Award Winners

Best Companies For Gender Diversity

Best Companies for gender diversity and women leaders. Highlights the top Companies who walk the talk on leading gender diversity and are best in class in making gender diversity fundamental to the company’s success.

  1. Integrates gender diversity as fundamental to its business success
  2. Advances women across management levels – hiring, growing and promoting women leaders – Has strong female representation on its Board
  3. Provides excellent workplace and support facilities for women in leadership, no pay gap between the genders
  4. Innovates to share and reapply gender diversity practices from within and without
  5. Supports gender diversity across industry by supporting external forums like Break the ceiling touch the sky in real and tangible ways – time and money

THE WINNERS: 1) Accenture 2)PepsiCo Australia New Zealand 3) General Motors – Middle East Operations, 4) Singtel 5) Sandoz, 6) P&G, 7) Unilever, 8) FleishmanHillard, 9)SAP, 10) Kellogg AP.   

Best CEO’s/Presidents Leading on Gender Diversity

Listing of Best CEOs/Presidents for gender diversity and the advancement of women in leadership. Highlights the top CEOs/Presidents who have best integrated and leveraged gender diversity as a competitive advantage for their organization.

  1. Role models diversity best practices
  2. Ensures gender balanced representation on his/her leadership team
  3. Makes his leaders accountable for gender diversity being unlocked as core to the company’s business versus nice to have
  4. Proves the positive impact of gender diversity on business results
  5. Supports gender diversity across industry by supporting external forums like Break the ceiling touch the sky in real and tangible
    ways – time and money

THE WINNERS: 1) Belinda Tumbers, Managing Director, Kellogg Australia, 2)Christina Ruggiero, CEO, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pty Ltd, 3) Richard Francis, CEO, Sandoz; 4) Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and Managing Director at Nestle India Ltd; 5) Magesvaran Suranjan, President, P&G AP and IMEA, 6)Amit Banati, President, Kellogg Asia Pacific; 7)Angela Korompilas, President and CEO, American Hotel Register Company, 8) Shahzeb Mahmood, Regional Director Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan(MENAP), Reckitt Benckiser; 9) James Michael Lafferty, Chief Executive Officer, Fine Hygienic Holding; 10) Luciano Poli, President Dow India, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey,

Human Resources/Diversity & Inclusion Leader Champions

Listing of Best HR gender diversity champions – Highlights the outstanding achievements of the Head of Diversity & inclusion/ HR leader in an organization that has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to leadingand executing the gender diversity agenda through the organization and beyond.

  1. Is able to make a case for gender diversity and get engagement/financial support from his/her leadership for
  2. Constantly innovates, shares and reapplies best practices on gender diversity to the benefit of his or her company
  3. Role models collaboration to step change advancement of women in his/her industry
  4. Actively supports participation of his/her Company’s teams at external Forums such as Break the ceiling touch the sky® versus  just seeking to promote company at such forums
  5. Has an active strategy in place to make gender diversity core to his Company’s success


1)Assal Al Quraishi, North Africa & Middle East, Unilever Middle East & North Africa, 2) Nicola Billeh, Chief Human Energy Officer at Fine Hygienic Holding, 3)Rossana Gray, Vice President, Human Resources – North America at Sandoz, 4) Judith Trujillo, Head of Human Resources at General Motors Middle East, 5)Sophie Guerin, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Asia Pacific, China and Japan, Dell; 6) Sheela Parakkal, Chief Human Resources Officer, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore; 7) Jennifer Bonnie, Culture, Change and Transformation Associate Director + Region HR Business Lead, Mondelez International;

Inspirational Woman Leader of the Year

The most inspirational woman leader of the year award recognises the significant contributions a female leader has made not just to her business, but also as an inspirational role model for other professional women and in her community.

  1. Outstanding woman in business that towers above peers for her contribution to her business but also to society and to gender diversity in particular
  2. Has actively supported gender diversity as one of her key principles on her road to success
  3. Has a proven track record of empowering other women leaders and is a mentor for men as well
  4. Is regarded as a game changer in her industry based on her business results but also on the manner in which she delivers
    those results
  5. Is a champion “teacher” – her organizations continue to bloom long after she has left them

THE WINNERS:1)Yukari Inoue, Managing Director, Japan, Kellogg Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd; 2)Christina Ruggiero, Chief Executive Officer, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd; 3) Umran Beba, Global Diversity, Engagement and Talent Officer, PepsiCo; 4)Angela Korompilas, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Hotel Register Company; 5)Stephanie Keen, Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee; 6)Lynne Anne Davis, President and Senior Partner, FleishmanHillard Asia Pacific; 7)Barbara Levi Mager – General Counsel and Global Legal Head, Sandoz; 8) Julie Lewis, Director, Mountain High; 9) Christine Black, Director of Public Affairs, Coca-Cola South Pacific tied with Chatelle Lynch, SVP and Chief HR Officer, McAfee 10) Colleen Lindholz, President of Pharmacy and the Little Clinic, Kroger tied with Kris Giswold, Director for Finance, Mondelez International;

“Walk the Talk” Campaign of the Year

Gender Diversity Marketing and activation Campaign of the year Award. This award recognizes a marketing effort that has played a major role in supporting gender diversity or the advancement of women in the workplace both in talk and in “walk”.

  1. Delivers a specific and tangible business result based on a unique gender diversity insight
  2. Cuts through the industry clutter and rises above the negativity associated with lack of progress on gender diversity
  3. Has a direct and traceable impact on the lives of the target of the campaign
  4. Is potentially reapplicable for other brands/ companies to reapply and further impact gender diversity
  5. Is consistent with the “business with purpose” credo


  1. 5BY20, The Coca-Cola Company
  2. Flexwork@Sandoz, Sandoz
  3. MyRoad, Coca-Cola South Pacific
Mentor of the Year

To recognize the contributions of a leader who has given of her/his time and effort in a truly selfless manner to mentoring young leaders, way beyond the call of duty

  1. Has an outstanding track record of being a mentor for women leaders
  2. Has demonstrably built a pipeline of women leaders who acknowledge his mentorship
  3. Continues to role model mentorship and advocacy for women leaders and gender diversity
  4. Actively connects female leaders with new learning opportunities
  5. Shares his knowledge internally within his company and outside (recognised beyond his company as a good mentor)


1)Francisco Ballester,President, Latin America, Sandoz; 2) Amanda Banfield, Area Vice President Australia, New Zealand, Japan at Mondelez International; 3)Ghassan Nuqul, Chairman, Fine Hygienic Holding; 4)Rui Yuan Chen,General Manager, South East Asia and Korea, Coty Professional Beauty, Coty; 5) Idan Moskovitch, Senior Manager, Marketing & Business Development at Hogan Lovells, South East Asia; Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee; 6) Miles Wilson,Managing Director,International Hotel Supply; 7) Angeline Martyn,Save the Children.

Male Champion for Gender Diversity

Listing of Best Male Champions who support gender diversity and the advancement of women. Celebrates a male leader who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the advancement of women in leadership and overall progress of gender diversity.

  1. Makes a strong case for gender diversity based on fact and specific actions versus hyperbole
  2. Visibly demonstrates advocacy for the advancement of women
  3. Supports gender diversity on his team and ensures fair opportunities for women leaders
  4. Suitably supports the delegation of women leaders to industry learning events and summits
  5. Is available as a trusted member to women in leadership

THE WINNERS 1).Richard McLean, Chief Financial Officer, SAP; 2)Glenn Osaki, President, MSLGroup Asia; 3)Andy Ferris, Partner Co-Head of International Debt Capital Markets in the Asia Pacific Region; 4)Shivendu Nadkarni, Managing Director, Asia Pacific Snacks, Kellogg; 5) Miles Wilson, Managing Director and Vice President, International Hotel Supply; 6)  Michael Lafferty, CEO, Fine Hygienic Holding; 7) Max Amen, General Manager, AMEA, Coty Inc.