Malini Vaidya previously led Spencer Stuart’s business in Asia Pacific as the region manager until recently. She is now one of the co-leads for the firm’s Private Equity business with a focus on our growing APAC market. Malini is a Senior Advisor on the Spencer Stuart core leadership team for EMEA and APAC. Malini focuses on board and CEO succession across the region. She is also a core member of the global firm’s Financial Services and Consumer practices. She formerly led the firm’s Southeast Asia geography as Office Manager based in Singapore, along with the Consumer Practice for Asia Pacific.

Global expertise with deep Asian insights

  • Malini was a consultant in the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur offices of another international executive search firm, where she played a key role in driving the firm’s Malaysian practice, led the financial services practice group for Southeast Asia, and co-led efforts in the region’s consumer industry. Her work also spanned the telecommunications, media, and transportation and logistics sectors, as well as board director and senior executive assignments.
  • Prior to moving to Singapore in 2001, Malini was based in India, where she conducted cross-border search assignments in the financial, media and telecommunications sectors.
  • Before entering executive search, Malini served as the India head of business development for cash management services in the corporate financial services group of ANZ Grindlays Bank. She was also a senior deal and relationship originator within the corporate and investment banking groups of the ANZ Bank in the United States and India, focusing on the media and financial services industries. Malini also served as strategic adviser within ANZ Grindlays as a member of the core McKinsey-Grindlays team.

A Singaporean, Malini holds an honours bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Xavier’s College at Bombay University, and two master’s degrees in both finance and economics from Northeastern University in Boston. Malini has recently completed her service on Singapore’s National Diversity Action Committee as Non-Executive Director, set up under the aegis of the Ministry of Social and Family Development for the purpose of enhancing board diversity in the country. She also serves as co-chair of the Women’s Corporate Director Singapore chapter.

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