A look at LinkedIn's power profiles in Singapore

Women feature more prominently than before in LinkedIn's latest list of honchos in Singapore.

There are 18 women in the list of 46 professionals who have been named this year's LinkedIn Power Profiles in Singapore. This is higher than last year, when eight of the 32 professionals listed were women.

Ms Krystal Choo, chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of social travel app Wander, appeared in the list for the second year running.

Three women from ride-hailing app Grab were also featured. They are co-founder Hooi Ling Tan, vice-president (marketing) Cheryl Goh, and talent acquisition business partner Rachel Lee.

Other prominent women include former opposition politician Nicole Seah and Ms Dione Song, head of Australia and New Zealand at Sephora Digital SEA (LVMH).

LinkedIn's Power Profiles in Singapore lists its most-viewed CEOs and leaders in the country. These people built their professional identities by sharing their insights and expertise, inspiring many professionals around them.

Also on the list are DBS chief Piyush Gupta and entrepreneurs Roger Egan III (co-founder of online grocer RedMart) and Darius Cheung (head of property portal 99.co).

Here are six women and six men who appear in this year's list.


Designation: CEO and founder of Wander

Profile: Cosmoplitan has named Ms Choo one of Singapore's "most awe-inspiring women". The two-time TEDx speaker was also listed as one of Asia's Top 50 Women Leaders by CMO Asia and World Brand Congress.


Designation: Co-founder of Grab

Profile: While there may be few women in this field, Ms Tan, a self-professed " gadget freak" in her teens, ended up co-founding one of South-east Asia's most successful tech start-ups.


Designation: Channels strategist at VML

Profile: The former Singapore opposition politician is currently a channels strategist at VML, a contemporary digital marketing and advertising agency.


Designation: Regional recruiter in South-east Asia (Technology) at Lazada Group

Profile: Ms Ong helped build a robust recruitment strategy for the leading online shopping and selling site in South-east Asia, earning herself a place in the Human Resources Director Singapore magazine's hot list in 2016.


Designation: Founder and CEO of ConneXionsAsia (CXA)

Profile: Ms Koo is the founder and CEO of CXA, which encourages employees to be healthier, and controls rising healthcare costs for companies.


Designation: Head of Australia and New Zealand at Sephora Digital SEA (LVMH)

Profile: Ms Song, who has made a name for herself in marketing, was named one of the top 50 personalities in Singapore by Style magazine.


Designation: Co-founder and CEO of RedMart

Profile: Mr Egan, who co-founded RedMart, a Singapore-based online supermarket, is passionate about improving the lives of others by creating new products and services.


Photo: LinkedIn/Jean-Michel Wu

Designation: Chief talent officer at McCann WorldGroup Asia Pacific

Profile: Mr Wu is responsible for acquiring top talent for the leading global marketing firm.


Designation: CEO of Ramco Systems

Profile: Mr Aggarwal has been credited for Ramco's success since helming the software company in 2012, with its market capitalisation going up by 20 times and the company increasing its revenue by 70 per cent.


Designation: Group human resource director at Zalora (South-east Asia and Hong Kong)

Profile: Mr Foo received the HR Leadership Award during the 5th Asia's Best Employer Awards in 2014 by the Human Resources Director magazine.


Designation: CEO and director of DBS Group Holdings

Profile: The DBS chief became a LinkedIn Influencer in Singapore in 2014 and remains widely followed.


Designation: Co-founder and CEO of 99.co

Profile: Mr Cheung is an engineer, entrepreneur and investor who co-founded 99.co, a geospatial property search portal that was named one of the "hottest start-ups in Singapore" in Jan 2015 by the Singapore Business Review magazine.

This article was first published on September 5, 2016.
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