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.

Farhan Ahmad“If it takes too long to explain the value, it is a sign that it may not be compelling enough.” – Farhan Ahmad, Group CEO, PayNet

At the ‘Everything Payments Summit’ as part of PayNet Digital Payments Week, Ahmad delivered a compelling speech centred on the importance of a clear and concise value proposition. This statement, designed to underscore the significance of effectively communicating a company’s value proposition, served as a key theme during the event, as Ahmad delineated PayNet’s vision for Malaysia’s digital payments landscape.

Brigette McInnis-Day“Disruption in the workplace and macroeconomic factors often mean employees are asked to bear that burden by doing more with less—but it doesn’t need to be that way.” – Brigette McInnis-Day, Chief People Officer, UiPath

In light of the unveiling of a new survey by UiPath, McInnis-Day addressed the issue of escalating employee workloads, which are often exacerbated by workplace disruptions and macroeconomic factors. McInnis-Day asserted that employees need not be overburdened and suggested that the solution could lie in AI-powered automation.

Nicolas Bouverot“The most demanding companies, governments and institutions need to ensure the resilience of their systems and activities against any cyber threat or attack.” – Nicolas Bouverot, Vice President, Thales Asia

During the first quarter of 2023, a pivotal memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Indonesia’s Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN) and Thales, a leading European cyber security firm. This event took place in the context of Indonesia’s recent adoption of a new data protection law and the formulation of a national cyber security strategy. Bouverot highlighted the importance of robust cyber resilience in today’s digital era. His statement underlines the need for a high level of security, not just for businesses, but also for governments and institutions, emphasising the vital role Thales plans to play in Indonesia’s journey towards cyber sovereignty.

WHO SAYS? — a curation of insights from HR leaders and business professionals across Southeast Asia — appears on Chief of Staff Asia every Wednesday at 12:30 pm.

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