HR movers and shakers at AIA, Uber and more

HRM Asia highlights some of the latest promotions and job moves in the HR profession across the region.

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Lorraine ChuaLorraine Chua, Head of Talent and Organisational Development, AIA Singapore

Lorraine Chua has been appointed the Head of Talent and Organisational Development at AIA Singapore.

She joins from the National University of Singapore, where she was the Head of Talent Management in the Office of HR’s Center of Expertise (COE).

In that role, she led a team of professionals to spearhead the talent management agenda for the university. Her portfolio included talent acquisition, learning, leadership development, and talent identification and succession planning.

Chua is an international HR Leader with 14 years of Regional HR Business Partnering experience in Asia-Pacific and Europe, and has spearheaded the talent management and people development agenda in organisations.

Desiree TanDesiree Tan, Regional HR Business Partner, Professional and Consumer Beauty, Coty

Desiree Tan has taken on a new portfolio at beauty conglomerate Coty as the Regional HRBP of the Professional and Consumer Beauty divisions.

Prior to this, she was the Regional HRBP of the Professional Beauty arm, where she was involved with designing a tailored organisation strategy to implement a holistic culture focused on high-performing organisations for both Coty’s internal Asia, Middle East & Africa businesses.

Before joining Coty, she was with Procter & Gamble for four years, most recently as an HR Manager.

There, she was a strategic HR Business Partner for the salon professionals, Asia distributor operations and Greater China teams. Tan also led the organisation re-design for Thailand to enable go-to-market changes, which resulted in a successful cutover of Thailand Distributor Conversion in March 2015, with 75% of employees moving to distributor status. 

Anu AmbikaipalanAnu Ambikaipalan, Head of Employment Legal, Asia-Pacific, Uber

Anu Ambikaipalan has been promoted to the role of Head of Employment Legal for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region at transport technology company Uber from her current role as APAC Employment Counsel.

Effective October 2017, in this new role, she will oversee all of the company’s employment-related legal matters.

Prior to her time at Uber, she was a legal counsel at Australian telecommunications provider Telstra for its Southeast Asia operations.

There, she provided general legal and regulatory advice to Telstra's business across the region, including enterprise sales (contract drafting and negotiation), HR, privacy and data protection, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), products and marketing. 

She started her career as a lawyer at Ashurst, rotating through the Intellectual Property and Corporate M&A practice groups, before eventually settling in the Employment Law team. 

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