Press release

24 Apr 2024

Two Malaysians selected for the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Asia-Pacific Class of 2024

Datuk Anna Teo, Founder and Group CEO of Hernan Corporation Sdn. Bhd.; and Ooi Lay Pheng, Group CEO and Executive Director of L&P Global Berhad, and CEO of Berjayapak Sdn. Bhd.; have been selected for the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™️ Asia-Pacific Class of 2024

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  • Business leaders Datuk Anna Teo and Ooi Lay Pheng were among 18 entrepreneurs chosen to join the EY executive leadership program
  • The 2024 class generated a combined revenue of more than US$1.3b and employed more than 6,000 people in 2023

Datuk Anna Teo, Founder and Group CEO of Hernan Corporation Sdn. Bhd.; and Ooi Lay Pheng, Group CEO and Executive Director of L&P Global Berhad, and CEO of Berjayapak Sdn. Bhd.; have been selected for the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™️ Asia-Pacific Class of 2024 alongside 16 other founders from Australia, Greater China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Sri Lanka.

Datuk Anna is the Founder of Hernan Corporation Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia's largest cold chain manufacturer and a leading exporter of Malaysian durians and durian-inspired products. From 50 employees in 1996, the company's workforce has grown to around 200 employees, with revenue reaching RM100 million in 2022. She aims to expand Hernan's market locally and internationally in the coming years, with a target sales revenue of RM300 million in 2025.

Lay Pheng is the Group CEO and Executive Director of L&P Global Berhad, and CEO of Berjayapak Sdn. Bhd, a leading group of companies that creates integrated packaging solutions for multinational corporations. Her strategic vision has seen the expansion of the group's presence across Southeast Asia and elevated its  market capitalization from RM230 million to RM1 billion.

Anna and Lay Pheng were the recipients of the EY Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year award in Malaysia’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™️ (EOY) programme in 2022 and 2021, respectively.

EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™️ is a year-long executive program that identifies and champions a select group of high-potential founders, who have built profitable companies, and provides them with the connections and resources needed to unlock their potential and sustainably scale their companies. The program’s flagship conference will take place in Kuala Lumpur from 22 to 24 July 2024.

The 2024 cohort of entrepreneurs is focused on solving many of our most pressing global challenges across diverse sectors including technology, consumer products, real estate and design, and media and entertainment. These companies collectively generated revenue exceeding US$1.3 billion and employed over 6,000 individuals in 2023.

Dato’ Abdul Rauf Rashid, Malaysia Managing Partner, Ernst & Young PLT, says:

"The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™️ Asia-Pacific program plays a pivotal role in fostering entrepreneurship and empowering women leaders to drive innovation and growth across our region and beyond. By providing resources and access to a supportive network, this program aims to assist entrepreneurs like Datuk Anna and Lay Pheng to succeed and elevate their businesses to greater heights. Their participation also reaffirms the EY commitment toward advancing diversity, equity and inclusiveness in the business world."

Ismed Darwis Bahatiar, Malaysia Markets Leader, Ernst & Young PLT, says:

“The selection of Datuk Anna and Lay Phengfor the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™️ Asia-Pacific Class of 2024 is testament to their outstanding achievements and leadership in the Malaysian business community. Through their participation in this program, Datuk Anna and Lay Pheng will continue to inspire and empower aspiring entrepreneurs, showcasing Malaysia's rich talent and potential on the global stage.”

Launched in 2008, the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™️ program, has evolved into a global community of over 900 women entrepreneurs from more than 55 countries and various industries.

For more information on the members of the 2024 Asia-Pacific EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, please visit




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