Malini Vaidya leads Spencer Stuart’s business in Asia Pacific as the region manager. Malini focuses on board and CEO succession across the region. She is also a member of the firm’s Financial Services and Consumer practices. She formerly led the firm’s Southeast Asia geography 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 master’s degrees in both finance and economics from Northeastern University in Boston. Malini currently serves on Singapore’s National Diversity Action Committee, 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.