On 30th of January 2008, we had this unique opportunity to interact with the Group CEO & President and Founder of Hyflux Ltd who started her corporate life as a Chemist in Glaxo (S) Pte Ltd. She began with a brief story about how she started her life off as an entrepreneur. As you can expect, giving up a secure job from a leading pharma company to begin an uncertain business on water purification was a significant step to take. But Ms. Lum had conviction behind her business idea and importantly, was willing to work hard to make it a reality. It was inspiring to hear being the lone female two-wheeler driver on the roads of
Every topic of her introductory note had some interesting anecdotes which kept the audience glued to their seats and to her speech. Needless to say, there were some important lessons to be learnt as well. Then came the Q&A session where people got an opportunity to ask questions to this eminent business leader. She answered questions ranging all the way from changes in her management philosophy through the two decades of business to her idea behind identifying the right people and teams for her organization. In every answer of hers, I could feel the intellect of a confident and committed business leader. I’m sure the audience had more than a fair share of inspiration from this icon who had all of us connected through the 90 minutes of interaction. By the end of it all, I did add her to the ‘elite list’ of our alumni who have made an impact in this global business world. If Ms. Lum is at the helm of a corporation that handles four different businesses across multiple geographies in the environmental space, there is a lot more than just coincidence and luck behind that!
Please visit http://hyflux.com/home.php to know more about the company.
-By Srikanth Sridharan
MBA Class of 2008.