IBM Vice President, Gill Zhou, was recognized as being one of China’s Women to Watch in September 2012 at a gala event sponsored by Ad Age and Thoughtful China. The recognition cites Gill as being a role model for Chinese women in business, as evidenced by her 760,000 followers on the Chinese micro-blogging service Sina Weibo (now more than 1M+). Gill is quoted in the article as follows: “As a woman leader, I always have to be conscious that we play multiple roles: professional, daughter, daughter-in-law, wife, mother, parent,” says Ms. Zhou, who often accommodates employees’ family needs by granting them flexibility. “It’s never easy.” Previously in charge of Communications for IBM Asia Pacific, Ms. Zhou took on the role of leading marketing for IBM China in 2012 after driving double digit growth in the region in 2011.
At the gala event, Ms. Zhou had this thought to share with the event attendees:
“My key takeaway out of my 20 years career in the fast changing industry like IT is you have to choose your battles….but once you define your battles, DO IT with an unwavering focus…”
Ms. Zhou has also been recognized by a number of other organizations. Prior to joining IBM, she worked at Motorola where she received the “Woman Star of Motorola” award for her role in making the company one of the top 10 brands in China (2000). In 2004, she was recognized as being one of the top 10 women in China’s IT industry in a program sponsored by the All China Women’s Federation, Ministry of Information Industry and China Computerworld, and was also voted one of the Top 50 most influential women in China by Trends magazine. More recently, she was a keynote speaker at Working Mother magazine’s ‘Global Advancement of Women‘ conference in Shanghai in 2011 where she spoke on Strategies in Building Your Personal Brand.
Read the full story and learn more about Ms. Zhou below, including some video footage from the event:
- (Ad Age, 2012) – IBM’s Gill Zhou is a Model for Working Women in China
- (Chinalogue Blue Ocean Network TV, 2011 video interview) – Gill Zhou: Advice for Aspiring Women
- (IBM Research Report with Intro by Gill Zhou) – Collaborating with Gen-Y: Leveraging generational insight to build the best workplace for Gen-Y in China
- (Working Mother Magazine, 2011) – Gill Zhou profile
- Gill Zhou Weibo Channel (in Chinese)
- IBM China Weibo Channel (in Chinese)
(Video credit: Thoughtful China Women to Watch Event)
–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection
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