25 most outstanding female leaders in the Asia-Pacific region will be in the list of most powerful businesswomen of Asia this year. The two Vietnamese representatives that are in this list are Ms. Truong Thi Le Khanh, the founder and the Chairwoman of Vinh Hoan Company and the Chairwoman Nguyen Bach Diep of FPT Retail.
2020 is the year that leaders have continuously experienced many challenges because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 25 entrepreneurs honored by Forbes Asia this year did and have been undergoing many difficulties, showing their morale in chaotic period.
These female entrepreneurs represent for many industries, from biotechnology, technology finance, technology education to more traditional industries such as retail, logistics and law. These excellent individuals either own companies with huge revenue or startups that are worth more than 1 billion dollars.
The Vietnamese person that was first mentioned in Forbes Asia’s list is Ms. Truong Thi le Khanh. During the past 23 years, Ms. Khanh has led Vinh Hoan Company to become a listed seafood company with the largest market capitalization in Vietnam.
In 2019, Vinh Hoan was an enterprise with the best business results in the fisheries sector, with the net profit of USD 50 million and revenue of USD 340 million.
Ms. Khanh had been working for state-owned companies for 10 years before she established Vinh Hoan Company in 1997. At the present, the company has more than 6000 employees and 6 processing plants.
The Chairman of Vinh Hoan Company shares that their main business is in international market, while the downtrend of the global F&B industry has caused the company’s revenue to drop by 20% this year. Currently, she is looking for a new growth engine for her business by expanding the domestic market and cooperating with partners in Europe.
The other business woman that was honored in the list is Ms. Nguyen Bach Diep, the Chairman of FPT Retail. Ms. Diep graduated from Open University and started her work at FPT in 1997. In 2017, Ms. Diep became the Chairman of FPT Retail and has led the company to become the second largest electronics retailer in Vietnam with more than 630 stores nationwide.
In 2017, she promoted the pharmaceutical retail sector for FPT Retail through the acquisition of a majority of shares in Long Chau pharmacy chain and expanded the chain from 4 to nearly 160 stores. With the aim to meet the demand of pharmaceutical products during the pandemic period, FPT Retail plans to newly open 60 pharmacies this year.
According to Forbes Asia.
Published September 15, 2020