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Roongchat “Jang” Boonyarat

Roongchat “Jang” Boonyarat

CEO, Malee Group PCL

At home, Roongchat is a mother of two girls (ages 2 and 5), but at work she’s responsible for over a thousand employees at a company with an estimated annual revenue of 5 billion Baht. She’s an award-winning businesswoman who’s made Forbes Asia’s Powerful Businesswomen List in both 2014 (Women to Watch) and 2019, and the Thai Chamber of Commerce awarded her with The Rising Star Businesswoman of the Year 2018. The youngest child of Chatchai and Chintana Boonyarat to have taken up the family business, Roongchat interned at magazines, airlines, and advertising agencies throughout high school and college. She graduated with a BA in economics from Bowdoin College and earned an MBA from Sasin School of Management, Chulalongkorn University. She began working at Malee as a management trainee, then had a stint as a department sales manager at Central Chidlom before returning to Malee, where she worked her way up from head of sales and marketing to COO and eventually CEO. One of Roongchat’s five-year goals involves furthering her education, and possibly going back to school or learning a new skill. Another involves her daughters, as she explains: “I’d like to do more philanthropy work – and instill that ethos in my kids.”