ALB CONVERSATIONS: Penny Koo, general counsel and company secretary, AIA Singapore 

by Mari Iwata |

 

Penny Koo serves as the general counsel and company secretary for AIA Singapore, the local office of the largest independent publicly listed Pan-Asian insurance group. Her legal career began in private practice at firms like Linklaters, WongPartnership, and Harry Elias Partnership, where she focused on corporate/M&A…

ALB Conversations: Richard Kurniadi, General Counsel, Kimberly-Clark Softex

by Mari Iwata |

Richard Kurniadi, general counsel of Indonesia’s Kimberly-Clark Softex, talks about why sometimes the legal function needs to push the boundaries without breaking the limit, how he wants his team to “play to win” instead of just "playing not to lose,” and why he’s a big fan of external lawyers who also have experience as in-house counsel. 

ALB CONVERSATIONS: Audrey Shum, Managing Director and General Counsel, Christie’s Asia Pacific

by Mari Iwata |

Audrey Shum, managing director and general counsel of Christie’s Asia Pacific, talks about why the in-house legal team is particularly important as a business enters unknown territory, how having a culture of mutual respect and inclusiveness is particularly important to her, and why it is critical that colleagues feel they are learning and growing and are part of a collaborative team.

ALB Conversations: Michael Ting, General Counsel (Legal & Compliance), Manulife (International)

by Mari Iwata |

Michael Ting, General Counsel (Legal & Compliance) of Manulife (International) Limited, talks about why heads of legal must continue to evolve and stay ahead of the curve, how external counsel provide meaningful comparative analysis to enrich his understanding of issues and cover blind spots, and why he encourages his team to always think of themselves as part of a bigger team.

ALB Conversations: Shuhei Fujimura, Senior Ethics and Compliance Manager, Japan, Oxford University Press

by Mari Iwata |

Shuhei Fujimura, senior ethics and compliance manager, Japan at Oxford University Press (OUP), talks about why the fundamental element of best practice in corporate governance is the establishment of an ethical culture, how risks are not always visible or exposed from the beginning, and why there is no perfect compliance system.

ALB Conversations: Gerry Amann, General Counsel - Growth Markets, Accenture

by Mari Iwata |

Gerry Amann, General Counsel - Growth Markets at Accenture, talks about how he builds teams  on integrity, courage, empowerment, and resilience; how the best relationships are based in two-way dialogue and intensive listening; and why there are no bad teams, only bad leaders.

ALB Conversations: Ramya Mohan, Vice President and Asia-Pacific General Counsel, Huhtamaki

by Mari Iwata |

Ramya Mohan, Vice President and Asia-Pacific General Counsel at Finnish food packaging company Huhtamaki, champions a lean, adaptable legal team, emphasizing curiosity and ethical values. Mohan values external lawyers who offer clear advice and understand business context. Her guiding principle? Clear intentions and responsible choices. Mohan's leadership integrates legal expertise with business acumen, driving sustainable growth in packaging.

ALB Conversations: Ong Johnson, Senior Group Legal Manager, i-Berhad

by Mari Iwata |

Ong Johnson, senior group legal manager of i-Berhad, shares how every legal decision he makes has a dual purpose, the importance of empathy, and why he always strives to be a “good and faithful servant.”

ALB Conversations: Dorothea Dian, General Counsel, Siemens Indonesia

by Mari Iwata |

Dorothea Dian, general counsel at Siemens Indonesia, speaks about why a company's culture sets the foundation for a cohesive and successful organisation, the ways in which her law firms could enhance their responsiveness and efficiency, and how she always seeks to thrive in the face of change.

ALB Conversations: Melissa Tan, Director, Legal, Doctor Anywhere

by Mari Iwata |

As director of legal at Doctor Anywhere, a fast-growing one-stop telehealth app provider in Southeast Asia, Melissa Tan leads an in-house team that guided the company through “unchartered” waters during the pandemic. In this interview, Tan speaks about how one of her biggest personal highlights is witnessing each team member grow, why openness in communication is key to impactful lawyering, and why being comfortable with ambiguity in the law is something she looks for in her hires.