Ayla Ziz was appointed as the Managing Director of the Levant & Iraq Business Unit starting April 1st, 2018. Ayla started her career in 1992 as a sales representative at Mars Inc. in France, ultimately moving into Marketing as Brand Manager for Whiskas cat food followed by Uncle Ben’s and Dolmio brands. Her stint at Mars Inc. Allowed her the opportunity of working in various sales and marketing appointments in China, UAE, Australia and France. She joined Colgate Palmolive in 1996 covering French and European marketing positions within Personal Care and House Surface Care divisions. She thereafter joined The Coca-Cola Company where she worked in various functions including Brand Marketing, Shopper & Channel Marketing, Corporate Communication, Packaging Innovation as well as the Global Sales based in Paris, New York and London. She joined Unilever in 2015 and where for the past three years she has headed up Global Business Development with Carrefour, Tesco, Ahold Delhaize and Metro, leading the global customer strategy, contract negotiations and key growth drivers across 42 key Unilever markets. Ayla holds a Masters in Business Administration from EM Lyon, France with a major in Sales and Marketing and a bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics from Dauphine University, Paris. She additionally has a Executive Leadership program from INSEAD Business school. Ayla sits on the Leadership Team of Unilever MENA and is a key note speaker at the CMO exchange forum, and also represents Unilever at the LEAD Network group (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity) and has participated int the MENA World Economic Forum MENA. Ayla was born in Damascus, Syria. She is based in Lebanon, Beirut while her husband and 3 children, Rafael (14), Gabrielle (11) and Mickael (9) are located in the UK.
She is taking "A Step Towards Equality" by participating in Fight for Equal Pay Today pannel. Book your seat now!
For every dollar a man earns, on average a woman is paid 25 cents. Based on today’s rate of progress, it will take 202 years for the pay gap to close, according to the World Economic Forum.
In this opening panel senior players from the public and private sector will have an open discussion around the pay gap in institutions. Men and women should have the same economic opportunities all around the world, but despite progress, protests and legislation, there is a persistent gap between what men and women are paid. Panelists will tackle 1) The pay gap situation in Lebanon with insights from the public and private sector, 2) the reasons behind the existence of a persistent pay gap 3) The policies, steps and measures to be taken to bridge this gap in less than 202 years.