The Malaysian Chief Marketing Officers (CMO) Awards is back.

The 3rd CMO awards recognises brave and brilliant marketers who deserve fame too. A CMO is also defined as GM of Marketing, A&P, Marketing Director, Group Marketing Director or simply a leader in marketing’s quest for excellence.

Gold awards will be given out across 20 categories and 12 sub categories with the penultimate accolade the Malaysian CMO of the Year 2020 – the rare black trophy!

CMO Awards open for nominations now.

Closing Date for nominations is October 20 so start collating your nomination info now. Click here to enter.

Across the following pages, meet our 7 eminent judges who will decide the winners following performance-based criteria like business results, team leadership, case studies and peer recognition…. 

They are invited based on their maturity in business thinking, marketing acumen and managerial successes.

Prof. John D Chacko
President, International Advertising Association (IAA) Malaysia

John is not just an industry leader  but actively carries our country’s flag proudly around the globe in his capacity as Chairman & CEO of IAA World Congress in 2022. He was also the inaugural Chief Judge of the Malaysia Effie Awards and led the CMO Awards jury last year. He has over 35 years of global experience in multinational FMCG companies across Australia, NZ, UK, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Asia with brands like Kraft, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. John was also Group CMO, CEO/MD of Khazanah National subsidiaries – Proton and LeapED.

Dato Sri Shazalli Ramly
Founder – Small Business Revenue Creation Consultant

A brand warrior par excellence he went on to lead so many companies in the regional corporate landscape. He has the mind of a creative person and the tenacity of a brand champion, having painted a rich tapestry of leadership across media, broadcast, brand, advertising, marketing and industry. His last company position was Group CEO of Telekom Malaysia and served on several boards including Axiata, Celcom and Malaysia Airlines. He was a judge for the inaugural Malaysian CMO Awards.

May Lim
Managing Director (Asia)
The Arnott’s Group

May is a feisty business leader with an illustrious history in the FMCG industry. Skilled in strategic planning, sales, marketing, supply chain and change management, she has an equally accomplished streak in business and finance. Following the divestiture of Campbell’s International business last year, and now called The Arnott’s Group, May spearheads the Group’s leadership in Asia. Her experience spans across global brands like Heinz, Lee Kum Kee and more. Her welcome addition to the CMO Awards jury this year signals the high standards the judging panel represents.

Renzo C Viegas
Founder and Executive Director Crescer Sdn Bhd

Renzo was CEO of Group Consumer Banking at CIMB after serving as Executive Director and Deputy CEO of CIMB Group from 2012-2015. Before CIMB, he was Deputy MD of RHB Bank having started his working career with Citibank in 1985 where he progressively held senior positions in various Asia Pacific countries including regional responsibilities. He also served as Adviser to the Group CEO of CIMB Bank, where he was responsible for the development of overall business strategies until March 2019.
A highly-sought after management consultant, Renzo also sits on the Board of Astro Malaysia Holdings.

Karen Chan

Karen is a rare business navigator in our midst. She served in regional marketing leadership roles for The McDonald’s Group and Coca-Cola, before becoming Chief Digital Officer for Pizza Hut Asia Pacific for almost three years. Karen was also Senior VP of Digital for Clarks across Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa before joining AirAsia as Group Chief Commercial Officer last year. She started this year as CEO of, leading business transformation and creating a travel and lifestyle platform that is poised to change the face of the business. Karen continues to lead with the humane touch through the COVID crisis with real-time innovation strategies that are breaking new ground in current times.

Dato’ William Ng
President, Enterprise Asia

William is President of Enterprise Asia, a regional non-governmental organisation for entrepreneurship and is set to establish the Enterprise Asia Center for Entrepreneurship at HELP University to promote business leadership. He is also Group Publisher and editor-in-chief of Business Media International (BMI), Southeast Asia’s largest business-to-business media owner and publisher. He is the founder of SME magazine which features current news and in-depth analysis plus the annual SME business awards and conferences. A seasoned CMO Awards judge since year one, William dissects marketing strategies and marketplace successes with a pragmatic business mindset. A little know fact is, he also owns three Frozen outlets that sell artisanal ice cream in different varieties. 

Surina Shukri
CEO, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Surina decided to give it all up at the Big Apple and return to serve our country in January 2019 as CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). She has 17 years of Wall Street experience where she honed her skills advising on multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions, capital raising transactions, and served as a member of the Commercial Banking Executive Committee at JP Morgan Chase & Co. She went to The Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania where she received dual degrees in Finance and Systems Engineering. Today, she is a female role-model powering Malaysia’s digital development agenda.


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