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What Makes an HR Leader Stand Out in China?

When multinational companies first entered China, companies looked abroad for international HR leaders to train their people on the ground. After these newly trained HR leaders grew their China experience, the market started to demand a need for both more internationally minded and culturally adaptive HR leaders. So where does that leave us now? The ChapmanCG team share their views on what makes an HR leader stand out in China.

For more of ChapmanCG’s thought leadership on the China market, see what Katherine Qu has to say about Matching Workforce Talent to China’s Productivity Challenge, originally published in Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management’s HR magazine, and hear our team’s view on What makes China’s HR Market so Unique in another informative video. Click through here for all China-related news and HR opportunities.
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Katherine Qu

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Katherine Qu

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Katherine Qu is a Managing Director with ChapmanCG, based in Singapore. She works with the global team to identify top HR talent across Greater China, Singapore and SEA.

Prior to joining ChapmanCG, Katherine started her own executive search business in Beijing, which focused on senior executive roles for leading Chinese companies in the consumer, healthcare and real estate industries. Subsequently, Katherine held positions with Hudson and Charterhouse Partnership, a boutique executive search firm based in Singapore. Katherine has also had extensive industry experience across different sectors with global leaders such as Pepsi, Pfizer, and Lenovo.

Katherine was born in China and was educated in both China and the United States, achieving her Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. She has worked in China, Singapore and the United States, and speaks both Mandarin and English fluently.

EA Registration Number: R1220091 Licence Number: 08S3543

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Odilia Poon

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Odilia is an Executive Advisor with ChapmanCG based in Hong Kong. She supports the Asia Pacific team to build relationships with CHROs and global HR leaders across the Asia Pacific, with a particular focus on Greater China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Odilia lived and worked in China for 13 years before her relocation back to Hong Kong in 2013. Whilst in China, she established operations for two international recruitment companies, growing both businesses to a sizeable scale.

With a background in marketing, operations and management consulting, Odilia has held prominent regional management positions with several leading international organisations, including Carlsberg, Pepsi-Cola and Rothmans International. She has extensive experience managing large global teams, with a focus on delivering Human Resources and recruitment solutions.

Having earned a Master of Science in Marketing Management from the University of Salford in the UK, Odilia also obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of East Asia, Macau. She speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese and has lived and worked across the Greater China markets of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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Ringo is a Senior Director with ChapmanCG based in Hong Kong. His role involves in-depth research and analysis to seek out high-calibre HR talent across the Asia Pacific region, with a particular focus on Hong Kong and North Asia. He also assists the group in the design and delivery of strategic internal projects involving process and operation development.

Before joining ChapmanCG, Ringo did several internships as a business analyst and photographer. He holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Organisational Analysis from the Warwick Business School, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.

Outside of work, Ringo enjoys travelling, outdoor activities and photography. Prior to his move to study abroad, he was one of Hong Kong’s top competitors in athletics.

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Steve has enjoyed an exciting and meaningful career journey of over two decades in the executive search and talent industry, having lived and worked in the UK, Australia, Singapore, mainland China, and Hong Kong SAR. He has a successful track record including delivering multiple high-profile HR searches both at C-level (group and global) and regional, across various industry sectors.

Steve is also a member of the executive committee at ChapmanCG, responsible for leading our world-class consulting team based across Asia Pacific. His team are located in mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

Professionally, he is passionate about fostering long-term partnerships with HR influencers and CEOs to help organisations build diverse teams and inclusive workplaces, which ultimately drive innovation and high-performance.

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