Diversity: Women at Exyte

Exyte celebrates the diversity and inclusiveness of our people. Every day is a checkpoint, a nudge for us to ask ourselves those very important questions, “What does inclusiveness mean for us as an organization? And what does it mean for each and every individual working at Exyte?" 

Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. In a nutshell, it’s about empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin. It allows for the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment.

It means understanding one another by surpassing simple tolerance to ensure people truly value their differences. The power of diversity can only be unleashed and its benefits reaped when we recognize these differences in age, gender, sexual orientation, industry knowledge, internationality, educational background or management experience and learn to respect and value each individual irrelevant of their background.  

At Exyte we believe that diversity of ideas and skills leads to clear business benefits and success. We focus on providing equal opportunities to our people, and enabling them to realize their potential. Not only on International Women’s Day, we pledge our commitment to a more diverse and inclusive workplace for all, everyday. Sponsoring and supporting our employees at Exyte is a key value that our leaders share.

Exyte has joined the European initiative "Where Women Work". Have a look at our testimonies from all over the world: 

“I grew up with Exyte”
Tina Toh, Lead Cleanroom Engineer, Singapore

As a young mechanical engineer in Singapore who joined Exyte straight out of university, Tina admits that things were not rosy at the start. ‘Is this really for me?’ she asked herself. Going on project sites and dealing with flaring tempers was not how she had imagined her career would start out like. But she hung on. She spent time in Malaysia, met colleagues from across teams and built a support-system which she treasures and which values her back. ‘It has been 14 years now, in my first job,’ she laughs. ‘I grew up with Exyte.’ 

Read more about her experiences 

“It was my bosses who mentored me and made me who I am today”
Gina Low, Head of Commercial, Singapore

Gina’s tenure of a little over 20 years with the company has been in equal parts challenging, fulfilling and interesting. Exyte was her third employer and settling into a new culture took a bit of work. ‘My boss was tough, but a true sponsor,’ she reminisces. ‘She really inspired me. I was exposed to different areas in Finance, Legal and Contracting. She challenged me to stretch, perform and grow. With all of this, came an opportunity to be in Shanghai - and that is where I truly understood what it takes to build and sustain relationships with contractors.’

Read more about her career


“I’ve always been taught – you can accomplish anything; as the only limitations we have are the ones we place on ourselves.”
Salam Safi, Director of Human Resources, Americas

Coming from a family of general contractors and engineers, the deep rooted appreciation for our industry has always been a part of who I am.  After honing my craft in other industries, the opportunity to return to the design and construction field presented itself. 

I began with Exyte 4 years ago as an HR analyst and have been given nothing but opportunities to grow and take on new challenges.  Being a female leader in a male dominated field is a testament to the change in today’s workforce. We can achieve great things! 

Exyte created the opportunity to do what I love, in an industry that I love, with no limitations to what we, as a company, can achieve.

“Exyte has given me the opportunity to showcase my strengths while helping others to succeed as well.”
Jonna Bournias, Director of Design Management and Coordination, Americas

I have almost 29 years in the industrial facility design engineering and construction field across a variety of industries and have performed a variety of roles across five companies ranging from staff engineer to national director.

I am the first engineer in my family but in general my extended family comes from math and science backgrounds with almost everyone including myself having advanced degrees of some sort and it’s not unusual to be a very accomplished female in my family.

I came to Exyte in 2013 as a design manager. I have a strong affection for the semiconductor facilities industry as I believe it plays to my strengths. I have enjoyed working on a variety of projects across the globe and over my career I have been lucky enough to work on four continents and travel to well over 20 countries for both work and personal travel. I have built a robust network of friends and colleagues around the world.

I have never felt limited in what I can achieve and I have enjoyed the support of friends, family and colleagues along the way. Exyte has given me the opportunity to showcase my strengths while helping others to succeed as well.  

“Love your work, trust the people you work with, do not be afraid to fail”
Joyce Tang, Department Manager & Project Manager for Cleanroom, China

Her love for the environment led Joyce to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering from Tongji University. She joined Exyte in 1999; and since then, she has led several cleanroom and mechanical engineering projects in Shanghai, and got certified in Project Management. Among her most memorable career milestones has been the “meritorious person” award she won for her first project - where she led the design and execution of a Semiconductor Fabrication in Pudong New Area in China.

Her projects have received recognition and awards and she attributes her success to teamwork. What has made her stick on for 20 years? “My Leaders were always been around to support me. They were patient and gave me the comfort to discuss all issues with them. They encouraged me to reach out to them if I was facing any problem or challenge at work. They taught me the value of being fair and just, of belonging to your team and trusting your clients and team members.” 

Continue reading about her experiences

“If you have the capability, talent and drive, nothing is too far to reach.”
Yeo Ling, Head of the Engineering Department, Malaysia

Travelling to new places is a passion for Yeo. And she cherishes the opportunities she has gotten at Exyte to visit and work in different countries. Her exemplary work in Malaysia led her to head projects in Vietnam and Singapore, where she continued to demonstrate her skills and capabilities. Yeo learnt a lot from the experience, she says, “I invest time and effort in learning more about the history of a new place, and understanding its people better. Working in a new country is daunting at first - you feel everyone is looking at you closely. But just keep being focused on your work, and you will gain a lot from your interactions.”

Read more about her development

“The key to succeeding is confidence in yourself and even more importantly, the people around you.”
Cathy Cafarelli, Director of Project Management/Project Director ATF, Americas

I joined Exyte in October of 2005 as a contract employee. I was not expecting a permanent position, as I was pregnant with my son and just looking for a 6-month or so stepping stone until after he was born. I would find my “career” then.  Well almost 14 years later, it is safe to say I found what I was looking for with Exyte.

I have held just about every position in my tenure here. I started as a project admin, then moved to document control and then finance. I was, however, always drawn to the operations side of the house and therefore migrated to construction. I try to bring energy and passion to my role every day. Today I am an ATF Project Director and I run the PMO group in the U.S. It has been a long, tough road to here but I hope my growth in the company is seen as a testament to hard work paying off.

I have been extremely fortunate, every step of the way to work with amazing people. People who lift you up and inspire. Managers and mentors who always encouraged me to look beyond my role. Construction and project management is not historically a “women’s field”. It was very daunting at first. I think the key to succeeding is confidence in yourself and even more importantly, the people around you. You are going to make mistakes. Own them, learn from them and grow beyond them.

“I have embraced safety as a personal core value, regardless of my environment”
Aneliza Jones, Marketing and Communications Director, Americas

I used to associate safety practices with jobsites and didn’t think I could be a safety champion in my office environment. Since I began working at Exyte, I have embraced safety as a personal core value, regardless of my environment.