Distinguished Business Leader,
Ms Jennie Chua
Ms Jennie Chua, Chairperson of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and Chief Corporate Officer of CapitaLand Limited spoke to 162 Overseas Singaporeans (OS) and friends during the 22nd Distinguished Business Leaders (DBL) Series in Beijing, China, on Friday, 18 September 2009.
Calling herself an incidental hotelier, Ms Chua related the circumstances that led to her joining the hospitality industry as a young woman. Ms Chua also gave an overview of the Ascott Group and CapitaLand Limited’s core businesses, as well as related the challenges of managing a global organisation in the hospitality industry.
She captivated the audience with fascinating anecdotes of how she handled the various challenges she faced in her career. Ms Chua charmed the audience with her candor, quick wit and sparkling personality, often drawing laughter from the appreciative audience.
Following the speech, the audience engaged Ms Chua in a question-and-answer session that covered a wide range of issues, from mergers and acquisitions in the hotel industry; to the challenges of being a female senior executive; to the likelihood of Singaporeans being appointed Chief Executives in large corporations. The question-and-answer session concluded with a question on Ms Chua’s mantra in life. To that, Ms Chua shared her strong belief in three core values – fairness, integrity and incorruptibility.
(L-R) Mr Lim Weiyang (President, Singapore Students’ Association Beijing), Ms Mary Goh (Emcee), Ms Quah Ley Hoon (Director, National Population Secretariat), Mr Roy Quek (Adviser, National Population Secretariat), Ms Jennie Chua, (Chairperson, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and Chief Corporate Officer, CapitaLand Limited), Ambassador Chin Siat Yoon, Ms Dorothy Seet (Chairman, SingCham), Ms Sim Ann (Director, Overseas Singaporean Unit)
Fellow Singaporeans in Beijing
catching up over local fare
Many OS took the chance to engage Ms Chua during the dinner reception over the next one-and-a-half hours. Ms Chua’s popularity with the OS was evident and she graciously obliged the many questions posed by OS who were eager to tap on her wealth of experience. For many OS who had the opportunity to get up close and personal with Ms Chua, it was certainly a night to remember.