Diversity is a driving force behind innovation and progress in the modern workplace. Embracing diversity in all forms, including gender, culture, age, and skill set, fosters a broader range of ideas and perspectives. Having a diverse leadership team that includes women brings numerous benefits to organizations. It enables a broader range of ideas, insights, and problem-solving approaches, enhancing innovation and decision-making.
There has been a significant rise in female leadership worldwide in recent years. Of all Fortune 500 companies, female CEO runs 10.4% of companies. Jessica Tan, Co-CEO of Ping An Group, is one of them.
In 2013, Jessica joined Ping An as the Group Information Officer. From the outset, she spearheaded the technology and innovation businesses, paving the way for transformative advancements within the company. At the time of Jessica's arrival, Ping An had a modest team of 3,000 developers and only seven patents. However, under her leadership, the company experienced exponential growth. Today, Ping An boasts an impressive workforce of 30,000 developers and holds 46,000 patents, ranking first globally by the number of AI, fintech and digital healthcare patent applications.
Before joining Ping An, Jessica spent 13 years with McKinsey & Company and became the global partner, working with over 30 world-leading financial and technology companies and regulatory authorities.
Jessica Tan's career story inspires aspiring female leaders and professionals in China and beyond. Her accomplishments demonstrate that gender should never be a barrier to achieving one's goals and making a significant impact in the workplace.
To learn more about Jessica Tan's career development, an interview with McKinsey & Company provides further insights.