Win Win Tint is the only Myanmar businesswoman who has made her way on to Forbes Asia’s “Power Businesswomen 2015” list, which consists of 50 women representing a wide range of industries in the region.
Win Win Tint, 39, is the managing director of City Mart Holding, a business unit of Pahtama Group, the leading and fastest growing distributor for consumer products in Myanmar and the exclusive distributor for many multinational companies in Myanmar.
The list was unveiled last week, ahead of the celebration of International Women’s Day on Sunday.
The list covers several sectors in 16 countries in this region. To prepare this year’s list, Forbes applied the criteria of company sales, the positions of the candidates in their companies, and the level of their participation at work.
Win Win Tint was named one of World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, as “Pahtama Group’s wide and reliable distribution network enables it to deliver quality products nationwide and improve the living standards of people in Myanmar”.
Forbes said that City Mart has become a leading supplier to Myanmar’s stirring consumer market. From a single grocery store in 1996, the company has burgeoned to over 100 outlets, including 18 City Mart supermarkets, 7 huge Ocean Supercentres and 45 City Express Convenience stores, as well as bakeries, pharmacies, baby clubs and bookstores.
A member of the founding family, the executive holds an accounting and business administration diploma from Singapore’s Thames Business School. She now oversees 5,500 workers and says sales have grown 25-35 per cent annually for the past 5 years, to near US$200 million.
“Not that building the business has been easy, with sanctions and Myanmar’s long isolation: City Mart struggled for years just to find supplies. Now it plans to launch house brands and expand luxury items. Initially the family hired a professional manager for the business, but Win took over after 3 months and has steered the company for 18 years,” the magazine said.
Source: The Nation