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Sylvia Leong as Asia Pacific Director of Human Resources. JWT

Up the ranks: JWT appoints Sylvia Leong as APAC director of HR

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J. Walter Thompson Asia Pacific CEO John Gutteridge has appointed Sylvia Leong as Asia Pacific director of human resources, effective 2 February 2017.

The move marks a full circle for Leong, who started out at J. Walter Thompson Singapore in 2000, before moving on to a diverse HR and talent management career that spans the media, heavy industry and technology sectors.

“I’m delighted to be back in the network, especially because it is such an exciting time at JWT,” said Leong, who will be based in Singapore and report to regional CEO Gutteridge.

Managing Asia Pacific, her remit will cover Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Perth, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Pakistan.

Leong, who has a strong focus on cultural transformation and change management, joins from Kennametal Inc, where she led a regional HR team across the full spectrum of talent acquisition, engagement and management activities.

Prior to that, Leong was with SPX Flow Technology, where she worked on improving HR efficiency and effectiveness through influencing organisational design and effectiveness, and led successful change management programmes across several corporate acquisitions.

She has also worked at International Logging Services, as regional HR manager, as well as at MediaCorp and at J. Walter Thompson Singapore.

“Sylvia’s experience across Asia’s diverse cultures and sectors gives her the kind of insight and perspective we need, in an industry that is evolving every day.  She understands the importance of managing talent, and managing change, to bring out the best in people,” said Gutteridge.

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