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Her World Woman of the Year marks 20th year with Special Award and lauds the achievements of three remarkable women

Singapore, 30 March 2011 – The prestigious Her World Woman of the Year Awards will be presented tonight at the Fullerton Hotel by Her World, Singapore’s number one women’s magazine published by SPH Magazines Pte Ltd (SPH Magazines). Senior Minister Professor S. Jayakumar will grace the event as Guest-of-Honour.

Over its 20-year history, the Awards have recognised outstanding women for their significant achievements, and who have since continued to make their mark locally and internationally. 

This year, the Her World Woman of the Year 2010 goes to Dr Cheong Koon Hean. In her previous capacity as CEO of Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Dr Cheong played a key role in developing Singapore into a distinctive global city. She has helped reshape Singapore’s urban landscape through projects such as the development of the new downtown at Marina Bay with its distinct skyline. Dr Cheong is currently the CEO of the Housing & Development Board and concurrently Deputy Secretary (Special Duties) with the Ministry of National Development (MND).

The Her World Young Woman Achiever 2010 award will be awarded to Dr Marissa Teo, a research fellow at the National Cancer Centre Singapore’s (NCCS) department of medical oncology. Dr Teo is engaged in cancer research, particularly in the area of nose cancer. In 2010, she became the first Singaporean to be awarded a L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science International Fellowship.

To commemorate the 20th year of the award, a Her World Woman of the Year Special Award will be presented to Dr Oon Chiew Seng, founder and chairman of Apex Harmony Lodge, for her lifetime achievement in serving the community and the elderly. This is the second time a Special Award is being given out. The first Special Award was presented to Ms Teresa Hsu in 1999.

Denyse Yeo, Deputy Editor of Her World, said: “Since its launch in 1991, Her World Woman of the Year has become the most established awards event that honours women of distinction. We salute this year's winners and hope that their achievements will continue to inspire women in Singapore.”

Loh Yew Seng, CEO of SPH Magazines, said: “Her World, as Singapore’s number one women’s magazine, remains an important companion for women in Singapore today. We hope to do our part to celebrate and recognise the success of Singaporean women.

Partners of the event include Mumm Champagne, Shiseido, Tag Heuer and Times Printer.



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About SPH Magazines

A leading publisher in Singapore and the region, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of media organisation Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

With a proven track record for sterling editorial content, award-winning designs and creative solutions, SPH Magazines raises the bar as a dynamic publisher. In its stable are about 100 titles in English and Chinese, covering lifestyle, fashion, beauty, society, bridal, health, men's lifestyle, automobiles, parenting, decor, new media and business. All the news stand publications, including flagship title Her World, and other well-known titles such as Female, The Peak, Home and Decor, Nuyou, Torque and HWM are among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle categories.

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About Her World
Launched in 1960, Her World is Singapore’s most established monthly women’s magazine with the highest readership. Her World equips today’s achieving woman with useful information on fashion and beauty, topical women’s issues, career, health, relationships, and lifestyle trends. It inspires with engaging reads, keeps its audience updated on international trends, and covers relevant issues with depth, breadth and sophistication. Its readership is 246,000 (Source: AC Nielsen Media Index 2010), reinforcing its position as the best-read women's magazine in Singapore. Her World has won several awards over the last few years, including the MPAS Magazine of the Year (2009), Excellence in Magazine Design Award 2008 by SOPA, Gold Award in the 3rd Asia Print Awards 2005, and Silver Award for Magazine Design in the IFRA Asia Media Awards 2006. It has editions in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.