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Councils (Asia)

The Council allows me to interact with stakeholders outside of my company and to have a better understanding of doing business in China. 

Walt Bass, VP Finance and IT, ConocoPhillips, China 

The Conference Board Councils provide a great platform for pulling excellent people who have the shared value and common interests together; with a group of talented professionals leading the initiatives.

Daniel Deng, Vice President, Ingersoll Rand (now Trane Technologies) 

I really value the insights from other GCs on the Council. We can share our ‘war stories’ in an environment of confidence and trust.

Geraldine Stone, SVP, Chief Counsel APC EMEA Regions, Visa Worldwide Pte Limited 

Council discussions are held in an environment with transparency, trust,  and respect under Chatham House rules. where diverse members across industries and regions/ markets share their wealth of experiences. The Program Director steered the topics to be future focused but pragmatic in today’s context. The talent, business and economic insights are widely applicable for business and HR Leaders.

Aerena Leong, Regional Talent Management and Development Head, APAC, Bridgestone

A seat at the table is only as good as the women and men that sit around the table with you. The Conference Board allows for an impassioned group of individuals to gather and challenge conventional thinking and collaborate in ways that might otherwise be constrained. Open, honest and trusting dialogue lead to actions and positive change. The Conferences Board gives us that opportunity and more.

Roman Matla, Head of Diversity & Inclusion (APAC), Uber Technologies

The true value of the Conference Board is the diversity of views and experience from practitioners across different industries and geographies that members can tap on. As the agenda at council meetings are members-led, this makes the exchange of shared challenges very relevant and meaningful. I have enjoyed the open sharing and exchange of experiences among the members.

Jacinta Low, Senior Vice President, OCBC Bank

Marvelous network to share best practice amongst the Council members. The real life experience spread across different industries and different countries. Nowhere else can one get such first-hand insight from a group of veterans in the field of M&A.  

Eric Chan, Finance Director, Asia Pacifc M&A, Dow Chemical Pacific Ltd. 

What impressed me most with being a Council member is the strong connection with my counterparts in other conglomerates. We can discuss and share best practices and insights in a candid and professional way that I hardly found in other venues. 

Zhou Webster, Global Comp and Benefits Director, Jabil

This is a great forum for knowledge sharing. Lots of best practices have been shared and it is helping us to evolve better and faster. Some of the webcasts have been very useful and to the point. I find the knowledge repository on The Conference Board site very valuable. 

Kumar Visvanathan, Head Shared Services, Mindtree Limited

It is a fantastic investment in yourself and your business to be a member of The Conference Board. The meetings are especially beneficial, the networking and sharing of new challenges and business practices is invaluable. 

Heather Gilmore, Director Corporate Affairs, Asia Pacific

Building a wide and trusted HR network from different industries enables the growth of creativity and problem-solving capability, and challenges our own strategies and thoughts. In addition, it helps in building professional and moral support among team members.

Christine Wong, Vice President, Human Resources, Hong Kong Disneyland 

I am amazed at the wealth of experience and wisdom amongst members. We have open and honest conversations around pain points, challenges and learnings for lift- and-adapt. The cross-industry and geography networking has broadened my perspectives.

Adele Dai, HR VP, PepsiCo APAC Region 

The comprehensive online database and regular meetings offer members not only cross-industrial best practices and insightful report findings, but also the latest economic and business trends across countries and regions, which is so beneficial to the HR executives who are working in this VUCA era.

Sharon Yang, Head of Human Resources, SPD Silicon Valley Bank 

The real value for me is the mix of expert presentations and real-time reactions from across industry professionals and leaders. And of even more value has been the informal mentoring I’ve enjoyed from other council members sharing their insight on the challenges my own company faces today.

John Whitney, International Compensation and Benefits Manager, Texas Instruments 

The Conference Board Councils provide communication professionals with an open platform to share best practices and knowledge from a variety of industry perspectives. It is a give-and-take form of team work, which supports us for a more collaborative future.

Ma Li, China Communication Director, Solvay China

As a relative newcomer to Asia Pacific, I find great value in the insights and analyses constantly being shared by the Conference Board’s in-house experts. Coupled with the case studies and best practices openly discussed in the Council, they have been instrumental in helping me design and adapt my organization’s communication plans.

Pablo Largacha, Vice President, Public Affairs, Coca-Cola Asia-Pacific

I enjoy the diversity of our group across many industries, and the openness of sharing challenges, ideas and best practices. This is only possible with trust, which has grown over time. This, paired with excellent people, is adding a huge amount of value to me professionally as well as personally.

Markus Pinter, China Financial Officer, Novartis China

I attended my first forum earlier this year in Shanghai. It enabled me to develop my knowledge of the HR challenges in other emerging markets and also broaden my HR network beyond the MEA region and into Asia Pacific.

Scott Tierney, Senior Vice President Human Resources Middle East and Africa, Mastercard Middle East Africa

Great companies love to share with, and learn from, each other. That's why The Engagement Institute is so valuable to my work here at Royal Bank of Scotland. I have access to first class research and insights as well as a network of leading companies to support me shape our engagement approach and people strategy.

Greig Aitken, Group Head, People Strategy, Insight and Change, Royal Bank of Scotland

The Conference Board ... has already brought value in bringing together a group of individuals dealing with broadly the same issue. The learning to be achieved by having a constructive dialog with peers is significant and well worth the investment of time 

John Paterson, VP, Chief Procurement Officer IBM China/Hong Kong Ltd