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Our Team

Samuel Lam

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Samuel Lam is President. He is one of Asia’s leading practitioners of leadership development and executive coach to numerous notable CEOs, top government officials and Board members in Asia. He comes with over 20 years of experience in leadership development, organization development consulting and market leadership. Sam specializes in senior executive development and top team effectiveness.

Sam was previously the Managing Consultant of Towers Perrin Singapore and led the firm’s Asia’s practice in leadership development. Prior to Towers Perrin he was the Country Director of the Hay Group in Singapore, where he led major engagements in organization transformation, performance management, leadership development and compensation. Before joining Hay, he was a partner at HealthSearch International, a healthcare human resources recruitment and consulting firm.

Sam has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences relating to leadership development in various countries. He is the co-editor with Marshall Goldsmith and David Giber of Linkage Inc.’s Best Practices in Leadership Development Handbook 2nd edition published by John Wiley (2009) and contributing author for Linkage Inc.’s Best Practices for Succession Planning published by Pfeiffer (2007).

Sam’s clients include Aviva, Allied Domecq, BASF, Bacardi-Martini, Bayer, Bank of China, Bo Le Associates, China Resources Company, CIMB Group, Creative Technology, Deutsche Bank, Disney, Employees Provident Fund, Fairchild Semiconductor, GlaxoSmithKline, Great Eastern, International Centre for Leadership in Finance (Bank Negara), Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange, Linde, Maybank, Novartis, Petronas, Prudential, RHB Bank, Samsung, Singapore Exchange, Syngenta, Trane, Themed Attractions And Resorts Malaysia, Unilever, University of Malaya, and Veeco. They also include various organs of the Singapore Government: Civil Service College, Defence Science & Technology Agency, Economic Development Board, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law, Prime Minister’s Office, National Environment Agency, National Library Board, Land Transport Authority, Singapore Land Authority, and Singapore Tourism Board.

In his leadership development work, Sam routinely uses a variety of instruments from Linkage, Center for Application of Personality Types, Center for Creative Leadership, Hay McBer, Hogan, and People Factor. He graduated with B.A. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and a M.A. from the National University of Singapore.

David Giber

David Giber is Executive Vice President. David has more than 20 years of experience in organizational development, human resource management, leadership development, and executive coaching. He has consulted with leaders from a wide variety of international corporations, universities, and other organizations on issues such as succession planning, management development, action learning, executive coaching, and developing performance and selection systems. His specialty is transforming companies into high-performing organizations by creating integrated talent management and leadership systems with measurable business impact.

David is recognized in North America as a leader in leadership development. He has been a principal speaker at numerous international conferences relating to leadership development. He is also the editor of two top-selling books in the field, Linkage Inc.’s Best Practices in Leadership Development Handbook 1st and 2nd edition and Linkage Inc.’s Best Practices in Organizational Development and Change Handbook, as well as a contributing author for The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching.

Prior to joining Linkage in 1992, David served in senior management positions in human resources and leadership development for leading companies in the high-tech, financial services, and travel industries.

David is an industrial/organizational psychologist who received his BA degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Duke University.

Vivian Lo

Vivian Lo is Managing Consultant. She is a highly regarded executive coach and Leadership Development consultant who has served boards, senior management teams and been advisor to notable leaders throughout Asia.

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. Through her own career experiences, Vivian has gained valuable insights in multiple industries including Banking, Insurance, Consumer Products, Professional Services, Food & Beverage and Hospitality across Asian markets. She is able to engage with high potential and senior leaders across a wide range of industry, market and organizational issues.

Prior to commencing her career in consulting in 2009, Vivian was a consumate human resource management professional who has extensive experience with global organizations. Her human resource management career started with R J Reynolds Tobacco. In 1987, She joined Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and became their Group Personnel Manager with responsibilities spanning across 12 countries. In 1994, Vivian joined Australia New Zealand Banking Corporation in Hong Kong as their Chief Human Resource Officer. In 1996, she became Vice President of Human Resources for Lehman Brothers in Asia ex-Japan. In 1998, she joined Citibank in Hong Kong and was Citigroup’s Asia Pacific Regional Director of Leadership, Staffing and Development for the Corporate & Investment Banking business when she left them in 2005 to join Prudential Assurance Corporation as Chief Officer Human Resources in Asia.

Some of Vivian’s recent clients include Bank of China, China Resources Company, CLP Power, HSBC, ING, the Leighton Group, Maxim’s, and Maybank.

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 and is a member of UK’s Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators.

Desley Khew

Desley Khew is Senior Consultant. She has more than 10 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 feedback 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, and transforming corporate cultures.

Prior to her appointment at Linkage, Desley was the Section Head of HR Planning at Singapore Airlines. In this role, her responsibilities included managing the manpower budget, performance management, and inter-company benchmarking on HR practices. Before that Desley was a Consultant at Towers Perrin in the Rewards and Performance Management line-of-business and her client engagements included leadership development, performance and change management, communications, and pay work.

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 Aviva, Brady Corporation, CIMB Group, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Defence Science & Technology Agency, Employees Provident Fund, Fairchild Semiconductor, GlaxoSmithKline, International Centre for Leadership in Finance (Bank Negara), Maybank, National Environment Agency (Singapore), Panasonic, Petronas, Prudential, Sumitomo-Mitsui Banking Corporation, 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.).

Janet Chan

Janet Chan is Senior Consultant. She has more than 15 years of human resource management and human resource consulting experience. She has been extensively involved in the design and development of competency-based HR applications, and leadership and executive development programs. Janet has also served as a career coach to a number of executives in Asia. Janet specializes in the areas of leadership development, succession planning (from talent assessment, to talent calibration and development), organizational change planning and, organizational effectiveness and organizational development programs.

Prior to joining Linkage, Janet spent 5 years in BOC Gases (Linde Group) as the HR Director for the Industrial & Special Products Business Unit. She was based in Singapore where she covered 12 countries across Asia. In this role Janet provided management direction and change leadership on organizational issues, structure and strategy to meet the business unit objectives, and in implementing human resources policies, processes, initiatives and programs to support the businesses in Asia. Janet was also responsible for coaching the senior executive team, mentoring the high potential management trainees and employees. Prior to BOC Gases, Janet was a Consultant in the Hay Group, where she consulted with senior management in both the private & public sectors on organizational development and change initiatives such as, strategy clarification, vision articulation, balanced scorecard development, and organizational audits. She also consulted in leadership and management development and competency development, as well as, the design and implementation of performance management programs, reward and career management programs.

Some of Janet’s recent clients include Aviva, CIMB Group, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Defence Science & Technology Agency, Employees Provident Fund, Fairchild Semiconductor, Maybank, OCBC, Samsung, Sumitomo-Mitsui Banking Corporation, and Veeco.

Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield and a Masters of Science in Psychology from the University of Manchester.

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.