The Reading List: Who’s the most important person in your company?


Here is some light reading material curated by Chief of Staff Asia to keep you updated over the weekend.   Who is the most important person in your company? | The Economist The chief executive is the most important person in an organization, making crucial decisions about long-term direction, making tough calls, and receiving the […]

HR Champions: Rudolf Tjandra’s positive outlook carries employee morale


Title: CEO, PT. Sasa Inti Office Headquarters: Indonesia Company Operations: Global (Exports) Industry: Manufacturing Employees: 1,001-5,000 Rudolf Tjandra sought firstly to maintain employee morale during covid-19, which struck two years after he stepped in as CEO. In addition to implementing remote work, Sasa provided masks, vitamins, and even ginger water to employees in order to […]

HR Champions: “Leadership is about empowering others” – Valerie Ong


Title: CEO, KIP Group of Companies/KIP Real Estate Investment Trust Office headquarters: Malaysia Company operations: Malaysia Industry: Real estate Employees: 51-200 Valerie Ong is not afraid of asking questions. “It’s important to want to learn,” she says, and she demonstrates this by tirelessly eliciting advice and insights from those who know more than her. As […]

WHO SAYS: Quotes of the week from HR influencers and leaders

WHO SAYS: Quotes of the week from HR influencers and leaders

Immerse yourself in the wisdom shared by respected HR and business luminaries from across Southeast Asia as they offer their insightful views on the most urgent matters of the day. “In an environment of constant change, workforce innovations, and new cycles of talent development, improving the maturity of your talent programmes is critical.” – Himanshu […]

HR Champions: Giving back to coffee farmers with Le Hoang Diep Thao


Title: CEO, King Coffee Office headquarters: Vietnam Company operations: Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, Pakistan, China, UK, and USA Industry: Food & Beverage Employees: 1,001-5,000 The King Coffee magnate has built a company and global partnerships by creating trust and value for her suppliers, franchisees, and partners. “That is the root of what we do. If […]

HR Champions: Jennifer Cho on local talent with global perspective


Title: Vice-president of Island Southeast Asia, Medtronic Office headquarters: Singapore Company operations: Southeast Asia, South Asia, Saipan, and Guam Industry: Medical equipment manufacturing Employees: 700 (Southeast Asia only) Employee engagement and team development are pillars of Jennifer Cho’s leadership style. She recognises the role that she and HR play in motivating employees and providing them […]

HR Champions: Ng Wee Wei on the power of adequate rest


Title: Senior Managing Director/Market Unit Lead Organisation: Accenture Southeast Asia Office headquarters: Singapore Company operations: Global Industry: Business consulting and services Employees: 738,000 In a blog on how digitalisation will drive work-life convergence, Ng Wee Wei expressed the importance of creating a safe environment that is inclusive and diverse so that employees can feel it […]

HR Champions: Wong Sze Keed on taking care of staff


Title: CEO Organisation: AIA Singapore Office headquarters: Singapore Company operations: Asia Pacific Industry: Insurance Employees: 1,001-5,000 Coming in as CEO at the height of the pandemic, Wong Sze Keed immediately built on the holistic wellness of her people. The difficult period simply deepened her recognition that, “if they are well taken care of, they can […]

HR Champions: Catherine Lian advocates for women in tech; leadership


Title: Managing Director and Technology Leader, IBM Malaysia Office headquarters: Malaysia Company operations: Global Industry: IT Services and IT Consulting Employees: 10,001+ (LinkedIn) Catherine Lian actively advocates for women in leadership. Prior to her appointment at IBM, she was part of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, supporting women in business by providing access to technology, […]

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