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Week of Women at PMI

For International Women's Day, we shone the spotlight on inspiring female role models at PMI

International Women's Day focuses on equality and celebrates the economic, political, cultural, and social achievements of women. At PMI, we wanted to take the opportunity to show our appreciation for some of our female employees around the world.

Project 42 - inspiring women at pmi

In the lead up to International Women's Day, we shared the stories of 42 women from across PMI who are a true inspiration. These women were nominated by several of their colleagues for being courageous and kind, for juggling work, family, passions and demands, and for having a positive impact on the world. They represent lots of different functions and levels in our business, and come from all over the world.

 

Would you like to join?

Why 42? Because that’s the distance (in kilometers) in a marathon. And careers are a bit like a marathon. Click on the tiles below to read their stories - maybe you'll spot someone you know!

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SHE IS A

SINCERE VOICES

Is heard by others. Builds room for respect of others.

VANESSA GARCEZ
LIMA

MANAGER COMMERCIAL
AREA BRAZIL

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SHE HAS
BOUNDLESS ENERGY

Breaking glass ceilings. Calm under pressure. Lifelong learner.

TUI PEREZ BEAN

VP FINANCE &
PLANNING EE SWITZERLAND

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SHE IS A
POSITIVE VISION

Smiling spirit. Clear drive across business & personal life. Balanced achievement.

TOMOKO IIDA

DIRECTOR CORPORATE &
SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS RRP

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SHE IS
UNSTOPPABLE

Encouraging. Creates a sense of purpose. Promotes critical role of team.

TATIANA
GALIVONDZHYAN

VICE PRESIDENT MARKETING
RUSSIA

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SHE IS
CREATING NEW LEADERS

Persistent. Humility and human touch. Standing up for others.

STACEY KENNEDY

PRESIDENT SOUTH &
SE ASIA REGION HONG KONG

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SHE IS
DETERMINED AND HONEST

Always available. Building an uplifting environment.

OZLEM BENGU
GOKALP

MANAGER QUALITY
TURKEY

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SHE IS
CREATING OPPORTUNITIES

Visionary. Brings confidence to others. Gets behind great ideas.

SILVIA ANDRADE
EDWARDS

DIRECTOR MARKETING
EU SWITZERLAND

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SHE IS
RAISING THE
BAR

Breaks the mold with generosity. Inspires with doing, not talking.

MIMI KURNIAWAN

VP LA&C MANUFACTURING
USA

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SHE IS A
TRAIL BLAZER

Passionate. First Female Operator at the Morris Factory.

NERMIN ALATEPE

OPERATOR―FILTER
TURKEY

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SHE IS
ACCESSIBLY FEARLESS

Down to earth. Technical expert. Delivers ambitious results.

SILKE MUENSTER

VP MARKET RESEARCH
SWITZERLAND

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SHE IS
ONE AND MANY

Proof you can excel at many things. Seeks understanding. Gains respect.

MARY KATHERINE
BRINK

VP CHIEF ETHICS &
COMPLIANCE OFFICER

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SHE IS
SPARKING CURIOSITY

Lighthouse of positive thinking. Always asking why.

MARYANN
JOHNSON-HILL

DIRECTOR OPERATIONS
EXCELLENCE DEVELOPMENT

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SHE IS A
NURTURING CARETAKER

Genuinely committed to people. Dynamic adaptation. Dedicated to team.

LIEZL CHENG

MANAGER INFRASTRUCTURE
SERVICES PHILIPPINES

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SHE IS
DEDICATED TO SOLUTIONS

Guardian angel. Example of success. Thinks in solutions.

SHARON
SCHROEVERS

MANAGER EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
NETHERLANDS

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SHE IS
TIMELESS ENERGY

Cheerful. Team as family. 73 years of inspiration.

IRACI LUDVINA
GOELZER ALAPONT

SALES REGIONAL ASSISTANT
BRAZIL

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SHE IS
BUILT OF PATIENT IRON

Motivates and promotes dedication. Focuses on the long-term vision in every objective we set.

KARINE ABDELNOOR

DIRECTOR EXTERNAL
AFFAIRS LEVANT

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SHE IS
BRAVING NEW FIRSTS

Door opener. Caretaker. First production shift supervisor in Philsa factory.

NIHAL ACIKEL

FACTORY MANAGER―SEAL
TURKEY

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SHE IS
TENACIOUS AND EMPATHETIC

Admired by her team. High technical skills. Modest champion.

FRANCESCA ROSA

QUALITY CONTROL ENGINEER
ITALY

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SHE IS AN
INTEGRITY HERO

National rugby league athlete. Humble champion for diversity values.

KARINA BROWN

TRADE ACTIVATION LEAD
AUSTRALIA

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SHE IS
WALKING THE TALK

Strong advocate. Doesn't shy away. Values based culture.

NITI NADARAJAH

SENIOR COUNSEL
AUSTRALIA

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SHE IS AN
INTELLECTUAL HORSEPOWER

Managing change without fear. First Female Sales Director.

FILIZ YAVUZ DIREN

MANAGING DIRECTOR TR
TURKEY

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SHE IS A
SERVANT AND LEADER

Engages other cultures, different experiences. Incorporates lean thinking daily.

JOAN HWANG

MANAGER OPEN+
SOUTH KOREA

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SHE IS A
RESILIENT VISIONARY

Thinks differently. Pushes boundaries. Responsive collaborator.

MARIAN SALZMAN

SENIOR VP GLOBAL
COMMUNICATIONS
SWITZERLAND

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SHE IS A
COURAGEOUS HEART

Compassionate. Cool under stress. Warm caretaker.

ESRA BAS HATIPOGLU

QA ENGINEER
TURKEY

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SHE IS A
COMMUNITY
BUILDER

Breaks silos & barriers. Fosters the execution of disruptive ideas.

INES VILLAR

GENERAL MANAGER PY, BO &
UY URUGUAY

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SHE IS A
BARRIER BREAKER

Open. Full of energy. Always accessible. Driven.

LILIANA CABEZA

DIRECTOR COMMERCIAL &
RRP MEXICO

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SHE IS
LIFE
AFFIRMATION

Healthy lifestyle. Problem solver. Baltic Sea Swimmer.

DAIRA
FABIJONAVICIENE

IFMS ENGINEER
LITHUANIA

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SHE IS
EMBRACING AGILITY

Inspiring Integrity. National Jordanian award winning basketball player.

FARAH NAFI

PROCESS LEAD
JORDAN

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SHE IS
CONTAGIOUS
OPTIMISM

Capacity to make you believe you can achieve what you think’s impossible.

LEONOR ORR

GEO HEAD
PORTUGAL

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SHE IS
HANDS ON HUMILITY

Always with humility and humanity. Strategic, yet hands on.

CLARISSA PRASS

MANAGER NEW BUSINESS
MODEL SWITZERLAND

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SHE IS AN
AMBASSADOR
OF THE PEOPLE

Builds trust. Nurture relationships with stakeholders, from the farmers up.

ELVIRA LIANITA

DIRECTOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

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SHE IS A
MEANING MAKER

Never gives up. Spotting opportunities instead of problems.

LEINA CHEDID

BRAND MANAGER L&M
UAE

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SHE IS
BREAKING
STEREOTYPES

Fiercely courageous. Climber of the 7 Summits of the World.

CHRISTINA
FLAMPOURI

REMOTE COACH MANAGER
GREECE

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SHE IS
STRETCHING FOR IMPACT

Consistently jumps to create value. Always pushing herself and the team.

BAHAR DEMIRCI
AHMED

DIRECTOR SALES
EGYPT

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SHE IS AN

AUTHENTICITY
ADVOCATE

Marrying business with societal expectations. Labour rights champion.

LAURENCE RUFFIEUX

DIRECTOR OPERATIONS
SUSTAINABILITY

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SHE IS AN

UNSTOPPABLE
SPIRIT

Deep listener. Forward looking. Life force.

CELINE TOBLER

MANAGER SUPPLIER QUALITY
SERVICES SWITZERLAND

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SHE IS A
SINCERE OPTIMIST

Personification of positivism. Becoming a better version of herself every day.

AGNIESZKA KOZAR

SENIOR COUNSEL POLAND &
BALTIC STATES

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SHE IS
EMBODYING OUR VALUES

Continuosly constructive. Always sharing "the why" behind a strategy.

ESTHER RAMIREZ

MANAGER COMMERCIAL
PLANNING SPAIN

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SHE IS A
MENTORING
PIONEER

Committed to diversity. Invests the time to coach.

ASTRID DRIESKENS

SENIOR COUNSEL BENELUX
BELGIUM

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SHE IS A
GENUINE CHALLENGER

Makes you believe that you come first, business second.

EBRU ALPAY ORAMAN

FASTFORWARD COACH
UNITED KINGDOM

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SHE IS A
CUSTOMER ENERGIZER

Built an empowered team. Encourages new initiatives and rolling them out.

ADA MANCILLA

DIRECT SALES LEAD
AUSTRALIA

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SHE IS A
CHAMPION OF OTHERS

A gentle, wise force. Puts people first.

ANDREIA FONTES

DIRECTOR PRINTING &
CONVERTING SWITZERLAND

 

Do you feel inspired?

 

Five women in Focus

Got five minutes? Get to know five of our inspiring Project 42 women in more detail by clicking on their stories below. Find out what inspires them, their advice on how to get ahead, how to achieve work/life balance, and breaking down barriers to advance women in the workplace.

WOMEN DESERVE THEIR FAIR SHARE

Women are central to our leadership, our culture and to how we think about the consumers we engage with. Today, women represent 35% of all management roles at PMI and we are committed to growing this figure to at least 40% by 2022.

That's why as part of our Week of Women activities, we took a disruptive approach in how we engage our men at PMI, culminating in an immersive day of discussion and learning on International Women’s Day, centered on everyone having their “fair share.” The company hosted conference FAIR SHARE: THE FUTURE OF COMMUNICATING WITH WOMEN on March 8, 2019 aimed to help male employees become gender bilingual and to break down any wall that can exist between colleagues, and included networking opportunities focused on celebrating the benefits of inclusion and diversity.

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