from the Minister of Science and Technology of Korean in 2007, and is a Director of Korean Women Venture.
EOS Corporation is headquartered in Incheon, Korea.
“EOS Corporation aims to be the “Only One”, not ‘Number One’ in the market. So, we invest aggressively in developing cutting-edge technology that keeps us as the ‘Only One’ for now and tomorrow”, says Mi Kyung Kim, Chief Executive Officer of EOS Corporation.
| 김미경 |
전자 제품 인쇄회로기판(Printed Circuit Boards; PCB) 토털 솔루션 기업 이오에스(EOS)의 김미경 대표이사는 대학에서 전자공학을 전공하고 졸업 후 평범한 직장인으로 PCB 디자인 업무를 시작했습니다.
나만의 일을 하고 싶다는 열망으로 PCB 세일즈에 뛰어든 김 대표는 1년 동안 경험을 쌓은 후 1997년 스물다섯의 나이에 불과 1천만원의 창업 자금을 가지고 PCB 디자인 업체 이오에스아이(EOSi)를 설립했습니다.
1인 기업을 운영하면서 낮에는 영업을 하고, 밤에는 디자인 작업을 하며 하루하루를 보낸 김 대표의 열정으로 삼성전자와 LG 전자 등 많은 고객을 확보할 수 있었습니다. 2004년 김미경 대표는 PCB 생산 업체를 인수, PCB 토털 솔루션 기업으로서 첫 발을 내디뎠습니다.
현재 김 대표가 이끌고 있는 이오에스는 250명의 임직원이 500여 고객에게 PCB 토털 솔루션을 제공하는 기업입니다. 글로벌 방위 산업 및 우주항공 산업 고객을 유치하기 위해 연구개발에 지속적으로 투자하고 있으며, 남들과 차별화된 특허 제품을 개발하는 데 힘을 쏟고 있습니다.
김 대표는 이오에스 자체 브랜드로 제품을 생산하고 이를 고객에게 직접 판매하는 것을 원칙으로 삼고 있으며 글로벌 시장에서 성장을 모색하고 있습니다.
김미경 대표는 2007년 과학기술부 우수벤처 기업상을 수상한 바 있으며, 한국여성벤처협회 이사직을 맡고 있습니다. 이오에스는 한국 인천에 본사를 두고 있습니다.
“이오에스는 시장에서 ‘No. 1’이 아닌 ‘Only One’이 되는 것이 목표입니다. 오늘은 물론이고 미래의 이오에스를 ‘Only One’ 으로 유지하기 위해서 최신 기술 개발에 아낌없이 투자하고 있습니다,” 이오에스 김미경 대표이사
CEO and Managing Director
Medialink Group of Companies consists of two businesses, Medialink Entertainment Limited which handles program content acquisition and distribution, and Medialink Animation International Limited which manages the licensing business.
Lulu (as she is known professionally and personally) started her professional career in media program acquisition and distribution in 1998 as a program executive and later became its Director of Marketing and Acquisitions, handling accounts such as Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB).
She started Medialink in March 1994 and began contributing to the ever-growing media and pop culture of the generation through content programs and acquiring properties she then went on to handle and grow in various territories. With her keen sense of “the next big thing”, she managed big animation and drama programs that today shape the Asian viewers’ viewing landscape.
An inspiring advocate of social change, Lulu has committed herself to advising and supporting young entrepreneurs, and is also an angel funder.
In 2013, Lulu graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Lulu has always been a believer of life being a collective story of relationships, strengthened and empowered by passion, dynamism and commitment.
“My vision for my business is to become the ultimate hub for media entertainment as I vie for my company to be the best provider for best media content – both acquired and company-produced,” says Lulu Chiu, CEO and Managing Director, Medialink Group of Companies.
Qi Lin returned to China after spending several years in the UK to start her business in 2008. She focused on the automotive media sector and established Chemayizhan.com in China which became Chexun.com in 2011. From the beginning, Chemayizhan.com was a market leader in the automotive media sector. In 2014, she rebranded her company, calling it ChexunGroup, to include a portfolio of businesses including chexun.com, an online automotive information and car sales store with after-care service, chaichefang.com (the first independent (self-financed) automotive-safety testing and safety-performance analysis) which publishes individual vehicle’s safety performance, and Chexun Mall, an e-commerce business including O2O e-commerce for auto accessories and products, and a mobile app business.
Qi Lin was born in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China. She studied business media at the University of Westminster in the UK in 2003. After completing her bachelor's degree in 2005, Qi Lin completed her master’s degree in international macroeconomic policy from the University of Westminster in 2008. She attributes her deep understanding of brand strategy and her focus on long-term business goals to the rigorous academic training she received from her university.
“I want Chexun.com to be the premier and most trusted online and offline source of automotive information for consumers seeking professional guidance on auto selection, auto sales and post-purchase services, including O2O e-commerce for auto accessories and products,” says Qi Lin, Founder, Chexun.com.
Co-Founder & CEO
Vanessa is a co-founder and CEO of E3 Style, a product development business for major retailers and distributors of consumer electronics, stationery and pet products in Australia and worldwide. The company develops products using retailer brands, its own brands and through the licensing of popular characters including Star Wars, Batman, and Peppa Pig.
Vanessa and her team have developed almost 11 million products for the Australian market, and E3 Style is now the largest youth electronics supplier in Australia, as well as the largest licensed electronics supplier in Australia and New Zealand.
Vanessa is highly active in her businesses, overseeing the sales, product and business strategy, as well as working to set up a global distribution network. E3 Style provides major retailers with complete product development outsourcing solutions and gives them access to exclusive product offers.
Born and raised in Australia, she is now acclaimed as one of Australia’s top young entrepreneurs, and was the only female CEO to make the “Smart 50 fastest-growing companies” lists compiled by SmartCompany. Vanessa was also recently recognised in Australia’s 100 Women of Influence list.
Having established business with every major retailer in Australia and New Zealand, and a back catalogue of products that is over 12,000 product models strong, their focus will now be to grow the business internationally using the product ranges and knowledge that they have built over the past 9 years.
Distributors and Agents have already been set up in UK and US to replicate this successful model to these new markets. The business is being built to scale rapidly in 2015 and beyond with systems, people and offices established in China, Australia, UK and US.
“Having established business with every major retailer in Australia and New Zealand, and a back catalogue of products that is over 12,000 product models strong, the focus will now be to grow the business internationally using the product ranges and knowledge that has been built over the past 9 years,”says Vanessa Garrard.
Managing Director – CEO
Redesign Group NZ is a multi-disciplinary design practice offering a range of services including spatial design, retail, food and beverage, commercial office planning, airport and mall interior design, graphic design and branding, franchise set up and management, project management and construction.
Jo Pennycuick founded Redesign Group NZ in 1998 after having worked for three years in two design practices, and following the birth of her first child. She steadily developed the business into a company highly-recognised throughout New Zealand, and then ventured offshore for the first time into China in 2006. She then ventured into other growth markets including the Middle East and India.
Jo attributes her company’s strong progress to her decisions to enter new markets and to setting up local teams to provide design services to the local markets.
Redesign Group is now located in four areas – Christchurch, New Zealand, Gurgaon, India, Bahrain, Middle East and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Jo anticipates increasing the number of staff from 16 due to the business growth the company continues to experience. Redesign Group’s work can be seen in Europe, the Middle East, the USA, South East Asia, China and India.
“Redesign Group’s vision hasn’t changed from day one. We provide our clients with a dynamic style and design that is not seen in their markets. Our clients come to us because we provide them with a point of difference…true New Zealand design and flair,” says Jo Pennycuick, Managing Director and CEO of Redesign Group.
Founder and CEO
Nicola is the founder and CEO of Pacific Retail Management which owns and manages over 50 retail stores, and commercial kitchens including Australia’s No.1 Sushi franchise - Go Sushi, the fresh juice brand - Kick Juice Bars and the sushi brand with a green heart - Wasabi Warriors. Sushi Tribe Commercial Kitchens including the recently acquired wholesale brands Sushi Ginza and Sushi Hachi, supply fresh sushi to supermarkets, schools, hospitals, cafes and sporting events throughout Australia. In addition to the running of Pacific Retail Management, Nicola has recently launched a crowd funding business for Australian entrepreneurs called Ready Fund Go. Prior to these business ventures Nicola had a successful career in radio marketing (Austereo) and General Management (14 years), which included winning a number of national marketing awards. Nicola has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide.
”I want profitable franchisees who are raving fans of the brand they have engaged with, as it provides them with strong profit results, and jobs for the local community they are in. That also means being fully self-sufficient from its founder (me), so that it achieves profitable results for its franchisees, it’s employees and its shareholders,“ says Nicola Mills, Founder and CEO of Pacific Retail Management
Considered one of Australia’s tech success stories, Naomi Simson founded RedBalloon in 2001. From just an idea and persistence RedBalloon has now served more than 2.5 million customers and been featured on the BRW Best Places to Work list five years in a row. Naomi has many labels: entrepreneur, speaker, director, chair, mother, author, blogger, innovator and now TV personality with her upcoming appearance on Channel 10’s Shark Tank. Before founding RedBalloon with business partner Pete, Naomi worked with big brands including IBM, Apple and KPMG, all of which influenced her views on workplaces.
She shares insights at naomisimson.com, and as Australia’s number one LinkedIn Influencer with more than 800,000 followers. Naomi’s latest book “Live What You Love” is set for release in March 2015.
Naomi received the 2008 Telstra Business Women's Award for Innovation and the 2011 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ – National Industry category winner.
“I believe that passion, persistence, powerfulness and purpose create a vivid experience of life, and that the good times we share amplify happiness,” says Naomi Simson, Founding Director, RedBalloon.