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Grey Group EA emerges as 2017 Executive Assistant of the Year
Page Personnel’s EA of the Year competition stemmed from the intention of recognising the best executive assistants (EAs) in Singapore, who are typically the unsung heroes in their organisations. Since its inception in 2013, the competition has reviewed over a thousand EAs and chosen a grand prize winner annually.
This year, the 2017 EA of the Year saw a total of 160 submissions and nominations. Angeline Goh, Executive Assistant at Grey Group, emerged as the grand winner and was crowned at the awards ceremony held on 5th October 2017.
Angeline was nominated by her boss, Konstantin Popovic, who is a Managing Director at Grey Group. He shares that Angeline’s “resourcefulness” and “ability to think ahead of me on all operational issues” has earned her respect from him, as well as other teams in the organisation.
In a time where the team she was supporting tripled in size, she took the initiative to set up all the IT infrastructure, including computers, printers, phone and email accounts, thereby greatly contributing to the “efficiency of the team in a fast paced and demanding environment”.
Kirsty Poltock, Director of Page Personnel, remarked that Angeline quickly stood out as a strong contender for the winning title. “In addition to the glowing recommendation from Konstantin, she also had 6 other strong testimonials from her colleagues. Her ability to think ahead, among other positive qualities, was also echoed by her previous boss, who commented that it would be challenging to survive a day in the workplace without Angeline’s support.”
Angeline shares a celebratory embrace with her colleague
Attending the awards ceremony in tow with her colleagues, Angeline shared that she was “very excited and contented, especially since it’s a nomination from my boss. I never thought this would actually happen. It’s the most fulfilling recognition that I’ve ever had as an EA.”
When asked about what challenges EAs have to face on a daily basis, Angeline responds that it’s crucial to manage the emotions of their bosses. “It’s unrealistic to expect that he will be in a good mood every day. Being positive and putting on a smile no matter what really helps.”
Subbaraju Alluri, CEO of Grey Group Singapore and Thailand, was present at the awards ceremony to share the joy of having two executive assistants from Grey Group shortlisted as the top 10 finalists of the competition. “I’m so proud and so happy that Angeline made it to this winning moment. We’re about people, and we believe that each of them can perform beyond their call of duty,” he said.
Angeline wins a prize package worth more than $7000
Angeline will be heading to New York with her husband on a pair of return flight tickets provided by FCM Travel. In addition, she wins 5 nights of accommodation in New York, as well as one year membership at Virgin Active, a T2 gift hamper, Grain food vouchers and a membership with the Singapore Association of Administrative Professionals.
Poltock commented that recognition goes a long way to making these EAs feel motivated and appreciated for their contributions to the organisation. “This year, we have seen 85% of entries being nominations from these EA’s bosses or peers. That is the highest we’ve seen in 5 years and think of it as a very positive sign, pointing to a heightened culture of appreciation within the workforce. We’re extremely honoured to be able to provide a platform to recognise these outstanding professionals.”