HR Champions: Hendra Gunawan on communication, belonging, and crisis mitigation


Title: CEO Organisation: United Overseas Bank (UOB) Indonesia Office headquarters: Indonesia Company operations: Global Industry: Banking Employees: 3,200 (provided by the company) UOB Indonesia’s HR team and other staff can testify to how Hendra Gunawan prioritises employee wellbeing and development. He values clear and open communication with employees regardless of seniority or role, so a […]

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, […]

HR Champions: Mharicar Castillo-Reyes’ people-centric leadership


Title: CEO Organisation: Asticom Group of Companies Office headquarters: Philippines Company operations: Philippines and USA Industry: Shared services and outsourcing Employees: 5,000+ When Covid-19 hit the Philippines with a lockdown announcement, Asticom went into a remote setup within 72 hours. Work-from-home essentials were provided to employees, and the leadership team, with Castillo-Reyes at the helm, […]

HR Champions: Forrest Li’s perseverance on employee morale


Title: CEO, Sea Ltd. Office headquarters: Singapore Company operations: Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Greater China Industry: Technology and e-commerce Employees: 63,800 Addressing employee woes after a huge stock decline last year, Bloomberg reports, Forrest Li said: “This is short-term pain that we have to endure to truly maximise our long-term potential.” His focus remained on […]

HR Champions: Somruedee Chaimongkol’s communication focus


Title: CEO Organisation: Banpu Public Company Office headquarters: Thailand Company operations: Southeast Asia, China, Australia, Mongolia, Japan, and the US Industry: Oil, gas, resources and energy Employees: 3,000 Somruedee Chaimongkol recognises the importance of continuous learning and of riding trends, so it is a combination of digitisation, upskilling, and communication that she aims to implement for […]

HR Champions: Piyush Gupta on finding hidden expertise


Title: CEO, DBS Bank Office headquarters: Singapore Company operations: Southeast Asia, South Asia, and China Industry: Banking Employees: 36,000  Piyush Gupta has had his fair share of regrets and realisations over his 40-year career, including 13 years as the bank’s CEO. He does not shy away from sharing them as lessons. One of these is […]

HR Champions: Arthur Kiong looks to social impact and values


Title: CEO Organisation: Far East Hospitality Management Office headquarters: Singapore Company operations: Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Germany Industry: Hospitality Employees: 3,000 Like many in the hospitality industry during Covid-19, Arthur Kiong battled with the idea of opening up Far East Hospitality Management’s establishments as quarantine facilities. He shared with Salt&Light that he […]

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