Hot List 2021

Hot List 2021

2020 truly was HR’s year. The past few months have reaffirmed HR’s purpose in the world of work as its leaders took charge of helping organisations navigate an unprecedented people-centred crisis. Besides managing talent through an uncertain year, many of our HR leaders were forced to go above and beyond their remits, becoming crisis management experts and business strategists – all while carrying out their leadership duties as usual.

Professionals across the industry collectively showed a commendable effort, which was why our esteemed panel of judges had an even tougher time this year in picking the winners of HRD’s annual Hot List. The 11 leaders who clinched a highly coveted spot on the 2021 list all showcased excellence in the field.


To qualify, an applicant must:

  • have at least 10 years’ HR experience
  • be a senior HR decision-maker in the organisation
  • be able to demonstrate how their initiatives in the past 12 months advanced HR’s reputation in the company

Number of entries: Over 60 from across the Asia-Pacific region
Selection process: Entries were evaluated by an internal panel based on the initiatives they had led over the past 12 months


  • Anuradha Purbey, people director – Europe and Asia, Aviva Ltd
  • Deepali Dev, chief operating officer, ECOS India Mobility & Hospitality Pvt Ltd
  • Elizabeth Faber, chief talent officer, Deloitte Asia Pacific
  • Emmanuel Salazar, vice president, HR, Concepcion Industrial Corporation
  • Ilja Rijnen, HR director international – employee experience, learning and change, Beam Suntory
  • Johnson Yang, senior manager (head of HR), Parkway Shenton Group      
  • Juliette Lim, vice president, HR, Wharf Hotels Management Ltd
  • Matthew Kimball, vice president, HR – global commercial, Shell
  • Mausami Arora, global talent and OE deployment manager, British American Tobacco
  • Monique Yong, vice president, HR – Asia Pacific, KUKA
  • Tricia Duran, HR director, Unilever Asia Pte Ltd