HR director for ANZ/SEA/North Asia, Brown-Forman
Michelle Phipps is a keen proponent of using corporate direction to beneﬁ t her employees’ personal lives. As well as supporting a healthy work-life balance, the global liquor producer and marketer also off ers Southeast Asian and Australian staff one day of Volunteer Leave per year to give back to the community. This focus on employee culture means the firm’s last Southeast Asian employee survey recorded an impressive engagement score of 94%. Phipps has also been involved in major change at Brown-Forman, restructuring the HR team to place a greater focus on business partnership and integration. She has made great strides in diversity and inclusion through the PRIDE and GROW employee resource groups for LGBTI and female employees respectively. Finally, she continuously builds her team’s capabilities through annual HR workshops with other companies to share best practices and obtain different perspectives within the field.