ALTANA

Soon Chun Chee

Division:BYK Additives & Instruments      

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Company:BYK Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.                                 
Role:Regional IT Manager (Asia Pac)
Location:Singapore
Country:Singapore
Has been with the company since:07/1998

How was your professional development until today?

In 1994, I obtained a degree in Arts and Social Sciences, majoring in Chinese Studies and Economics, from the National University of Singapore. From 1994 to 1998, I was employed in the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau as a senior special investigator. I then joined BAP in 1998 as an administrator overseeing administration and accounting. A year later, I helped to hook up the network connection between Singapore and Wesel and began to take up an IT role. Between 1999 and 2003, I attended various computer courses to support me in this role.

What do you do at a typical working day?

 

During the course of a typical working day, I will verify that all systems are running properly, check emails and attend to critical issues, deal with users’ calls, communicate with regional ITs, and carry out the planning for regional and local IT matters.

In which personnel development programs have you already participated at ALTANA ?

I joined BAP as an administrator in 1998, taking up an IT role for BAP in 1999. I was promoted to IT Manager in 2003, after which my IT role expanded to cover the Chinese companies of ALTANA. Subsequently, I relinquished my China IT Role and became Regional IT Manager (Asia Pacific), coordinating IT matters in SEA, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and India. From 2008 to 2009, I took part in the DP Asia program.

What do you do in your leisure time?

I enjoy reading, swimming, cycling, home improvement (DIY), and playing mah-jong.

How would you describe your cooperation with colleagues from other cultures?

Over the years, I have worked with colleagues from different parts of the world. Coming from Singapore, a multiracial country, it is not difficult for me to adapt to a multinational working environment. I have very much enjoyed working with my colleagues in general and have made quite a few good friends worldwide. I have also learnt to work with an open mind and try to understand others’ ways of thinking instead of jumping to conclusions. By and large, as long as one shows mutual respect, it is relatively easy to work together amicably.