Go girls! Robina Gokongwei joins Tessie Sy on Forbes’ power women list
Banco De Oro chair Teresita Sy and Robinsons Retail Holdings president Robina Gokongwei-Pe have earned places on Forbes’ list of the 50 most powerful women in Asia for 2016.
The eldest child and daughter of Bilyonaryo Henry Sy Sr, Tessie has been on Forbes list every year since 2012. She ranked 41st this year.
Tessie was recognized for leading the growth in the family-owned conglomerate SM Investments Corp.which has diversified interests in banking, real estate, retail, hotels, convention centers, power and cement. She is vice chair of SMIC.
For Gokongwei-Pe, this is her first appearance on the elite list of women who made inroads in the business world. She was credited for turning Robinsons Retail into the second biggest multiformat retailer in the country.
“She worked her way up, as a management trainee, then cashier, store manager, buyer and merchandising head, before taking the helm in 2013,” Forbes said. Robina is the daughter of Bilyonaryo John Gokongwei.
To qualify, candidates have to be active in the upper echelons of business in Asia, wield significant power and have access to robust financial resources,” the magazine said.
Reliance Foundation chairperson Nita Ambani of India topped the list of 50 trailblazing women from Asia.