Ms Tan Yen Yen
IT Leader of the Year, 2011
As a strong people-manager, Yen Yen takes a keen interest in the people she works with and creates a work place characterized by mutual liking and respect. She embraces the Management By Walking Around (MBWA) philosophy of staying close to employees, customers and suppliers, as it provides her a solid grounding from which viable strategies are crafted.
One of the key themes that has emerged under Yen Yen's leadership is the capacity to innovate and think for the future of the company. She was instrumental in establishing HP's seventh corporate lab in Singapore. By doing so, Yen Yen has helped to boost Singapore's pool of scientific and research talent and endorsed Singapore's attractiveness as an R&D location.
Through her advocacy, Yen Yen helped establish Singapore Infocomm Development Authority's (IDA) Open Cirrus (Cloud) collaboration with HP, Intel and Yahoo!. Open Cirrus is an initiative to create a global, multi-data centre, open source test bed for advancing cloud computing research and education. To spur Singapore's enterprise adoption of cloud computing, she initiated the game-changing business Alatum, a public cloud service provider business with SingTel.
In August 2008, Yen Yen became the first woman to become Chairperson of the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF). In her role, Yen Yen has been tireless in invigorating Singapore's Infocomm industry. As the voice of the industry, Yen Yen has led SiTF Chapters, such as the Singapore Enterprise Chapter, in engaging directly with senior public officers and Ministers to provide feedback to the Singapore Government for budget planning and policy making. Her drive and commitment in promoting Singapore's ICT industry has resulted in her re-election as chairman of SiTF for an unprecedented third year.
Yen Yen is also passionate about helping the less privileged. During her tenure as MD of Hewlett-Packard Singapore, Yen Yen encouraged thousands of employees to commit their time and "sweat capital" to volunteer activities. Yen Yen has also been involved in fund-raising activities for the President's Challenge. She chaired the SiTF Volunteer Day committee in 2008, rallying the ICT industry to come together to contribute to the under-privileged in the community.
For her outstanding contributions, she was named 'Most Inspiring Woman' by Women's Weekly 2009, an award that pays tribute to women leaders for excellence, leadership and performance in their respective fields. Her stalwart leadership won her the 7th International Management Action Award (IMAA) in 2010, an international award that recognises outstanding individuals who have demonstrated exceptional ability in taking management action to achieve sustainable, tangible results for their organisation, society and nation.