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Sadhana Smiles—Executive

Sadhana Smiles, who first arrived in Australia in 1983 to attend a boarding school in Melbourne, started her career as a receptionist in Chateau Melbourne.

In 2013, she was named Victorian Telstra Business Women of the Year, and was winner of the Victorian Telstra Private Corporate Sector award. Smiles, now the Chief Executive Officer of Harcourts Group, was recently named one of 100 women of influence in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac sponsored award, which she terms a “special win”, because “as a migrant it was pretty amazing to share the platform with 99 other amazing women”.