Ad Age 's Women to Watch went international this year, with a gala dinner organized by Thoughtful China and Ad Age on Sept. 5 in Shanghai to celebrate the first China's Women to Watch honorees. The sold-out event at the Shanghai World Financial Center's ballroom brought together more than 300 marketers, agency executives and other industry professionals.
This episode of Thoughtful China, an online marketing affairs talk show produced in Shanghai by Normandy Madden [below], features highlights from the dinner program, when each honoree briefly shared her experience and insights with the audience. Also appearing are Allen Wang, CEO and founder of Babytree, the event's presenting sponsor and Carol Schuster, a global marketing consultant at Lafayette 148 New York, the supporting sponsor.
Ad Age has been honoring outstanding women in marketing, media and advertising in the U.S. for more than 15 years. This year Ad Age partnered with Thoughtful China to recognize 14 remarkable women in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong as the inaugural class of Women to Watch in China.
Read the profiles of each of China's Women to Watch published in Ad Age .
The honorees at this year's gala:
Melissa Bell Marketing Director, China, Volkswagen Group Import
Vivian Chen China Marketing Manager, H&M
Cathy Huang Founder & President, China Bridge
Rebecca Ip VP, Greater China, Tiffany & Co.
Dorcas Lau VP-Digital Marketing & E-Commerce, North Asia, Unilever
Sabrina Lee General Manager, R3
Sirena Liu President, Filmworks China Entertainment Marketing
Sophia Ong Planning General Manager, Advertising Sales Department, Tencent
Marina Palma Sparkling-Beverages Director, China, Coca-Cola Co.
Elan Shou Senior VP & Managing Director, China, Ruder Finn Public Relations
May Tse Wing Yee VP, OMP China
Haiyan Wang CMO & VP, Marketing, China, Kraft Foods
Gill Zhou VP, Marketing, Communications & Corporate Citizenship, IBM Greater China Group
One honoree, Christine Xu, VP of marketing for China at McDonald's Corp., was unable to attend the dinner due to a scheduling conflict.