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New Book Release!

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Asia is set to birth the next economic powerhouses. So why aren't more Asian leaders filling top positions in global organisations?

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I wrote Asians in Charge to showcase what Asian Leaders need to do to fill more top leadership positions in global companies  – how to operate at a higher level, how to gain trust, and how to be better stewards compared to the current operating behaviour that is biased mostly towards execution.


This is a topic close to my heart as I consider myself a reluctant and insecure Asian leader who had to work, and continues to work, my way out of some of the common shortfall behaviours that I share in the book – taking orders and not leading, not speaking or showing up, staying in the narrow lane of execution vs thinking bigger and bolder, as just some examples.

It has been a difficult journey for me, but one that I’ve overcome, and my desire is to make this a bit easier for our next set of global Asian leaders.

My desire is to use this platform to keep the conversation going on how we can keep Asian Leadership at the forefront.  Do get a copy of the book and let me know your thoughts or provide any comments.

Also, if you think you or your teams would benefit from executive coaching or mentoring on this topic, please contact me and we can have a further discussion on what your needs might be.


About the Author

Kenneth Chan

Kenneth is a seasoned CEO and Organization Leader with over 30 years of hands-on experience in Fortune 500 consumer and retail multinational companies such as McDonald’s, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Singapore Airlines.

Kenneth was McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer for China and Division President for the Greater China region between 2009 to 2015. He led an organization of 150,00 employees and oversaw the fastest period of expansion at that time (opening over 1,000 restaurants in the span of 5 years) and more importantly laid a strong foundation for future growth.  Most recently in 2016, Kenneth took on an equity and operating partner role in Lionhorn, the developmental license company for McDonald's Singapore and Malaysia.

Kenneth was conferred the prestigious "Overseas CEO Award" at the Singapore Business Awards (2014), as well as the "Leading CEO Award" by the Singapore Human Resources Institute (2007) and a Champion of HR" by HRM Magazine (2008).  He now serves as a strategic advisor and executive mentor.


Asians in Charge, and What They Say About The Book

“A powerfully inspiring and practical guide to being a better leader. As a benefactor of Kenneth’s leadership and mentorship, I have seen first-hand how he leads and motivates high-performing organizations that operate with purpose. This book encapsulates everything he has taught me over the years. I only wish he had written it earlier!”

— Benjamin Boh, McDonald’s Managing Director, Singapore

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