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Mar 15, 2017

Women Leading Change Awards: Shortlist announced

A total of 57 women are up for awards in five categories.

Women Leading Change Awards: Shortlist announced

The shortlist for the first Women Leading Change Awards includes 57 women from 15 countries. The awards will be presented at the Campaign360 Charity Dinner in aid of Mother’s Choice on 22 March.

The awards recognise and honour women leaders who have achieved industry success and business excellence at the highest levels of leadership. Here is the shortlist, by category, along with the number of winners to be named next Wednesday evening.


(One winner) An exceptional woman leader who has a proven ability to turn her visions into reality. She has demonstrated the highest level of performance over the last 12 months, exhibited strong business acumen and possesses a sphere of influence outside and within her organisation.

  • Wei Shuan Chang | 女人迷 Womany | Founder & CEO
  • Tania Kullmann | Kantar | CEO, Consumer Insights, Australia
  • Ruth Stubbs | iProspect | Global President
  • Susana Tsui | PHD | CEO, Asia-Pacific
  • Margaret Key | Burson-Marsteller | Chief Executive Officer, Asia-Pacific
  • Nandini Dias | Lodestar UM | CEO, India


(Four winners) Women who have not only achieved growth for their businesses but also demonstrated strategic direction over the past 12 months, through a honed business acumen and strong industry networks.

  • Roshni Mahtani | Tickled Media | CEO & Founder
  • Anna Chan | Amnet | Regional Managing Director
  • Melissa Fein | Initiative | CEO
  • Katie Rigg-Smith | Mindshare | CEO, Australasia
  • Rosalynn Tay | Dentsu Aegis Network Singapore and Dentsu Singapore | CEO
  • Tricia Weener | HSBC | Global Head of Marketing, HSBC Commercial Banking
  • Merlee Jayme | Dentsu Jayme Syfu | Chairmom & Chief Creative Officer
  • Joanne Lao | TBWA Greater China | CEO
  • Susana Tsui | PHD | CEO, Asia-Pacific
  • Amrita Randhawa | Mindshare | CEO, Greater China
  • Kristine Ong | Initiative | Managing Director
  • Regina Goh | Blis | Managing Director, Asia


(Four winners) Young women, under 30 years of age, who have set themselves apart from their peers, have shown early success in their field, and who will maximise their full potential to be the next generation of women leaders in the industry.

  • Jeraldine Phneah | Socialbakers | Regional Account Manager
  • Vicky Chen | Xaxis | Associate Manager, Product Development 
  • Angelyn Soh Geak Lyn | IPG Mediabrands | Social Media Director, Philippines
  • Michelle Lai | Kantar TNS | Manager, Client Servicing
  • Beth Hill | PHD Media | Programmatic Planning Director
  • Lynda Zhang | MediaCom | Planning Manager, China
  • Aparajita Saxena | OMD | Group Head, Digital Planning
  • Emily Pui Yip Loi | X Social Group | COO
  • Shilpa Sudhakaran | Interactive Avenues | Media Director
  • Soumita Banerjee | Interactive Avenues | Group Head, Client Servicing
  • Smita Salgaonkar | PHD | General Manager, Programmatic
  • Samyukta Yatish | VML | Client Solutions Director, Singapore
  • Rushina Vakharia | PHD Media | Group Head, Digital Planning, India


(Four winners) Outstanding women who have worked to ignite positive change through the introduction of new technology to the industry.

  • Sarika Waje | MSLGROUP | Associate Director, Global Knowledge Management
  • Cindy Yan Chan | Focus Media Group | Chief Strategy Officer
  • Zoë Lawrence | Kantar TNS | APAC Director, Digital
  • Judy Liu | Curiosity China | Co-founder & General Manager
  • Yasmin Sanders | AOL Australia | Senior Director, Programmatic TV ANZ
  • Karen Kwan | Xaxis | Director, Programmatic Trading, Asia-Pacific
  • Chwee Ling Lim | Diageo Singapore | Head of Marketing Innovation, Southeast Asia
  • Yean Cheong | Cadreon | Head of Programmatic, Asia-Pacific
  • Tom Ho | Alibaba Group | Global Head of Planning and Strategic Communications
  • Vivian Zhu | Publicis Media | Chief Digital & Innovation Officer, Innovation and Partnerships, Greater China
  • Jane Stanley | OMD | Managing Director, Specialist Businesses, New Zealand
  • Lizi Hamer | Octagon | Regional Creative Director
  • Smita Salgaonkar | PHD | General Manager, Programmatic
  • Shevaita Handoo | PHD | General Manager, Mobility and Innovation, India


(Four winners) Inspirational women whose work and ideas have generated consumer excitement through top-of-class creative thinking.

  • Nicoletta Stefanidou | Isobar | Executive Creative Director
  • Judy Tao | Dentsu One Taipei | Chief Creative Officer
  • Stella Gwee | Shophouse & Co  | Director and Co-founder
  • Youmi Cho | Publicis One | CEO, Korea
  • Carmela Soares | Isobar | Creative Director, Australia
  • Gladys Rondina Basinillo | Carat | CEO, Philippines
  • Alice Chou | Dentsu Taiwan | Executive Creative Director
  • Lizi Hamer | Octagon | Regional Creative Director
  • Valerie Pinto | Weber Shandwick  | CEO
  • Sanchita Roy | OMD | Associate Vice President
  • Sydney Chou | Publicis.Sapient | Creative Director
  • June Laffey | McCann Health | Executive Creative Director, Australia & Southeast Asia

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