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Anna Whitlam

Anna Whitlam

CEO, People Advisory, Asia Pacific

With over 25 years’ experience helping executives, CEOs and boards build better reputations through people, Anna is a widely recognised leader in Asia-Pacific for designing C-Suite functions and securing ‘fit for purpose’ executives to lead them.

Today, Anna leads Teneo’s ambitious growth plans for the People Advisory practice across Asia-Pacific, while continuing to provide executive search and strategic counsel to the region’s largest companies. She is building a portfolio of regional capabilities, as part of Teneo’s global People Advisory practice, that encompasses executive search, executive board advisory, organisational strategy, DE&I and corporate culture transformation.

Anna was founder and CEO of AWPeople, an executive search firm specialising in the disciplines that impact reputation, including corporate affairs, investor relations, ESG and marketing. After 11 years of growth under Anna’s leadership, AWPeople was acquired in August 2021 by Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm.

A passionate advocate for the value of comprehensive and nimble reputation management, Anna and her team deliver bespoke solutions for business leaders that meet their specific needs and flex to fast changing environments.

A serial entrepreneur, Anna founded MarketU in 2003, and later sold it to global management consulting firm WDScott in 2008. She founded AWPeople in 2010.

Anna is an alumna of Harvard Business School in Boston (USA) and INSEAD in Singapore. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Business and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Directors’ accreditation.

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