Hot List 2016

Hot List 2016

Who made the grade in HRD’s inaugural who’s who list? Who is blazing the trail for others to follow? Our 2016 Hot List reveals all.

ONE THING we can all agree on is this: HR is never boring. Whether it’s dealing with significant transformations, handling downsizing or rapid growth, developing strategies to deal with gender imbalance and other diversity issues, or dealing with copious amounts of compliance, each and every day is different. While some HR professionals may baulk at the challenges, others will excel. It’s those we’re interested in. Over the following pages, HR Director has identified 30 of the hottest HR professionals in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Some of these professionals are well known; they have appeared in this magazine over the past 12 months or have been profiled on Alternatively, they have won accolades from the likes of Aon Hewitt and The Great Place to Work Institute. 

Some have embarked on tricky transformation projects; others have embraced diversity or pushed the envelope for employee perks and benefits; some are coping with rapid growth, while others still are doing it tough in declining industries. All are undertaking initiatives that advance the standing of HR in business. You might disagree with our choices or you might endorse them – if that’s the case, feel free to let us know, or make your own suggestions for next year, at >>


In November 2015, HR Director put out a call to readers to nominate those senior HR professionals they believed were excelling in all aspects of HR, for consideration for our 2016 Hot List. These nominees were assessed and vetted by the HRD team based on their impact on business outcomes and their overall excellence in HR. In addition, HRD revisited previously profiled HR leaders and others who have been recognised with industry awards for their top work. The 30 HR leaders who made the final list hail from a wide range of backgrounds and industries.