International Women’s Day #IWD2020

Posted by Prospect‘s Asia Pacific Team

To celebrate International Women’s Day #IWD2020, Prospect Asia has been featuring Female PR talent who have been recently promoted and supported by awesome Female PR bosses. In a female dominated industry such as PR, it is important that females support each other, help them get to the next stage of their career and mentor where they can. There are huge benefits for the individuals and the firm when women support each other. The advantages of sponsorship for the protegee is clear- access to promotion, future opportunities and having their achievement being highlighted to senior management. But as female PR boss, you also gain by learning from the inspirational junior talent and be a cultivator of talent and as a leader. As for the firm, you have a supportive culture where talent is recognized and rewarded which will increase your retention and benefit talent attraction.

Check out the showcase below:

Lottie Longford (Associate Director) supported by her female boss Jane Morgan (Managing Director) at Golin Hong Kong.

“Lottie was promoted to Associate Director over a year ago now quite simply because of her drive, dedication and smarts. She is never afraid of a challenge, she’s a great problem solver and she thrives for teamwork. She has chemistry with everyone she meets because she’s so genuine, nice and funny, which makes her very easy to work with. Last year she launched the health and wellness practice and it’s already worth over 5% of the company’s revenue. Across both local and APAC clients, Lottie has led her teams to success. Her actions and successes reflect her efforts and passion. That’s why we nicknamed her ‘Lottie the Legend Longford.’”

Kaye Yeo (Senior Account Manager) supported by her female boss Nicola Oldfield (Marketing and Client Services Director APAC) at Ten Lifestyle Group. 

“Kaye Yeo is based in our Singapore office. I put her forward to be promoted end of last year from Account Manager to Senior Account Manager as her dedication, positivity and all round commitment to supporting our clients is something to be celebrated as it contributes hugely to our members experience and our success in the region overall.”

Kitty Lee (SVP, Deputy General Manager, Hong Kong) supported by her female boss Rachel Catanach (President & Senior Partner, FH Greater China) at FleishmanHillard.

“Kitty Lee, is Deputy GM of our Hong Kong office, and was appointed to this role in February last year. She was also nominated as one of the PRWeek’s women to watch. Kitty started out as an Account Executive at FleishmanHillard 15 years ago and worked her way up through the ranks to become co-head of the Hong Kong office’s consumer practice. In February 2019, she was promoted to Deputy General Manager of FleishmanHillard Hong Kong. Her promotion recognised her leadership, people skills and deep commitment to continuing to build FHHK as a great place to work and to do business with. Kitty is one of those rare people who light up a room when they enter and who follow the people-first mantra in everything they do. She is a model for work life balance, bringing up two young sons while achieving at the highest levels in her work. She is empathetic, smart and hard-working – focused on solving agency life’s inevitable challenges through creative solutions that harness the best from everyone.”

Jessica Man (Director, Head of Business Development) supported by her female boss Kiri Sinclair (Founder & CEO) at Sinclair Comms

“Tenacity, initiative, curiosity and passion are only some of the traits that make Jessica Man a hero in the Sinclair team. Promoted to Director, Head of Business Development this year, she leads clients to success through her creative campaign ideas, is skilled at managing through a crisis, and always has time to mentor and support colleagues. Her leadership style unites us and her sense of humour keeps us grounded. Recently married, Jessica continues to take her career to new levels as she enters this exciting new phase of her life. It is such a honour to work beside her and learn from her.”

Jenny Zhang (Associate) supported by her female boss Kate Holgate (Partner, Head of Hong Kong) at Brunswick Group.

“Jenny has demonstrated an impressive trajectory of development, combining the strong foundations of her international, financial and journalistic background with hard work and a dynamic attitude. She makes sure she is very well-informed in order to provide clients with thoughtful insights and strategic advice. Jenny makes a very strong impression for her proactivity and responsiveness, as well as her excellent analytical and advisory skills. Jenny tirelessly expands and maintains her networks, both external and internal, and is already developing a global network and a portfolio of cross border work.”

Jie Qian (Vice President, Media Relations) supported by her female boss Tori Cowley (Group Chief Communications Officer) at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited.

“This year I was delighted to promote Qian Jie to Vice President in HKEX’s Media Relations team – she is super smart, hard working and importantly is not afraid to offer her opinion or share her insight for the benefit of the team and the business. She is a pleasure to work with and a real asset to the organisation.”

Yvette Yeung (Senior Executive) supported by her female boss Annouchka Behrmann (Head of Brand) at Edelman Hong Kong

“We promoted Yvette to Senior Executive for her curiosity, appetite for knowledge, dedication to her clients, boundless energy and all round brilliance. You can always rely on Yvette to ask questions and get stuck in, she is a woman who thrives on new responsibilities. The most rewarding part of my job is watching our young female talent grow and gain in confidence, and Yvette genuinely makes a difference to the team, our clients and our business.”

Rosemary Merz, Hong Kong Managing Director at Archetype, is giving a shout-out to all of her female PR team in the Hong Kong office:

i stand
on the sacrifices
of a million women before me
what can I do
to make this mountain taller
so then women after me
can see further

legacy – rupi kaur

“As the leader of an agency that is predominantly women, this poem resonates strongly with me and especially so on #IWD2020. It speaks to the responsibility that we as female leaders have to support the women in our teams by giving them opportunities they need to be inspired, challenged, motivated and celebrated in their careers. I am honoured to be in a position to do this for the amazing women I work alongside at Archetype.”


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