May Tan, Adenike Oyeyiola and Bettina Cassegrain know that it takes a specialized skillset to lead an international institution. Decades of work experience, an appetite for making and maintaining networks and relationships, an exceptional ability to advocate for oneself, sensitivity to cultural differences, and many other skills helped our three interviewees become leaders in their respective organizations. Besides their individual professional accomplishments, they have another thing in common: a passion for advocating for other women who strive to become leaders in accounting and finance.
Meet May Tan
In 2014, May Tan became the first female CEO of Standard Charted Bank (Hong Kong) Limited (“SCBHK”) in the bank’s 150-year history. Before retiring in 2017, she founded and championed the bank’s Women’s Network and served as its global sponsor for D&I. Prior to joining SCBHK, she served as the CEO of Cazenove Asia and was the first female partner at Cazenove and Co’s then 175-year history. Since retiring in 2017, May has focused on board and leadership positions: she currently serves on the Board of CLP Holdings, Manulife Financial and JP Morgan China Income and Growth PLC.
Meet Adenike Oyeyiola
Adenike (Nike) Oyeyiola is a Practice Manager in the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank. She leads a team of highly professional staff working across all regions on core governance themes including Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability; Public Investment Management, Domestic Resource Mobilization, Governance of State-Owned Enterprises; Corporate Financial Reporting; financial management in Human Development Sectors; Governance of Infrastructure; and fiduciary assurance. Nike is a Chartered Accountant, member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Nigeria.
Meet Bettina Cassegrain
Bettina Cassegrain is the partner in charge of International Business Development at COGEP in France, the Global Assurance Leader at HLB and a distinguished figure in the accounting world. Recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Accounting for 2023, Bettina has made significant strides in her career and has been a trailblazer in promoting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I). With her extensive experience in a senior position within a global company, Bettina has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities presented by DE&I in the corporate world.