Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Baker McKenzie for supporting this research. This report would not have been possible without their commitment. In particular, we would like to thank the following leaders from Baker McKenzie for their support: Peter May, Claudia Prado, Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort, and Jacqui Draycott.

Our sincere thanks go out to the executives who were interviewed for this project and shared their insights with us:

Nora Manaf
		  Nora Abd Manaf

Group Chief Human Capital Officer
Maybank Group
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nora Abd Manaf is Group Chief Human Capital Officer, Maybank. Aside from leading the people transformation program of the Maybank Group since 2009, she is actively engaged in the country's financial and business employers' circles in her roles which include Chairman of the Malayan Commercial Banks' Association, Chairman of the Human Resource Management and Development Group under the sponsorship of IBBM and Bank Negara Malaysia. She is the Vice-President of the Malaysian Employers Federation and also a Member of the Malaysia's National Labour Advisory Council. In 2013, Ms. Nora was inducted into the Global HR 50 World Top 50 Human Resource Professionals.

 

Karen BrownKaren Brown

Global Diversity & Inclusion Executive
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Karen has fifteen years of global experience dedicated to pioneering the path for diversity & inclusion across multiple profit and non-profit industries. She recently served as Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Baker McKenzie and prior to that for Monsanto Company. A sought-after speaker, Karen has frequently been recognized globally for her work. She has received the Outstanding Women in Leadership Award from Women Leadership Congress & Awards, in Mumbai, and DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity awards for sustainable strategies implemented at Rockwell Collins, Baxter International and Monsanto.

 

megan costelloMegan Costello

Executive Director, Women's Advancement
City of Boston
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Megan's passion has always been in politics and government, especially ensuring that women's voices are heard and included. In 2012, she joined President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in Iowa as a Region Field Director, managing 21 out of 99 counties. Megan spent many years on the campaign trail, but decided to join Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's administration because her passion has always been to advance women in politics and government. She also sits on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America's Political Action Committee; on the External Advisory Board of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy (CWPPP) at UMass Boston; and is a member of the Boston Women's Workforce Council.

 

Jenny CuiJenny Cui

Managing Director of Esquel Accessories and Packaging (EAP) and Esquel Paper Product (EPP)
Esquel Group
Hong Kong

Jenny Cui joined Esquel Group, a textile and apparel manufacturer with 56,000 employees in China, Malaysia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, in 1993. She has held various positions including Executive Trainee, Sales Executive, Sales Manager, and Sales Director in the group. In 2016, she was appointed as the Managing Director of Esquel Accessories and Packaging and Esquel Paper Products. Jenny received a Bachelor's degree in Ocean Engineering and Ship Architecture from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1990, and an MBA from University of Dubuque in 2000.

 

susie flookSusie Flook

Group General Counsel
The Body Shop
Brighton, United Kingdom

Susie Flook is currently Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for The Body Shop International Plc with responsibility for all legal matters on a global basis. The Body Shop produces skin and hair care products and accessories, which are sold worldwide mainly through a franchise system. Susie was previously the company's Group Intellectual Property Counsel. The Body Shop International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Natura (Brasil) International BV and Natura Cosmeticos S.A of Brazil. Susie is also a Founding Director and Past President of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACCA's) European Chapter, and served as a member of the main board of the Association in the USA for six years until 2013. Susie won the prestigious ACCA Member of the Year Award in 1999 and in 2003 received the Law Society of England and Wales Gazette Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding service to the in-house counsel profession.

 

Julie Hauser-BlannerJulie A. Hauser-Blanner

President
Brioche Dorée
Dallas, Texas, United States

Julie Hauser-Blanner is the President of Brioche Dorée, North America, a Groupe Le Duff Company Brand. The restaurant chain has more than 500 locations worldwide and Hauser-Blanner's responsibility is to launch the concept in the United States. She is the first female President to lead a brand in the Groupe Le Duff portfolio. Julie is a restaurant industry veteran with over 20 years of performance driven and forwardthinking operations experience. Most recently, Hauser-Blanner ran foodservice at Bass Pro Shops. Before that, she held various positions at Bloomin' Brands Inc., including regional vice president of Bonefish Grill and vice president of global operations at Outback Steakhouse.

 

Linda HillLinda Hill

Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. She is the faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative and has chaired numerous HBS Executive Education programs. She is the author or co-author of many award-winning articles and books on leadership. She is the coauthor, with Kent Lineback, of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader. She is also the author of Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership (2nd Edition). In 2014, Professor Hill co-authored Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation. She has sat on numerous boards including the State Street Corporation, Eaton Corporation, the Rockefeller Foundation and Art Center College of Design.

 

Queenie HuangQueenie Huang

Managing Director, HR (China Operations), Human Resources
Esquel Group
Gaoming District, Foshan, Guangdong Province, P.R.C.

Queenie Huang is the Managing Director of Human Resource Management in Esquel Group. Esquel is a leading textile and apparel corporation that has more than 55,000 employees worldwide. Queenie's responsibility is managing the Human Resource in China. She joined Esquel as a managing trainee and after 23 years' in house development, she is a apparel industry veteran. She held various positions in Esquel Group, including Director of corporate technical development center, Director of Garment Operation, China, Managing Director of Branding & Distribution.

 

 

anna maloneyAnna Maloney

Director of Risk, Governance, Knowledge, and Partnership Affairs
Baker McKenzie
Sydney, Australia

Anna Maloney is the Director of Risk, Governance, Knowledge & Partnership Affairs at Baker McKenzie Australia. Anna graduated from Sydney University (Arts/Law) and has been with Baker McKenzie for over 14 years. She started as a solicitor in the Baker McKenzie Sydney office (1996-1998) and then returned in 2005, after practising as a solicitor in London for several years. Since returning to Baker McKenzie in 2005, Anna has worked across the business in the areas of governance, partnership affairs, risk and knowledge. Anna is married, with a 17 yr old daughter and 15 and 14 yr old sons.

 

cathy minehanCathy E. Minehan

Former President and Chief Executive Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Cathy E. Minehan is an active profit and not for profit board member of entities engaged in major commercial activity, healthcare and education. She is the Managing Director of Arlington Advisory Partners LLC and has a wealth of experience in over 45 years at various executive and CEO levels. Ms. Minehan retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in July 2007 after 39 years, having served as the President and Chief Executive of the Boston Bank and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee from July 1994 on. From August 2011 to June 2016 she served as Dean of the School of Management at Simmons College. Currently, Ms. Minehan is a director of Bright Horizons Family Solutions LLC, The MITRE Corporation and the Brookings Institution. She is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a Board Member of Partners Healthcare System. She is co-chair of the Boston Women's Workforce Council.

 

betsy myersBetsy Myers

Former Senior Advisor on Women's Issues to President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

As a senior adviser to Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign, Betsy served first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chair of Women for Obama. During the Clinton Administration, Betsy spent several years at the U.S. Small Business Administration in posts that included Director of the Office of Women's Business Ownership. She then moved to the White House as President Clinton's senior advisor on women's issues and Director of the Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach. Betsy is the author of Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You.

 

 

 

Leena Nair Leena Nair

Chief HR Officer
Unilever
London, United Kingdom

Leena Nair is the first female, first Asian, youngest ever CHRO of Unilever and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE), which is responsible for delivering Unilever's business & financial performance. Leena bears overall responsibility for the human capital of Unilever, which operates across multiple regulatory and labour environments spread over 190 countries. She also heads the Diversity and Inclusion agenda for the organisation ensuring that its workforce is truly diverse and inclusive. In 2007, Leena became the first woman in the Management Committee of Hindustan Unilever in 90 years heading HR. She was also appointed the first woman on Unilever South Asia Leadership Team a year later, which is the team responsible for Unilever's growth in each of the following markets: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, currently around €6 billion.

Hamidah Naziadin Hamidah Naziadin

Group Chief People Officer
CIMB Group
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hamidah Naziadin is Group Chief People Officer for CIMB Group. In this role, she provides the overall strategic leadership for HR of CIMB Group across ASEAN. She transformed HR from an administrative function into a key business enabler, contributing to the Group's rapid growth into a leading ASEAN financial institution that it is today. She has nearly 30 years of experience in HR in the financial industry, of which 25 years were with the Group. She also spearheads corporate responsibility initiatives for the Group, focusing on community development, sports, and education.

 

Claudia F. PradoClaudia F. Prado

Global Executive Committee
Former Chair of Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Baker McKenzie

Claudia F. Prado is a member of the Firm's Global Executive Committee, and Former Chair of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She was the Regional Chair of the Latin America Regional Council. With more than 30 years of experience with the Firm in advising clients, she has received various recognitions throughout her career. Most recently, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her Outstanding Contribution with the Legal Profession by Chambers and Partners as well as the 2015 Diversity Initiative of the Year Award from Latin Lawyer magazine, one of Latin America's leading legal publications, as recognition of her efforts and commitment to furthering the advancement of women in the region's legal profession.

 

Kristen Robinson Kristen Robinson

SVP, Digital Experience
Fidelity
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Kristen is senior vice president, Digital Experience, at Fidelity Investments. Prior this this role, she was senior vice president, Women and Young Investors for Personal Investing, a unit of Fidelity Investments that provides retail brokerage, mutual funds, managed accounts, and other financial products and services to millions of individual investors. Prior to joining Fidelity in 2007, Kristen held senior-level executive positions in multiple start-ups, including leading global multichannel distribution, client services and operations for security identity and credential bureau market disruptor Geotrust (acquired by Verisign) and later as managing director for a smart card software company in Hamburg, Germany. Earlier in her career, she held several sales and service leadership roles at Global Crossing.

 

Ritva SotamaaRitva Sotamaa

Chief Legal Officer
Unilever
London, United Kingdom

Ritva Sotamaa joined Unilever in 2013 as Chief Legal Officer. As member of Unilever's Leadership Executive, she is responsible for Unilever's Legal, Intellectual Property and Business Integrity functions. She joined Unilever from Siemens AG, where she was General Counsel for the global Healthcare business since 2009, based in Germany.

 

 

 

Kate Stonestreet Kate Stonestreet

Global Director of Operations
Baker McKenzie
London, United Kingdom

Kate Stonestreet is the Global Director of Operations at Baker McKenzie. She has been at the Firm over 20 years, starting her career in Business Development in Hong Kong, before taking on a Regional BD role for Asia Pacific. She received her MBA from the University of Western Ontario (Toronto), studying part time at the Hong Kong campus. She was appointed to the role of COO of the Hong Kong/ China/Vietnam/South Korea offices in 2000. She returned to the UK in 2004 as the Regional COO for EMEA. She has recently been promoted to the role of Global Director of Operations. Kate is based in London. She is married and has 8yr old twins.

 

Kathleen Taylor Kathleen Taylor

Chair of the Board
RBC
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kathleen (Katie) Taylor is Chair of the Board of RBC. She has served on the Board since 2001, where she has chaired the Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committees, and served on the Audit and Risk Committees. She is also Chair of the Board of the Sick Kids Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children and a Co-Chair of the SickKids Capital Campaign. Katie is a director of Air Canada and a member of its Audit, Finance and Risk, Human Resources, and Governance and Nominating Committees. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Adecco Group and a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where she serves on the Audit and Human Resources Committees. Katie is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. During her 24-year career with the iconic global company, she held a number of senior leadership roles and was instrumental in building the firm's global brand and its international portfolio of luxury properties.

 

Su-Mei Thompson Su-Mei Thompson

Chief Executive
Media Trust
London, United Kingdom

Su-Mei Thompson is Chief Executive of Media Trust, a non-profit organisation based in London which channels the creativity and skills of the media and creative industries to benefit charities, marginalised communities and young people. Between 2009 and 2017, Su-Mei was CEO of The Women's Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in Hong Kong through research, community programmes, education and advocacy. In 2013, she also founded the 30% Club Hong Kong, a group of chairmen and CEOs committed to bringing more women onto corporate boards. Su-Mei holds law degrees from Cambridge and Oxford and an MBA from IMD where she was the first woman to graduate on the Dean's list. Among many other honors, she has been recognised as one of Hong Kong's 100 Most Influential People by Debrett's and the South China Morning Post.

 

Jennifer Trock Jennifer Trock

Partner
Baker McKenzie
Washington D.C., United States

Jennifer Trock is a partner in Baker McKenzie's International Commercial Practice Group and Global Aviation Group in Washington, DC. She co-leads the Firm's unmanned aerial systems focus team and chairs the ABA's Forum Air & Space Law's Drone committee. Jennifer has been recognized by Chambers USA, Aviation Regulatory – National (2007-2016) and has also received honors from Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Aviation Lawyers, Infrastructure Journal and The Washingtonian.

 

 

Peerapan Tungsuwan Peerapan Tungsuwan

Partner
Baker McKenzie
Bangkok, Thailand

Peerapan Tungsuwan is a corporate and M&A partner in Bangkok office with specialties in highly regulated industries, including the healthcare industry. She is currently Chair of the AEC Healthcare Harmonization Sub-committee of Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific Healthcare Industry Group, of which she was head from 2007-2013. Within the Bangkok office, she heads the Healthcare Industry and Natural Resources Groups and co-leads the Mergers & Acquisitions practice group and Japan Advisory Group.

 

 

Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort Dr. Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort

Partner and Global Executive Committee Member
Baker McKenzie
Munich, Germany

Dr. Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort has more than 20 years of experience in advising high technology, pharmaceutical and media companies on the protection and commercialization of intellectual property rights. She advises on a broad range of agreements such as collaboration and license agreements, R&D agreements and agreements with academic institutions. Furthermore, she is also seasoned in the field of copyright. Dr. Ulmer-Eilfort is ranked by JUVE, Legal 500 and Chambers as a leading lawyer in life sciences transactions and in copyright and has been awarded with the "Overall Outstanding Female Practitioner Award" at the 2016 Euromoney European Women in Business Law Awards and the PMN Awards as Managing Partner of the year 2015. She was the managing partner of the German and Austrian offices from 2012-2017.

 

Marjorie Yang Marjorie Yang

Chairman
Esquel Group
Hong Kong

Marjorie Yang is Chairman of Esquel Group, a leading Hong Kong-based textile and apparel manufacturer with operations throughout the world. She is dedicated to sustainable development and environmental conservation and is a strong advocate in promoting innovative technologies. Marjorie is a Member of the advisory board of CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab) at MIT. She also serves as Member of various advisory boards including Harvard University, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan and Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management.