Majority of power women from banking and finance

  • Business
  • Wednesday, 02 Nov 2005

Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz

THE majority of the 10 women picked as the country’s top power women for the year are from the banking and finance industries, including Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Hong Leong Bank group managing director Yvonne Chia and Amex country manager Lee Siew Lee. 

Zeti was recognised for taking on a role that was formerly male-dominated, Chia is known for churning out innovative consumer banking products and Lee for securing more funds for the card’s Malaysian operations. 

Two women who were cited for driving the local automobile industry – Malaysian Automotive Association president Datuk Aishah Ahmad and Volvo Malaysia managing director How Wei Thing – are also among those in the list. 

Other women who made the grade were involved in politics, arts, fashion and entertainment industries. International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Mercy Malaysia president Dr Jemilah Mahmood, advertising creative director and film director Yasmin Ahmad and local fashion maven and Melium Holdings president Farah Khan were also honoured. 

Yvonne Chia

The list was generated by communications and branding firm Alpha Platform as a follow-up to its annual survey on corporate image and leadership.  

In a statement, senior consultant Razak Abu Bakar described power women as “those who dominate, make an impact and have come to represent the face of a particular industry.” 

The survey, which was completed in September, polled 442 respondents made up of corporate executives, civil servants, advertising personnel, stock analysts, remisiers, public relations practitioners and members of the public picked at random.  

It covered industries that included banking and financial services, ICT, consumer goods, construction and, arts and entertainment. 

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