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Women in leadership: The road to becoming a CEO

Following the success of last year's event titled "Women in leadership: The desirability of men and women working together," EICN is pleased to announce its 2024 session highlighting the crucial role of female CEOs. For years The Economist has published compelling reports on the unseen barriers limiting women's advancement in business. Yet, despite corporate efforts to prioritise diversity through goal setting, gender candidate slates and mentoring programmes, the proportion of female leaders still lags behind that of male CEOs—especially in Japan. Why aren't these strategies working? What constitutes the identity of a true corporate leader, and what obstacles impede the ascent of women to the top of the C-suite? What novel solutions are required if the current approach yields slow progress? Is your company sufficiently empowering female workers to envision themselves as "leaders"? Join us for this year's women in leadership event, where we delve into the significance, success stories, and lingering barriers hindering the realisation of female executives' full potential.

Dress code: Business attire

This event is exclusively for senior-level executives and is by invitation only. Attendance is restricted to two representatives per company. If you are not currently a member of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network but are interested in attending our events, please feel free to contact us for further information.


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration and networking
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Panel discussion and Q&A


  • Makiko Ono (President and CEO of Suntory Beverage & Food)

    Makiko Ono

    President and CEO of Suntory Beverage & Food

    Makiko Ono is the President and CEO of Suntory Beverage & Food, a listed unit of the Suntory Group, one of the giant beverage conglomerates in Japan. Since joining Suntory in 1982, Makiko has spent her 40-year career in a variety of roles spanning mergers & acquisition, marketing, human resources, and sustainability inside and outside Japan.

    Makiko has been a trailblazer in many respects. In 1992, she was assigned to manage the business in France, making her the very first female expat in the company. Last year, she became the first female CEO within the Suntory Group, which also made her the first female CEO of a listed Japanese company with a market cap of more than 1 trillion Yen. Makiko’s appointment has created an impact in all industries. Global media such as TIME, Fortune, Forbes, Financial
    Times and CNBC, has named Makiko as one of the most powerful female leaders.

    Through her international career with diversified people, Makiko believes building trust with colleagues and stakeholders is fundamental in business. She also commits herself to being aspirational, resilient, and agile.

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  • Joy Ho (General Manager at Unilever Japan)

    Joy Ho

    General Manager at Unilever Japan

    Joy Ho is a purpose-driven senior executive with nearly 30 years of experience in FMCG. She started her career in Diageo in 1995 and joined Unilever Taiwan in 1997. She was appointed to Asia Regional Sales Manager in Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai in 2001, Brand Manager at Unilever China in 2002, and then Lipton RTD Business Manager and Sales Director at Unilever Taiwan.

    Joy joined GlaxoSmithKline from 2009 and rejoined Unilever in 2017 as Managing Director - Taiwan and Hong Kong. She was appointed to current role in July 2022.

    She commits to drive business success while bringing positive social impact by unleashing the team’s collective power.

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  • Suzanne Price (Founder and Representative Director of Price Global Limited)

    Suzanne Price

    Founder and Representative Director of Price Global Limited

    Suzanne Price is the Founder and Representative Director of Price Global, pioneers in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in this region since 2004.

    As one of the top-ranked experts in her field, Suzanne’s clients include numerous Fortune 100 multinational companies across industries. Some have won DEI awards for her initiatives. Suzanne herself has also been recognised as one of the top 10 Global Diversity Consultants (once sponsored by The Economist).

    Price Global provide DEI strategy consulting and design and facilitate groundbreaking DEI programmes, that transcend traditional training. Leveraging creative practices that combine multiple forms of media and theatrical techniques, they engage people in relevant, resonant experiences.

    Suzanne’s was previously one of the first in-house Heads of DEI for large multinational companies in APAC. This experience fueled her mission to develop DEI programmes that truly drive mindset and behavioural change for positive impact on equity, inclusion and belonging. Suzanne believes in working systemically with senior leaders, people managers and with targeted groups, including women leaders, allies, and more.

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  • Szilvia Kovari-Krecsmary (CMO at Paidy)

    Szilvia Kovari-Krecsmary

    CMO at Paidy

    Szilvia is a business and marketing strategist with 20 years experience developing and building brands for a variety of B2C products, services and platforms, from tech to consumer goods, e-commerce to retail. Her expertise has been built through working at industry behemoths including Netflix, Dentsu, Ernst & Young and J Walter Thompson, across 5 continents.

    Currently directing and leading overall business strategy, including all consumer business units as well as Marketing, Customer experience and PR activities for Paidy, a one time-unicorn BNPL business in Japan, acquired by PayPal in 2021 - highest valued Japanese venture M&A transaction ever. She also serves as an Outside Board Director at Macromill, a leading marketing solutions provider and a mentor at Tokyo Women in VC, an association that provides a place for women working at venture capital firms (VC) to further grow.

    Szilvia is Hungarian and fluent in 4 languages, based in Tokyo. Her first book was published by Diamond in 2021 called “Start Up Nippon (スタートアップ・ニッポン)”, focused on how to create a more innovative and brighter future for businesses as well as individuals.

    Szilvia believes that if you’re not continually learning you’re not growing.

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  • Rodrigo González (North Asia Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Rodrigo González

    North Asia Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Dr. Rodrigo González is a respected corporate advisor to some of Japan’s most prominent business leaders. He specialises in briefing corporate boards on economic and geopolitical conditions within the APAC region, offering invaluable insights into their potential impact across industries.

    With over a decade of experience residing and working in Japan, Rodrigo collaborates closely with C-suite executives of multinational firms, facilitating their comprehension of intricate market dynamics and the implications of public and economic policy. Beyond the boardroom, Rodrigo is a seasoned presenter, recognised for delivering impactful speeches and insights at numerous corporate engagements and on televised platforms.

    He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Keio University and is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Japanese.

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1 Chome-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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