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A day in the life of: HR leaders from Kuok Singapore, BAT Malaysia, Accor, and more



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This year, Human Resources Online was excited to launch a brand-new column, ‘A day in the life of’.

‘A day in the life of’ takes us through the typical day of the CHRO/HR director, to walk in your shoes. We know your work and what you do, but decided we’d like to get to know you more! We’d love for a sneak peek at what motivates you, your favourite lunch menu, how you manage your time – anything that completes your day. It’ll help give us a glimpse at what makes your job so meaningful to you.

And we’ve been lucky to feature some key leaders in the industry, who’ve had so many interesting things to share with us. With that, in this special edition of the HR Bulletin, we present to you a compilation of this new column. Enjoy!


1. Melissa Kee, Chief Human Resources Officer, Kuok Singapore

In this inaugural feature of the column, Priya Sunil steps into the shoes of Melissa Kee, Kuok Singapore’s Chief Human Resources Officer, for a glimpse at what makes her job so meaningful to her.

[Read the full interview here]


2. Sameet Kaur Sidhu, Talent Acquisition Manager – Global Delivery Centre (Malaysia), Experian

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Sameet Kaur Sidhu, Talent Acquisition Manager – Global Delivery Centre (Malaysia), Experian, takes us through a typical Monday, which starts and ends with her two young sons, and her daily task list.

[Read the full interview here]


3. Arun Kaimal, Human Resources Director, Danaher Water Quality Asia

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Arun Kaimal, Human Resources Director, Danaher Water Quality Asia, talks about the the simple rule he lives by, his role model, and his favourite way to end a long work day.

[Read the full interview here]


4. Wije Mookiah, Director Talent Acquisition APAC, Hitachi Vantara

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From the moment his day starts at 4:30am, till he goes to bed, Wije Mookiah, Director Talent Acquisition APAC, Hitachi Vantara, is kept on his feet. He tells us all about his ‘two-year-old alarm’, his interactions with candidates, how he powers through the 4:00pm slump, and more.

[Read the full interview here]


5. Jacob Jacob, Group Chief Human Resources Officer, Columbia Asia Healthcare

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Jacob Jacob, Group Chief Human Resources Officer, Columbia Asia Healthcare, tells us all about his ‘simple and lean’ workday, which involves conversations with co-associates from all across the office, how he keeps meetings to under 30-45 minutes, and more.

[Read the full interview here]


6. U-Jin Lee, Head of HR (Vice President) Asia, Sibelco

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For U-Jin Lee, Head of HR (Vice President) Asia, Sibelco, lunch time is about building positive relationships. He shares more about a typical day which involves getting into office at 7.30am, a coaching session for a high potential manager, and more.

[Read the full interview here]


7. Christophe Lejeune, Vice President Talent & Culture – Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives, Accor

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In our first-ever Thailand feature of this column, Christophe Lejeune, Vice President Talent & Culture – Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives, Accor, takes us through his day, which starts with sunlight and a smile, and unwinds with a glass of red wine.

[Read the full interview here]


8. DN Prasad, Senior Director – Strategy, People & Organisation, GovTech

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DN Prasad, Senior Director – Strategy, People & Organisation, Government Technology Agency (GovTech), talks about an ex-boss who has “hugely” influenced his life, and more in this candid interview.

[Read the full interview here]


9. Minna Rouru, Area HR Director, Asia Pacific, KONE

Encouragement, empowerment and support to try your best and work hard is what you can expect if you show up at a meeting with Minna Rouru, Area HR Director, Asia Pacific, KONE.

[Read the full interview here]


10. Felicia Teh, HR Director, British American Tobacco Malaysia

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Not a day passes for Felicia Teh, Human Resources Director, British American Tobacco (BAT) Malaysia, without a good cup of coffee by the in-house barista. She tells us about her top five must-haves at work, her role model for women empowerment, and more.


To all our CHRO friends across Asia: We’d love for a sneak peek at what motivates you, your favourite lunch menu, how you manage your time – anything that completes your day. If you’re keen to share, do reach out to Priya Sunil at priyas@humanresourcesonline.net.

If you enjoyed these interviews, you can also stay posted on our latest news and conversations by following Human Resources Online on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, or signing up for our daily HR Bulletin.


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