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Our Team

 

Samuel Lam

Samuel M. Lam is based in Singapore and is the President and Managing Partner of Linkage Asia. One of the leading practitioners in the field of leadership development in Asia, Sam has created some of the most highly regarded leadership development programs for both Singapore and global clients. His relationship with some of these clients span multiple years across multiple borders. His work also focuses on the development of leadership competency models to support business growth, innovation, performance culture and change. In addition, Sam serves as executive coach and adviser to a number of notable CEOs and senior government officials in Singapore, Europe, and Asia. Clients have included Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, Prudential, Disney, Philips, Bank of China, Nestle, Deutsche Bank, Prime Minister’s Office Singapore and various organs of the Singapore Government. Sam’s expertise spans several areas of leadership development: executive coaching, executive selection, performance improvement of top teams, development of talent pipelines, and assessment of top talent. His special interest is in the area of top team effectiveness, executive derailment and rebound and executive energy. He co-authored Linkage Inc.’s Best Practices in Leadership Development Handbook (Second Edition) with Marshall Goldsmith and David Giber, published by John Wiley in 2009. Prior to his appointment at Linkage Asia, Sam was the Managing Consultant for Towers Perrin Singapore, where he led an office of top human resources practitioners in performance leadership, executive compensation, sales incentive design, compensation design and talent management. Previously, he was Director of the Hay Group in Singapore, where he spent five years leading major projects in leadership development, organizational improvement, and performance management. Sam graduated with a B.A. from the University of Southern California and has an M.A. from the National University of Singapore.
Dr Colin Pitt

 

Colin Pitt is the Managing Partner of the Asia Pacific practice of Linkage based in Sydney, Australia. He is an experienced strategist, a thought provoking facilitator, and a seasoned executive coach for leaders and teams. Colin’s expertise is in leadership strategy and development, change and transition, executive team effectiveness, human resource practice and process innovation. He works with C-suite and senior managers to improve business performance and results, and is known for his strategic but pragmatic approach to leadership reinvention. Colin has a strong leadership and organisational development background. He has successfully led large- scale project implementations, organisational and leadership strategy, structural and cost reform agendas. Hehas over four decades of experience in business having held senior roles in a number of industries including financial services and banking, manufacturing, agribusiness, government and research management. Colin has consulted to many leading global companies on leadership and team effectiveness including: Commonwealth Bank Australia, Philips Electronics, BHP Billiton, Temasek Holdings, Standard Chartered Bank, Aviva Group, Brady Corporation, Aussie, Lang O’Rourke, Samsung, Oz Mineral, Bis Industries, Maybank, Teknor Apex and Cervus Equipment, to name a few.He has tertiary qualifications in chemistry, industrial administration, holds a Master of Business Administration from University of New England, and a Doctorate of Business Leadership from Charles Sturt University and the Australian Graduate School of Leadership (AGSL). He is a Senior Fellow–Doctoral Examiner for AGSL and is a qualified practitioner in a variety of psychometric instruments and diagnostic assessments.
Vivian Lo

Vivian Lo is Managing Consultant for Hong Kong and Greater China. She is a highly regarded executive coach who has served boards, senior management teams and been advisor to notable leaders throughout Asia. Prior to her consulting career, for almost 30 years, Vivian has held senior leadership roles in Human Resource Management and Leadership Development roles in multi-national organizations. Her previous employers include Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, Prudential Assurance and Jardine Group of Companies in Asia Pacific. Through coaching, influencing, and guiding senior leaders and highly talented professionals in these companies, Vivian has developed invaluable insights in the development of aspirations and effectiveness of leaders. As a Leadership Consultant, Vivian specializes in senior leadership coaching, top team effectiveness and talent management advisory and consulting. Her expertise lies in the identification, coaching and development of individual leaders and leadership teams. Her work focuses on optimizing individual and team potential, thereby improving business and organizational performance. As an Executive Coach, Vivian has successfully helped individual leaders and leadership teams attain high level of satisfaction and effectiveness in their work. According to some of her coachees, which include Chairmen and CEO’s of sizeable organizations, while patient and caring, Vivian often instills a strong sense of urgency and visioning in her coaching. Her astuteness in organizational dynamics and leadership challenges, particularly in fast-paced and complex organizations, has helped many see through hurdles and stagnation in their leadership journey. Being Asian and a consummate corporate leader herself in multi-cultural work place, Vivian is a unique thought-partner to those who aspire to lead in multi-national and global organizations. Some of Vivian’s recent clients include Lenovo, Bank of China, China Resources Company, CLP Power, HSBC, ING, the Leighton Group, and Maxim’s. Vivian is a certified practitioner in major personality assessment instruments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Hogan Assessment Tools. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Warwick in England.

Desley Khew

Desley Khew is Principal Consultant. She has 17 years experience in management development and strategic human resource. The scope of her work extends to all areas of talent management. Desley has served as executive coach to senior executives in both private and public sectors across Asia. Her expertise lies in designing and facilitating executive development programs, leadership team effectiveness, women leadership programs, executive coaching and transforming corporate cultures. Prior to her appointment at Linkage, Desley was at Singapore Airlines HR, and before that, she was a Consultant at Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson). Desley is also a contributing author for Linkage Inc.’s Best Practices for Succession Planning published by Pfeiffer (2007). Some of Desley’s clients include Abacus, Aviva, Brady Corporation, CIMB Group, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Competition Commission Singapore, Corning, Defence Science & Technology Agency, Dentsply Sirona, Edwards Lifesciences, Employees Provident Fund (Malaysia), Fairchild Semiconductor, GlaxoSmithKline, Hasbro, International Centre for Leadership in Finance (Bank Negara), Lenovo, National Environment Agency (Singapore), OCBC Bank, P&G, Panasonic, Petronas, Philips, Prudential, RHB Bank, Singtel, Singapore Exchange, Sumitomo-Mitsui Banking Corporation, Syngenta, Themed Attractions And Resorts Malaysia, and Unilever. Desley is certified in a variety of psychometric instruments and diagnostic assessments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Leadership Assessment Instrument, Benchmarks-360, Emotional Readiness Index, Firo-B, the Occupational Personality Questionnaire, Hogan Personality Inventory, Hogan Development Survey, and the Hogan Motives Values Preferences Inventory. She also has a Certification in Counseling Skills. Desley graduated with a B.A. (1st Class Honors) from the University of Westminster (U.K.), and a MSc. in Organizational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (U.K.).

Harland Chun

Harland Chun is based in San Francisco, USA, and is an Executive Coach and Principal Consultant at Linkage. Harland comes with over 30 years of general management experience. He worked with Hasbro, Reebok, and Foster Grant International. He started his multinational career in the U.S. and has served in a variety of global markets including Asia Pacific, China, Canada, Latin America, and Europe. His general management roles have included profit and loss responsibilities, managing multi- country organizations, setting up joint ventures, business turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions. While at Hasbro, he was Senior Vice President in charge of business responsibilities, and devoted a significant portion of his time to coaching and mentoring executives at the VP, Country General Manager and Senior Director levels in the U.S., Latin America and Asia. He is a Linkage-certified executive coach and facilitator, a practitioner of MBTI Step 1 and II by CPP, and a practitioner of Linkage’s Purposeful Leadership Assessment, Leadership Assessment Instrument (LAI). In addition, Harland is on the panel of Executive Coaches and Learning Team Leaders at The Global Institute for Leadership Development® which takes place annually at Palm Desert California, and Singapore. Harland works with his coachees to accelerate their personal growth and expand their business responsibilities. Coaching conversations typically focus on leadership behavior development, self-awareness, and strategic framing of the coachee’s business and personal brand development. Harland offers his coachees a unique and different perspective because of his global commercial leadership background. They appreciate this vantage point and proven ability to translate leadership into various multi-culture contexts. Having worked with multinational companies in the last 30 years, Harland finds working with emerging and senior leaders inspiring and fuels his passion to guide the next generation of leaders. Harland is a graduate of Williams College and Phillips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts.

Yulee Teng

Yulee Teng is Senior Consultant. She has close to 15 years of corporate Human Resources management experience in global financial institutions. The scope of her work includes leadership, organizational development and talent management. Yulee specializes in talent management consulting and senior leadership development with a focus on coaching women leaders. Prior to joining Linkage Asia, she was Resourcing and Talent Planning Director for Asia Pacific at Citibank. In this role, her responsibilities included developing and implementing talent management strategies across 18 countries. She designed and managed talent development initiatives and programs for top executives as well as internal staffing for key positions. She also specialized in formulating and integrating Diversity and Inclusion into the bank’s business strategy to drive a meritocratic and high-performance culture. Prior to Citibank, she was Associate Director in Human Resources at UBS AG, responsible for graduate recruitment for Asia Pacific. Before that, she managed the recruitment efforts for the Capital Markets businesses at Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific. Yulee began her career in Human Resources as a search consultant at Korn/Ferry International specializing in banking and consulting industries. She has also worked in the hospitality industry in the United States and Hong Kong. Since joining Linkage Asia, Yulee has been engaged in consulting projects for financial services companies and major local corporates and advisory work for the development of women leaders. Yulee holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.
Colleen Gao

Colleen Gao is a Senior Consultant at Linkage Asia. Her expertise lies in delivering customized leadership development workshops and executive coaching to guide individuals in their leadership development journey. She is experienced in working with intact teams to tackle dysfunctional team issues and underlying concerns and in building competency modeling, developing talent assessment/development centers, and facilitating talent review meeting for mid-senior leaders. Colleen was previously an Associate Principal for Korn Ferry Hay Group, based in the firm’s Shanghai office. While working in Korn Ferry Hay, she applies a repertoire of tools and methodologies to help narrow the gap and accelerate the development of effective leaders. Prior to this role, Colleen had worked in Linkage Asia as a consultant, and HSBC Shanghai as a client relationship manager. Colleen had served regional clients from Southeast Asia and China. Her recent clients include Alibaba Group, Audi, Bank of Communications, Boehringer Ingelheim Taiwan, Bosch Tool APAC,  Buhler China, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, CIMB Group, Competition Commission of Singapore,  Grainger China, International Center for Leadership in Finance (Bank Negara Central Bank of Malaysia), Jingrui Real Estate, Lumileds (Philips Lighting), Marykay China, Morning Glory Stationery, OPPO, Roche China, Syngenta China, Tuniu Corporation, Vanke Group, and Volkswagen. She is a member with the Seeds of Wisdom, a non-government organization based in Hong Kong and had served the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Center Singapore. Colleen holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and a Bachelors of Art (Honors) from Chu Ke Chen College of Zhejiang University, China. Colleen is proficient in both Mandarin and English.