The Forbes magazine has just announced the Top 25 Asia's Power Businesswomen 2020, including many from Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and China.
Notably, there are two representatives of Vietnam in the list. They are Ms. Truong Thi Le Khanh, Founder and Chairwoman of Vinh Hoan Corporation, and Ms. Nguyen Bach Diep, Chairwoman of FPT Retail.
According to Forbes, Ms. Truong Thi Le Khanh spent a decade working in state-owned companies before founding Vinh Hoan Corporation in 1997. Currently her company has more than 6,000 employees and 6 processing factories.
Over the past 23 years, Ms. Khanh has made Vinh Hoan the largest seafood corporation in Vietnam by market capitalization.
Meanwhile, Ms. Nguyen Bach Diep graduated from the faculty of business administration of Ho Chi Minh City Open University, and started working for FPT in 1997.
Forbes said that since joining FPT Retail 8 years ago and becoming the Chairwoman in 2017, Ms. Nguyen Bach Diep has contributed to building the company into the second largest technology retailer in Vietnam, with more than 630 stores nationwide. In 2017, Ms. Diep added to the pharmaceutical retail sector with the acquisition of a majority stake of Long Chau pharmacy chain and expanded from 4 stores to about 160 stores. To meet the increasing demand for pharmaceutical products during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, FPT Retail plans to open an additional 60 pharmaceutical stores this year.
Last year, Vietnam had two businesswomen on this list, namely Ms. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, CEO of Vietjet, and Ms. Tran Thi Le, CEO of NutiFood.
Forbes Asia magazine started to publish a list of the 50 excellent leaders in Asia in 2012. Since then, the list has changed names and criteria. In 2013, it was renamed “Women In the Mix”; “Emergent 25” in 2018; and “Asia's Power Businesswomen” in 2019./.