Being the youngest chief executive in the Malaysian advertising scene is no easy feat. But if anyone was going to defy the odds it is Nizwani Shahar. Blessed with natural leadership qualities, heaps of tenacity and a guiding principle of placing service above self, Shahar was never going to allow her age or gender to be barriers, instead she has used these attributes as strengths to her advantage.
Cutting her teeth working for various international agencies on brands such as Mandarin Oriental, L’Oréal Paris and Maybelline New York, Shahar joined Ogilvy in 2011 as business lead on Maxis, Nestlé and CIMB. With her skills in strategic planning and business development, she quickly climbed up the ranks and now, at the age of 38, is chief executive of Ogilvy Malaysia, making her one of the youngest CEOs in the region and one of the few women leaders in the Malaysia creative scene.
To say we are proud is an understatement. Congratulations Niz!
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